These student reflections about the National School Walkout speak for themselves...
I APPRECIATE YOUR VISIT TO BRENTWOOD SCHOOL’S WEBSITE AND HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY A GLIMPSE OF WHAT MAKES brentwood SCHOOL SUCH A powerful and VIBRANT LEARNING COMMUNITY.
As you peruse the site, please keep in mind our motto: “Start curious. Stay curious. Go anywhere.” These six words drive Brentwood. From the School’s outstanding faculty that fuels the fire of curiosity in our students, to the daily athletic and artistic risk taking and accomplishments that occur on our playing fields, in our studios, and on our stages, to a service learning program that inspires deeper understanding and appreciation of the greater Los Angeles and global communities, Brentwood provides a myriad of opportunities to engage its students. It is this level of engagement that fosters the inspiration and intellectual passion we witness in our students on a daily basis.
With your first steps on campus you will feel the sense of community and pride that is Brentwood School. Brentwood students are devoted to their school, as are their parents and guardians, who give generously of their time and resources. We are a school that is small enough to build upon individual and collective curiosity, and simultaneously large enough to have breadth and depth of opportunity for all our students.
Two beautiful campuses, outstanding programs, a dedicated faculty and staff, inspired leadership, engaged students, and committed parents add up to a great school. Our website gives you a taste of all this; I hope it makes you curious enough to schedule a visit to learn more.
Michael Riera, Ph.D.
Head of School
Assistant to the Head of School
Last Saturday was a banner day for Brentwood—literally and metaphorically. Both the girls and boys basketball teams won the CIF Championship, each earning another championship banner for the Eagle dome. And both were hard-fought, spirited victories. That same night, we celebrated in style as a community at the Museum of Flying for "Brentwood Street Fair," this year's Parents Association Benefit. It, too, was a fabulous event—great food, energetic dancing and, of course, fabulous company.
That was last week, which was punctuated by many moments of joyful celebration. The week ahead, however, while just as important, will be marked by a very different emotional tenor. On March 14, students all across the nation are honoring the National School Walkout. This protest is scheduled for 10:00 a.m, and suggests 17 minutes of protest in honor of the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As well as honoring the deceased, it is meant as a nonpartisan call to action for our legislators to take action on safety in all our schools.
As a K-12 school with two campuses—separated by a 12-minute walk or often times a 20-minute car ride—we do not have many opportunities to connect as an entire faculty and staff. Therefore, we try to take full advantage of our inservice days in order to spend time together, which we did on Monday. Our focus for this day was relationships—with one another and with students...
Mike Riera is the Head of School at Brentwood School, a best-selling author, an award-winning columnist, an educator, a television commentator, and a national speaker on issues of children, adolescents, families, and parenting. Mike is the author of 5 books: Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children (2002), Field Guide to the American Teenager (2000), Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers (1995), and Surviving High School (1997). His most recent book, Staying Connected To Your Teenager (2003), was launched with three appearances on Oprah!
For eight years he was the Family Consultant for CBS The Saturday Morning Early Show and also hosted an award winning television show on the Oxygen Network, Life in Progress, as well as his own daily radio show, Family Talk with Dr. Mike. Mike has worked in schools for over twenty years as a head of school, counselor, dean of students, teacher, and consultant.