New Family Info
Calendar of Main Events
Athletics: Summer Team Information and Contact Information
Athletic Office Contact: Teri Calmus
Middle School Athletics
Upper School Athletics
**For dance information, please be sure to check the Fine Arts section.
During the school year, Brentwood Academy will continue to emphasize the value of instructional time. Brentwood Academy expects families to commit their students to attending every school day of the semester, barring serious illness or other family emergency. We expect students to be in school and on time to each class every day.
When a student is absent, a parent MUST call the attendance hotline or email the MS/US receptionist to report the absence and the reason for the absence. Unless the school receives a call, the absence will be unexcused.
Attendance Hotline Phone Numbers
Middle School: 615-523-0630
Upper School: 615-373-9120
The following are approved reasons for school absence:
- Personal illness (doctor’s note required after three consecutive)
- Death in the family
- Family emergencies involving illness, injury, or death
- Required court appearances
- Parent request (limited to five days per year); prior approval at least three days in advance by the dean of students/middle school director.
- Students should submit assignments before the absence occurs.
- Juniors and seniors are allowed two college visitation days per school year. Advance approval by the college counselor is required, and students must bring back documentation from the college visited.
Late Arrivals/Early Dismissals
Any student who arrives late to school or is leaving school early is REQUIRED to sign in/out with the MS/US school office and his/her parent MUST communicate with the MS/US receptionist.
The BA Bookstore is where Eagle fans can find all your spirit gear. For spirit gear questions, contact Deborah Rittiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular bookstore hours (during the school year)
Monday-Thursday | 7:15-8:15AM & 2:30-3:30 PM
Friday | 8:00AM-2:00 PM
The bookstore is closed in June for inventory. Between July 1 and Registration Day, the bookstore is open by appointment only. For spirit gear appointments, contact Deborah Rittiner at email@example.com.
Bridges - New Upper School Student Orientation
Welcome to Bridges! Upper School students will have two sessions to choose from for the Bridges workshop. Please see times below for the June and July sessions.
- June 6-8 from 8:00 AM -2:00 PM
- July 18-20 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Upper School Parents Orientation Meeting: June 6 or July 18 at 8:00 AM in Library Round Room
Any of the individuals listed below can be contacted by email by using this format: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission Office: Corey Sargent (615) 523-0611 X334
Athletics: Teri Calmus (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: Holly Grenvicz
Student Support & Family Life: Alyssa Hall (615) 373-0611 x157
Financial Aid: Corey Sargent (615) 523 0611 X334
Fine Arts: Matt Nygren (615) 373-0611 x117
Middle School Office: Kim Elliott (615) 523-0611 X300
Registrar: Jen Beckley (615) 724-3403
Robotics: Chris Allen (615) 373-0611 x198
Summer Camps: Chandler Ganick (615) 373-0611 x156
Tuition/FACTS: Jason Oggs (615) 523-0621 or Caroline Widner (615) 523-0622
Upper School Office: Cathy Locke (615) 373-0611 x100
Veracross (Portals): DJ Weymuth (615) 724-3402
FACTS Online Tuition Payment Information
Brentwood Academy utilizes FACTS for all tuition payments. FACTS is a secure online payment service that offers multiple payment plan options via credit card, automatic bank draft, and invoice.
