The Bentley Mathematics Department offers curriculum that allows students to develop a “growth mindset” while inspiring a passion for real-world mathematical applications and collaborative problem solving. We encourage our students to take risks in the classroom and embrace both their successes and setbacks, building a foundation for the years ahead. Throughout, we challenge students to be flexible thinkers and to communicate their work using precise language. Students integrate technology in all stages of exploration. In our ever-changing world, the skills our students acquire here at Bentley lead them to graduate with the mathematical expertise to succeed in whatever field they choose to pursue.

Bentley’s program ranges from Geometry to Calculus, and includes a variety of electives. For students ready for advanced work, Calculus 1 and 2 Honors, AP Computer Science and AP Statistics are offered. Central to our program is the philosophy that mathematics plays an essential role in modern culture, including aesthetic and recreational aspects, and in the scientific and technical community.

Bentley School requires all students to complete three years of mathematics, although most students undertake four years of study. Each student is required to have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator beginning in Algebra 2, which is integral to our contemporary mathematics instruction. A test is required of all incoming students to help determine appropriate placement. With the exception of electives, all mathematics classes are year-long.

Mathematics Department

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Patrick Bruno

    Patrick Bruno 

    Upper School Mathematics Department Chair, Math Teacher
  • Photo of Lorene Espineli

    Lorene Espineli 

    Upper School Mathematics Teacher
  • Photo of Taylor Drahos

    Taylor Drahos 

    Upper School Mathematics Teacher
  • Photo of Michael Watson

    Michael Watson 

    Mathematics Teacher
  • Photo of Maureen Baylis

    Maureen Baylis 

    Upper School Mathematics Teacher
  • Photo of Christina Ditzel

    Christina Ditzel 

    Computer Science Teacher & Ed Tech Support
  • Photo of Amanda Mudde

    Amanda Mudde 

    Upper School Mathematics Teacher
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