Head of School's Message

Thank you so much for your interest in Bentley 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 66 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 his or her own unique path, every Bentley graduate shares the knowledge that he or she is 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 campus visit. We strongly encourage you to visit us, meet our students, 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

The Kindergarten Experience

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The Bentley Story

Founded in 1920, Bentley School has fostered an environment that challenges the mind, striving to bring out the best in every one of its students. Bentley School is committed to academic excellence as well as the development of character and spirit in each of its students. (Read more in the Head of School's Message.)

Where We Are

K-8 Campus
1 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 843-2512
9-12 Campus
1000 Upper Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-2101

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