Brentwood Academy is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – to the glory of God.
Having a vision of the “heart” has been crucial to the Brentwood Academy experience.
When Bill Brown established Brentwood Academy in 1969, he and the founding trustees envisioned a school that would emphasize the development of each student’s body, mind, and spirit. Their intent was to establish a school that would encourage the cultivation of relationships, service, and community outreach. Through the triangle philosophy, symbolizing the spiritual, academic and athletic dimensions of a whole person, we seek to ensure that strong academics and challenging athletics can prosper together in an environment where God is the foundation. A spirit of cooperation, rooted in wholesome relationships, is necessary for this model of education to be effective.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
. . . And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
The heart of the gospel is that man can have a personal relationship with the Creator through Jesus Christ. Many individuals in our school are Christians; however, any attempt to institutionalize this relationship is ineffective. That is why Brentwood Academy does not have the word Christian in its name.
People, created in God’s image, are given a variety of gifts. We are to offer these gifts to God by doing the best that we can through His power in any endeavor. As Eric Liddell stated in the movie Chariots of Fire, “God has made me fast, and when I run I feel His pleasure.” It is exciting to discover that God delights in our enjoyment of His creation.
When we realize that Jesus loves us just as we are, not as we think we should be, we don’t have to perform to earn His approval. Nevertheless, we praise, honor, and worship God when we use the special gifts and talents He has given us to His glory.
Spiritual emphasis programs and religious talk do not produce the power that exists when individuals are truly seeking to follow Christ.
Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” Following Christ means dying to self and surrendering to His leading in our lives. We should be willing to trust God, serve others, and pursue humility. At Brentwood Academy we are more concerned with the quality and depth of our relationships than the outcome of our efforts.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. . . Proverbs 9:10
Brentwood Academy is a college preparatory school. Brentwood Academy cannot be all things to all people; we must trust God to care for those we cannot touch. Contemplative learning is encouraged along with practical opportunities to experience lessons associated with life.
Brentwood Academy could easily become accessible only for the academically and financially elite. This would be tragic. The culture of the age tempts us to target those students who would advance the school’s reputation. Brentwood Academy should be different. We recognize the practical significance of test scores, college entrances and the number of National Merit scholars. However, our expressed priority is nurturing a strong academic work ethic to develop life-long learners. Our school’s motto is “Let Truth Prevail”; thus, the pursuit of truth should be our highest ideal such that students develop a meaningful worldview and healthy relationships.
Brentwood Academy seeks high quality educators who have hearts for God and who demonstrate expertise in their field. One of the greatest attributes that our teachers should possess is a teachable spirit. Brentwood Academy desires its leadership team (everyone who reports directly to the headmaster), faculty and staff to have a personal relationship with Christ, a relationship demonstrated by true servant leadership, humility and unconditional love. Our faculty should be a diverse group who teach here because they embrace and carry out the school’s mission. We want teachers who inspire the joy of learning, teachers who challenge students to think. We look for faculty who love students and who pursue truth.
"Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it in order to get a crown that will last forever." 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
". . .Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14
"God made me fast...and when I run I feel His pleasure." Eric Liddell, Olympic champion
Physical education and participation in athletic competition form an integral dimension of a well-rounded learning program. Brentwood Academy encourages competition, the spirit of teamwork, and consistently doing one’s best. Our foremost desire is to encourage an athletic environment where Christ-like humility and self-discipline are the priorities. Brentwood Academy seeks to serve every student in physical education, athlete and non-athlete alike.
We have been blessed with many outstanding athletic endeavors. A wide variety of athletic programs at Brentwood Academy have enjoyed recognition. While we hope that God will continue to bless us in this way, it is even more important that we continue to encourage our athletes to embrace the full spectrum of student activity and leadership.
While we celebrate victories and championships, we hope for a greater celebration of changed lives and stronger relationships born out of our athletic program. Our emphasis on athletic excellence and our winning tradition must never overshadow the more important goal of the triangle philosophy: we long to reach students and touch lives, to God’s glory, through athletics.