School Details

Bentley School

1 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 843-2512

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-12 640 students Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

Bentley School is a private high school in Oakland. The principal of Bentley School is Arlene Hogan and can be contacted at 640 students attend Bentley School The College Preparatory School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I have a 4th grader and a kindergartener at Bentley. As a family we are thrilled with the school. My 4th grader's teacher is amazing. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and her academic expectations high. But what's more is that she gets my child and understands her strengths and needs in a way that tells me she's really paying attention. My son's K teacher is equally terrific. She really knows her stuff and connects to her students in a way they love. My son adores her and has learned so much. I appreciate the attention and care both my kids receive and I feel as though I have true partners in their education. The teachers and administrators are very responsive over e-mail. The parent community is great -- friendly and pretty easy to get to know though you do need to put yourself out there and get involved to meet people. The school's drop off/pick up valet line makes it difficult to socialize at those common gathering points so you need to find other ways to meet people. All in all if you are looking for a warm nurturing environment with challenging academics and top teaching Bentley is a fantastic choice.

  • (12 months ago)

    My son goes to Happy Valley and we've been very pleased with the quality of education he has received the teachers commitment to excellence parents involvement as volunteers and their support of the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bentley is an amazing school with the most talented teachers in the Bay Area. Our kinder-gardener thrives at Bentley. The best part for busy parents are the four to six page report cards at the end of each trimester with details from each teacher on your child's performance. Bentley also offers additional after school classes. I would highly recommend for perspective parents to consider this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not what it once was. This review is primarily about the middle school. Years ago this school was once a place of high achievement and excellence; today it is a school of rich kids who can pay and below average academics. There is a huge drop off in teacher and student quality from the lower school to the middle school. Currently the Middle School Head has hired very young inexperienced (and presumably cheap) mostly non-credentialed teachers who have little classroom management skills and no control over the students. This year the new math teacher and the existing humanities teacher are not returning. In addition during the past two years the school has lost math science humanities trivium music and PE teachers. This year the school is also losing French and Chinese teachers. The Head of School keeps appointing people to leadership positions but yet there is no parent or teacher involvement. The school does not utilize a parent survey to gather information nor does it seek involvement in anything but fundraising. On the positive side the K 2 3 and 5th grade teachers are awesome. They are seasoned veterans who are outstanding.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was a student at Bentley from kindergarten to eight grade. I thought the academics were great but I didn't like how closed-minded the teachers were and how little the classes and grades were. There wasn't any sense of independence or freedom AT ALL.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have two kids at Bentley (2nd and 5th) and we couldn't be happier that we made this school selection for our children. We've been wowed by the professionalism of the staff the amazing teachers the challenging curriculum and the academic and personal resources available for Bentley kids and their families. The school doesn't play lip service to having a no-bullying policy- it practices what it preaches and the school fosters a community-wide supportive environment for student faculty families and visitors. Our kids have been challenged out of their comfort zones and have stretched themselves academically beyond what they thought possible. If you're looking for a stellar highly-trained and educated staff; challenging curriculum and small school environment Bentley might be a good choice for your family.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our family is new to the school and we love it. The setting is great for learning and the academics are first rate. They know our child so well. I also like their placement record to great high schools and colleges. I do wish the tuition at these schools was not so high though.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had two children at Bentley. I have mixed feelings. My first child struggled with the lack of diversity for most of her 9 years there. The prior post that mentions the administration's lack of action towards ill-behaved children is spot on! THE EDUCATION IS FANTASTIC! If you are a parent that is active and not easily intimidated it could be a great fit.

  • (5 years ago)

    My husband I have a 8th grader who has been at the school since 1st grade. We are planning to put our youngest into the kindergarten program this fall. We travel from the Tri Valley are into Oaklnd. Our public school district is one of the best in the state. Our neighborhood schools are given the highest awards. We choose to be a part of the community because of the academic rigor the smaller class sizes all the way through high school the attention to global diversity - not just the limited definition of black and white or rich and poor. Our family has experience tremendous returns on the investment we made in our child. She is a confident independent thinker who can hold her own in any subject. She is more than prepared for her next journey -high school.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have been thrilled with our daughter's experience at Bentley. She is thriving academically and socially. Bentley is an academic school and the children are challenged but they offer a well rounded curriculum. My daughter is exposed to drama art foreign languages PE computers library. She looks forward to going to school every day and even asks to stay at the after care (which is free and offers her a variety of arts and crafts activities). We couldn't be happier! I do have to say I'm surprised by a couple of the posts because in our experience the school is very open and accepting and seems to celebrate the diversity in the student body.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have two children at the lower school and the kids have loved their time at school. My daughter went from a very shy incoming k student to a confident student who is proud of her accomplishments in all subjects esp. math writing and art. Its really an amazing school with amazing teachers. When we looked at schools we were looking for a school that provided a well-balanced education with strong but not overly rigorous academics great art languages and a place that values a community. Also the lower and middle school heads are both very focussed on the children's well being overall and not just academics. We live in Oakland and wanted to make sure the school reflected the diversity in our neighborhood. We have been happy with the school's ability to address diversity in a meaningful way.

