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This page offers members of the media a resource centre to gather accurate information about the school for use in publications. If you have any further questions please hit the 'Contact' link to connect with our head of Marketing and Communications, Ian McPherson.
Did You Know?
We have over 500 students from 30 countries.
Over 50% of our entire student body is from British Columbia.
Brentwood College School creates a positive community within which youth are encouraged to stretch themselves in the arts, academics, as well as sports. Teachers demonstrate a genuine interest in students and their commitment to creating a positive school culture is impressive. Our daughter is thriving at Brentwood.
Ian McPherson, Director of Communications and Marketing
Email - Marketing@brentwood.bc.ca
Brentwood College School
2735 Mount Baker Road
Mill Bay, BC
Tel: (250) 743-5521
Fax: (250) 743-2911
- Independent boarding school founded in 1923
- Co-educational university preparatory curriculum
- 455 students (Grades 9 - 12) from over 30 different countries
- 85% boarding students
- 50% boys, 50% girls
- 70 faculty members (75% with post-graduate degrees)
- 77 acre oceanfront campus with sustainability mandate
- Located in a pristine village on Vancouver Island (Mill Bay, BC, Canada)
Leadership and Service:
- Extensive student leadership, sustainability, and philanthropic opportunities
- Over $50,000 raised annually by students for non-profit organizations
- New 30,000 sq. ft. Dining Room and Student Services Centre
- New 30,000 sq. ft. Centre for Art and Humanities
- 35,000 sq. ft. Sports Complex
- 20,000 sq. ft. Performing Arts Centre
- 4 boys' dormitories (Ellis, Rogers, Privett, and Whittall)
- 4 girls' dormitories (Allard, Alexandra, Hope and Mackenzie)
- 9:1 student to faculty average ratio
- 60% of faculty live on campus
- Academic classes 6 mornings per week
- Support for learning style differences
- SMART Board and interactive whiteboard technology in every classroom
- Ministry of Education accredited curriculum (Province of British Columbia)
- 100% of graduates accepted into university
- Between 75% and 80% of students receive offers from their first choice of university
- Wireless campus
- 41 visual, performing, and technical arts courses offered
- Private instruction also available
- 431 seat, state-of-the-art theatre
- Annual musical, dance, and dramatic productions
- 21 sports programmes
- 24 Brentwood graduates have competed in the Olympics
- Nationally renowned rowing and rugby programs
- International sports tours
- Numerous interhouse competitions
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Brentwood College was founded in 1923 at Brentwood Bay, BC, by distinguished Victoria business and professional men. From the initial enrollment of fifty boys and a faculty of four, the school operated for many years on the shores of Brentwood Bay and gained an enviable reputation through outstanding academic and athletic results. While many significant milestones chart our historical journey, Brentonians remember with pride the achievements of our founders and pioneers, including Brentwood's first Olympian, Ned Pratt (Class of 1930) and Federal Cabinet Minister, Alastair Gillespie (Class of 1941).
In 1947, fire consumed the Brentwood Bay campus. Only the Brentwood Memorial Chapel, where our annual Service of Remembrance is still held, survived. Although the original school was forced to close, Old Brentonians remained loyal to the spirit of their alma mater and dreamed of rebuilding their school. In 1960, they met David D. Mackenzie, re-founding headmaster, and were inspired by his visionary enthusiasm. As a result of their collective commitment and David Mackenzie's dedication, Brentwood College reopened in September 1961 on the shores of Mill Bay, directly across the water from its original location in Brentwood Bay. In 1972, Brentwood College became the first boys' boarding school in Canada to become co-educational.
Brentwood continues to educate ethical leaders through its curriculum and school wide participation in fundraising for local, national and international charities. True to the ideals of its 1923 founders, Brentwood College School has become a community of leaders, willing to serve and contribute to the world.
For more information on school history and to see photographs, go to: History
Our Motto - DE MANU IN MANUM - is the school’s traditional call to action.
Translated as “From hand to hand,” the motto symbolizes the passing of the torch of learning and of leadership through service to others. It may also be interpreted as the passing of Brentonian traditions and ideals from the original school, founded in 1923 at Brentwood Bay, to the new school reestablished at Mill Bay in 1961.
Our mission, our vision, and our values drive our school forward. We take time to reflect on our beliefs while actively bringing the theoretical into reality.
|Our Mission||Our Vision||Our Values|
To find out more visit About Brentwood
B.A. (University of Washington) Assistant Head Campus Life, Rugby, Basketball
After working for 17 years at Shawnigan Lake School, as a houseparent, teacher, in admissions, as an athletic director and a rugby coach, Mr. Felix returned to Brentwood in 2001 and ran Whittall House until 2007, when he was appointed as an Assistant Head. No stranger to the Brentwood campus, Mr. Felix spent his senior secondary years as a member of Privett House. An enthusiastic member of the Brentwood rugby, basketball and rowing teams as a student, his fondest memory was that, under Jim Burrows' sage tutelage, he passed senior math. During his undergraduate years and since graduating from the University of Washington, Mr. Felix has travelled extensively, usually with sports teams as an athlete or a coach. While doing so, he has visited dozens of boarding schools around the world, gleaning wonderful insight into the power of a boarding school education. Mr. Felix is a highly experienced and dedicated facilitator in helping to provide outstanding boarding school experiences for students. Mr. Felix also has extensive experience in boarding school administration, as a history teacher and as a rugby and basketball coach. He is extremely proud of his family, from whom he derives his strength and inspiration.
M.A. (Cambridge University, U.K.) Director of Academics, Chemistry, Biology, Rugby
Raised in the industrial heartland of northwest England, David McCarthy took the road from Wigan Pier to Cambridge University where he studied biochemistry and applied biology. After teaching for seven years in his hometown, he and his Vancouver-born wife, Lisa, transplanted themselves to Brentwood in 1987. There, he coached rugby, taught biology and chemistry, and was a houseparent to the boys of Ellis House. A year's sabbatical in 2005 gave him strength for the position Director of Academic Studies a role which he held until 2015. He then moved into the newly created role of Director of Learning. In the meagerness of his spare time, Mr. McCarthy runs, bikes, and boats away from the campus; he is invariably drawn back by its peerless charm. Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy have two children and some grandchildren as well!
B.A. (McMaster), B.Ed., M.Div. (Toronto) Director of Admissions
Seeking a change of pace after teaching for six years on a tiny island in the Bahamas, Mr. Johnston and his wife, Kate, moved to Brentwood in 1994 and have lived on campus ever since. A graduate of McMaster University (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Toronto (Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Education), Mr. Johnston has served as an assistant houseparent (Privett), houseparent (Rogers), teacher of philosophy and humanities, head basketball coach, Director of Residence, and Director of Campus Life. In 2006, he was appointed Director of Admissions. Regardless of his job description, Mr. Johnston has remained loyal to his great passion: helping Brentwood to grow as a giving and caring community of future leaders and stewards. Mr. Johnston finds joy in the company of his wife, his two daughters, their menagerie of animals, and his beloved guitars.
B.A., M.A. (Victoria) Head of School '12
Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Mr. Patel emigrated, at the age of 2, to Calgary, Canada. After attending boarding school from Grades 9 to 12, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 from the University of Victoria. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Patel taught, coached, and house parented (both boys and girls dorms) at Shawnigan Lake School before moving into an administrative role at St. George's School in Vancouver, where he was appointed as Deputy Headmaster / Principal of the Senior School in 2006. He, his wife, Wendy, and two daughters, Mitali and Antara are enthusiastic residents of the Brentwood campus they call home.