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Director of College Counseling
Tony Reyes

BRENTWOOD SCHOOL
Los Angeles, CA

Director of College Counseling
Opportunity Statement

  

THE SCHOOL

Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California, is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school in the Brentwood neighborhood of West Los Angeles. The school, a community of 1200 Kindergarten through 12th Grade students and 150 faculty members, is situated on two campuses. The three-acre West Campus (K-5) is four blocks away from the original 28-acre East Campus (6-12). In its relatively short history of 49 years, Brentwood has grown into one of the premier independent day schools in California. The school enjoys an exceptionally strong national reputation for a rigorous academic program, combined with a commitment to nurture and support its students both personally and academically. This is an atmosphere charged by intellectual discovery and marked by a pride in the school that is shared by students, faculty, and parents alike.

Students describe a warm and caring atmosphere where they are known and valued as individuals. Embracing high standards of character, commitment, and achievement, Brentwood encourages students to think critically and creatively and to act ethically.

Brentwood School is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools, A Better Chance, and the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs.

HISTORY

Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1972, Brentwood School acquired the Brentwood Military Academy, which had existed on the land now known as Brentwood’s East Campus, and opened a co-educational, college preparatory day school with grades 6-10. Grade 11 was added in fall 1973 and Brentwood’s first senior class graduated in June 1975. In 1994, Brentwood purchased the nearby Marymount Junior School campus and opened a kindergarten through grade 6 campus in the fall of 1995.

LOCATION AND SETTING

Visitors to Brentwood’s two campuses are immediately struck by their beauty and warmth. The setting is a well-integrated blend of old and new buildings, red-tiled roofs, intimate courtyards, ivy-covered walls, and green fields.

Brentwood’s East Campus, housing grades 6-12, is situated on 28 acres with Mission-style historic buildings and sustainable landscaping. The Upper School facilities, including classrooms, laboratory space, a cafeteria, a bookstore, faculty and administrative offices, and courtyards, are located in a series of buildings built in an arroyo and into an adjacent hillside with sweeping views across Los Angeles to the ocean. A 28,000 square-foot science, library and performing arts center was completed in 1990 and the Eagle Center classrooms were recently renovated.

The 22-acre East Campus Athletics Complex was completed in 2001 and the Caruso Watt Aquatics Center opened in the spring of 2008. No other school in the Los Angeles area boasts such an expansive, state-of-the-art facility that encompasses such a wide variety of sports.

Lying at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains at the western edge of Los Angeles, the community of Brentwood is gracious and welcoming, with comfortable homes on leafy, well-maintained streets. Nearby neighborhoods and cities include Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Bel Air. The UCLA campus is directly east of the school about one mile. The Brentwood area is also home to the Getty Center, one of the world’s most comprehensive arts, conservation, and education institutions.

COMMUNITY

Brentwood School has always been a community where students and teachers know and care about each other. The closeness and longevity of these relationships is evident in the close ties many teachers still share with alumni/ae. The vibrant faculty draws on a wealth of teaching experiences. Fifty-nine faculty members have been at Brentwood for ten or more years and 91 hold advanced degrees.

Brentwood’s student body is diverse and lively. Students of color comprise 46% of the population and 120 zip codes are represented in the student body. Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year is $46,550 (grades 6-12) and Brentwood is strongly committed to an aggressive financial support program. The school has budgeted $7 million annually for financial support, and 17% of the East Campus students receive financial support. With the school’s close proximity to three major freeways, Brentwood is easily accessible to students from a wide geographical area served by seven school bus routes, two shuttles, and an extensive carpool system.

EQUITY AND INCLUSION

We believe that every single person brings something unique to our community. Their background and personal experiences represent something different—a value-added to our community. Our Office of Equity and Inclusion considers how to best navigate our differences so that they can be shared and raised up throughout our school.

Equity is being conscious and cognitive of our efforts to best meet the needs of all members of our community. Inclusion means creating an environment where all participants and constituents are valued and can be their best selves, irrespective of background, experience, and lifestyle. We do this with a variety of measures, policies, and programs. We do this through our curriculum—in what we teach and how we teach it. We work together as students, parents, faculty, and administration to maintain an inclusive community. All of this is motivated and inspired by our recognition that diversity is advantageous now, and in the future, because we believe that classroom experiences and social relationships that broaden, rather than replicate the ideas and experiences students bring with them from their home environments are critical to fostering cognitive and social growth.

ACADEMIC AND CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS

The student-centered philosophies of learning and teaching, the emphasis on a broad-based and diverse liberal arts curriculum that is connected and sequential between grades and divisions, and the unwavering quest for excellence are all common features of the Brentwood K-12 experience. The school provides a core curriculum that is primarily traditional and classical emphasizing language, communication, mathematical reasoning, and computation. The goal of both curriculum and pedagogy is to foster intellectual curiosity, excitement for learning, and a desire to fulfill individual potential.

