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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B

Applying

Application Deadline
January 7
Application Fee
$100
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$46,735
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid
$26,000
From Bentley School

Celebrating 100 years of excellence in learning, Bentley is a K-12 co-ed, independent day school with beautiful campuses in Oakland (K-8) & Lafayette (9-12).

From kindergarten to the threshold of college, Bentley students enjoy transformative learning leading to lives of purpose and success. With teachers, mentors, advisors, and coaches who value a balance of intellect and character, students participate in unique academic, service, leadership, arts, athletics, and other opportunities, encouraging one another to become their best selves.

Visit our website and school to learn more about Bentley's K-12 program. We look forward to meeting you and learning more about the talents and aspirations you and your child may bring to the Bentley community.

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Bentley School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1310
126 responses
Average ACT
29
77 responses

Celebrating 100 Years

Founded in 1920, today’s Bentley proudly welcomes 700 students representing 74 zip codes. Embracing a vision of transformative learning and a culture of excellence, Bentley still holds the values of its founders while offering cutting edge programs on two beautiful campuses. With rich enhancements in course offerings, we are preparing today’s students for bright futures.

Culture & Safety

Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
58%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 53 responses
  • Mini-Term
    21%
  • Spirit Night
    17%
  • Bentley Fest
    15%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Sports
    9%
  • Our school is not very social or spirited.
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    700
    62%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
    46%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    High
    68%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
    53%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
    58%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D+
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      C+
    Median Household Income
    $157,453
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $2,019
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $1,302,900
    National
    $184,700

    Bentley School Reviews

    96 reviews
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    Bentley is a fantastic school with a highly involved student community. The school offers a plethora of student led clubs and organizations. Additionally, the school's extracurricular programs such as engineering and theatre are very well endowed. Teachers at the school are devoted to helping their students prepare for college and treat them like adults. The new cafeteria is fantastic too!
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    We have two kids at Bentley and our experience has been terrific thus far. Our children have been challenged by the curriculum and the truly wonderful teachers who have developed it and they have been well supported in taking harder classes, trying new activities, and making new friends. Last year and now this year, the school has done a particularly excellent job in moving instruction online, keeping kids engaged and adapting classes as the school learns more and more what works and what doesn't. Through all this, Bentley teachers have really gone above and beyond what we could have hoped for, and communication with parents has been strong. So Bentley is a great fit for our kids and for our family.
    The community is great but my experience is brought down by the actual educational aspect. The History and English departments are great. However, none of the other classes are that enjoyable. The teachers are overworked which constantly creates a stressful environment. The workload is overwhelming for the average student but if you are more focused on getting good grades rather then making memories and connections you will succeed. Majority of students will transfer out sophomore and freshman year and it is guaranteed that many teachers will leave each year as well. Bentley will defiantly prepare you for college and if you want to have to constantly be working this is the school for you.