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

Middle School "Future Engineers" Tour the Construction Site

by Michael Kalan, MS Math Teacher

Bright and early on a recent Thursday morning, my 8th Grade Honors Geometry class toured the new Middle School Building construction site, donning hard hats and fluorescent orange safety vests. The 11 students (including Ms. Dickinson) were accompanied by Brentwood's Director of Facilities, Victor Pesiri, and Michael Incledon of the Incledon Consulting Group, on a tour led by one of the project managers on the project...

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Language Learning Beyond Books

by Hilda Leung, MS Mandarin Teacher

Recently, I started using a transformative way of language immersion called Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). I believe in Dr. Krashen's Theory of Second Language Acquisition, in that students can naturally acquire and produce a language after receiving comprehensive input...

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Middle School Theater Company

by Bob Kundrat, MS Theater Teacher

Last Friday, the Middle School Theater Company (MSTC) presented their show, "Our Digital Lives," for a packed house in the SLC. The show was a collection of six original plays written, directed, and performed by the twenty-two 7th and 8th graders that make up the ensemble...

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NO SCHOOL: Spring Recess

Classes resume Monday, April 9.

NO SCHOOL: Spring Recess
all day
NO SCHOOL: Spring Recess
all day
NO SCHOOL: Spring Recess
all day
NO SCHOOL: Spring Recess
all day