From the Head of School

More than a decade ago, when I joined the Bentley community, the School’s dynamic spirit and love of learning was evident in every classroom. The same experience has been shared by generations of Bentley alumni, and our commitment to both academic excellence and character has never been stronger than it is today.
Founded in 1920, today’s Bentley proudly welcomes 700 students representing 74 zip codes. Embracing a vision of transformative learning and a culture of excellence, Bentley still holds the values of its founders while offering cutting edge programs on two beautiful campuses. With rich enhancements in course offerings, we are preparing today’s students for bright futures.

Throughout their time at Bentley, students are challenged and supported by talented and passionate faculty, dedicated administrators, and classmates who value and respect diverse perspectives. Our students develop deep intellectual curiosity and awareness of their responsibilities as citizens. Though each will embark on their own unique path, every Bentley graduate shares the knowledge that they are able to make a real difference in the world of tomorrow.

Students in our Lower School enjoy an environment in which they are encouraged by their teachers to explore new academic and social frontiers in a safe environment. Middle School students gain healthy confidence and character as they boldly expand their learning with elective courses in preparation for the Upper School.

In the Upper School, students take great pride in challenging themselves and supporting one another academically while also developing and deepening their values and interests in and beyond the classroom. Guided by excellent advisors, teachers, and college counselors throughout their four years, Bentley graduates move into distinguished universities and colleges throughout the country and across the world, and lead balanced lives of success and purpose.

Our admissions process is designed to provide you with an individualized experience to help you determine whether Bentley is the right choice for your child and family. And just as we are eager to share our School with you, we look forward to learning more about the talents, aspirations, and energy you and your child may bring to our community. While you may learn more by exploring our website, the best way to experience Bentley is through a virtual campus visit. We strongly encourage you to register for a virtual tour through Ravenna, meet our community, and see for yourself what makes Bentley such a special place.

We look forward to getting to know your family in the near future and to sharing the learning community in which we all take such great pride.
Arlene F. Hogan
Head of School

Each day we strive to build a community where every person is known and valued and students are taught how to think rather than what to think.
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K - 8 Campus

1 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 843-2512

9 - 12 Campus

1000 Upper Happy Valley Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-2101