Introduction to the Middle School

Bentley Middle School - Grades 6-7-8

Bentley Middle School builds upon the foundation established in the Lower School by continuing to promote the academic, social, and emotional development of its students. Students move from a single-teacher classroom structure to a multi-classroom, multi-teacher model. Navigating this period of rapid personal and physical development, students acquire learning skills to progress from concrete to analytical thinkers.
The Bentley faculty encourage students to think critically and develop excellent communication skills with hands-on projects, open-ended questions, and challenging problems. Students acquire study skills in every class. They master mathematics and learn to think scientifically. Students become proficient in world languages, develop strategies for physical and emotional health, work collaboratively with peers, and can express themselves intelligently and confidently in the arts. 
in order for students to become engaged citizens of the world, they are presented with expansive opportunities in all academic areas and are offered a choice of electives in the arts, debating, engineering, athletics, and academic preparation. Bentley students become enthusiastic learners who live an intellectual life each day. They leave eighth grade confident and well-versed in fundamental areas to meet Bentley's rigorous and specialized Upper School program.

Come visit and find out how Bentley’s Middle School supports the transition from the early years of learning to college preparatory grades.

Middle School Events

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Middle School Administration

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  • Carol A. Swainson 

    Head of K-8
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  • Beverly Hackford 

    Middle School Director
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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.)

Where We Are

K-8 Campus
1 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 843-2512
9-12 Campus
1000 Upper Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-2101

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