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.