If you have any questions about payments or need to adjust timing of withdraws, please contact Caroline Widner at email@example.com
Fine Arts Information
FINE ARTS OPPORTUNITIES AND AUDITIONS FOR 2022-2023
This extra-curricular vocal ensemble is auditioned from the middle school chorus elective classes. Selected students dive deeper into music by learning more advanced repertoire, ranging from pop to sacred music styles, and have additional solo opportunities. Currently, Academy Juniors rehearse once per week during Chorus or study hall and most Friday mornings before school. Auditions are held in August prior to registration. Contact Ally Hard at firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Drama Production
Auditions for the Middle School drama production will be in the fall semester of 2022. This show is open to Grades 6-8 for both acting and technical support roles. In order to audition, students must complete a conflict form outlining any dates for which they will not be available. Contact Holly Shepherd at email@example.com
MS Dance PE
This dance offering satisfies the PE requirement for any MS student wanting to improve her dance skills. The class meets Monday-Thursday from 2:10 - 3:00 PM. Whether the student is a serious or beginner dancer, they are able to study and develop technique in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical and hip-hop genres. PE Dance is a semester long requirement. There is a recital commitment for the Spring semester. Contact Robyne Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Academy Dancers (audition required)
This group is an auditioned group of intermediate to advanced dancers in grades 6-8. 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 home (MS) football games, pep rallies, (MS) basketball games, some varsity football and basketball games, and the Spring Dance Show. 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 dance wear costs to be determined. Dancers of all levels are welcomed at auditions. Please email Robyne Kennedy to obtain a tryout packet after April 1. Tryout Clinics will be held on Tuesday, May 17 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Thursday, May 19 from 3:00-4:30 and Friday, May 20 from 3:00-4:30. The clinics are the audition. 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 Cari Cheetwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Beginning and Intermediate Bands meet as classes in the curriculum during the school day. They are both traditional wind bands that include brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Students are instructed in instrumental technique, music literacy, and performance skills. Beginning Band is for students who have never played a traditional wind band instrument before. Intermediate Band is for students who have had at least one year of school band experience or comparable instruction. No audition is required for either band. Contact Jeffrey Wills for details at email@example.com
US Fall Play
Our upper school presents a straight show each fall. Both actors as well as technical support will be sought. Auditions are typically held mid May with rehearsals beginning in late summer. Contact Holly Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Spring Musical
Our upper school musical is presented in April. Rehearsals will run throughout second semester. Auditions for this show will be held in November. In order to audition, students must complete a conflict form outlining any dates for which they will not be available. Contact Holly Shepherd at email@example.com
US Academy Dancers (audition required)
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. 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, Nationals in March 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 dance wear costs to be determined. Please email Robyne Kennedy to obtain a tryout packet on April 1. Tryout Clinics will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and Friday, May 27 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. The clinics are the audition.Contact Robyne Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
US Academy Singers (audition required)
The Academy Singers is a vocal ensemble that meets as a class for the entire school year with the goal of performing throughout the year, as well as recording a professional quality CD. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 18 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM.
- Solo Performance - Students will be asked to prepare 30-seconds or 16 bars of a song in any style (Tracks optional). If using a track, it must be submitted, WITH edit point clearly stated, by May 9th. The song they chose must reflect the strongest part of their voice. 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.
- Sight-Reading - Students will be asked to sight-read a short melody, using any neutral syllable (na,na,na) solfege (do re mi fa) or numbers (1, 2, 3). Examples can be found on the website www.theacademysingers.com under AUDITION.
- Part-Singing - Students will be asked to sing a harmony part (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or bass) of a short musical excerpt. The ability to blend, adapt to the musical style, and perform with good intonation (pitch) are important parts of this criterion.
- Stage Presence - Students should sing with good stage presence (visually expressive, able to perform in a convincing manner appropriate to the style of the song.
- Attitude and Commitment - The Academy Singers is a team sport that is only as strong as its weakest link. Each member will be required to commit to learning his/her part, maintain a high moral standard, and a positive attitude throughout the year.
Please contact David Wise at email@example.com
US Speech (Forensics) – no audition required for participation
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, Improvisational Duet Acting, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Prose Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation. Upper School students should contact Austin Groves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
US Concert Band - Concert Band is a continuation of the wind band tract that begins in middle school. Concert Band meets as a class in the curriculum during the entire school and plays classical, modern, and contemporary wind band music from the best composers and arrangers for school bands. The full band performs a Christmas concert and a spring concert each year. Concert Band members also perform one chamber music program each semester as subsets of the whole band, which are The Woodwind Ensemble, The Brass Ensemble, and The Percussion Ensemble. No audition is required, but prior school band experience is a pre-requisite. Contact Jeffrey Wills for details at email@example.com .
US Jazz Band - (audition required)
Our Upper School Jazz Ensemble meets as a class in the curriculum 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 on Wednesday, May 18 from 1:00PM - 3:00PM. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Wills for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
US Contemporary Music Ensemble/Rock Band - (audition required)
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 on Wednesday, May 18 from 1:00PM - 3:00PM. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Wills for details at email@example.com
Grandparents Day - A BA Tradition
Each year our development team hosts our annual Brentwood Academy Grandparents' Day event! This is a much-loved BA tradition that takes place on the final day of Christian Life Week. Please help us ensure that our BA grandparents receive communication and their physical invitations to Grandparents' Day in the mail. The invitations will be sent after Christmas break. New parents, once your Parent Portal is setup please be sure to add your child's grandparents contact information and mailing addresses.
