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Brentwood, TN
Students enrolled: 1,151

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5324 Murray Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 472-4250
(615) 472-4263
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April 21, 2015
Brentwood Middle School has some good teachers. The academic record is good. But the school does not deserve all the credits. Many students at this school come from very supportive families. A lot of students are very self-driven and highly motivated. The principals need to improve their management and administration skills. They seem to emphasize more on punishment than positive encouragement. Some students are punished, not for major mistakes, but for repeating minor offenses - you'll this through after school detention and Saturday school. This may cause some students more harm than good in terms of self-esteem and self-confidence. The principals seem not to recognize and acknowledge students achievement outside school, if the achievement is not done through any clubs sponsored by the school. It has happened that e-mail messages to the principals to report such achievement would not get any responses. It's ironical that they are teaching their students manners and etiquette, but they as educators are lacking etiquette and professionalism.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2015
As a current student here, I believe that if your child is not ready for the workload and pace at this school you shouldn't enroll them here. If they can handle it and need a challenge, do it it's a great school! Also bully free with tons of helpful, friendly staff. The fact that people are saying that there is a drug problem here is insane.

- submitted by a community member

March 14, 2015
I completed all three years of middle school here and am now in 9th grade at the high school. Here is what I will tell you: Don't think that just because you are in a blue ribbon school that drugs are not accessible. I don't do drugs nor do I hang around the crowd that does, but I know places to get them if I wanted them. Every year there are at least two kids expelled for selling/buying drugs in the 8th grade boys bathroom. In 6th and 7th grade combined I only had one extremely stressful class. In 8th grade, every single class was extremely stressful. I had over three or four hours of homework a night and for the first time in my life, I did not make straight A's. I know 5 kids who developed anxiety and/or depression due to the pressure during 8th. Three of them attempted suicide and now go to private schools. I have ADHD and need extra time on writing and math tests, so I need extra time on writing and math tests, yet even with doctor and psychologist recommendations, I was refused a 504 plan. Because of that, I had to miss lunch at least twice a week to finish tests and quizzes. I have a lot more I could say, but these are the most important things.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2014
Best scores, best leadership, best school--we visited all Nashville area private schools and BMS was the best in every category. We are beginning our 2nd year this Fall and are extremely pleased with the faculty and students as well as the academic challenge and progress of our son.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2014
When I first entered BMS, I was excited for a great experience, and all I got was three years of quite possibly the worst school experience anyone could recieve. The teachers have no interest, the administration doesn't care about how you enjoy school, yet if your grades are high or not. I do not recommend this school to your child, and the fact it claims to be the best middle school in the country is absolute nonsense.

- submitted by a community member

August 11, 2009
I have to say that we have had a wonderful experience at BMS. Dr. Kendrick was amazing. She kept order in the school and held each child responsible for their behavior. This is something I have found lacking in many of the parents of the students who required her attention. I know that Mr. Harlin will continue to maintain the high standards we expect. My daughter is academically gifted and she is also comfortable in social settings. She had many opportunities to join a variety of clubs, groups, and sporting teams. I am so impressed with BMS and would highly recommend it to any family. If you want an environment where your child's independence will be encouraged, jump in!

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2009
I am a seventh grader at BMS, and my experience is not as bad as these parents make it out to be. some say it is not exciting, well it is a school, you go to learn, not to go treasure hunting. If you want excitement, go to metro, where there are gangs and severely below average test scores, everyday will be and adventure! The teachers are really nice and the system is adapted to your pace of learning. There are many after school programs and no, sports is not the main focus, not even close. Some of the field trips are a tad boring, but your supposed to learn, not have and exorbitant amount of fun. No, the teachers are not mini hitlers and the rules ar not harsh. Those who say BMS is average have been spoiled by brentwood, go anywhere else and see how it's much above average.'also'the'test'scores'are'amazing'and'if''you'are'looking'for'agood'education'come'here'i'am'using'apostrophes'because'of'the'150'word'limit'

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 30, 2008
Brentwood middle school is okay it has great acedemic opportunities but the school is kind of boring we do not have anything fun at the school. My son has attended this school for all three years and he has never really told me one fun thing he did. He also said that all the field trips were pretty bad he said the only on he really enjoyed was going to treemont in the sixth grade. If you want just a ordinary go to school go home, kind of middle school experience come to this school but if you want a middle school experience you will never forget do not come to the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 26, 2008
I agree with the parent who commented that the Principle of BMS is cold. I must also say that the female vice principle is not any better. I have witnessed disturbing & degrading comments from her to students. There is no reason for that! As for teachers, we've been pleased with all the teachers my child has had over the past two years at BMS. I'd give BMS 4 stars....because of administration I can't give 5.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2008
BMS pays too much attention to sports when compared to academics. The principal is cold and aloof. The disciplinary system is harsh and unfair.

