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  • Body

    Our desire is to encourage an athletic environment where Christ-like humility and self-discipline are the priorities — where we cultivate a spirit of competition, teamwork and always doing one’s best. Our emphasis on athletic excellence and our winning tradition must never overshadow the more important goal: to reach students and touch lives for God’s glory.

  • Mind

    We encourage contemplative learning along with practical opportunities to experience life lessons. We recognize the significance of test scores, college entrances and our number of National Merit scholars, but our expressed priority is nurturing a strong academic work ethic to develop lifelong learners, keeping the pursuit of truth our primary directive at all times.

  • Spirit

    We know any attempt to institutionalize the personal relationship with the Creator we receive through Jesus Christ with spiritual emphasis programs or religious talk ultimately falls short. At BA, we are more concerned with the quality and depth of our relationships than the outcome of our efforts, humbly using the gifts and talents He has given us to His glory.

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, encouraging the cultivation of relationships, service and community outreach.

We seek to nurture the whole person — spiritually, intellectually and physically — so we work to ensure strong academics and challenging athletics prosper together in an environment where God is the foundation. To be effective, this model of education requires a spirit of cooperation rooted in wholesome relationships, which we strive toward cultivating every day.

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The BA Way

The BA Way

Our lockers don't lock.

We are serious about integrity, so we keep an “open locker” policy campus-wide, encouraging our students to be trustworthy and respectful of others.

The BA Way

Our students clean their own school

Students at BA don’t just learn about personal responsibility in theory. They practice it daily, which includes participating in campus-wide clean-up at the same time every day.

The BA Way

We honor BA values 24/7

Our students commit to a standard of high moral character, and they are expected to uphold these values 24/7, whether they’re on campus or not.

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Colton Powell

Class of 2017 | Abeline Christian University

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Class of 2017 | Baylor University

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Admission Team

Admission Team

Brian Lilly

Assistant Director of Admission/Track/Football

  • B.A. Texas State University
  • M. Ed. Lamar University

Jason Mathews

Dean of Admission & Community Engagement

  • B.S. Texas A&M University

Corey Sargent

Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid

  • B.B.A.Belmont University
  • M.S Belmont University

Mark Sutton

Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid/Tennis/Golf

  • B.S. University of Tennessee Martin
  • M.S. Middle Tennessee State University


  • What kind of school is Brentwood Academy?

    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. Brentwood Academy serves students in grades 6 through 12.

  • Where is Brentwood Academy located?

    Brentwood Academy is located at 219 Granny White Pike in Brentwood, TN 37027.

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  • How many students attend Brentwood Academy?

    Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year was 710 students in grades 6 through 12. The student body at Brentwood Academy matriculates from more than 77 different schools.

  • What is the student/faculty ratio at Brentwood Academy?

    The ratio of students to faculty is 8 to 1. The average class size is 17 students.

  • What kinds of academic programs are available?

    Brentwood Academy is a college preparatory school, offering a variety of classes including honors and Advanced Placement courses. Students study English, mathematics, science, history, world languages [French, Spanish, Latin], religion, art, forensics and speech, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, drama, theater production, and life skills.

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  • What athletic teams does Brentwood Academy offer?

    Brentwood Academy fields teams in both team and club sports. Students participate on teams in five different levels—upper school varsity, upper school junior varsity, middle school varsity, middle school junior varsity, and sixth grade. Brentwood Academy upper school teams compete in the Middle Region of Division II of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association [TSSAA]; the middle school is a member of the Harpeth Valley Athletic Association [HVAC].

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  • Are there fine arts opportunities?

    Yes. Brentwood Academic offers academic and extra-curricular opportunities in band, vocal performance, dance, theater, speech and debate, and visual arts for all ages. Learn more about the specific offerings in the Fine Arts section of our website.

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  • Is Brentwood Academy affiliated with any church or religious organization?

    Brentwood Academy is not affiliated with any church or religious denomination, and prospective families do not have to sign a statement of faith prior to enrollment. The school’s mission, however, is to nurture and challenge the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—to the glory of God. This mission is rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and faculty and staff articulate the reality of this relationship in their lives and in the classroom.

  • How much does Brentwood Academy cost?
  • Does Brentwood Academy offer financial aid?

    Financial aid is need-based and is available to all qualified families. Families interested in applying for aid may apply on-line at in November. Parents may also contact the admission office to request the form for making an application through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in Princeton, New Jersey. Based on the results of this report, the Financial Aid committee determines the amount given to each qualified applicant. Limited funds are available each year, and applicants should request financial aid information prior to March 1.

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  • How is Brentwood Academy accredited?

    Brentwood Academy is dually accredited through the Southern Association of Independent Schools [SAIS] and the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges [SACS]. BA is also accredited by the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA).

  • I'm not sure if my family would qualify for financial aid. Should I still apply?

    Yes. Every family's financial situation is different. Our financial aid application platform (SSS) takes many factors in account in determining financial need. These include a family’s income, assets, debts, the number of students in a tuition-charging school and/or university, and other factors. We strongly encourage everyone to apply for financial aid each year as family circumstances can change. 

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  • Is it required for families to reapply for financial aid each year?

    Yes. Need-based financial aid is awarded annually, and renewal is not automatic or guaranteed as funds may vary and the family’s finances may change. Therefore, families are required to submit applications annually. 

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  • How and when is financial aid determined?

    Brentwood Academy is committed to accepting students for admission from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Our Board of Trustees has a need-based financial aid policy that dictates a percentage of the tuition budget to be used exclusively for financial aid. At Brentwood Academy, we believe that an independent school education is first and foremost a commitment and responsibility of the parents. Need-based aid is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend Brentwood Academy and a family's ability to pay. While we attempt to meet a percentage of need, no child receives full tuition.

    Brentwood Academy uses a third-party application platform, SSS (Student School Services), to gain a clear finanical picture of each family applying for need-based financial aid. The SSS formula calculation considers your income, what you own (your house and other investments), what you owe (your mortgage and other debts), the size of your family, and how many family members are enrolled in tuition- charging schools or colleges. Brentwood Academy's Financial Aid Committee uses SSS to make need-based award decisions. All families seeking need-based financial aid must reapply every year. Financial Award decisions are determined by the Financial Aid Committee and are released on March 1st. 

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