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.

Most courses offered through Brentwood's Upper School 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. For-credit courses are available to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.

In addition to for-credit courses, there are non-credit courses available on other topics such as screenwriting and video editing. Non-credit courses for upper-school students are available to rising 10th, 11th, and 12 graders.

Please note: All courses subject to sufficient enrollment. Please see our attendance policy on the policies section of this site.

2018 Upper School Course Schedule

June 18 - 22: 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, while providing an experience that will positively impact students for the rest of their lives. Students will meet daily at the East Campus of Brentwood School. In small groups, along with their faculty chaperone, they will volunteer each day at a number of non-profit organizations throughout LA. 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 25 - 29: 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 2 - 6: 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.

Designed for students who are interested in diving into the art of video editing, this intensive course serves as both an introduction to editing fundamentals and a hands-on tutorial in Adobe Premiere CC, the industry standard in editing software for independent filmmakers and video production professionals. Students will learn how to turn uncut footage into a compelling story, and how to use different visual and audio elements like titles, graphics and sound effects to create a polished and professional final cut. By completing editing projects in different formats ranging from sports highlights to music videos to narrative short films, students will have the chance to learn and practice a variety of editing techniques and approaches, and take advantage of some of the amazing tools that Premiere offers. No experience is required for this course, and students are free to work at their own pace and to choose their own topics on most projects.

Note: this camp only focuses on the editing process and does not include the use of cameras

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

July 9 - 13: Screenwriting

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

Introduction to Screenwriting an entry-level, writing-intensive course designed to introduce students to the art of screenwriting. By reading and analyzing professional scripts and screenplays, and writing their own scenes, short films and episodes, students will learn about the fundamentals of storytelling and how they apply to the film world, and how to use proper screenplay format to create a blueprint for translating their story to the screen. They’ll also learn about the differences between writing for film and television, and how to collaborate like a professional writing staff to generate ideas, create characters, outline stories and craft dialogue. Most importantly, this course seeks to enable students to create stories that connect to their own individual interests and passions, and to help them develop their own original artistic voice in a new storytelling format.

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

June 25 - August 3: Six Week Credit Courses

Tuition: $1975 plus textbook fees

Instructor: Rachel Gosine-Smith

* PLEASE NOTE: Chemistry must
be taken before Biology.

June 25 - August 3
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12


Instructor: Elaine Chao

June 25 - August 3
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12

Instructor: Amy Page

June 25 - August 3
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12


Instructors: Coree Newman

For waitlist info, please email us at summer@bwscampus.com.

June 25 - August 3
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 11-12

Special History - June 25-August 2 (2 weeks in Washington, D.C.)


Tuition: $4075 ($1975 tuition + $2,100 for airfare, entrance fees, lodging, meals & ground transportation for 14 days). Textbook fees are separate.

U.S. History - Travel Edition - *Please note this Special Edition course is only available to current Brentwood School students.

**Should you register for this class and need to cancel, you may be subject to cancellation fees to cover any costs already incurred.

Students will spend two of the of the six weeks in Washington, D.C., with the instructor and additional chaperone, traveling to and touring historical locations, including monuments and memorials, the Smithsonian, the Capitol, a Civil War battlefield, Charlottesville, and some of the universities in the D.C. area. They will be experiencing history while studying it.

Instructor: Hank Koransky

Click here for details & itinerary.

June 25 - July 13: Three Week Semester Credit Courses

Tuition: $975 plus textbook fees

Stained Glass Design
Instructor: Mike Knight

June 22-July 13
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12

*Please note the start date of Friday, June 22. Students enrolled in Stained Glass Design must be available to begin class on Friday. Weekends excluded.

Music Theory 1
Instructor: John-Kevin Hilbert

June 25-July 13
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 9-12