- submitted by a student

February 29, 2008
As a parent of a 7th grader, I have been very disappointed with the overall experience. The political correctness in ridiculous. Being 'selected' for sports teams is very not objective and appears unfair and the principal is a dictator. A good number of parents in Brentwood send their children to the public elementary schools, skip BMS and then return for the High School. That is how bad it is. Many of the teachers appear to be more interested in 'policing' than teaching. Demerits are the order of the day for the smallest of offenses. It could easily be confused for the British Navy, circa 1800. All the field trips since 6th grade have involved Black History month and making pilgramages to Atlanta and the Civil Rights museum. Of course the kids were basically 'color-blind' and did not care until the do-gooders had to inform them that they were all racists!

- submitted by a parent

January 01, 2008
I attended BMS all three years of middle school and completed 8th grade in 2007. Nothing is that great about this school besides that it's a Blue Ribbon School and students will get a great education that will prepare them for high school and beyond. School life outside of the classroom can be unsatisfactory as the administration (including principal Dr. Kay Kendrick) is unresponsive to complaints and comments, and my peers at BMS had a reputation for its cliqueyness. Many bad apples of teachers exist at BMS along with some very bright teaching talent. BMS athletics are in the top tier of HVAC competition in almost all sports although it suffers from much disorganization. Also, the dismissal system is a mess, and the BMS fine arts program continues to be weak yet improving. Government obesity crackdowns have caused the school lunch food to dramatically decrease in quality compared to when I first started attending BMS, and the decades-old main building continues to detoriorate. Overall, BMS has nothing to truly offer besides a good education for your middle-schooler.

- submitted by a student

November 28, 2007
I would like to see a change in the administrative staff. The principle is not very responsive to questions or problems. She seems very cold and has never had a kind word for me or my child.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2007
I have a daughter and two sons who have attended Brentwood Middle School. The experience my sons have is dramatically different than my daughters. The focus of the teachers is more on dotting the i's and crossing the t's rather than understanding the material. If my wife were not opposed, I would remove my sons from the school, as I believe my sons do not get the education my daughter did.

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2007
I moved to Brentwood when I was in 6th grade & found that a lot of the kids there weren't so accepting. But by 8th grade, I had found loads of great friends. The principal isn't that wonderful. Agreeing with the statement under here, the principals do not listen. But I did, however enjoy my years at BMS.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2007
I'm a student at BMS and frankly I am not too pleased with the administration. The principles don't listen to the complaints of the students and teachers, and when they do listen they don't take our advice. The 'New and Improved' dismissal system is the worst I've ever seen. There are also some teachers which aren't that great but that is to be expected at all schools. I like the principals at the school but they really need to get their act together.

- submitted by a student

March 15, 2007
I believe that BMS is the best school in the state. It is a Blue Ribbon School and that in itself is impressive.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2006
I am the mother of 2 kids at BMS, one in 6th and one in 8th. I can honestly say I have been THRILLED with the education and enrichment my kids are given. The bar is set really high, which I appreciate. I have one child with a learning disability, and the team of teachers worked very kindly with me to make a good plan for her, which is being implemented and she is having great success. The administration is great, I have been pleased for the most part in the priorities and direction of the school. Field trips are outstanding. I have chaperoned one and I was very impressed with what they were taught and the way everything was handled. EXCELLENT School. I would never pay for private while living in this district!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2006
BMS is a wonderful school. Everyone is friendly and open to suggestions and building the best program possible. It is in the Blue Ribbon nominations for th current year and that is awesome. I think it is more like a private school than a public one. No one could go wrong sending his or her child to BMS. Spending money on a private school is a waste of time and energy.

- submitted by a parent

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Brentwood Middle School
5324 Murray Lane, Brentwood, TN  37027
(615) 472-4250
Last modified Brentwood Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brentwood Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top