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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 700 students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade
K-8 Campus is located in Oakland with 360 students
9-12 Campus is located in Lafayette with 340 students
29% of students receive financial assistance  7:1 Student to Faculty ratio
53% Students of Color  Students represent 74 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 (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 712 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 7

Top Rankings

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

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1920
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
712 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
53%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Bentley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
96 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
77%
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
1310
Average ACT score
31
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 7
Tuition Notes
Lower School: $32,415 Middle School: $35,410 Upper School: $46,735
% on Financial Aid
29%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$28,500
Admissions Director
Peter Jordan
Admissions Associate
Katrina Ong

Sports

Extracurriculars

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

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

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • 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 700 students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade
  • K-8 Campus is located in Oakland with 360 students
  • 9-12 Campus is located in Lafayette with 340 students 
  • 29% of students receive financial assistance
  • 7:1 Student to Faculty ratio
  • 53% Students of Color
  • Students represent 74 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

School Reviews

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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 (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 712 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 7

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The average private school tuition in Contra Costa County, CA is $14,442 for elementary schools and $20,824 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Contra Costa County, CA is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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