Lower School (Grades K-5): Application Process

1. Complete our online Inquiry Form
Join our mailing list and receive news about campus activities, invitations to events, and reminders about application deadlines by completing our online Inquiry Form.
2. Visit Bentley School
Bentley School offers many opportunities to learn more about our program, to see our campus, and to observe our students and faculty in the classroom. Learn more about visiting Bentley.
3. Complete and submit the Online Application
All application components are available through our online application system called Ravenna. To complete our online application please visit www.ravenna-hub.com.
4. Assessment and Student Visit
After your application has been processed through Ravenna, a member of the admissions team will contact you to schedule your parent interview and assessment.

Applicants are assessed both individually and in small peer groups. The assessment is designed to evaluate the applicant’s readiness – intellectually, developmentally, and socially. The applicant must have a complete Ravenna application and supplemental materials in the Admissions Office in order to participate in an assessment.
Grades 1-5
Applicants are required to complete a half-day student visit and assessment. This is their chance to experience life as a Bentley student as they attend classes with a current student ambassador. The assessment, which covers math, reading, spelling and creative writing, and the shadow visits take place the last week of January through to the end of February. The admissions team will contact you about available dates.

5. Parent Interview
Our admissions team will contact parents to schedule Parent interviews once the Ravenna application is complete.

Grades 1-5
Parents may register for interviews through Ravenna, once the application is complete, beginning December 1, 2017.

K-8 Admissions Team

List of 2 members.

  • Joan Hester 

    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, K-8
    (510) 229-4108
    Bio ...
  • Francesca Molina 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, K-8
    (510) 229-4109
    Bio ...

Important Dates

January 11, 2018 | Admissions and Financial Aid Applications due
March 15, 2018    | Decision Notification mailed
March 23, 2018    | Enrollment Contract due

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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Oakland, CA 94618
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