If you need instructions on how to do this, please click the link below.
Grandparent Event Timeline
November: We invite you to join our Grandparent Giving Circle and to write a note of encouragement to your grandchildren as they prepare for first semester exams. A letter with a pre-printed note card and postage-paid return envelope will be sent to your by mail.
January: Our on-campus Grandparents' Day Celebration event takes place on final day of Christian Life Week. Invitations will be sent in the mail after Christmas break.
If you have any questions about Grandparents' Day, please contact Kelly Smith.Learn More
Math Summer Skills Workbook for Middle School Students
To best prepare for math at Brentwood Academy, all incoming 6th/7th grade students should work through the summer skills sharpener workbook. This workbook provides students with an opportunity to reinforce math concepts learned through the previous school year. We recommend students work three to four times a week in their workbook throughout the summer. Students will bring completed workbooks to math class at the beginning of the school year. The workbook is $18; you may order by clicking the link below.
- Going into Math 6/6Honors
- Going into PreAlgebra/PreAlgebra Honors
- 7th Graders Going into Honors Algebra
For any questions concerning summer math work, please contact the following faculty members.
6th Grade Chair/Math Teacher: Jennifer Ann Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Math Teacher: Mandy Allender, email@example.com
Upper School Math Chair: Bonnie Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
While, at this time, Brentwood Academy does not require summer work for rising grades 8-11, we do highly recommend that students work practice problems for at least 30 minutes a week. Below are some resources that we would recommend to help students sharpen their skills over the summer.
Meal Plan/Dining Information
New Student Acclimation Groups
Big Brother/Big Sister Program - Rising 6th/7th Graders
This student-led program exists to acclimate new 6th/7th grade students to Brentwood Academy and to guide them in philosophy and atmosphere of the school. This group is open to all 11th and 12th grade students who want to be a part of it. New 6th and 7th grade students are assigned a junior and senior to serve as a Big Brother or Big Sister. The intention of this program is for our Big Brothers and Sisters to form families with their friends and their little Brothers and Sisters as a way to facilitate interaction and community prior to start of school. The Office of Admission serves as advisors to the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Grade Buddy Program - 8th-12th Graders
The grade buddy program is designed to serve new 8th-12th graders in their transition to Brentwood Academy. Each new 8th-12th grade student is paired with a current BA student in his or her grade who serves in the Student Ambassador program.
The BA Parents' Association (BAPA) furthers the mission of Brentwood Academy by supporting academic and community-building programs through volunteerism and fundraising events.
Parents are encouraged to get involved in the life of the school. Some of volunteer roles that BAPA coordinates are football gates, parking and concessions, Back to School Bash, Grandparents Day, and many more.
If you are interested in receiving communication about opportunities to volunteer, please complete the volunteer interest form linked below.Click Here to Volunteer!
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.
2022-23 Registration Day
August 5 from 6:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Registration Day is held in-person and is required for all students. At registration, you will have your school picture taken, purchase books, purchase the Daily Meal Plan (optional), and make other important arrangements.
2022-2023 Middle School Information
The Iron Eagles 9364 Robotics Team will celebrate its 10th season in 2022-2023 and is one of the most highly decorated programs in the Southeast. As the reigning Tennessee State Champions, our program qualified a record six high school and two middle school teams to compete at the VEX World Championship this year alone. We provide customized summer training to give incoming team members the foundational fundamentals of competition robotics, as well as more advanced trainings for returning team members. Our program benefits from the collective expertise of some of the most highly skilled coaches and mentors of any team in the region. Our robotics alumni have received scholarships to attend some of the top engineering universities in the country, including MIT, Purdue, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, and the US Naval Academy, and often return as volunteers and mentors to inspire the next generation.
Students commit varying levels of time to robotics, ranging from one or two afternoons per week for students who participate in other sports and activities, through 4-5 days a week for the most involved students.
