New Family Info
2019 Start-of-School Important Dates
June 17 - 19 or July 22 - 24:Calendar of Main Events 19-20
New Upper School Student Orientation
June 17 or July 22:
New Upper School Parents' Orientation
New Middle School Student & Parent Orientation
Big Brother/Big Sister Event
New Parent Reception
Back to School Picnic
First Semester Begins
Middle School Parents' Night
Upper School Parents' Night
2019-20 Calendar of Main Events
The BA Bookstore is where Eagle fans can find all your spirit gear. For information on textbooks, please contact Jason Oggs in the Business Office (615) 523-0621.
Regular bookstore hours (during the school year)
Monday-Friday 7:15-8:15 AM
Monday-Thursday 2:30-3:30 PM
Friday 12:00-2:00 PM
The bookstore is closed in June for inventory. Between July 1 and Registration Day (August 10), the bookstore is open by appointment only. Please contact Jason Oggs in the Business Office at (615) 523-0621.
Athletics (Summer Schedules and Contact Information)
Contact Barbara Carney in the Athletic Office.Summer Athletics Information (updated May 10, 2019)
Any of the individuals listed below can be contacted by email by using this format: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission Office: Lisa Greene (615) 523-0611
Athletics: Barbara Carney (615) 467-0993
Bookstore: Jason Oggs (615) 523-0621
Bridges Program: Kristin Vazquez (615) 373-0611 X166
Business Office: Jason Oggs (615) 523-0621
College Counseling: Shelley Miller (615) 467-0992
Communications: Jeanne Natwick (615) 724-0054
Family Life: Cookie Newton (615) 467-0996
Financial Aid: Jenny Cretin (615) 523-0611 x339
Fine Arts: Jenny Oldham (615) 724-2240
Middle School Office: Lisa Greene (615) 523-0611
Registrar: Paula Booten (615) 523-0629
Robotics: Chris Allen (615) 373-0611 x198
Summer Camps: Cody Nelson (615) 373-0611 x305
Tuition/FACTS: Jason Oggs (615) 523-0621 or Lisa Greene (615) 523-0611
Upper School Office: (615) 373-0611 x 134
Veracross (Portals): Beth Taylor (615) 724-3402
The dress code policy is included in the student/parent handbook which is provided to all new families in the admission process and at registration in August. If any significant changes are made to the policy, an email will be sent to families in time for back-to-school shopping.
Girls' skirts: though BA does not have an official uniform, many girls choose to purchase a plaid skirt that meets dress code standards. The “BA plaid skirt” may be purchased at Educational Outfitters.
325 Powell Ave, Suite B
Nashville, TN 37209
If you are interested in pre-owned clothing, join us for the BA Pre-Owned Clothing Sale on Tuesday, August 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Sale will be located in the upper school library.
Some of the items available will be:
Uniform Skirts Sweatshirts/Hoodies/Jackets T-shirts/Shorts
Khaki Pants and Collared Shirts
BA Gear (stadium seats, blankets, duffle bags, etc.) 2018-2019 Dress Code
FACTS Online Tuition Payment Information
Fine Arts Information
Academy Juniors This extra-curricular vocal ensemble is auditioned from the middle school choruses. Selected students have an opportunity to learn more advanced repertoire, ranging from pop to sacred music styles. Students perform for a variety of school and community events. Rehearsal times are 7:00 – 7:30 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. Auditions are held in August before school begins. Contact Jenny Oldham at email@example.com.
