Welcome to Bentley. For nearly a century, Bentley School has enhanced its legacy of excellence in teaching and learning. In an environment where every student is known and valued as an individual, academic challenge goes hand in hand with social-emotional learning from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. With two beautiful campuses in Oakland and Lafayette, and the Promise of Bentley School guiding us, our community is grounded in a sense of place and possibility. Our families represent all backgrounds, reflecting the remarkable diversity of the Bay Area.
We cherish potential and, even more, fulfill it. We want students to explore the arts, love the sciences, and embrace curiosity of all kinds. The balance of mind and body is fundamental to the way our students learn in the wide range of academic and co-curricular opportunities offered in each of our Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions. Resilience, confidence, kindness, purpose and achievement come through developing habits of mind through learning in and beyond the classroom.
Our talented faculty members are innovative, collaborative professionals, dedicated to professional development that supports our students' growth. With our motto Scire Desidero (I Desire to Know) as our guiding principle, our teachers, students, and alumni cherish lifelong learning and exemplify both substance and success.
We hope you will visit Bentley soon. We look forward to sharing with you the great people, programs, and pride that are the hallmarks of Bentley.
Arlene F. Hogan Head of School
The Kindergarten Experience
Our Upper School
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.)