Brentwood, under the leadership of Dr. Mike Riera, [GREATSCHOOLS.ORG needs to update their profile information!!! Dr. Pratt has not been at the school for several years],is a wonderful, but rigorous academic environment for students. Their mission statement: "Start curious, stay curious, go anywhere" has served to re-focus this already excellent school into something that is even better than it was. The teachers are excellent, almost uniformly, the administrative staff is responsive and nurturing. The school is very active in community service, while maintaining a very rigorous academic program. What is also very compelling is that they are open to parent input and suggestions, as well as input from the student body. This is a great school, but is NOT for kids who aren't prepared to work hard.
Dishonest, abusive, and mean spirted. Brentwood only cares for its reputation, not the well being of the children.
Brentwood School is the perfect combination of academics, arts, and athletics. I currently attend the Brentwood Middle Division and love it! The teachers are superb and the community itself is so supportive. I feel like I am part of one big family at Brentwood School. Brentwood School has challenging academic programs, and has an AMAZING head of school. I feel very fortunate to attend a school that has and will keep giving me such a great education and learning experience.
Although Brentwood socially seems a bit unilateral, there is something here for every type of student. Academically, Brentwood drives students to live up to their full potential. I have seen my child progress from Kindergarten all the way to Senior year and although it has had it's ups and downs, he is more than ready to attend some of the top universities in the country. It has especially good relations with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California. Brentwood mostly excels in its superior writing department. My son has been learning and developing his skills since the day he entered and even with the same time and dedication to practice on my own, I could never reach the level that he has. Other strong departments are foreign languages and the social sciences, but even lab science courses are fairly strong as well. In the upper division, which I believe is the gem of the entire school, my son has only dealt with 2 poor teachers out of over 30. No school is perfect, but in the context of reality, Brentwood is one of the best at least in the Los Angeles area but in my opinion on a larger scale.
There's a certain brand of student they like to have here and it's tough if your child is not this type. There's not much tolerance for students that don't sit still and quietly attend to their work. This is difficult for most children, hence many kids wind up in the principal's office for non-sensical offenses. If you have a kid who is agreeable and silent and does what everybody tells them, this school could be great for you.
I am a student at Brentwood, and this place has showed me what learning is about. I enjoy going to school every day, and I really believe that there is something special about it. The teachers there don't just teach you facts, and problems, but they teach you a way to learn.
This school provides a combination of challenging academics and an amazingly friendly environment, many additional activities like sports, theater and much much more, in my opinion one of the top schools in all America
I currently attend the Brentwood Middle Division. My first year at Brentwood has been absolutely spectacular. Brentwood provides a blend or challenging academics and entertaining/fun/enjoyable extra curricular activities, such as sports and theater, and much more. Brentwood School is not only a school, it is a rather close community something i cannot say for many other schools. I see Brentwood as a big family which welcomes you with open arms every morning. It would be an excellent choice of school for anyone.
Perfect blend of top level, challenging academics in a warm and nurturing environment. They pull it off at all divisions (lower, middle, and upper).
Best attention and preparation of students. Committed, engaging and demonstrates vision
I am currently a junior at Brentwood. I have been at Brentwood since kindergarten and I am so grateful to have had such an amazing school experience. The teachers at the lower are fun, energetic, and enthusiastic about teaching. The middle school is just as wonderful as the lower school. The teachers once again are wonderful and supportive. Entering high school is a big step. Freshman and sophomore year are not bad if you work hard and stay on top of assignments, but junior year is a completely different story. I am always working very late and constantly stressed. But don't let that scare you. Eventually it will be all worth it! Brentwood is an extraordinary place and I'm very lucky to be a part of the close-knit community.
Brentwood was everything we were looking for in a school. Our daughter started in seventh grade and received close attention and support from teachers and classmates. Actually, it was beyond 'support,' it was inspiration. Brentwood was the polar opposite of the typical large public high school. Academics were valued over athletics (although the school has a fine athletic program). There were no abusive cliques tormenting other students. You would never have a 'Columbine' at Brentwood. The capstone was the outstanding college counseling program. Kudos to Brentwood! Two caveats. 1. This would be a difficult school for an average or sub-average student. The curriculum is very challenging and better than most colleges in the upper grades. 2. If you are counting on high level involvement in parent support activities, you should have a large checkbook available. If you don't have one, there are still lots of supporting roles available.
My child entered the lower school 3 years ago. The curriculum is challenging. The kids, teachers and staff are awesome. We feel blessed as a family to be there.
Lower school is excellent. Good teachers, small class sizes, and innovative learning techniques. The music teacher is an absolute gem and lots of choice when it comes to sports. I highly recommend this school
High level academics. Great exposure to the arts, community responsibility and involvement. Although they desire diversity it is not a highly diverse student body.
The Upper Level (9-12) is very academic and demanding. Brentwood prepares the child for graduating from college, not just getting accepted.
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