MS Drama Production The Middle School drama production goes up in February. Auditions will be held in late October; this show is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders for both acting and technical support roles. Contact Holly Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Academy Dancers This group is an auditioned group of intermediate to advanced dancers in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. Although participation in our dance classes is encouraged, girls will NOT be required to be in the BA dance classes in order to audition for Academy Dancers. They must, however, commit to the practice and performance schedule. The Middle School Academy dancers will dance at selected home (MS) football games, pep rallies, (MS) basketball games, a regional dance team competition in December, and the Spring Dance Show in May. MS Academy Dancers will be required to attend summer dance practices that are mandatory, and each girl will be responsible for the fees as well as dancewear costs to be determined. Dancers of all levels are welcomed at auditions. Clinics are held in May and the tryout clinics are the tryout. Try-Out packets will be available in the dance studio by the end of April. Contact Robyne Kennedy at email@example.com
MS Speech (Forensics) – no audition required Speech (Forensics) is an extra-curricular activity that allows students to showcase their speaking and acting skills in a competitive arena. Categories include Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Prose and Poetry. Contact Kasey Carmona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS Band Our beginning and Intermediate bands are graded/credit classes in the curriculum during the school day. Extracurricular opportunities for middle school instrumentalists include participation in the pep band for basketball season, and a Blues class, which meets one morning a week during the 2nd semester. Contact Matt Nygren at email@example.com
US Fall Play Our upper school presents a straight show each fall. Auditions will be held during the first two weeks of school. Both actors as well as technical support will be sought. Contact Holly Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Spring Musical Our upper school musical is presented at the end of April. Rehearsals will run throughout second semester. Auditions for this show will be held in December prior to Christmas break. Contact either Jenny Oldham or Holly Shepherd at email@example.com Jenny_oldham@brentwoodacademy.com
US Academy Dancers Auditions are open to all rising 9th–12th grade girls. There is an intense workout and practice commitment required of this group that will be fully outlined in information available through Mrs. Kennedy. Although participation in our dance classes is encouraged, girls will NOT be required to be in the BA dance classes in order to audition for Academy Dancers. However, all dancers must commit to the practice and performance schedule. The Upper School Academy Dancers perform at home varsity football games, home basketball games, pep rallies, TSSAA State Dance Competition in November, a regional competition in December and the Spring dance show in May. Dancers will be expected to make the necessary time commitment after reviewing details outlined in the tryout packet. US Academy Dancers will be required to attend summer dance practices that are mandatory, and each girl will be responsible for the fees as well as dancewear costs to be determined. Clinics are held in May and the clinics are the tryouts. Contact Robyne Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
US Academy Singers The Academy Singers is a vocal ensemble that meets as a class for the entire school year with the goal of performing, as well as recording a professional quality CD. Students are expected to market and sell CDs of their recording as a part of the class. Audition criteria include sight-reading, part-singing, solo performance and stage presence.
Auditions are held mid-May for the following year. Please sign-up on the fine arts table in the backstage lobby or contact Mrs. Oldham at email@example.com. Please be sure to clearly print your email address so you may be contacted should a call-back be required. Students are required to stay for the entire audition.
There are two parts to the audition:
- Sight-Reading—Students will be asked to clap a short rhythm and to sight-read a short melody, using any neutral syllable (na,na,na) solfege (do re mi fa) or numbers (1, 2, 3). obby beginning May 1. Sight-reading auditions will be recorded for reference. Examples of sight-reading exercises may be found on the Academy Singer website under the AUDITION tab: www.AcademySingers.com beginning May 1.—
- Solo Performance and Stage Presence & Part-Singing—Part two of the audition will be held in the chorus during mid-May. Students are asked to prepare 30-seconds of a song in any style without accompaniment or tracks. Song choice should allow for the student to demonstrate strength of range and vocal quality, and students should deliver the song with a confident and poised stage presence. It is always a good idea to select a song that has a discernable melody that does not heavily depend on an instrumental track since the solos will be sung a cappella.
In addition to the solo audition, students will be asked to sing a harmony part (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or bass) of a short musical excerpt. Good intonation (pitch) is an important part of this criterion. No preparation is necessary, these parts will be taught as a part of the audition. Students are required to stay for the entire audition. For more information, please contact Jenny Oldham at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Speech (Forensics) – no audition required
Speech (Forensics)is an extra-curricular activity that allows students to showcase their speaking and acting skills in a competitive arena. Categories include Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Prose and Poetry. No audition is required for participation. Upper School students should contact Austin Groves: email@example.com.
