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Families have selected Bentley School for 100 years. Our exceptional faculty develop students of character, inspire purpose, and build community
We have a total of 650 students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade
K-8 Campus is located in Oakland with 330 students
9-12 Campus is located in Lafayette with 320 students
25% of students receive financial assistance  8:1 Student to Faculty ratio
56% Students of Color  Students represent 72 zip codes from across the Bay Area
Over the past five years, 100% of Bentley graduates have been admitted to over 300 colleges and universities, a number that also includes 90% of the institutions named on Barron's "Most Competitive Schools" list
Bentley is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Bentley School encourages qualified applicants of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, races, national origins, gender or sexual orientations

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 712 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 7
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Bentley School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
712 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 49%
Students by Grade
Bentley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
96 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP 2D/3D Visual Art, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP French, AP Latin, AP Mandarin, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Engineering, English Seminars, Environmental Science, History Seminars, Multivariable Calculus, Physics C
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 7
Tuition Notes
Lower School: $34,990 Middle School: $38,230 Upper School: $50,450
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer Strong, Bentley\'s summer program, is typically only open to current students or newly enrolled students. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
David Lazo
Admissions Associate
Lloyd Brown



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Drawing, Photography, Theatre

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • Bentley`s longstanding motto "Scire Desidero  I Desire to Know," is infused in the School`s curriculum. From Kindergarten through 12th grade, students begin the journey of knowing the world, to knowing each other, and ultimately, knowing themselves. Finding foundation through concrete knowledge, exploring creatively, and sharing in the joys of a vibrant and kind community, Bentley students cultivate a lifelong pursuit of learning. Through exciting coursework and the ability to chart their own path, every Bentley student develops a personal drive to understand the world around them.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Bentley School offer a summer program?

Yes, Bentley School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Bentley School offer?

Bentley School offers 12 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. Bentley School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.

What is Bentley School's ranking?

Bentley School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Highest average ACT score, Largest student body, Most sports offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Bentley School?

The application deadline for Bentley School is Jan. 7.

School Calendar

View the Bentley School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Winter Break (SCHOOL CLOSED)
December 19, 2022 (Monday)
Winter Break (SCHOOL CLOSED)
December 19, 2022 (Monday)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)
January 16, 2023 (Monday)
February Break (SCHOOL CLOSED)
February 20, 2023 (Monday)
Spring Break (SCHOOL CLOSED)
April 10, 2023 (Monday)

School Reviews

We are so glad our daughter got admitted in the Middle school here. She came home so happy after school every day. She made friends the 1st day in school that students here are polite and friendly. Teachers are very carrying about the well been of the students and very responsive to their academic works. The best decision we made for our child to attend school here.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 712 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 7
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Contra Costa County, CA is $14,004 for elementary schools and $20,565 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Contra Costa County, CA is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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