Brentwood School (Los Angeles)
|Los Angeles, California
|Head of school||Mike Riera|
|Enrollment||West Campus: 300
East Campus: 695
|Average class size||K–6: 43
|Campus||27 acres (11 ha)|
|Color(s)||Red and blue
|Athletics conference||CIF Southern Section
|Team name||The Eagles|
Brentwood School is an independent, secular K-12 coed day school with two campuses located four blocks apart in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. The school is highly regarded for academics, arts, and athletics.
Brentwood's mission is to inspire most students to try and: Think critically and creatively, act ethically, and shape a future with meaning.
The school's 7 core values are Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Caring, Community, and Diversity. The school's motto is "Start Curious. Stay Curious. Go Anywhere."
Founded in 1972, Brentwood School took over the property formerly owned by Brentwood Military Academy, which had existed at this location since 1930. The Academy, founded by Mary McDonnell in 1902, moved sites multiple times, and was always under the direction of Miss McDonnell and other family members. In spring 1972, it was announced that the military academy would not reopen in the fall, and the property was sold by John McDonnell to Terry Leavey Lemons and Walter Ziglar, who soon converted the school to non-profit status. Brentwood School opened in fall 1972 as a college preparatory day school serving Grades 6-10. The first Headmaster of Brentwood School was Richman Grant. Grade 11 was added in 1973, and the school graduated its first Senior class in June 1975. After that, the school remained Grades 7-12 until 1995 when, under the guidance of Headmaster Hunter M. Temple, Brentwood School purchased the Marymount Junior School campus and opened the Lower Division. With the opening of the Lower Division in fall 1995, the school became Grades K-6 on the West Campus and Grades 7-12 on the East Campus. In 2001 the 22 acre (89,000 m²) Brentwood School Athletics Complex opened on the East Campus. On December 2, 2011, four new modular classrooms were installed by Gen7 at Brentwood School's East Campus. The classrooms, LEED Gold certified, will provide 100% of their own energy, making them the first zero net energy classrooms in Los Angeles County.
Walter Ziglar and Terry Leavey Lemons are credited as founders of the school. For the first 5 years, Mr. Ziglar served as the President. He was also the Chair of the first Board of Executive Directors, which included Bill Badham of Curtis School and Vern Simpson of Montclair Prep.
Each year, the Terry Leavey Lemons award is given “to the senior who has enriched the Brentwood School community through his/her qualities of friendship, sincerity, courtesy, and understanding.”
Combined enrollment on both campuses is 995 students – 695 on the East Campus and 300 on the West Campus. For the 2014-2015 school year, tuition in the Lower School was listed at $30,545 per year, while tuition in the Middle and Upper Schools were listed at $35,965 per year. The school awards approximately $3,500,000 in need-based financial aid each year. Brentwood is a highly selective school, with major admissions entry points in kindergarten, 7th, and 9th grades, and only limited openings at other grade levels. Admissions decisions are made by a committee composed of faculty and administrators. Brentwood offers a liberal arts curriculum, including over 100 courses each year, including advanced placement courses in 17 subject areas. The School year runs from August 29 to June 9.
During any given school year, Brentwood School fields 67 different athletic teams in grades 7-12. Brentwood School Upper Division fields 36 teams in 23 different sports. Students fill about 500 roster spots and work with more than 80 coaches. Approximately 80% of Brentwood’s students will participate in at least one interscholastic sport. The school primarily employs its own teachers as coaches, and requires that students maintain a certain degree of academic standing in order to participate in sports. Brentwood School has a history of hosting the annual Special Olympics Games put on in conjunction with the Special Olympics Southern California Westside Chapter. In 2003, Brentwood-area resident (and former Governor of California) Arnold Schwarzenegger was the Guest of Honor and presided over the Special Olympics Games' Opening Ceremony. Since 1992, the School has also provided venue for the Peter Vidmar Men's Gymnastic's Invitational, hosted by former U.S Gold-Medal winning Olympian and Brentwood School alumnus, Peter Vidmar.