US Jazz Band Our Upper School Jazz ensemble meets as a class during the entire school year. Brass and woodwind students must also be in the concert band in order to participate in the Jazz Ensemble. Exceptions are made only for academic scheduling concerns. Guitarists, pianists and drummers who do not play a concert band instrument can participate in jazz band only. Our jazz ensemble is a traditional jazz band covering all of the major jazz styles (swing, latin, be-bop, fusion, etc.) with an emphasis on the theory and skills required for jazz improvisation. Auditions will be held mid-May for the following year. Contact Matt Nygren at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Contemporary Music Ensemble/Rock Band This versatile group plays current pop music, classic rock, and contemporary Christian music and serves instrumentalists who play drums, keyboards, bass, and guitar. This group also meets as a class for the entire year. Auditions will be held mid-May for the following year. Contact Matt Nygren at email@example.com or Jeffrey Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pep Band The football and basketball pep bands are extracurricular opportunities for all instrumentalists who play an instrument that fits the setting. The Pep Band plays at all Friday home games and some away games (usually playoffs) as applicable. Contact Matt Nygren at email@example.com.
Audition Information for 2019-2020
Going To 6th, 7th, 8th Meeting Documents
Upper School Students: June 17-19 or July 22-24, from 8:00 AM - Noon
Upper School Parents: June 17 or July 22 at 8:00 AM in the Upper School
Middle School Parents and Students: August 8 at 7:00 PM in the Middle School
Meal Plan/Dining Information
Parent Involvement Opportunities
The Brentwood Academy Parent Association (BAPA) utilizes parent volunteers year-round. Parents will be emailed monthly the volunteer opportunities. Please join us and get to know our BA community!
Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page on our website to complete the interest form if you like. A parent volunteer will be in touch with you.
In the fall, you will hear about our Annual Fund with typically more than 90% of our parents participating. Because the cost of educating a student is not fully covered by tuition, your support underwrites a portion of the operating budget that brings the school's mission and ministry to life.
Pick-up/Drop-Off & Campus Map
School begins each day at 7:45 AM. Middle school students may be dropped off and picked up at the middle school accessible via the north entrance on campus (view or download pdf below).Campus Map (PDF)
Upper school students may be dropped off and picked up at the main entrances along Granny White Pike (at the bell tower or the administration lobby entrance) or at the Fine Arts Center entrance. These are all accessible via the south entrance on campus.
For students driving to campus, vehicle registration information will be made available in the registration process.
Exterior doors are locked after 7:45 AM for security purposes. If you arrive after this time, please enter the upper school through the administrative lobby entrance and the middle school through the main middle school entrance. There, you will sign in and receive a name tag.
Pick up times vary according to a student's participation in PE or team sports at the end of each day. Please refer to your child's individual schedule.
Parents and students have password-protected portals which contain important assignment information, grades, and access to update personal information in the database (Veracross).
Members of your household must use a unique email address in order for the retrieval of a password to work properly. Since each parent and each student in a household has a portal account at Brentwood Academy, each member of your household must maintain a unique email address. This is the only way the “forgot your login" feature will work in the future.
Our information technology department will email new families about how to retrieve their usernames and passwords sometime in early August.
The log in tab for the parent and student portals is in on the public Parent/Student information page on our website which is accessible by clicking on Parents or Students at the very top of the Brentwood Academy website homepage.
- Portal setup links will be sent via email the first week of August. You will be able to setup your account before schedules are available online.
- Each parent and each student needs a unique email address. Parents and students are unable to retrieve lost and forgotten usernames and passwords unless they each have a unique email address.
- If your student is not allowed to have their own email address, we suggest you set up one for them and monitor it by not giving them the username and password. All emails sent by teachers to students will appear in their portal.
