Overview & Schedule

The Upper School program offers a range of for-credit semester and yearlong courses. Classes are taught by Brentwood faculty and other area teachers.

Courses offered through Brentwood's summer program are an extension of our rigorous, college preparatory program. Each summer, Brentwood School offers semester and year-long courses for credit that fulfill Brentwood School's graduation requirements. Some students choose to take summer classes to allow more freedom in their schedules during the school year. If you are not a Brentwood student, you are welcome to enroll in our summer courses, but check with your registrar for prior approval of credit transfer. All of our for-credit courses are UC-approved.

2017 Upper School Course Schedule

June 19 - 23: Service Learning Camp

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $500
Note: This class is not for credit, but offers the opportunity for Brentwood students to earn 30 Benefacta hours.

This program exposes students in Grades 9-10 to various service opportunities in the Los Angeles area. The work is very hands-on and active, with the mission being service to the greater community, an experience that will positively impact students for the rest of their lives. The camp takes place each day from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Students will participate in off-campus service activities. They will meet daily at the East Campus of Brentwood School and will then be shuttled to and from off-campus organizations. Students should bring a sack lunch daily.

The following is a list of a few of the agencies we worked with in the past:

Best Buddies—An organization dedicated to establishing one-on-one friendships with intellectually and developmentally disabled people.

Bread and Roses—A restaurant run by St. Joseph's Church that services low income families.

MEND—Meet Each Need with Dignity is dedicated to providing basic human needs to low-income individuals and families.

Project Angel Food—A program that prepares meals for the critically ill.

Operation Gratitude—Sends 100,000 care packages annually to U.S. Service Members overseas.

Coordinator: James Hughes, Brentwood School Director of Service Learning

June 26 - 30: Photojournalism with Danny Moloshok

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $500
Note: This class is not for credit.

The photojournalism class will cover the basics of photography:

  • Understanding settings of a camera including using a camera in manual mode with flash
  • Understanding how to select strong images from a shoot
  • How to adjust to different lighting situations
  • Journalistic integrity of images
  • How technology is affecting the photojournalism world
  • Exploring different sources of light and how they affect a photograph

In addition, more time will be spent on covering events with a news eye and will emphasize workflow techniques used in the professional journalism world. This class should appeal to all high school newspaper or yearbook students.

If your student does not have a camera, please notify the camp when registering. Loaner cameras will be available.

About the instructor: Danny Moloshok is a freelance photographer creating content for newspapers, magazines, and the online world. He has extensive experience photographing major professional sports, high profile Hollywood events, portraits, and news. He regularly photographs for wire services such as Associated Press and Reuters. You can view some of his work at www.molophoto.com. Danny is a Brentwood School Alumnus who started by photographing for the yearbook and Flyer. He enjoys being back on campus and is excited to teach eager students.

July 3 - 7: Video Editing (Adobe Premiere CC) No class July 4

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily

Tuition: $500
Note: This class is not for credit.

Released in 2015, Adobe Premiere CC set a new industry standard in editing software for independent filmmakers and video production professionals. This course is a hands-on introduction to this powerful software, designed to help both novice and experienced editors take their edits to the next level. This class covers the entire post-production process from start to finish, focusing on the various techniques and approaches used to execute different formats and genres of film and video, including highlight videos, trailers, short films and web videos. Students will learn how to create a compelling story from uncut footage, and how to use different visual and audio elements like titles, graphics and sound effects to create a polished and professional final product. No editing experience is required for this camp.

Note: this camp only focuses on the editing process and does not include the use of cameras or other recording equipment.

Instructor: Adam Preskill, Brentwood School Film Teacher and Documentary Filmmaker

July 10 - 14: American Cinema

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $500
Note: This class is not for credit.

This course gives a cursory overview of some of the greatest hits of American cinema. We will watch films together in class, sometimes in excerpts and often in full-length. We will work on developing close reading skills through watching key scenes together, and we will talk about the various formal elements that comprise a movie, with a slight emphasis on character development and dialogue. We will also read film reviews together and think out loud about how one writes about the movies.

Instructor: Seulghee Lee, Brentwood School English Teacher

July 10-14: Entrepreneur's Workshop

Did you ever have an idea for a business? Got a great app concept? Want to make money, do social good and be the captain of your own ship? That’s what entrepreneurs do — they are ruling the world with big ideas and having a lot of fun doing it.

