Brentwood’s Mirman School for gifted students plans big campus expansion

The school whose students have IQs of 138 and up wants to add a new wing at its 60-acre campus
By Dennis Lynch and Haru Coryne | July 16, 2019 04:00PM

Mirman School Head of School Dan Vorenberg

Mirman School Head of School Dan Vorenberg

UPDATED, July 17, 9:31 a.m.: Mirman School for Gifted Children — for those whose IQs are 138 and above — is looking to expand with a new academic wing at its Mulholland Drive campus in Brentwood.

The private school filed plans for the expansion with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. The school intends to build a 45,000-square-foot, three-floor academic building, and add improvements to existing facilities.

The expansion would accommodate students in kindergarten to 12th grade — the school is now K-8 — and up to around 535 students. It now has 300 students. The school campus spans 6 acres.

Land use consultant Mark Armbruster of Armbruster Goldsmith and Delvac is representing the school, but could not be reached for comment.

The Mirman School was founded in the early 1960s and is open to students with IQs of 138 and above. Roughly 2 percent of people who take IQ tests score 130 or higher. Mensa, the most well-established high IQ society in the world, only accepts people who score 130 or higher.

Earlier this month, EF Education First school secured approval for 200 housing units at a planned private school campus in Pasadena.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the campus was 60 acres.