Academics

At Brentano our philosophy is to empower students as leaders in learning. We believe students are most engaged, most productive, and best served by teaching that centers on discovery and problem-solving. Our students pursue math and literacy daily, plus an inquiry block comprised of project-based science and social studies units.

We are fully committed to educating the whole child. Each of our Kindergarten through 8th grade students has PE every day, plus an hour of arts enrichment daily including drama, music, and visual arts.

Brentano has an excellent and motivated teaching staff, which engages in continuous learning through partnerships with UIC, the University of Chicago, the Erikson Institute, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Brookfield Zoo, Boundless Readers, and many other institutions.

Brentano Elementary

Brentano Elementary

PreK

Brentano offers play-based prekindergarten in two half-day sessions: morning and afternoon. Our prekindergarten program has a Gold quality rating, the highest status awarded by the state of Illinois. Our prekindergarten students learn in either a traditional setting, with a teacher and an aide for a class of 20 students, or a blended setting with a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and an aide for an inclusive class of 20 students.

Kindergarten through 4th grade

Brentano students in Kindergarten through 4th grade work primarily in self-contained classrooms. Each teacher instructs in literacy, writing, math, and integrated an inquiry block that includes science and social studies. Students also work with enrichment teachers in visual art, drama, music, technology, and physical education.

5th through 8th grade

Brentano students in 5th grade through 8th grade work in a departmentalized setting. Each student begins the day in a 30 minute advisory, then moves through three 90-minute periods with focuses on literacy, math, and integrated an inquiry block that includes science and social studies. Students also work with enrichment teachers in visual art, drama, music, technology, and physical education.