Welcome to the Lower School

The Lower School (K-5) curriculum is supportive, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate. Faculty members set the foundation for academic and personal success by helping students develop both a deep knowledge base and healthy social and emotional growth. They individualize teaching, using a combination of direct instruction, independent practice, hands-on learning, cooperative group work, and individual conferencing to ensure each student's intellectual growth and reasoning.
In addition to establishing an important academic foundation for our youngest learners, we are committed to providing students with wide exposure to art, music, and world languages. In keeping with the philosophy that a healthy body supports a healthy mind, health and wellness classes develop physical fitness and students participate in dance and other performances.

Students' academic success is directly tied to their social emotional wellness. In addition to weaving important life lessons into the classroom experience, teachers support student's social, emotional, and ethical development in Bentley's PACT (Positive Action Character Time) program. Through PACT, students learn how to name and manage their feelings, and how to resolve conflicts with classmates and peers. 
Teachers use formal and informal assessments to identify students’ strengths, challenges, social-emotional growth, interests, and recommendations as they progress to higher grades. Students demonstrate their rising achievement levels through traditional tests and quizzes, standardized testing, projects, presentations, formal and informal writing, observations, and group work. 

If you’d like to know more about what your child can explore and learn at Bentley, please come for a visit. We look forward to meeting you.

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The Bentley Story

Founded in 1920, Bentley School has fostered an environment that challenges the mind, striving to bring out the best in every one of its students. Bentley School is committed to academic excellence as well as the development of character and spirit in each of its students. (Read more in the Head of School's Message.)

Where We Are

K-8 Campus
1 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 843-2512
9-12 Campus
1000 Upper Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-2101

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