THE UPPER SCHOOL (GRADES 9-12)

On the East Campus, the approximately 575 Upper School students learn to master the essential balance between skills and knowledge. They learn to develop habits of the mind – thinking critically and creatively – in order to be prepared to shape a future with meaning. Ideal class sizes mean students benefit not only from a great deal of personal attention, but also from a feeling of being closely connected to the school, to one another, and to the faculty. In this supportive, yet challenging environment, students are exposed to a broad range of subjects that allow them to explore their interests, develop new interests, and experience both personal and intellectual growth. See the Upper School Curriculum Guide and Viewbook for more information.

The weekly meetings of the Upper School Advisory Program allow students to develop connections with faculty members in small, intimate groups. In faculty-moderated sessions, students explore topics that include organization, study skills, coping with peer pressure, and ethical decision-making.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Brentwood encourages active participation in extracurricular activities in order to engage students in the life of the school and enable students to discover and purse their passions. It is a goal to provide students with as many areas as possible in which to develop their talents and to experience success. Opportunities abound for participation in art, athletics, debate, drama, dance, concert band, beginning instrumental music, orchestra, rhythm section workshop, chorus, student government, and service-learning.

THE ARTS

The arts programs at Brentwood foster a supportive atmosphere that promotes questioning, individuality, and diversity. The Upper School arts at Brentwood offer instruction in visual arts, dance, music, and theater. Working in observational, abstract, and/or inventive ways, students learn to manipulate ideas, techniques, and materials through a thoughtful, evolving application of the elements and principles of art and design as they work toward creative goals.

THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM

A tradition of wide and enthusiastic participation in physical education and athletics has developed alongside athletic success. Brentwood fields highly competitive teams and prizes character, sportsmanship, and teamwork. There are 37 Upper School teams representing 25 sports. Each year Brentwood teams attain league and sectional championships as well as playoff berths. The program is designed to engender an understanding of commitment, sportsmanship, hard work, and responsibility.

THE BELLDEGRUN CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP (BCIL)

The Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership prepares community members to engage with real-world challenges and explore solutions within and beyond the classroom. Work with BCIL impacts the entire Brentwood School community, cultivating innovative problem solvers, courageous risk-takers, effective managers, adept communicators, and inspired community builders. Through their involvement in BCIL, students and faculty seek answers in creative, collaborative ways and discover that their work can have an impact. In the Upper School, there are also 12 BCIL designated courses focused on service, social justice, multiculturalism, science, and entrepreneurship in addition to 19 students who participate in independent studies through the BCIL Scholars program and Applied Science Practicum.

SERVICE-LEARNING

Brentwood’s service-learning program ensures the development of social awareness and inspires students to be lifelong learners with a self-motivated sense of responsibility to the local, national, and global communities. The school is a caring and conscientious neighbor, as well as a financial asset to both the local and broader Los Angeles communities.

VETERANS CENTER FOR RECREATION AND EDUCATION (VCRE)

Our unique partnership with the West Los Angeles VA provides robust Veteran-centric resources funded by Brentwood School. This 30+ year relationship offers services in physical recreation, health, and wellness, education, as well as a range of special programs and events, all on facilities built and maintained by Brentwood School.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Brentwood believes in partnering with parents in the education of their child and encourages and welcomes parents to actively participate in the life of the school. The students benefit from sharing their school world with their parents; the school benefits from parents who contribute their talents, interests, and energy to support and enrich the school’s programs; and the parents benefit from experiencing first-hand the environment in which their children are educated.

Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the Parents Association and Eagles organizations and to attend parent education events including guest lectures and coffees with the Upper School Director and members of the Upper School Leadership Team.

STRENGTHS OF THE UPPER SCHOOL

One of the hallmarks of the Brentwood Upper School is a passionate, vibrant, and student-centered faculty and staff who are committed to the following:

  • A culture of collegiality, professionalism, and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • A commitment to equity, inclusion, and cross-cultural competency
  • Rigorous college-preparatory academic program and rich extracurricular offerings that foster both critical and creative thinking
  • Students who are happy, self-confident, well-rounded, and caring
  • High quality educational and athletic facilities on a magnificent campus
  • Core values that emphasize character, personal responsibility, and service to the greater community
  • A balance of hard work and fun, and of high expectations and nurturing, with a strong focus on the quality of student life
  • An enviable stature and high demand for admissions in the universe of greater Los Angeles independent schools
  • The integration of the three excellences: Academic Excellence, Emotional Intelligence, and Character Development

COLLEGE PLACEMENT

100% of the Brentwood senior class is admitted to four-year colleges. The list below includes all schools where Brentwood students were accepted between 2017-2019. A school in bold denotes where a student matriculated.