- Andrew Breitbart - Author and media personality
- David Forst - baseball executive
- Peter Vidmar - Olympic medalist
- Patrick Schwarzenegger - Model, actor
- Jason Rogers - Olympic medalist
- Fred Savage - Actor and director
- Ben Savage - Actor
- Jon Landau - Producer of Titanic and Avatar
- Casey Wasserman - Entertainment executive
- Jennifer Landon - Actress
- Molly Stanton - Actress
- Katherine Schwarzenegger - Author
- Lorraine Nicholson - Actress
- Azura Skye - Actress, attended Brentwood School but later transferred
- John O'Brien, a soccer player for MLS team Chivas USA (formerly of Ajax Amsterdam in the Dutch Soccer league), and on the US national team, attended Brentwood for two years before leaving for Holland.
- Maroon 5, members including Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, and former member Ryan Dusick - attended Brentwood School while forming the band Kara's Flowers which would later evolve into Maroon 5.
- Sidney Miller - Music producer
- Emily Frances - Former news anchor
- Jonah Hill - Actor, attended Brentwood School, but later transferred to Crossroads School.
- Don Diamont - Actor
- Simon Kinberg - Writer and producer
- Katy Tur - Broadcast journalist
Heads of School
- Richmond Grant, Headmaster, retired faculty/reverend from Harvard School - Served: 1973 – 1974
- Charles Downes, Headmaster, former Headmaster of York School - Served: 1974 – 1982 (deceased)
- Dr. Hunter M. Temple, Headmaster, former Headmaster of Western Reserve Academy, Ohio - Served: 1982 – 2001 (retired)
- Dr. Michael D. Pratt, Head of School, former Academic Dean of Menlo School - Served: 2001 – 2011 (in 2013 became HOS at St. John’s Episcopal in Rancho Santa Margarita)
- Dr. Mike Riera, former Head of School at Redwood Day School, Redwood City, CA (previous positions at Marin Country Day and at University High School in S.F. - Served: 2011 – current
Relation to Olympics
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Brentwood School track and cross-country coaches Joanna Hayes and Malakai Davis participated in 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Joanna Hayes was a Gold-Medalist in the Women's 100 metres hurdles competition for the United States. Davis was a participant in the Men's 4x400 metres relay for Great Britain. Jason Rogers, a Brentwood School alumnus as well as an Ohio State graduate, was a participant in the 2004 Olympic Games, as a Sabre Fencer for the United States National team. He was part of the 2008 team in the Beijing Olympics and won a Silver Medal in the Team tournament for Sabre. Peter Vidmar, who led the United States to a Gold-medal in Men's Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, is also a Brentwood School alumnus, and was a member of the Board of Trustees for several years.
Brentwood School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the following organizations:
- National Association of Independent Schools
- California Association of Independent Schools
- A Better Chance
- Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs
- Young Eisner Scholars
Brentwood Lower Division Honors
- 2012 National School of Character Award
- 2011 California State School of Character Award
- 2010 California State School of Character Award
- August 29, 2013 – U.S. District Judge S. James Otero responding to a lawsuit by the ACLU, ruled that the West Los Angeles Veterans' Administration Enhanced Sharing Agreements that allowed VA land to be leased to Brentwood School, UCLA, and other businesses were not valid As of the start of the 2014-2015 school year, the ruling that the VA must terminate those leases is under appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- May 18, 2016 - Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds, whose daughter attends the school, expressed racism outrage over white students using the "n-word" while rapping to a popular ASAP Ferg song. The incident spurred a Change.org petition calling for action.
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- "Brentwood School Mission & Values".
- "Affording BWS". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
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- "It's Academic for Forst Until June Graduation". latimes. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
- "Alumni- Jon Landau '78, producer of Avatar and Titanic".l
- Judge says LA land meant for veteran use, The Modesto Bee, August 29, 2013
- "Barry Bonds -- Calls Racism On Daughter's Private School ... White Kids Rapping N-Word". http://www.tmz.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18. External link in
- "Petition Calls on School to Investigate Racially Charged Video". NBC Southern California. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- Official website
- Link to Notes on William Styron presentation at the Brentwood School John Hutson Memorial Guest Lecture Series.