Welcome to the Upper School

The Upper School (Grades 9-12) builds on the skills and knowledge taught in the Lower and Middle Schools, including discipline, curiosity, and the value of the life of the mind. Bentley’s motto Scire Desidero (I desire to know) guides the teaching and learning of every student and faculty member. Students take academically challenging courses and engage in co-curricular opportunities that develop discerning minds and exceptional character. The Upper School curriculum and graduation requirements align with and exceed recommendations of the University of California's A-G requirements.

Students work with their advisors to choose a program of study and co-curricular activities that hone their ability to collaborate, problem-solve, adapt, initiate, analyze, and imagine. These habits of mind set them on a course for college success. College counselors work with advisors and students to help each student identify excellent colleges that provide the best fit for their quaifications and interests.
The hallmark of a Bentley education is defined by “doing” and real world applications of knowledge and skills. Academic and co-curricular programs emphasize creative engagement and authentic intellectual work. Students explore their interests outside of the classroom in different areas: the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Program, speech and debate, experiential learning, culinary arts, language study, club leadership, athletics, performing and visual arts, and more. Students embrace opportunities in an inclusive community of mutual respect and kindness.
 
Academically enthusiastic, principled, and vibrant, Bentley School graduates bring their love of learning and personal integrity to college, professional and graduate schools, and their workplaces. 

Upper School Events

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Upper School Administration

List of 5 members.

  • Bryan Smith 

    Head of Upper School
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  • Christie Checovich 

    Associate Head of Upper School, Director of Admissions 9-12
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  • Peter Jordan 

    Academic Dean and Assistant Head of Upper School
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  • Archie Douglas 

    Director of College Counseling
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  • Erin Lott Pollack 

    Dean of Teaching and Learning, 9-12; English Teacher
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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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