In its relatively short history, Brentwood School has grown to be one of the premier independent day schools in Southern California. Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1972, Brentwood School acquired the Brentwood Military Academy, which had existed since 1902. A fundamental tenet of our school's educational philosophy is the belief that successful schools provide a broad educational experience in which students explore their passions and concomitantly, develop the skills and habits that will allow them to become successful, productive and inquisitive adults.
Throughout our travels in Cambodia and Thailand, students will reflect upon the peoples, culture, customs, and history that characterize this diverse nation. As this trip is anchored in history, literature, culture, and modern-day economic realities, students are provided time and opportunity to document their learning adventures with daily journal reflections. Our meaningful engagement with notable locals brings the diverse realities of Cambodia and Thailand to life: genocide survivors, environmentalists, humanitarians, merchants, artists, and scholars. Students and teachers will discuss the history of Cambodia and Thailand at the local, regional, and global levels; socio-political and cultural standards of our host country, as well as share innovative ideas for social entrepreneurial opportunities. Particular attention will be given to the complex role of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) operating in SE Asia. Teachers may opt to assign online pen paling in advance of departure with local students. Friendships the students began electronically are solidified with meaningful face-to-face connections and bonding activities. Students emerge from their Cambodia- Thailand Northern Highlights trip as more attuned, ethical citizens of our global community.Register Now
James Hughes earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of San Diego and an MA degree in English and an MEd degree in Education from Stanford University. He studied abroad in Oxford, England and Guadalajara, Mexico as an undergraduate and has continued to work abroad during his summer breaks. Throughout his 25 year […]Learn More
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