With an eye toward stretching the minds of our students, Brawerman provides a rich, diverse, sequential curriculum. Academic programs, guided by standards and best practice, emphasize the introduction, exercise, and mastery of salient skills; the exposure to a particular body of core knowledge; the ability to use and evaluate knowledge through critical and independent thinking; and the goal of helping students seek and understand connections between ideas in their various studies. We believe that competence and confidence are related, and through planned lessons and experimentation, students acquire both.

With a curriculum that builds on knowledge, skills and experiences of successive grade levels and introduces developmentally appropriate strategies, concepts, and approaches, students are encouraged to expand their analytical and critical thinking and strive for academic excellence.

Throughout the school program, students are challenged intellectually, creatively and physically, and are guided in the development of strength of character and concern for others. We encourage students to wonder, to inquire and to be self-reliant, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning


Self-expression through music, drama, and visual arts is woven into the curriculum and is a component of the daily classroom experience. Cultivating a wide spectrum of aptitudes in children is important, and our program and faculty reflect that philosophy. Skilled specialists in music and art teach classes at all grade levels

Language Arts

The goal of the language arts program is for students to exchange ideas effectively through language, in the context of the world they live in. The elements of phonics, spelling, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught both as discrete subjects and in conjunction with related skills. The language arts program includes exposure to a wide variety of classical and contemporary literature. A complementary writing program emphasizes the understanding of and appreciation for writing as an ongoing means of self-expression and communication.


The mathematics program is centered on two goals: the first is to provide a sound foundation in basic mathematical facts and skills through meaningful practice and reinforcement. The second is to provide varied, thought-provoking opportunities for students to apply the mastery of those facts and skills in real-world, problem solving situations. With an emphasis on mathematical reasoning, the entire K-6 curriculum is guided by standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


The primary goal of music education at Brawerman East is to engage students in active music making in order to gain musical fluency both intellectually and expressively in a formal classroom setting. Students are exposed to a holistic experience which includes singing and instrumental performance, reading music notation, creating through improvisation and composition, and active listening in Grades K-3. 

The Kodaly methodology of music teaching lays the foundation for the curriculum. Body percussion, percussion instruments, and Orff barred instruments (xylophones and glockenspiels) are used in the music room as supplemental tools for learning melody, harmony, rhythm, and meter. Students sing many songs embedded in cultural and historical context, including Jewish holiday music, patriotic songs, folk songs from around the world, and songs that align with classroom studies.

Formal instruction of the soprano recorder is integrated in the general music class in Third Grade, reinforcing music literacy while introducing instrument care, best instrumental practice techniques, and solo and ensemble playing. In Fourth Grade, students expand their instrumental music learning through group lessons on the violin or the clarinet. Grades K-2 receive music instruction once a week while Grades 3-4 receive music instruction twice a week. As the student progresses year to year, layers of knowledge and practice built on previous years will enable the student to gain a solid and well-rounded music education. Students have performance opportunities throughout the year at the Chanukah concert, spring concert, and Shabbat services. 

At Brawerman we are indeed blessed with beautiful children who make beautiful music!! 


Community, character, and courage define our physical education program. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad range of activities and challenges, encouraging cooperation with others and sustained individual effort. Student athletes are encouraged to play skillfully and competitively while maintaining Brawerman's essential values.

As members of the Hollywood Wilshire League, with a full schedule including basketball, volleyball, and soccer, students learn the lessons of winning and losing while participating fairly. Our ultimate goal is to prepare student athletes to engage in an increasingly competitive society, while remaining connected to community, character, and courage.


Our science program strives to inspire joy at the idea of discovery by fostering inquiry with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills. We engage our students with experiential learning by implementing a hands-on, skill-based, inside/outside curriculum. The science curriculum reinforces concepts and skills in the physical, life, and earth sciences. Students also learn correct and safe lab procedures and develop skills to design experiments, hypothesize, observe, measure and apply critical thinking skills to prove their hypotheses. Collaboration and team building is strongly reinforced in science lessons through problem solving activities in groups and group projects.

Social Studies

A primary focus of the social studies program is facilitating an understanding and appreciation of the world. The social studies program involves an interdisciplinary approach linking history, economics, civics, the study of modern and ancient cultures and geography with literature, writing, math, science and the arts. Relevant field trips at each grade level extend learning beyond the classroom.