Amherst College

Bard College

Belmont University

Berklee College of Music

Boston College

Brown University

Bryn Mawr College

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Northridge

Carleton College

Chapman University

Colgate University

Colorado College

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

Drew University

Duke University

Emory University

Fordham University

Franklin University Switzerland

George Mason University

Georgetown University

Harvard College

Indiana University at Bloomington

Johns Hopkins University

Lafayette College

Lehigh University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Montgomery College

New York University

Northwestern University

Occidental College

Pepperdine University

Pomona College

Princeton University

Reed College

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Santa Clara University

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Skidmore College

Smith College

Southern Methodist University

Stanford University

Syracuse University

The American University of Paris

The George Washington University

The New School – All Divisions

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Iowa

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of Texas, Austin

Tufts University

Tulane University

Union College

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Merced

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Richmond

University of San Diego

University of Southern California

University of St. Andrews

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Whitman College

Yale University

THE POSITION

The Director of College Counseling is a full-time position, reporting directly to the Upper School Director.

The Director of College Counseling is a member of the Upper School Leadership Team and the Brentwood School (K-12) Leadership Team. The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented, effective manager and leader with an interest in working with high school students, their families, college representatives, faculty, staff, and administration.

EXPECTATIONS

The next Director of College Counseling will accomplish the following:

  • Leading and effectively managing the College Counseling Department including four Associate Directors, a part-time College Counseling Athletic Liaison, and one full-time support staff member
  • Advising students and families through the college research, application, and selection process
  • Writing letters of recommendation
  • Reviewing, adjusting, and improving the college counseling program each year
  • Executing on-campus programs and workshops for parents, students, and college admissions representatives
  • Advising on course selection, registration, and consequences in the college selection process
  • Preparing regular communications to parents/guardians in tandem with the communications staff
  • Overseeing progress through the fall process of finalizing college lists and applications
  • Visiting college campuses to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admissions staffs
  • Representing Brentwood school at national and regional conferences
  • Guiding the work of the office through weekly department meetings
  • Attending weekly faculty and leadership meetings
  • Preparing and presenting to the Board of Trustees regular reports on the college admissions process, placement,and national trends
  • Attending regular curriculum committee meetings
  • Advising faculty in their writing of college recommendations
  • Work with various personnel who support the college counseling process, including the Liaison for Student-Athletes
  • Establishing and maintaining a yearly budget
  • Sharing chaperone responsibilities with the college counseling team for East and West Coast College Trips
  • Organize and implement the annual Essay Writing Workshop for seniors
  • Use institutional data and relevant research to inform decisions and track progress towards a more equitable experience for all constituents, especially members of underrepresented groups
  • Engage fully in the daily life of the school, including attending student performances, athletics events,
  • and social activities,
  • Serve as a skilled spokesperson for the school’s vibrant, programs
  • Work closely with the Head of School and members of the Brentwood Leadership Team to foster the strength of the entire school

PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES

Brentwood School is interested in candidates who can support, articulate, and promote a mission-driven, inclusive, and equitable student-centered model of education. Along with excellent organizational and leadership skills, ideal candidates will have backgrounds that demonstrate most, if not all, of the following:

  • A warm, approachable presence on campus that invites and respects the views of others yet is decisive
  • when needed
  • Visible and accessible on campus, knowing and enjoying the faculty, staff, parents, and especially the
  • students of the school
  • Engage actively with students, faculty, staff, and families in the daily life of the school, preserving and
  • promoting the warmth and closeness that defines the school’s culture
  • The ability to motivate, inspire, and support faculty, staff, and students
  • The energy, patience, and sense of humor necessary to work effectively with high-school students and
  • their families
  • A deep understanding and appreciation for diversity and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Strong familiarity with significant educational, DEI, and college counseling trends in independent schools
  • Effective communication with faculty members, students, and parents, in a clear concise, and timely
  • manner, keeping these groups appropriately informed
  • Ability to synthesize and articulate the school’s educational vision and to inspire and motive others
  • towards further strengthening the Upper School
  • A collaborative approach to leadership and the ability to grow others professionally
  • A lifelong learner who uses the latest research to complement their own experiences
  • Proficiency in MS Office and the ability to use additional software such as Naviance
  • Extensive experience in selective college admissions and/or college counseling
  • An advanced degree is preferred

PERSONAL QUALITIES

The favored candidate is an energetic, confident, collaborative, culturally competent person of keen intellect and integrity who will enjoy developing and guiding the college counseling process. 

SEARCH PROCESS

Candidates should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter explaining their interests and qualifications for becoming the next Director of College Counseling
  • A current resume
  • The names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, including a current supervisor

Please send all information and address all inquiries to:

Amelia Hollis
Assistant to the Head of School
100 South Barrington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90049
ahollis@bwscampus.com
310-889-2611

Brentwood School is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace and to seeking a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates. Brentwood School does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.

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