Application Process

Applying to Bentley is more than just filling out an application. In addition to the elements required by the application, we want to get to know potential students and families. 
We welcome the opportunity for a phone call or virtual chat to tell you more about the three pillars at the heart of every Bentley education: Character, Purpose, and Community

Bentley’s online application process is designed to be clear and simple, and like most Bay Area schools, we use the online application system Ravenna. Once you create an online account, a comprehensive checklist and step-by-step directions will ensure that you don't miss a deadline or forget to submit important paperwork.
Limited spaces are available in 9th & 10th grade.
All other application inquiries for the 2021-2022 academic year should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Application Process

List of 7 items.

  • Step 1: Submit an Inquiry

    To receive more information, shedule a virtual tour, or one-on-one call please fill out our online inquiry form.
  • Step 2: Complete and submit the online application

    Through Ravenna, applicants fill out required forms, submit supplemental materials, and track application progress. Please visit the Bentley Application Portal to create a profile for your student or access your established account.
  • Step 3: Submit teacher recommendations online

    Kindergarten Applicants
    One preschool teacher recommendation is required. 

    Grade 1-8 Applicants
    Two separate teacher recommendations are required: one from the current classroom teacher and one from the prior year’s teacher. 
    Grade 9-12 Applicants
    Three recommendations are required: one from the applicant's current English teacher, one from the current Math teacher, and one from the Principal or Counselor. 

    **All recommendations are easily delegated and submitted through the applicant’s existing Ravenna account.
  • Step 4: Submit transcripts

    Optional: A current transcript should be sent directly from your student’s school to if available.

    Grade 1-5
    We require a transcript from the current year, including attendance, standardized testing - if applicable, and grade reports from both current (2020-2021) and previous (2019-2020) years. Transcripts should be sent directly from your student’s school to

    Grade 6-12 Applicants

    We require transcripts, including attendance, standardized testing, and grade reports from both current (2020-2021) and previous (2019-2020) years. Transcripts should be sent directly from your student’s school to

    NOTE: Transcript requests can also be completed through Ravenna. (Directions are provided in your applicant profile.)
  • Step 5: Register for the ISEE or SSAT*

    *Test Optional for Grades 6-12

    For the fall 2021 application process, SSAT or ISEE scores are not required to apply, though applicants may still choose to submit them. Applicants who do not submit ISEE or SSAT test scores are encouraged to help us better understand their academic background and can elect to submit ERB or CAASPP scores instead.

    To register for the ISEE (school code: 570407) click here, and for the SSAT click here

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ERB will now be offering the ISEE at home. Please visit their website for more information on how to register.
  • Step 6: Schedule student and parent interviews & assessments

    Interviews and assessments for all grades are scheduled once an applicant has "Applied" status in Ravenna.

    Kindergarten Applicants

    Your family will have the opportunity to submit a video for the student assessment portion of the application. This fun and engaging assessment is designed to evaluate academic and developmental readiness across subject areas. Parents will also have the opportunity to interview with the Lower School Director to learn more about the Bentley curriculum and community. 
    Grades 1 - 8 Applicants
    Your student will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one via video for the assessment portion of the application. Parents will also have the opportunity to interview with our administrative team to learn more about the Bentley curriculum and community. 

    Grades 9-12 Applicants
    Once an application is complete, families are invited to schedule a virtual interview. The interview will start with a question and answer session for the whole family, and conclude with a 15-20 minute interview with the student.

    All interviews will be scheduled through Ravenna.
  • Step 7: Decisions Released

    Decisions for K-8 will be released after 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2021 through Ravenna.

    Decisions for 9-12 will be released after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2021 through Ravenna.

    If accepted, the enrollment contract and deposit must be submitted by Thursday, March 25 (K-8) or Friday, March 26, 2021 (9-12) in order to secure a spot.

Application Deadline

January 7, 2021
Grades 9–12 completed applications due.
January 22, 2021
Grades 6–8 completed applications due. 

If you are interested in applying after the deadline, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Questions about applying?

Our admissions team is here to support you through this process every step of the way.

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Peter Jordan

    Peter Jordan 

    Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, 9-12
  • Photo of Lloyd Brown

    Lloyd Brown 

    Associate Director of Admissions, K-12
    (510) 843-2512 Ext. 2000
  • Photo of Francesca Molina

    Francesca Molina 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, K-8
    (510) 229-4109

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy as to Students

The Bentley School admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. The schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

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