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Bentley School is a private co-educational college preparatory day school. The Bentley school's lower and middle school campus (K-8) is located in the Oakland Hills and the high school (9-12) campus is located in Lafayette, California.
History and Governance
Bentley School was established in Berkeley in 1920. In 1969 the School was incorporated as a non-profit corporation. The School moved to the existing campus in Oakland in the fall of 1970, and purchased the campus in Lafayette in 1997. The Hiller Campus includes the Lower School grades K-5 and our Middle School grades 6-8. The Hiller Campus is located in Oakland, while the Lafayette Campus in Lafayette, off of Highway 24 between Walnut Creek and Berkeley/Oakland, houses our Upper School grades 9-12.
Bentley School is operated as an independent, non-profit institution with no religious affiliation and is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the goals and policies of Bentley and monitoring performance. The Board of Trustees appoints a Head of School to devise and implement day-to-day operational policies and practices to meet these goals, and to provide educational leadership for the School community. Bentley School is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools. This accreditation was renewed in 2011 for a term of three years. The Head of Bentley School is Arlene Hogan.
The school runs on the idea that "Academic Excellence is the foundation of a Bentley School education. Since 1920 Bentley School has fostered an environment that challenges the mind, striving to bring out the best in each and every one of [its] students". The curriculum changes, grows, and expands as student interest and needs change. A traditional core curriculum is enhanced by a breadth of courses which prepare students for their next educational step, whether it's to the next division or their choice of higher education institution.
Bentley students are offered a variety of classes. The science department offers regular, honors, and Advanced Placement classes on Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, and also offers trimester electives such as Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Neuroscience, and Microbiology. Freshman and Sophomore students are required to take English I and II, yet during junior and senior years, students take honors seminars. All English classes use a Harkness Table discussion format.
Students experience the Arts at Bentley through two departments: Performing arts, including Music and Theater, and Visual Arts. Music includes Chamber Chorus Ensemble, String and Woodwind ensemble, Chamber Music, AP Music Theory and two Jazz Ensembles in addition to a "Jazz Masters" class and Beginning Band. A dance course and club were added in 2013.
Theater at Bentley Upper School is one of the school's high points, producing many challenging musicals, including Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Cabaret, Threepenny Opera, Assassins, Rhinoceros, and Fuddy Meers, Kiss Me, Kate and assorted ambitious plays, including Equus, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Metamorphoses and Arcadia. There are also three senior directed productions every year. The theater department's 2007–2008 season produced 10 plays, with many being student directed.
Visual arts includes drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and the school's art and literary magazine, Aquila, has won First Place with Merit in the list of National Scholastic Press Association's Top-Scoring Magazines for 2011. 
Bentley Upper School offers junior varsity and varsity basketball, volleyball, tennis, baseball, softball, golf, swimming, soccer, cross country, and lacrosse. The school is one of ten schools in the Bay Counties League - East. In 2011, the Golf Team won BCL-East, and in 2012, the Men's Varsity Basketball team went undefeated in league play for the first time in Bentley history and even went to the semi-finals of the North Coast Section.
Bentley Middle School offers junior varsity and varsity basketball and volleyball. It also includes flag football, soccer, cross country, and has recently added a baseball program to their athletics department.
The Hiller Mansion at the Oakland campus burned down in the Oakland Hills Firestorm in 1991. After it was rebuilt in 1992, the school eventually adopted the Phoenix as its new mascot for "rising from the ashes" of the Hills fire. Current students show pride in their mascot and a student created a phoenix costume in 2009, which is now enthusiastically worn at sporting events.
Tuition and financial aid
The tuition for the 2013–2014 school year:
* Lower School (K-5): $23,800 * Middle School (6-8): $26,050 * Upper School (9-12): $31,950
Bentley School offers Financial Aid to students whose families apply for and demonstrate a need for assistance. Bentley School uses Tuition Aid Data Services to determine the need of a family.
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