"After more than 50 years, Brentwood Academy continues to hold to its mission:

Brentwood Academy is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory school, dedicated to nurturing and challenging each whole person—body, mind, and spirit—to the glory of God.

We are grateful for the assurance of Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:6 that one plants, another waters, but it is God who grants the increase. We pray for our school throughout the year, recognizing that our success is rooted in God's ability to transform us from what we are now into what He intends us to become.

The growth in our facilities are visible reminders that each small step builds toward the end result. At the same time, we share an expectation that the outcome will be better than what we now experience. We expect to see similar growth in each of us as we each contribute our gifts, talents, wisdom, and experience toward the mission of Brentwood Academy.

We invite you to visit our campus and to get to know our people and our programs. Let us know if we can answer any questions and help you to know us better. We trust God to use our efforts for His glory."



In the Spring of 2000, Curt Masters became headmaster at Brentwood Academy. During the installation service, he received three symbolic gifts to cheer and guide his leadership: a living tree represented the nurture and care essential for the growth of the dynamic Brentwood Academy community; a clay pot—partly finished, partly marred—was given as a reminder that each member of the Brentwood Academy family is a work of God in progress; and a track baton, which Bill Brown—headmaster, teacher, and coach—passed on, signifying the end of his leg of the race.

Taking up that baton, Curt Masters has proven to be a godly leader for Brentwood Academy. Mr. Masters was mainly raised in Indonesia with his missionary parents. He attended Wheaton College, where he met his wife, Cindy, who also grew up on the mission field, and there he earned a bachelor of arts in psychology. Later, he earned a master of education in administration from the University of Puget Sound and completed all coursework toward a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Miami. Before coming to Brentwood Academy, Mr. Masters was the headmaster and upper school principal of Dade Christian School in Miami, Florida; the dean of students at The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, New York; and assistant principal at Life Christian School in Tacoma, Washington.

Though known and revered primarily for his academic and spiritual leadership, Mr. Masters has also gained notoriety for coining a phrase he frequently delivers with energy and enthusiasm at BA events: It's another GREAT day at BA! This phrase means more than just having a positive outlook on life. The underlying message is that students and faculty help determine the outcome of their day by the choices they make and how those choices can affect others.


"People often ask me what Brentwood Academy is all about. My response is always a quick one: Brentwood Academy is about changed lives. God is constantly remaking and remolding us as we take risks and go deep with each other in the process of relationships. At the times when we step into the darkness, He gives us something solid to stand on and He also teaches us to fly. What a blessing it has been to witness all that He has done in my life, in the lives of my family members, and in the lives of all who have been a part of Brentwood Academy through the years."



William Bailey Brown, Jr. was born on May 3, 1935, and is the oldest of six boys. He grew up on a sixty-acre farm off Dickerson Road in East Nashville where he and his brothers helped with the chores. He went to Schwab Elementary School through the eighth grade and then enrolled at Montgomery Bell Academy where he was president of the Student Council and played varsity baseball and football.

After high school, Mr. Brown attended Vanderbilt University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in mathematics. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduation and was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina. On March 28, 1959, he married Vanderbilt alumna Beth Barnes. Mr. Brown began his teaching and coaching career in inner-city Savannah, Georgia, and later went on to work in the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia; Battle Ground Academy in Franklin; and the Oak Hill School in Nashville.

In early 1969, businessman Dick Cole brought together Mr. Brown and architect Randall Yearwood, who had also attended MBA, to discuss starting an independent school in the Nashville area. Plans developed slowly, and Mr. Brown, Mr. Yearwood, and Jimmy French hosted meetings in churches and homes to share the dream of Brentwood Academy. The official charter for BA was signed on November 20, 1969, and on September 8, 1970, 110 students in grades seven through ten arrived for the first day of classes.




The Brentwood Academy Board of Trustees is a self-perpetuating, independent board whose purpose is to protect, perpetuate, and provide for the mission of Brentwood Academy. As such, the Board sets policy, provides for financial security, and selects the headmaster. In addition, the Board delegates authority for operational issues.


Buddy Bacon ’82 (Chair)
Nathan Brandon
Ernie Chappell
Henry Coles, Jr.
Jake Eaton '98
Darryl Edmonds '74
Sue Gering
Bart Jones
Bill Kenny
Scott Louderback
Eddie Lunn '94
Sherrie Moore
Rhonda Sims
Josh Smithson '93
Curt Masters (ex-officio)


Charles Dan Brown
Albert Gasser (deceased)
Tom P. Kennedy, Jr. (deceased)
Walter Knestrick
Hampton Pitts
Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers (deceased)
Ben Hardin Rowan II
Bill Sheriff (deceased)
William B. Wadlington Jr., M.D. (deceased)
Dick Wright


William B. Brown, Jr.
Jack A. Butler (deceased)
William C. Cate, Jr. (deceased)
J. Richard Cole
J. William Denny
James E. French
H. Lynn Greer, Jr.
Patricia Hart (deceased)
T. P. Kennedy, Jr. (deceased)
Miller G. Kimbrough, Jr. (deceased)
Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers (deceased)
Morris Werthan II
Randall N. Yearwood (deceased)


Our intentional class sizes vary by grade and discipline, all led by faculty who are accomplished in their fields of study, creating an ideal environment for academic growth and success.

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