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.

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  • 650

    Student enrollment
  • 55%

    Students of color
  • 8:1

    Student-teacher ratio
  • 71%

    Faculty with advanced degrees (Upper School)
  • 1 in 4

    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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  • Photo of David Lazo

    David Lazo 

    Director of Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Lloyd Brown

    Lloyd Brown 

    Associate Director of Admissions K-8
  • Photo of Mark Schneider

    Mark Schneider 

    Associate Director of Admissions 9-12

Upcoming Dates

August 30, 2024
  • K-12 Application Released for 2025-26 School Year, including registration for upcoming events
November 2, 2024
  • Open House for Lower and Middle School (Hiller Campus)
  • Open House for Upper School (Lafayette Campus)
December 7, 2024
  • Open House for Lower and Middle School (Hiller Campus)
January 9, 2025
  • Priority Admissions & Financial Aid Application Deadline (Grades 9-12)
January 16, 2025
  • Priority Admissions & Financial Aid Application Deadline (Grades K-8)
March 20, 2025
  • Admissions decisions posted in Ravenna Hub (Grades K-8)
March 21, 2025
  • Admissions decisions posted in Ravenna Hub (Grades 9-12)
Interested in applying to Bentley School?
Click below to begin the application process.

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