While the academics are top notch, students can be exculsionary and clique oriented. People almost never make an effort to communicate with others outside those they feel similar to. There is also a "sheltered and ignorant" aspect from some students who have always lived in opulence due to Brentwood being a rich area. As with every school I've ever been to in Tennessee (5), bullying is rampant (However, bullying is MUCH worse in middle and elementary schools. I was bullied throughout my elementary and middle school years). People often tore down our Gay-Straight Alliance's signs because they didn't agree with our message (Southern middle TN is highly socially conservative). On the other hand, some students (such as myself, as one who grew up eclectic neopagan and attended a wide myriad of cultural and religious events, as well as living in both poor and moderately well-off areas due to having two separate households.) have wide-ranging and diverse life experiences. Some are even from different places around the world. This also serves to create a divide, as less tolerant/more affluent/sheltered students struggle to understand those with different customs and mannerisms. *NOTE: Among AP students, this is not a problem at all, probably due to the fact that open mindedness is correlated with high intellect. The biggest problem there is competitiveness and high pressure to do well.* There is also a huge berth between AP/honors and non-AP/honors students. Challenging students in standard classes and working toward transitioning them to more difficult coursework would shorten this gap. I see much wasted potential because many in standard classes aren't there because they aren't intelligent enough to understand harder coursework; They're there due to other circumstances (general laziness, untreated behavioral disorders, drug use, etc).