Admissions

Welcome

We are delighted you want to know more about Bentley School. Our K-12 community is infused with a love of learning, curiosity, and joy in discovery, guided by meaningful relationships that make learning a lifetime pursuit.
Across our Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions, our exceptional faculty develop students of character, inspire purpose, and build community. We enroll 650 students in grades K-12 on our two campuses in Oakland and Lafayette. 

Bentley School offers guided tours for parents and guardians throughout the fall admissions season, and there are some limited student visit opportunities for prospective middle and upper school applicants. In the meantime, we encourage you to explore our website, which provides information about our academic curriculum, leadership opportunities, diverse community, athletic programs, community events, and more.
Limited spaces are currently available in Kindergarten - 2nd grade.
All other application inquiries for the 2022-2023 academic year should be directed to the Admissions Office.

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  • 700

    Student enrollment
  • 53%

    Students of color
    (self-identified)
  • 7:1

    Student-teacher ratio
  • 77%

    Faculty with advanced degrees (Upper School)
  • 28%

    Families who receive some form of financial assistance

Many Paths of Purpose

Bentley prides itself on being a community that supports broad exploration while fostering a collaborative focus. Our academic program challenges students to find their passions in a developmentally appropriate yet invigorating atmosphere.

Our curriculum celebrates independent thinking and diversity, encouraging students to discover both their own talents and the role they can play in the world around them. Our faculty and deans help students thrive academically and develop their own voice.

Applying to Bentley

The process of applying to Bentley differs depending on your student’s entering grade. Please visit our Application Process page for step by step instructions and requirements.

Our admissions team is available to answer any questions you have about our program or the admissions process itself. If you would like to schedule a phone or a one-on-one video call, please select an available time slot from the link below, and someone from our Admissions Office will reach out to you directly.

Admissions Contact

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    Lloyd Brown 

    Director of Admissions, K-12 and DEIB Coordinator
    510-843-2512 Ext. 2000
  • Photo of David Lazo

    David Lazo 

    Director of Enrollment Management
    (925) 900-4057

Application Deadlines

January 12, 2023
  • Priority Admissions Application Deadline (Grades 9-12)
  • FA Application Deadline (Grades 9-12)
January 19, 2023
  • Priority Admissions Deadline (Grades K-8)
  • FA Application Deadline (Grades K-8)
March 17, 2023
  • Grades K–12 Admissions decisions posted on Ravenna 

Online applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open on Thursday, September 1, 2022.
Interested in applying to Bentley School?
Click below to begin the application process.