Student Life

Service Learning

As part of the Bentley Promise to “be a citizen of the world in all the best senses,” Bentley students are encouraged and required to participate in service learning. 
We believe that by giving back to the community outside of the classroom, students learn the importance of volunteer commitments. A total of 60 service hours are required for graduation; It is recommended that students complete at least 15 of these service hours per year.

9th graders are introduced to Service Learning at the beginning of their high school career through a week-long, Mini-Term course. Students learn about problems in their community and spend time volunteering with organizations throughout the Bay Area. The course culminates with students choosing an organization they care about and educating their peers on its mission and purpose. Students may choose to devote all 60 service hours to this organization. 

Tutoring students in underserved schools, providing assistance to the physically disabled or elderly, or serving food at community food banks are just a few examples of how Bentley students fulfill this community service commitment. A thriving student-led Community Service Club provides additional opportunities for students to learn the value of giving back. 

Bentley Partners & Service Opportunities

Save the Bay
Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants
Pledge to Humanity
Manzanita SEED Elementary School
St. Vincent De Paul
Berkeley Senior Center
John Muir Land Trust
Berkeley Housing Project
Alameda Food Bank
Lindsay Wildlife Center
East Bay SPCA

Student Spotlight: Alumna Sophie Foster '20

Last year, Sophie Foster ’20 was recognized as one of the 100 High School Students America Needs to Know About ™ for her dedication to political activism. Sophie has participated in numerous marches and rallies leading up to the 2020 election and planned activist events on campus. 

During her time at Bentley, she served as co-president and co-founder of WE LEAD and continues to serve her community by being a champion activist for equality and human rights.
 
 

Workforce Career Readiness

These high school students are making their mark in industries ranging from agriculture to the nonprofit world. But most of all they are making a difference in their schools, communities, and the lives of their peers.

Phoenix Rising

Born out of the desire to support the frontline workers of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, Bentley launched a community-wide initiative called the Phoenix Rising Program. By regularly providing food and goodies for our first responders, this program provides a platform for our students, families, and teachers to recognize and thank the essential workers who are ensuring that all of us stay healthy and safe.

The support for this program has been overwhelming and more opportunities to participate will be available on a regular basis. If you are interested in volunteering or have suggestions or questions, please email rise@bentleyschool.org.

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