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K-8
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Lakewood, CO
Students enrolled: 1,165

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9601 West Dartmouth Place
Lakewood, CO 80227

(303) 982-8714
(303) 982-8715
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November 17, 2014
STUDENT SPEAKING! Graduated from BCK8 in 2013. Who cares about the dress code! What about the education? BCK8 is the best option for your child not to be a mess up and the school prepares you very well for high school. -RECENT STUDENT

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2014
While no school is perfect, this is the best public option in the area and better than most public schools in the state. I keep reading about food complaints and that the lunches don't follow the school "no sugar" policy, which is true. What most people fail to realize is that the lunch program is not a school program, the school board sold it to a third party "for profit" years ago, so the school has no say in what is served/sold by the lunch staff. The curriculum is harder than average (public school levels), but not even close to private school (as my son found out). If your child is advanced, self motivated, loves to push themselves or be pushed to be their best then bear creek is probably a good fit. As a parent, you will need to be ready for a private school like involvement or your child will struggle. On the other hand, if your child is behind, has poor skills, wants to do the least amount of work or put out the least amount of effort or you aren't able to support them every night then this is probably not going to be a good fitting school for them. Many teachers choice enroll their kids here and teach elsewhere...that wouldn't happen if this was a bad school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
BC K8 is equivalent to...a prison. The kids are not allowed to explore their own identity here. The expectations are unreasonable and honestly, similar to brain washing. Only after my oldest went to a near by jr high (mid way through 8th grade) did I really realize what damage this school does to parents and kids. Had I known years before, when I first enrolled my then first grader of what the future would be like at this school, I would have made a completely different choice for my children's early years. I can only hope now that jr and high school can smother that damage of the K8.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
I recently graduated from the 8th grade here at Bear Creek and I agree and disagree with some of these reviews. The school dress code can be a little hard to comply with but it keeps the middle school tween/ teens from wearing short-shorts and baggy pants. There is nothing nice to say about the food, I packed my lunch every day. You can find milk that has expired years ago and all their fruit is bruised. They have a no sugar policy, but they still sell sweets as little snacks after lunch. The education your child will receive WILL CHALLENGE THEM, no matter what the grade level but it is worth it. The middle school ( Grades 7 and 8) grade papers using a college level grading system and there is a lot of homework each night ( at least 2 hours) but I am so glad I went to this school, I wouldn't have it any other way. The staff is great and the Teachers really do care about your child and their education. Go Bears!

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2014
I definitely agree agree with these parents postings. I have a hard time finding my daughter clothes to wear to school. If there going to be this strict why are we not having the kids wear uniforms then? The school lunches definitely need to have better food. My son complains how awful it tastes. The education my kids get is great but they need to restructure the lunch and dress code better.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
I've been a bear creek K-8 for nine years and if were two use two words to describe the school it would be tenacious and tough. I've received advanced CSAP scores my whole life and that is because of Bear Creek. I love the teachers, art, music, P.E., tech, Math COunts, Science Olympiad, and everything else this school has to offer them. I would gladly re do the last nine years of my life so I could stay at bear creek K-*. I would rather be here than anywhere. I'm not looking forward to Graduation because then I'll lose this school. No, BULLYING is not a problem. If you're gonna write that in a review make sure you know what your talking about and how to spell it. I love this school.I will miss it so much when I leave for high school next year.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
This school blames the kid for the fault of the parents. When the lunch account goes negative they shame the kid by branding them with a sticker. Why? They have my email address and phone number and the "Parent Communication" folder. Is it necessary to label my kid for something beyond her control? Then there are the R/S/R packets and Reading Logs. Both which need signing by the parent. Apparently there is some kind of metric or bonus tied to them because when the parent forgets to sign them the student is punished by not being allowed to go to recess. Not having them signed is completely out of the control of the student. I understand that the teaching profession is a very difficult one. But these things are just petty. With regards to actual education I'm less than impressed. The teacher stressed that my child "needs to work on memorizing math facts". Memorization is only useful for passing a test. It sounds like BCK-8 has decided to play the NCLB game and get great test scores that mean nothing. I prefer my kids get an education. Don't get me started on the "improved" traffic situation. It's not only not safer but more confusing, expensive, and time consuming.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We are parents of kids that are at Bear Creek k-8. They are in 7th grade at this school. We think our school is too strict and you should serve REAL food because my kid is always saying it is bad. The traffic system is also terrible as well. every morning when I drop my children off in my limo, a dang bus almost runs into me. The vice principal is much too well uh bad wordy. and they have an extremly strict dress code. the main principal is always wearing short dresses if she doesnt follow the dress code why should my kids have to? my kids are very advanced education wise though which is a benifit.; they have great education.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
We moved here from out of state at the beginning of December and I was worried about my child being a little behind. Her teacher has been extremely helpful in getting her caught up with the other children. Every interaction I have had with the staff has been positive. It is a tough school with much more homework than we were used to, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2013
Non flexible. I found the staff to be extremely arrogant. The middle school does not offer variety, the students are not set up for high school. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Excellent school. I am very grateful of the school. Principal is a great leader and very efficient. I agree that this school is not for average students. Like to see their cafeteria serves better food. Both my boys are part of this school. They love this school and most of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
They challenge my kids everyday. The staff are awesome and they truly want to be there. i do feel they send a lot of homework and for a busy family it can be difficult. Overall Bear Creek K-8 is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
Go to their website and read their Student Handbook. OMG! Sounds like a prison. We live close to this school and were looking at our options. I would not send my child here based on their handbook-- it is ridiculous!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
I have five kids at Bear Creek who have attended since kindergarten. We have been very happy with the education they have received.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
My son is currently in 3rd grade at Bear Creek. His teacher's standards are impossibly high to meet and my son has lost so much of his self confidence and love of learning in these first short months with her. If your child is not 'perfect' they will not fit in here. I am battling with my son nightly to un-do the damage that my son's teacher does to him during the day. Telling him to do his best suddenly means nothing to him. He has told me he doesn't want to try anymore because nothing he does is good enough. I am a teacher myself and it breaks my heart to see my child be so beaten up by a person who is supposed to lift him up. I have reached out to his teacher and come to the conclusion that we fundamentally disagree on how children should be treated. If you think that your child is awesome, capable, and deserving to be heard, DO NOT SEND THEM TO BEAR CREEK!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
I truely enjoy this school. It is a harder school and I think that my kids benefit from this. I have a daughter that graduated this year from Bear Creek High and was in the top 10% of her class. It's a little harder for my son but I push him and the teachers have been there to help him. They are willing to be in early and stay after school to help their students. The principle seems to know everyone by name and the staff too.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
I like this school. Teachers are wonderful.Kids have homework everyday. That is true. I stay with my kids during home work it takes 2 hours

