Middle School (6-8)
Our Middle School teachers push the status quo to continually evolve their classwork.
Rejecting what is most convenient, our teachers work hard to select material that is relevant to Brentwood students. We want them to constantly consider the practical implications of their learning. Because we believe in a complete education, we make space during the school day for courses like music and debate to round out our student's experience.
All the while, the true life blood of our Middle School community is in the engagement between teachers and students. Trust comes not only from the depth of these relationships but also through soliciting student perspectives for decisions like our block scheduling and affinity events. We come together in large community moments to celebrate. We meet in small groups to discuss our Core Values and social-emotional issues. And when students struggle, the faculty gather to strategize about how to rally around them.
In Middle School, we believe that children should be seen and loved for who they are in the moment. Today is only a small step on the road to who they will become. Challenging and encouraging students to reach beyond their comfort zone and try new things is only possible because of the trusting relationships our faculty establishes with each individual. By focusing on the learning process rather than the outcome, students acquire the skills for self-evaluation along their educational journey and become uniquely responsible for their own learning.
Our 6th Grade program is structured to provide an opportunity for students to try a variety of classes and experiences that will inform their elective choices in 7th and 8th Grades. In music, students choose between taking a musical instrument, often for the first time, or participating in a choral music class. Students also rotate quarterly through classes in coding, visual art, oratory arts, and innovation. Physical education, which includes units in movement and swimming, takes place daily because we know that young adolescents do better academically when they are physically active.