Limited Day Student Space

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - By: Clayton Johnston

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Greetings from South East Asia; I hope you are well.  I am writing to give a little insight into the positive impact of our newly re-established Grade 8 Programme and what implications this has on the the school as a whole.  When we decided to re-introduce Grade 8s to our School, we hoped to ameliorate the situation facing local families struggling to deal with the the shift from the Middle School model in the valley by allowing them to join our school earlier so students wouldn’t have to switch schools twice in as many years; as well, we hoped it would induce our school with that youthful energy that we remembered well when we previously had an 8th grade.  What we didn’t anticipate was the tremendous, school-wide impact this group has had on all of our programmes as well as the overall culture of the school.  To put it mildly, it has been a resounding success to date and we couldn’t be happier.

As you well know, Brentwood at its core is a boarding school; in fact, in terms of full-time boarders, we may now have the largest boarding population of any school in Canada.  Because of this, day students have had to adapt to a school whose rhythms are very much dictated by its strong boarding culture. Maintaining this culture is of primary importance to us.  We have appreciated the unrivalled commitment of our day students and their families over the years and appreciate the strong contributions both have made to our school.  There have been many family sacrifices in terms of weekend activities, early mornings and late nights, that have put many demands on you; our day students remain some of the most engaged and highly committed students in our school.

As you may know, our current philosophy is that the successful completion of our Grade 8 programme allows students to continue in our Grade 9-12 programme. In order that we keep our strong boarding culture and that our population does not get too large, this means the availability of day places at other grade levels are minimal and highly competitive.  Application to Grade 9-12 as a day student, regardless of previous affiliation to the school, is no guarantee that a place will be available.  While we will try where ever possible to find a place, we are dedicated to ensuring that our class sizes and school sense of community are not negatively impacted.  

The purpose of this email is to allow families, who are considering Brentwood for their child, to strongly consider Grade 8 as an entry year so they have the best chance at securing a place.  Please feel free to share this information with any day families you know that might be considering Brentwood.  Thanks for your understanding; I’m back in the office in early February if you would like to chat in person.

Warmest regards,

Clayton

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