Student Support

Bentley School inspires inquiry, academic excellence, personal achievement, and character. With these goals in mind, we welcome and appreciate the diversity of learning styles that all students bring to our community. We help students to understand how they learn best and how to effectively communicate their learning needs to teachers. Self-advocacy is a value that we esteem and cultivate at Bentley, one that lends itself to developing confidence and to effecting academic success for all students. 

While all students learn differently from one another, we understand that students with documented learning differences and disabilities will likely need additional support in particular areas. The Learning Support Specialist and Bentley faculty help students who have diagnosed learning differences and disabilities to create individual plans for academic success. For more information about our policy, please contact the Learning Support Specialist

Student Support Team Meetings
All students are welcome to participate in a Student Support Team (SST) meeting, the purpose of which is to communicate a student’s learning style and needs to teachers and others involved in the student’s education. The SST brings together, as a team, all of the adults involved in a student’s teaching and learning. This can include the student, the Learning Support Specialist, teachers, the advisor, parents/guardians, and private Learning Specialist/tutor(s). In the meeting, participants share information and assess instructional strategies that are likely to work for the student.

Advisory Program
Complementing the academic program is our vibrant advisory program. Each advisory consists of a group of twelve students from the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades that meets daily with a faculty advisor. Advisors guide the academic, social, and emotional growth of the advisees. Weekly Town Hall meetings allow the entire Middle School to come together to discuss events within Bentley School and the greater community. These meetings provide students with the opportunity to share their personal successes and concerns, as well as those of other people. Students learn leadership skills in Student Council. Buddy programs with Lower School students help our Middle School students to mentor their younger counterparts. 

Student Support Staff

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Julie Newell

    Julie Newell 

    Director of Counseling Support Services K-12
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  • Photo of Erin Buechner

    Erin Buechner 

    Lead Learning Support Specialist, 6-9 Student Support

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.)

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