Briarwood Academy is an independent college preparatory coeducational school.  An elected Board of Trustees governs the school.  Briarwood is a member of the Georgia Independent School Association.The school operates on a two-semester calendar year.  A semester consists of two nine-week grading periods.  The final grade for the year is determined by the average of the two-semester grades.  Each class meets fifty minutes, five days a week for thirty-six weeks or eighteen weeks.  Each two semester academic course yields one Carnegie unit of credit.The curriculum at Briarwood Academy is College Preparatory.  All required classes are taught at the challenge level.  In addition to required classes, there are a number of electives.