The current game is called "Tipping Point". Check out videos from this season here:
If your student would like to try out for the robotics team, please email:
Team capacity is limited.
The Brentwood Academy uniform consists of khakis and polo for boys, and plaid skirt and polo for girls. There are a variety of outerwear options for all students.
You may visit our on-line store by clicking HERE.
Uniforms may also be purchased at Max & Alice School Uniforms.
Other helpful information:
Max&Alice School Uniforms
325 Powell Ave, Suite B
Nashville, TN 37209
Student Support Resources
The Student Support team at Brentwood Academy works collaboratively with BA teachers, coaches, and administrators to give our full support to each of our students personally and socially. In addition, we provide resources and partnering events to our BA families to provide a collective approach for meeting the needs of each whole student.
School Counselor: Alyssa Hall | email@example.com
Director of Christian Life: Freddie Scott | firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Director of Christian Life: JD Binger | email@example.com
Upper School Grade-Level Chaplains
As part of our investment in wholesome relationships and a Christ-centered environment, each grade level has an assigned faculty member to serve as a spiritual mentor presence in our hallways. Their role is to connect deeply with and encourage our students and faculty members daily. As an extension of our Christian Life team, they will assist in managing our grade-level service projects, chapels, individual grade interactions, and community-building opportunities throughout the upper school experience. They are a spiritual resource for our students, faculty, and community.
Freshman Chaplain – Tom Cox
Sophomore Chaplain – Wendy Chapman
Junior Chaplain – Mike Vazquez
Senior Chaplain – Matt Brown
Summer Camps at BA
Our summer programs are an extension of our mission to nurture and challenge each whole person. Students are welcomed, supported, and inspired by teachers, coaches, and staff. We invite your family to join us and experience Summer at BA. We offer a wide variety of athletic, academic and fine arts camps each summer for ages 5-18.
Summer Reading Enrichment for Upper School Students
During the month of July and early August, Mr. Lyle Husband will offer a weeklong summer reading session for each upper school grade level to help improve the summer reading experience. During this time, the students and Mr. Husband will read aloud the required summer reading book and discuss it intensively.
As you may know, students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of summer reading texts in a variety of ways during August and September. Several assessments early in the school year are tied to summer reading, and the work we do will be a very valuable step toward a great start of the school year. This enrichment program is free, open to anyone, organized by grade level, and has the potential to positively impact the students’ first quarter averages.
During this time together, students will read aloud the required text, focusing on reading speed, accuracy, phrasing, and expression. Students will also learn valuable reading strategies and complete graphic organizers to aid the understanding of character analysis and important themes. In short, students who take advantage of this opportunity will be more prepared and confident as they begin school in August.
Each student needs to bring the required summer reading book and pens and pencils. All meetings will be in Mr. Husband's classroom in the Freshmen Hall, room 205.
Summer 2022 Grade/Dates/Time/Required Book
Date: July 11-15 | Time: 3:30-5:30 PM
Required Book: A Separate Peace by John Knowles ISBN: 978-0743253970
Date: July 18-22 | Time: 3:30-5:30 PM
Required Book: The Crucible by Arthur Miller ISBN 0-14-243733-6
Date: July 25-29 | Time: 3:30-5:30 PM
Required Book: Grendel by John Gardner ISBN: 978-0679723110
Date: August 1-4 | Time: 3:30-5:30 PM
Required Book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ISBN: 978-0-7352-1910-6
You may contact Mr. Husband with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
22-23 Summer Reading & School Supplies
22-23 Summer Reading & Supply Lists
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.
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
As a service to all incoming students, we will be providing evaluations of visual skills that are not often assessed in a routine vision exam but are important for reading and processing. These evaluations will take place on June 15 and July 13 from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM in the downstairs study hall. Evaluations, which take about 15 minutes, will identify areas where visual skills can be strengthened, thus increasing the opportunity for academic success.
Please use the below link to sign up for a vision screening.
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Clarke at email@example.com.
How do students log in to their account?
- Students should use their password to access their Veracross student account.
- Students who have difficulty logging into their accounts should email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with the log-in process.
- Many Veracross questions can be answered on the Veracross FAQ sheet. Click HERE to access the FAQ sheet.