Middle School

Student Support

Bentley School inspires inquiry, academic excellence, personal achievement, and character.

With these goals in mind, we welcome and appreciate the diversity of learning styles that all students bring to our community.

We help students to understand how they learn best and how to effectively communicate their learning needs to teachers. Self-advocacy is a value that we esteem and cultivate at Bentley, one that lends itself to developing confidence and to effecting academic success for all students.

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Phyllis Smudski

    Phyllis Smudski 

    School Counselor K-12
  • Photo of Katie Johnston

    Katie Johnston 

    School Counselor K-12
  • Photo of Kristin Johnson

    Kristin Johnson 

    Learning Support Specialist, K-8
The School Counselor works closely with classroom teachers, Advisors, Deans, and Division Directors to provide social-emotional support to students and families in the Bentley community. As an integral part of the school, the School Counselor helps students navigate the challenges of development in an inclusive, warm, and safe environment.
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Advisory Program

Complementing the academic program is our vibrant advisory program. Each advisory consists of a group of twelve students from the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades that meets daily with a faculty advisor. Advisors guide the academic, social, and emotional growth of the advisees. Weekly Town Hall meetings allow the entire Middle School to come together to discuss events within Bentley School and the greater community. These meetings provide students with the opportunity to share their personal successes and concerns, as well as those of other people. Students learn leadership skills in Student Council. Buddy programs with Lower School students help our Middle School students to mentor their younger counterparts. 

Learning Support Services

The Learning Support Services team helps students do their best learning as they develop the confidence to plan, organize, self-advocate, and match tools and techniques with their individual learning styles, strengths, and challenges. As a result, students are able to demonstrate their knowledge of academic material at a developmentally appropriate level. Additionally, the Learning Support Services team aids teachers in their understanding of research-based teaching strategies and learning accommodations.

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