About the PSATs

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

About Applying to College

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

About the College Search

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Where can I find programs for the summer?

    Check our 'Resources' section or speak with your college counselor.
  • What should I use as my primary tool to search for colleges?

    During the Spring of your junior year, you will be able to search for colleges by logging in to Family Connection, found on our college counseling website, and clicking on “College Search”.
    Your counselors will also provide you with a list of colleges to consider.
  • What is education in the liberal arts?

    "A liberal arts education has at its center four practices that distinguish it from other kinds of learning: critical thinking, examination of life, encounters with difference, and free exchange of ideas. By using critical thinking to identify assumptions, to test logic, to evaluate evidence, to reason correctly, and to take responsibility for the conclusions and actions that result, a student of the liberal arts can grow personally as well as intellectually. A liberally educated person should be capable of principled judgment, seeking to understand the origins, context, and implications of any area of study, rather than looking exclusively at its application. A liberally educated person should also be skilled at solving problems, drawing together multiple perspectives in the creation of new knowledge.

    Because knowledge is lost if it is not shared, both students and teachers of the liberal arts strive to engage in precise and graceful communication. This communication takes place verbally, but also in other ways, including the symbolic and expressive systems of mathematics, music, computer languages, the natural sciences, and the visual and performing arts. By learning and exploring these systems, one may attain an understanding of aspects of human expression, which is a crucial part of liberal education.

    In Cultivating Humanity (1997), Martha C. Nussbaum speaks of "an education that is 'liberal' in that it liberates the mind from the bondage of habit and custom, producing people who can function with sensitivity and alertness as citizens of the whole world." Nussbaum argues that the central task of liberal education is to activate each student's mind, so that choices and actions may emerge from independent thought rather than from acceptance of conventional assumptions or dictates." (quote link leads to 404 page)
  • What things should I consider when visiting colleges?

    See the 'for Seniors' section at the Resources tab on this college counseling website.

About University of California (UC)

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

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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