The Bentley Upper School is comprised of Grades 9 through 12, and has been located on the Lafayette Campus since 1998.
Bentley’s Upper School builds on the strong foundational elements of 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, exemplifying the best of a secondary school, liberal arts education. Upon entering the Upper School and through graduation, students take courses that are rigorously challenging yet developmentally appropriate. The core curriculum aligns with and exceeds the recommendations made by the University of California System. Additionally, students choose a program of study that guides and inspires each person as they gain key content knowledge and develop critical 21st century skills: collaboration, problem-solving, adaptability, initiative, information analysis, and imagination.