Academic Institute

The two-week Middle School Academic Institute provides students entering Grades 6 - 8 with the opportunity to develop new interests and to prepare academically and socially for the upcoming school year.

July 16-27
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Tuition: $1000

The program provides a safe and supportive environment where students can explore a variety of stimulating elective courses. Classes are taught by a combination of dedicated and creative Brentwood School faculty and other outstanding professionals in the area. The full-day program allows each student to customize his or her own curriculum based on individual interests and needs.

Lunch is included daily.

2018 Academic Institute Schedule

Elective Period 1
8:00-9:40 a.m.
Elective Period 2

10:10-11:50 a.m.

Elective Period 3

12:40-2:20 p.m.

AlgebraPhotographyArt Exploration
PhotographyCreative WritingSwim
Creative WritingPre-AlgebraIntroduction to Filmmaking
Computer Programs and Apps6th Grade Math SkillsLego Mindstorms Robotics
Writer's ToolboxWriter's ToolboxAfternoon Games

Elective Class Descriptions:

Computer Programs and Apps

Get immersed in the computer applications and programs that will make you a successful and creative student. Students will develop competency in the following: Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Sketch-up, and Slides), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Photoshop, Audacity, and others. Students will complete projects to highlight their learning and have a chance to present their work to the class.

Creative Writing

This class will provide strategies for students to develop and hone creative and short-story writing skills. Students will learn a wide range of pre-writing, brainstorming, and organizational strategies, the basics of developing tone and point of view, and techniques to add flair to their writing style. Through close, individualized conferencing with the instructor and a series of focused peer-review workshops, students will have the opportunity to develop, revise, edit, and share several original pieces of writing.


Students will take part in creating a storyboard for their film that will guide them as they shoot. The process of shooting will involve using locations around campus, inviting actors to join scenes, and using the school's film equipment respectfully and responsibly. The footage will be fully edited; adding music, titles, and special effects to enhance their creative storytelling. The final product will be presented in a screening at the end of each session.


This boot camp course will teach the basics of photography and beyond, including how to adapt the technical knowledge of photography to real world situations. Get a glimpse into the world of being a professional photographer. This class will be fun with a lot of hands on shooting.


This course provides preparation for students entering a full Algebra course in the fall. Topics include manipulating integers, recognizing like terms, greatest common factor, least common multiple, translating sentences into mathematical expressions and equations, and solving simple equations.


This course provides basic math review for students entering Pre-Algebra. Topics covered in this class include basic operations, decimals, fractions, percentages, rounding, scientific notation, order of operations, multiples, factors, exponents, square roots, absolute value, and positive and negative integers. There will also be an introduction to solving linear algebraic equations.

Lego Mindstorms: Robotics

This course introduces the fascinating science of robotics and covers the entire process: designing, building, testing, and deploying robots. Using Lego Mind Storm, students design, build, and program their own robots, individually and in groups, to accomplish a variety of tasks that they specify.


This workshop allows time for participants to take advantage of our campus fields and classrooms. It is a time for students to relax and play. Activities will focus on teamwork skills and will vary between outdoor and indoor experiences.

Writer's ToolBox

The main goals of this class are for students to write as much as possible, to work closely with the instructor and with peers to edit and improve written work, and to build vocabulary and grammar skills. Students will apply these skills through creative and analytical writing assignments. Skills and activities covered include:

  • Techniques for brainstorming/pre-writing
  • Organizational strategies to plan for writing
  • Individualized vocabulary building and grammar review
  • Peer-review and one-on-one review with instructor
  • Developing evidence-based arguments
  • Editing and revising
  • Creative exercises designed to make writing clear, specific, and interesting