Middle School (7-8)

The Brentwood Middle School program fulfills the academic, social, and emotional needs of 7th and 8th Grade students. No longer elementary school students, and not yet high school students, eleven to fourteen year olds are ready for more independence, academic challenge, and guidance.

In the Middle School, our emphasis is on deep understanding and wide participation, as well as learning how to learn. As students begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, the faculty remains supportive and nurtures curiosities and competencies. Students are exposed to a wide variety of experiences that help make this time of great transition and personal growth a successful one. The Middle School curriculum accentuates investigation and independent thinking while providing a solid knowledge base in all curricular areas.

Teachers work together to build explicit links between subjects to deepen students’ understanding of the world in which they live and to enable students to consider higher-level thinking. Our hope is to engender wonder and a belief in every student that s/he is a powerful learner.

In addition to preparing students for life after the Middle School, Brentwood School provides experiences that allow students to grow intellectually, physically, and with character. We believe that we should prepare our students to be confident, independent, and responsible citizens. It is also our aim to help students learn to lead their day-to-day lives with compassion and kindness and to serve the needs of others.

Our strong affective curriculum, promoted through our advisor program, recognizes the unique challenges and possibilities of this age. As peer relationships become more important and complex, mentors are key and moral reasoning is a critical skill to develop.

Finally, our goal is to inspire enthusiasm for learning and to nourish each student’s intellectual and emotional development in a supportive and diverse community grounded in Brentwood School’s core values of trust, respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, community, and diversity. Our program and strong partnership between students, parents, and faculty will empower our middle schoolers to become well rounded, lifelong learners who are able to see through multiple lenses in order to understand and improve their world.

Diane Oliveira
Middle School Director
(310) 889-2660

Nasrin Farahmand
Administrative Assistant to the Middle School Director
(310) 889-2650

Middle School News

Environmental Education in 7th Grade

by Tracy Easley, Middle School Science Teacher

Over the past several weeks, 7th Grade science students have been engaged in various activities centered around Environmental Education month. The question, "How can I help save our planet?" has been at the forefront of their minds and they have been encouraged to think "outside of the box" and really consider how one person can really make a difference...

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Summer at Brentwood 2018

We are excited to announce that the Summer at Brentwood 2018 camp and course schedule is now available online at www.summeratbrentwood.com.

This year we have great opportunities for all ages K-12 and will be offering options on both the West Campus and the East Campus. Programming begins on June 11 and concludes on August 3. Online registration for all camps is now open.

In addition to the popular Lower Day Camp and K Camp, "Camp Invention," a STEM-themed camp using curriculum established by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, will be back by popular demand...

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Highlights from a Stellar Robotics Season

by Ronit Kumar, MS and US Robotics Coach

When our competition season ended on February 17, I was pleased to reflect on all that our teams accomplished this year in several areas. One thing we worked hard on was our "code base." We developed a really strong code base, which will allow our future robots to act much more intelligently than ever before. With this very important tool in our toolbox, the students are really excited to embark on designing, coding, and building even more complex robots in the coming year...

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MS Probability Carnival
Eagle Field & Track
NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
Emeritus Celebration
EC Gym

Join us to honor our emeritus employees as they bid farewell to their time at Brentwood School. Look out for an invitation with details about sharing your memories and tributes.

8th Grade Math Exam
Final Board Meeting