This 1 week hands-on workshop style course is open to high school students in grades 9-12. It is designed to open your eyes and minds to the world of entrepreneurship and give you practical skills you can start applying immediately. In other words, you don’t have to wait until you graduate college, work in a cubicle and answer to bosses for 10 years to finally be an entrepreneur. You have everything you need to start today and this class will help you get started.

How it Works
With only one week to buckle down, we won’t waste a lot of time with business theory and or high level concepts. We’ll get right to work on exploring what makes a good business, how to identify real problems that need inventive solutions and how you can take your idea and make it a reality. But you don’t need an idea to take this class. In fact, many of the great entrepreneurs never had original ideas, they were just better at digging into known problems to come up with better and more marketable solutions.

Key Skills Learned: Fast Failing, Idea Iteration, Customer Development, Product Design, Growth Hacking, ‘Cobbling’ (to be explained), Public Speaking, Presentation Design, Proper Internet Research, Working in Teams, Resource Allocation (including tech outsourcing) and much more.

Taught by Jeff Solomon: Current teacher of Brentwood's Social Entrepreneurship course and BWS alumnus.

July 10 - 14: Screenwriting

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $500
Note: This class is not for credit.

Introduction to Screenwriting is an entry-level course designed for students interested in learning about the art of screenwriting. Students will learn about the fundamentals of storytelling and how they apply to the film world, and about how a screenplay not only tells a story, but also creates a roadmap to translating that story to the screen. By analyzing professional scripts and screenplays and writing their own scenes, short films, and TV episodes, students will learn about the differences between writing for film, television, and online platforms, and develop the skills and techniques necessary to take an idea and shape it into a script ready for production.

Instructor: Adam Preskill, Brentwood School Film Teacher and Documentary Filmmaker

July 17 - 21: Pop Music and American Lyric

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $500
Note: This class is not for credit.

This course would consider song lyric as a literary form. We will listen to a lot of pop music together, beginning from minstrel songs of the nineteenth century and encompassing the blues, R&B, rock & roll, rap, and EDM. We will talk about what it means to consider song lyrics as “literature” (with Bob Dylan’s recent receipt of the Nobel Prize in Literature as a backdrop), and we will also think about what makes song such an effective form of communication throughout American history.

Instructor: Seulghee Lee, Brentwood School English Teacher

July 24 - 28: Comic Books and Graphic Novels

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $500
Note: This class is not for credit.

This course stems from the recent academic interest in cartooning and what kinds of representation and communication are made possible by both the “serious” literary graphic novel and the less serious comic book. We will talk about how race and gender function in fantasy worlds (with the popularity of the characters Luke Cage and the Black Panther in recent filmic adaptations), and we will practice close reading skills with literary novels like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings.

Instructor: Seulghee Lee, Brentwood School English Teacher

June 26 - August 4: Six Week Credit Courses

Tuition: $1975 plus textbook fees

Biology
Instructor: Rachel Gosine-Smith

June 26 - August 4
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12

Chemistry

Instructor: Elaine Chao

June 26 - August 4
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12

Geometry
Instructor: Amy Page

June 26 - August 4
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12

U.S. History

Instructors: Coree Newman

June 26 - August 4
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 11-12

June 26 - July 14: Three Week Credit Courses

Tuition: $975 plus textbook fees

Music Theory

Instructor: J.K. Hilbert

June 26-July 14
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 9-12
Stained Glass Design

Instructor: Mike Knight

June 23-July 14
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*Note start date of Friday, June 23

Grades 10-12

June 26- July 14: Rising 9th Grade Transition

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $1500
Note: This class is not for credit.

Students in this class will review and expand upon skills that will help them make the transition into the high school experience. The class will review key components of algebra and geometry, preparing students for either Algebra B or Geometry. Writing preparation will also be covered, focusing on extemporaneous essay construction and the writing process. Students will also engage in projects with Brentwood School faculty that will introduce them to the following high school learning opportunities: science, social studies, technology, library and research, school clubs and affinity groups, physical education, student government, and more. Students will learn time management and study skills, and receive tips on navigating the sometimes-tricky social life of a high school student.

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