© 2020 Bentley Summer Academy

Head of School's  Message

Dear All,


"Over the past decade, summer programs have become recognized for the crucial role they play in moving students forward. Research informs us that two months spent out of school each summer results in academic backsliding for many students. However, summer programs that elaborate on and enhance what students are studying during the school year set students up to thrive. This – combined with opportunities for great fun and memory-making – is the driving force behind the Bentley Summer Academy (BSA).


We are excited to share this year’s scope of offerings, and the ways in which they complement year-round learning. This program is designed for Bentley students but is also open to all families from other schools whose children will benefit from this experience. The BSA faculty is also unique in that it is comprised largely of the talented and dedicated Bentley faculty who work with students day in and day out during the school year with outstanding results. We are truly excited about the summer of 2020 at Bentley School and hope you will join us.



Arlene Hogan


Why bentley summer academy?

"Since 1920, Bentley has been known for superior academics, respectful culture, exceptional teachers, and thriving students. Our Summer Academy is no different. The same amazing year-round faculty will provide the highest level of instruction in a myriad of different specialties. The majority of our faculty members have a master’s degree in the subject they are teaching, and many have their doctorate as well. As you will read in this catalog, BSA offers experiences ranging from culinary arts, robotics, and sports, to outdoor adventures, languages, cultural exploration, dance, and more in a strong community atmosphere that strives to empower students to build strength of character and lead lives of purpose.


Everything we do in the Summer Academy is perfectly tailored toward each grade level to maximize fun, safe, and invigorating experiences that campers will remember forever. Our campers come from all over the Bay Area and beyond to take part in our extremely exciting and diverse academy programming. Are you ready for the Ultimate Summer?"


The bentley promise

To pursue academic excellence from Kindergarten

To the threshold of college,

To cherish potential and, even more, fulfill it;

To explore the arts, to love the sciences,
And embrace curiosity of all kinds;

To feel the balance of mind and body
That comes from companionship on the field of play;

To lead when the time is to lead,

To learn critical thinking that makes for good, reasoned choices,
And be a citizen of the world in all the best senses;

To expect a lot of yourself,
But care and cooperate for the good of all;

In sum, to feel the enthusiasm and fun
That make learning a lifetime pursuit -

These are the goals of Bentley School,
and the community inside and around it.



Bentley fosters an inclusive culture, embracing all forms of diversity and enabling our students and graduates to thrive in a global environment. 


Bentley students represent 74 zip codes with nearly 53% self-identifying as people of color. Financial aid benefits 29% of families, enriching our community with socioeconomic diversity. In 2019, Bentley Summer Academy enrolled campers from 62 different schools, including 11 campers from overseas.

To honor our commitment to inclusion, Bentley:

  • Supports efforts to recruit and retain students, faculty, and administration from diverse backgrounds

  • Nurtures awareness of equity issues through education and provides an education environment in which a wide range of study related to gender, race, culture, religion, physical capability, politics, socioeconomics, and other forms of diversity are respected, embraced, and explored

  • Embraces cultural competence and respect for the individual in and beyond the classroom

  • Sponsors activities and events that reflect an inclusive culture


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