Technology plays a significant role in the academic and personal lives of our students. We believe engaging projects, appropriate applications, and state-of-the-art hardware profoundly affect the way children use technology. To that end, networked computers and iPads, a fully equipped innovation space, B.U.I.L.D. (Building Understanding by Iterating, Learning, and Design), and interactive boards in every classroom provide opportunities for global exploration and collaboration.

Brawerman students are trained in a variety of creativity suites that integrate coding, gaming, animation, and 3D design, as well as a number of productivity applications, including Google Applications for Education. Students also learn how to build and program robots, using LEGO Mindstorms NXT and WeDo, as well as Terrapin Pro-Bots. Students also use MinecraftEDU, which is managed, in part, by a group of student leaders, who help create, modify, and manage virtual worlds. Students also have access to an X-Plane flight simulator, replete with yoke, throttle, and rudder pedals, as well as aviation courses that are entirely student-managed.


Athletic skill development, fitness, and sportsmanship are at the forefront of our athletic program. Our philosophy incorporates the expectation that every child who chooses to participate will be an integral part of the team. Here TEAM is an acronym for “Together Everyone Achieves More.”

Our skillful, experienced, and knowledgeable coaching staff work with students in our state-of-the-art gym.

Physical Education Teachers:
Chris Donohoe

As participants in the Hollywood Wilshire League, with a schedule of basketball, volleyball and soccer, students learn the lessons of competition, both winning and losing. However, caring for teammates, respect for the other team and pride in good sportsmanship are equally important. We encourage our athletes to play skillfully, competitively and passionately, while never losing sight of the values that are so important in the Brawerman community.

The Brawerman After School Athletics Program is open to students in Grades 4 and 5.

Message from Rabbi Susan Goldberg, school rabbi

Jewish learning is vibrant and alive at Brawerman East elementary school. Our tradition, our temple, and our school focus on Torah, Avodah, and Gimilut Hasadim. Torah is both the wisdom texts of our tradition and the wisdom and creativity brought to the tradition from the lives of the students. Through story, theater, art making, and study BE students integrate Torah in all aspects of the school in many inventive and meaningful ways.

Avodah is worship, prayer, and ritual. Our t’filah (prayer) curriculum explores the Hebrew words, the inner meanings of the prayers, and the students’ personal experiences through writing, drawing, music, and movement. Our communal t’filah is filled with ruach (spirit) and helps to strengthen the community connection between students, teachers, administrators, and parents that is at the heart of the school. Gimilut Hasadim are acts of loving kindness. Inspired by the possibilities of Shabbat the Problem Solving Fridays evolving curriculum was created to allow students to think deeply and act with compassion in areas of our world and community that need care. The care and concern for the world also includes the care and concern for each other. BE is committed to creating a community where we all think about our words and actions in our day-to-day interactions. This too is part of our ancient tradition.

Judaic studies is not a single class rather it is integrated into the fabric of the school. Whether singing a prayer, running for a Purim scavenger hunt, or thinking about how to talk to someone on the playground the students are in dialogue with the Jewish tradition and both the students and the tradition are the better for it.


Hebrew, the ancient holy language of our people and a dynamic modern language, is an important vehicle for communication. Students build on skills acquired through a proficiency approach to language acquisition by conversing, writing and reading in modern Hebrew, as well as reading basic traditional Jewish texts. In addition, studies show that the acquisition of a second language helps in brain development, particularly in the area of mathematics.

Judaic Studies

Brawerman's integrated Judaic Studies program nurtures the mind, soul and heart of each student. It is our conviction that Jewish identity, in all its forms, supports the Jewish future. Our school community embraces diversity of Jewish thought and practice. Each student brings to the discussion a particular experience of Jewish life enjoyed in his or her own family, and participates in ongoing tikkun olam activities. An invigorating facet of our Jewish holiday curriculum is parent participation in school-wide holiday celebrations, which enhances their own connection to Judaism and our community. On the path to developing Jewish identity and menschlichkeit to last a lifetime, students explore the rich and varied tradition of Judaism through text and history, ritual and spirituality, arts, culture, language, and expression. Students are taught Judaism's moral and ethical roots to prepare them for living lives informed by our rich tradition. Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, is a central component of the Judaic curriculum.

Murals Curriculum

Journey through the murals at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a curriculum that explores Jewish history.