  • (5 years ago)

    My husband and I have two children enrolled at Bentley School 2nd and 5th graders a girl and a boy respectively. Both of my children are thriving and have been since their kindergarten enrollments. Bentley's academic programs are its strength closely followed by its cultural enrichment programs warm and nurturing faculty and somewhat idyllic setting. Both of my children very much look forward to going to school each day--even with the full knowledge that they will be challenged academically. Sometimes my husband and I are taken aback at the the content and depth of knowledge that unprompted erupts from the mouths of our babes...often in the midst of casual conversations my husband and I are having. ;-) We would encourage anyone looking for a well-rounded and sound educational foundation and environment for their child to take a 1st & 2nd look at Bentley School.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm surprised by the recent posts (from 2008) - this seems inaccurate! Especially the comments about this being a 'rich' school. I think that the emphasis here is simply on a great education - consistently applied in all grades and with all students. In our experience (11 years) academic excellence plus (arts and sports) has been the primary focus. Both our children have been through the middle school and even though they are very different learners each had an extraordinary 3 years in the middle school. The teachers are the highest caliber - consistently intelligent creative and fun! The middle school teachers are especially skilled the math program and teachers are the best. Mr Gerry and Mr Grener are just brilliant and beloved by the students. I'm certain many have turned on to math because of their influence. We're thrilled to be at Bentley!

  • (6 years ago)

    My child attended Bentley from 1st through middle school. The elementary school was very good academically but I really wish we had not sent our child to the middle school. There has been alot of turn over and the new teachers are inexperienced and the teachers who have been there along time need to retire. I also agree there was favoritism towards children whose parents gave alot of money to the school versus parents who did not. I would think that several of the local public schools and several of the private schools would be much better. Not worth the money.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is first a business and second a school that cares about its students. For the extremely high tuition the education and curriculum is just average. Families/students appear to be accepted here based on their financial contribution not on the basis of their child(ren's) merits or postive contributions to the classroom. That said there are significant behavior problems with students that go largely unaddressed. Families and their children are rewarded based on how much they give to the school both in time and money with very little thanks. Problematic kids will stay and parents are left little recourse. The administration is also problematic with high turnover in faculty such as the headmaster admissions directors and more. Save your money and attend any of the FREE public schools around the corner which are great schools for the price and will genuinely put the care of your child(ren) first not your pocketbook.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child has thrived in Bentley's sound academic environment. The teachers are enthusiastic and very nurturing. The depth of the subject matter always captivates my child's interest and that feed her love of learning. We are so happy we chose Bentley. Frankly I can't think of a better place for them.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child has thrived in Bentley's sound academic environment. The teachers are enthusiastic and very nurturing. The depth of the subject matter always captivates my child's interest and that feed her love of learning. We are so happy we chose Bentley. Frankly I can't think of a better place for them.

  • (6 years ago)

    We have been extremely pleased with our experience at Bentley. The teachers are fantastic very caring competent and attentive to the needs of the students. The arts music PE computer and language classes (French Spanish and Chinese) round out the academic program. The teachers truly want each child to succeed in the school and work with them individually to make sure that all students do so.

  • (7 years ago)

    Bentley has been a fantastic experience for my kids. One has finished K-8 and the other is still enrolled in the lower school. The teachers are excellent and the school is well run. I can't think of a more rigorous academic education offered in this area and we're fortunate that the school also highly values the arts - music and visual arts are offered in all grades. The school also offers three languages in these grades - French and Spanish starting in K and Latin 6-8.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our daughter has done very well at Bentley from K through 2nd grade. The teachers supported by the small class sizes consistently seem to understand the individual needs and characters of the children. The art teacher is extraordinary he has really encouraged her talents. The campus is cozy is a good way not instituitional-feeling at all. The after school care providers always have my daughter engaged in a craft project so she usually doesn't want to leave when I arrive to pick her up!

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