My favorite 30 minutes from this past week was on Tuesday morning when I met with 4 of our 11th Grade students: Emily B., Max F., Will G., and Jonathan M. I had invited them in to speak with me about their recent experience as one of a handful of high school teams competing in a mostly college-level "hackathon" sponsored by LA Hacks and held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Their energy and intellectual curiosity during our meeting was contagious. But before getting into this further, some background on hackathons...
Upper School (9-12)
A FUNDAMENTAL TENET OF OUR SCHOOL’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY IS THE BELIEF THAT SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS PROVIDE A BROAD EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN WHICH STUDENTS EXPLORE THEIR PASSIONS, AND, CONCOMITANTLY, DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND HABITS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL, PRODUCTIVE, AND INQUISITIVE ADULTS.
We expect our graduates to think critically, to reason scientifically, to understand the relationship between the global economy and sustainable environments, to attain proficiency in a foreign language (or languages), to recognize how art impacts business, culture, and commerce (and vice versa), to articulate ideas in different forums and through various media, and to become conversant in the cultural and religious beliefs of a number of countries.
Of paramount importance in our students’ lives is helping them to find balance. We encourage students to continue pursue their athletic interests and artistic passions and to engage in the life of the school. As a small community, we cannot absorb many “specialists”; our athletes are artists, our singers are poets, our thespians are skilled debaters, and our dancers are student leaders. Not only are our students’ tastes diverse, but their accomplishments are lauded and supported by their peers and faculty.Ryan Boccuzzi
Upper School Director
Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Director
Dean of Students
by Judith Beerman O'Hanlon, Upper School English
We English teachers are passionate about stories and spend our days teaching them, encouraging our students to delve deeply into the structure and meaning of a work of literature and to become more adept themselves at the craft of writing. Over a year ago at a Brentwood alumni event in San Francisco, I caught up with my former A.P. Literature student, Steven Leckart '98, and invited him to come speak sometime at Brentwood about his work as a journalist and filmmaker. I was thrilled when he contacted me and told me he had moved to Los Angeles for his work and was available this spring...
The Upper School Assembly this week was dominated by a ceremony that hasn't taken place since 2014. We raised four banners in the gym on Thursday, honoring one individual athlete and two teams for their outstanding accomplishments in CIF Southern Section and State competitions this year...