Tikkun Olam

Tikkun olam is an integral part of Brawerman East. We know our students will become readers, writers, and mathematicians, so the next question is: what will they do with those skills? Tikkun olam offers a natural means to inspire kids to use their skills for the power of good. Our inaugural Kindergarten class became problem solvers through a teacher-created, developmentally appropriate, student-centered, progressive curriculum. Students work together to identify problems in the world that they want to solve, and then go about working to solve those problems.

To date, students have organized a beach cleanup, cooked a meal for Temple staff, collected Halloween candy for the military, and participated in the Temple’s Big Give and Big Sunday volunteer efforts. Students collect recycling on a weekly basis to fund their tikkun olam initiatives. As our school grows, we have visions of students creating a microlending company with their tzedakah money and actively participating in Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Karsh Family Social Services Center. We know they will do great things.


Amazing things happen inside the classrooms at Brawerman East, but there is an entire world outside the schoolhouse to explore. Located in the center of Los Angeles, Brawerman East offers students unique access to the city. The Metro is blocks away from the school in either direction, and several major bus lines run down Wilshire Boulevard. Los Angeles is truly our oyster.

Field Trips

At Brawerman East, learning takes place beyond our walls. Students experience and connect with the world around them through various field trips that add important elements to the instructional program. Field trips allow students to live the curriculum they study, and to bond with one another and their teachers in a unique way.

Over the past two years, Brawerman East students have:

  • Traveled to Brawerman West
  • Explored Amy's Farm
  • Walked to a polling place on election day
  • Cleaned up the beach in Santa Monica
  • Participated in Camp Day at Camp Hess Kramer
  • Delivered goodies to the residents of Wilshire Christian Manor

After School Programs, Daily Supervision, Extended Day Enrichment

One of the mantras at Brawerman East is quality over quantity. Our educators work arduously to fit as much into the school day as humanly possible without sacrificing the quality of the experience. In doing so, we are aware that we can’t fit everything. In order to offer students more depth and breadth, we have an extensive after school program.

After-school supervision is available Monday through Thursday from 2:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students complete homework assignments, participate in activities, enjoy games and crafts, and take advantage of a little downtime.

A myriad of classes appealing to all age groups and interests is available in two semester sessions, in accordance with the school calendar. Professionals from the community and the school provide expert instruction. Some of the choices include:

  • Basketball – Learn fundamentals, strategies, and build skills
  • Cooking – Prepare recipes from around the world, learn about each cuisine
  • Guitar – Learn to play contemporary chord progressions and songs by known artists
  • GarageBand – Compose music on the iPad
  • Musical Theater – Develop acting, singing, and dancing skills through creative expression
  • Soccer – Learn fundamentals, strategies, and team skills
  • Yoga – Increase strength and flexibility; learn breathing and fitness techniques


1. Every student will be an academically competent, inspired lifelong learner. Each student may demonstrate this by:

  • Displaying a solid foundation in core academic skills, study skills and subject matter including the arts
  • Taking responsibility for one’s own learning and meeting one’s potential
  • Exhibiting skills and ethics in technology and information literacy
  • Applying strategies in asking questions and using critical thinking

2. Every student will have a deep connection to and competence in hebrew and judaic studies. Each student may demonstrate this by:

  • Developing a strong sense of Jewish identity
  • Displaying a solid foundation in Hebrew language, Torah study, prayer, ritual, traditions and history of the Jewish People
  • Expressing a personal connection to the people and land of Israel

3.  Every student will be an effective oral and written communicator. Each student may demonstrate this by:

  • Writing clearly and creatively in a variety of genres with mechanical accuracy
  • Analyzing and evaluating written material, oral information and non-verbal cues
  • Listening critically with understanding and empathy
  • Speaking publicly with competence and confidence
  • Utilizing multiple technologies and media effectively in communication

4.  Every student will be an effective problem solver academically and socially. Each student may demonstrate this by:

  • Working well collaboratively and individually
  • Analyzing and evaluating information
  • Applying a variety of conventional and innovative problem solving strategies
  • Recognizing and appreciating differing solutions
  • Demonstrating resilience and flexibility when working toward a goal

5.  Every student will be a “mensch” (a kind, respectful, ethical human being). Each student may demonstrate this by:

  • Treating others with respect
  • Showing kindness and assisting others without being asked
  • Being a productive member of the Jewish, secular and global community by embodying tikkun olam (repairing the world)
  • Being a team player and exhibiting good sportsmanship
  • Using technology and information ethically and compassionately