Introduction to the Middle School

The Middle School (Grades 6, 7, 8) 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. As students grow into early adolescence, they learn skills to progress from concrete to analytical thinkers.
 
Teachers encourage students to think abstractly and develop excellent communication skills with hands-on projects, open-ended questions, and challenging problems. Students learn to think mathematically and scientifically. Students become adept in world languages, develop strategies for physical and emotional health, work collaboratively with peers, and can express themselves through the arts. 
 
To become engaged citizens of the world, students are presented with expansive opportunities. Students make choices about elective courses, including the arts, speech and debate, engineering, athletics, and more. They leave eighth grade confident and well-versed in various subject areas and habits of mind, prepared to meet the challenges of the strong academic program at the Upper School.  

Come visit Bentley Middle School to see how it provides a solid transition from the early years of learning to the college preparatory grades.
 

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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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