Upper School

Our Approach

The Bentley motto – Scire Desidero: I Desire to Know – informs every student’s academic journey, our collective respect for diverse perspectives, and the community’s enthusiasm for learning. 

Upper School: I desire to know myself

The Upper School (Grades 9-12) builds on the skills and knowledge taught in the Lower and Middle Schools, including discipline, curiosity, and the value of the life of the mind. Bentley’s motto Scire Desidero guides the teaching and learning of every student and faculty member. Students take academically challenging courses and engage in co-curricular opportunities that develop discerning minds and exceptional character. The Upper School curriculum and graduation requirements align with and exceed recommendations of the University of California's A-G requirements. 

Students work with their advisors to choose a program of study and co-curricular activities that hone their ability to collaborate, problem-solve, adapt, initiate, analyze, and imagine. These habits of mindset them on a course for college success. College counselors work with advisors and students to help each student identify excellent colleges that provide the best fit for their qualifications and interests. Academically enthusiastic, principled, and vibrant, Bentley School graduates bring their love of learning and personal integrity to college, professional, and graduate schools, and their workplaces.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Nicholas Pukstas

    Nicholas Pukstas 

    Upper School Director
  • Photo of Maureen Baylis

    Maureen Baylis 

    Assistant Director of Upper School, 11th Grade Co-Dean

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