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Many Paths to Explore
Brentwood School is a place where scholars, athletes, artists, and activists, inventors and aspiring leaders are all at home. It's also a place where one person can take on many of these roles. At Brentwood, we believe you should be—and be celebrated for—all the things you want to be.
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In 1982, when we inaugurated a new Upper School magazine of literature and the arts, our goal (as it had been with an earlier school publication, Mayic, which came out in the late 1970s) was to provide a forum for the creative spirit and talent of Brentwood students. Forty years later, amaranth still reflects our desire to celebrate those gifts.
Our 6th graders were transfixed by the sight of a rusted scrap of fuselage as it was struck with a wooden mallet by a headmaster, calling his pupils to learn. The soothing echo emitted from the jerry-rigged “school bell” was a welcome replacement to the terrifying sound of bombs exploding that had been blaring out of the MS theater speakers just moments earlier. Our guest presenter, Ken Carlson (parent to Ruby Rose ’23, Xander ’16, and Mackenzie ’14), pointed out to our students that the makeshift bell made from the remnants of a crashed fighter jet was an apt symbol of the resilience and courage of the Nuban people in Sudan who continually chose hope over despair despite enduring years of ongoing bombing by the internationally-condemned government of Omar Al-Bashir.
The learning experience at Brentwood is inspired by ambitious goals: for students to build sophisticated intellectual skills, to engage deeply with material, and to prepare for the challenges we know lie ahead, as well as those impossible to foresee.
Values in Action
As we guide our students, we strive to help them grow in integrity, self-understanding, resilience, and leadership. Our open and welcoming community is fostered through the daily living of our Core Values.
By continuing to explore and evolve, we bring a unique vitality to the Brentwood experience. Nowhere is this spirit more clear than in the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership, a groundbreaking initiative through which our teachers and students engage with real-world challenges in exciting ways.