- Students will not be able to access BA Docs through a parent’s portal. BA Docs is used for student assignments. Therefore, it is important for students to start using their student portal at the beginning of the school year.
- If you need to provide emails for each family member before August, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org listing each parent and student with their email address.
Registration for the 2019-20 school year will be Friday, August 9 from 6:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the upper school gym and dining hall. You will receive an email and a notice in the mail with complete details in early August. Registration typically takes about 1.5 hours, depending on how busy it is at the time you come.
IMPORTANT: Online registration is required prior to Registration Day. You will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to access online registration. As a part of the online registration process, please read ALL the documents that are referenced. These are your best resource to learn:
- important facts for those new to student registration
- information on school pictures
- daily schedules for middle school and upper school
- information about dining plans and lunch codes
- what you will need to bring with you on Registration Day, including the number of checks
- information on textbook purchasing
The robotics season is approaching, and we would like to offer your student a step to becoming an Iron Eagles robotics team member for the 2019-20 season. The new game is called "Tower Takeover." Take a look at the Tower Takeover video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JVQOiw_OUU
The Iron Eagles are multi-year state champions, qualify multiple teams to compete at the World Championship every year, and are the most highly awarded program in the state. We provide customized training to give incoming team members the fundamentals of competition robotics, as well as more advanced trainings for returning team members. We have some of the most highly skilled mentors of any team in the region. Our robotics alumni attend some of the top universities in the country, including MIT, Purdue, and Vanderbilt. Students are able to commit varying levels of time to robotics, ranging from one or two afternoons per week for students who participate in other activities, through 4 days a week for the most deeply involved students.
More details will be outlined at our New Robotics Parent and Student meeting on May 16 at 7 AM in our middle school gym and on May 16 at 5:30 PM in Coach Reynolds classroom (room 327) located in the 8th grade den of the middle school.
If your student would like to take the first step to joining the robotics team and are interested in attending the parent student meeting, please email email@example.com.
Technology Director & Head Robotics Coach
615-373-0611 Ext. 198
Summer Camps at BA
BA offers a wide variety of athletic, academic and fine arts camps each summer for ages 5-18. Visit the Summer Camps page on our website for more information.Summer at BA
Summer Reading/School Supplies
From math to world languages, Brentwood Academy is committed to imparting lifelong skills. We focus on critical thinking, developing natural talents, broadening knowledge and fostering spiritual growth, ultimately preparing students for college and adult life.
Sixth Grade Summer Reading
Seventh Grade Summer Reading
Eighth Grade Summer Reading
Ninth Grade Honors Summer Reading
Ninth Grade Standard Summer Reading
Tenth Grade Honors Summer Reading
Tenth Grade Standard Summer Reading
Eleventh Grade Honors Summer Reading
Eleventh Grade Standard Summer Reading
Twelfth Grade Honors Summer Reading
Twelfth Grade Standard Summer Reading
6th Grade Supply List
7th Grade Supply List
8th Grade Supply List
Upper School Supply List
Winterim (Upper School Only)
Winterim is designed to challenge upper school students to expand their knowledge beyond present experiences and to encourage a love of learning. This is accomplished by a small group of students working closely with a faculty member in various non-traditional experiential courses. Winterim provides opportunities to fulfill the school’s mission through exploration in academics, arts, outdoors, and athletics. Enrichment opportunities are also offered through cultural exchanges, community service, and internships. Participation in Winterim is required for all upper school students.Courses Offered
Information for Winterim 2020 is provided on the Courses Offered page.
Mrs. Bonnie Hall or Mrs. Shannon Frost.
As a service to all incoming students, we will be providing evaluations of these specific visual skills that are important for reading and processing. These evaluations, which take about 15 minutes, will identify areas where visual skills can be strengthened, thus increasing the opportunity for academic success.Sign Up Genius
We will be conducting visual skills assessments on June 19 and July 24 from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. You can schedule the day and time for your child’s assessment online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054FA8AA28ABFD0-bavision. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org.