Student Life


Developing leaders through the joy of competition and play

Bentley student-athletes grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. This is accomplished through the challenge of athletic discipline, team participation, and interscholastic competition. Our mission is both educational and recreational, designed to enrich and complement the Bentley academic experience. Whether it is in practice or games, athletics provides all students with an active opportunity for personal achievement and the development of values.

Character, Purpose, & Community

The Bentley pillars of character, purpose, and community are woven throughout all aspects of our athletic program. Bentley student-athletes commit to their academic enrichment, to character, to self, and to their team and peers. Student-athletes are committed to being honest, positive, productive, inclusive, and understanding. They are individuals who are present, accountable, and respectful of how their actions affect others.

Bentley believes physical fitness should be a life-long practice. Physical education classes extend from Kindergarten to a full range of Life Fitness classes in the upper grades. In addition to interscholastic sports, we offer a full range of Life Fitness classes at the Upper School. Classes include yoga, fencing, dance, rugby, weight training, sport-specific pre-season conditioning, and cardiovascular conditioning.
Values of Participation
Athletics at Bentley School encompasses more than just competition. Remaining in line with the school’s mission statement, athletics is another venue for teaching and educating.

The focus of the Bentley School Athletics Department is to enrich the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of every student-athlete. Competition provides opportunities in which the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, individual effort, integrity, work ethic, commitment, and self-discipline are emphasized.

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  • For Students

    • Attend all team practices and games.
    • Be on time for all team functions. 
    • All planned absences should be communicated to and approved in advance by the coach.
    • Playing time is not guaranteed and is determined by the coaches.
    • Respect your coach and the decisions that are made. 
    • Playing on an interscholastic athletic team is a privilege, not a right. It takes a big commitment to be a student-athlete. You will have to make sacrifices with your time.
    • Be a good representative of Bentley School, the athletic program, and your team.
    • Have fun!  
  • For Families & Spectators

    • Understand that interscholastic athletics are an extension of the classroom.
    • Show respect and positive support for coaches, other team members and officials, prior to, during, and after games/practices.
    • Be mindful of your role. Provide support, do not openly instruct or criticize any coach, player, or official during a game/practice.
    • Participate in cheers that support, encourage and uplift the team.
    • Help with team carpools when necessary.
    • Volunteer to be a team parent.
    • Understand the spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship expected by our school, league, and opponents.

Athletics Department

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  • Photo of Ken Rancifer

    Ken Rancifer 

    Athletic Director
    (925) 900-4075
  • Photo of Erica Escalante

    Erica Escalante 

    Assistant Director of Athletics

Regarding the 2020-21 Athletics Season

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has released a statement regarding the upcoming athletic season. The federation has consolidated three seasons of athletics into two seasons, fall and spring, and they have postponed the beginning of the fall sports until December 14, 2020. 

Although CIF has provided a plan and some direction for high school athletics, this is subject to change and requires flexibility. We will continue to monitor future developments and communicate any other decisions along the way as we receive them.

Upcoming Games

CIF has postponed the beginning of the fall sports until December 14 (originally scheduled to begin on August 10). Fall sports are currently scheduled to conclude in March, and spring sports will have a tentative start date of February 22 or March 8 depending on the sport, and will run until the end of May or early June.
Bentley School is a member of the North Coast Section (NCS) and competes in the Bay Area Conference (BAC), Bay Counties League (BCL) East. The schools that are members of our league include Bentley School (Lafayette), Athenian School (Danville), College Preparatory School (Oakland), Head-Royce School (Oakland), St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda), Redwood Christian School (San Lorenzo), and Valley Christian School (Dublin). 

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