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
This school is not for the C's are ok lazy kids! I love the fact that this school is hard on the kids, the last thing i want my kids to be taught is that you can go to school and just "Get By". If you are a parent that hates to sit with your child and help him thru 2 hours of homework every night then you can send them to a less involved school, as this is why you might not like Bear Creek( WEEK is for WORK, WEEKENDS are for FUN!) I love the fact that not only is Bear Creek K-8 involved with the community but they are very involved with after school activities. I am glad both of my kids are enrolled in Bear Creek K-8 as i can see that they are preparing my kids for future outstanding scores and grades. Kids will be Kids.... Bullies are at every school and if you teach you kids how to deal with bullies the right way then your chid will never have a problem. With the education Bear Creek K-8 provides please pull your kids out, if you are not happy with the 2 hours of homework or being involved with the community and want to be LAZY..... "move out the way" plenty of parents that want to give their kids the best "public education" possible will gladly take your place!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
I was the parent that rated 1 star and it won't allow me to edit my review. But I am changing my review. because even though the teacher didn't fallow the protocol. the Principle did take the matter Seriously and the matter appears to be resolved for now. and the kids and my kid called it truce. And I am Very Happy With that out come.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
We researched and visited LOTS of schools, in and out of District before we chose Bear Creek K-8. Our children have been open-enrolled at Bear Creek K-8 collectively, for the past 11 years. The older children who have moved on to high school and doing SO WELL confirms that we made the right choice in choosing BCK8. Have there been any problems along the way? Of course there has been a problem here and there, but we do not choose to focus our attention on problems. We are mature enough to understand that no school is "perfect" and no matter which school you choose, it won't be "perfect" either; Welcome to life! If we had it to do all over again, we wouldn't waste our time looking anywhere else, because, BEAR CREEK K-8 IS AWESOME and have a nice day!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
My daughter has attended Bear Creek K-8 for three years. She is reading 3 grade levels above hers and is half way through mastering simple multiplication. All this is second grade! Yes, the work load is higher than the surrounding schools, but I feel this will prepare my child for a brighter future and what awaits her there.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
I also have kids at this school 3 of them. The homework is very excessive. Most evenings can't do nothing becuase of the homework. We too have problems with bullies and they also take the bus and have alot of problems before, during, and after the bus ride. The language out of these kids mouth we do not use in our home very disrespectful. We came from differnt school and wish we had never moved to have this school there home school is has been horrible!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
I have two children who are in the 4th and 3rd grades and have been at Bear Creek since Kindergarten. In so many important ways this school is excellent. Students are pushed to work above their grade but not unreasonably. Math, English and reading are highlighted but the school also excels at music, art and PE. Homework is reasonable and reinforces what is learned in class. The schools expects good behavior from all its students and enforces discipline to keep kids focused and on task. For parents who want their children to get an excellent education, who expect high standards and are prepared to support the school's efforts, I would very highly recommend Bear Creek.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Currently, my child attends the 1st grade at Bear Creek. I choose to put my son in BC even though we lived out of the district because all the positives I head about it. It's been the worst decision I could have made. Not only has his tenured teacher demonstrated unprofessionalism, but her behavior towards my son has caused his self esteem and confidence to go down the tubes. During the course of the year my son suffered an emotional trauma and his teacher was directed by my sons psychologist and school administrators to provide more positive reinforcement. This also included sending home daily reports of how his day went via email. His teacher continued her negative way of discipline and pretty much refused to send the daily reports unless asked several times by myself or school administrators. My son spent 2-3 hours a night doing homework or reports (working very hard on them too!). Then would receive marginal grades for acceptable and correct work. My son no longer fits their mold and they have made it uncomfortable for him to attend. I am seeking out another school before they can cause anymore damage to my son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
If your child does not fit their mold they will make it as uncomfortable as possible for your child to stay. I agree with other posts stating that the homework is excessive. Bulling is a problem. Students are chastised by teachers and other students and nothing is done about it.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
The teachers do not discipline the students very well and bulling seems to be a problem , no discipline seems to take action when it comes into play

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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2009
If you are looking for a private school education from public school, this is the place. We have gone to 2 other Elementary schools before finding Bear Creek. We left for a year but then came back, happy to be in a school that doesn't dumb down education. Bear Creek chooses their curriculum, Jeffco doesn't choose it for them. It has an amazing art and music program. I'm awed by what the kids bring home to show me or the fact they can spot a Monet from across the room in a museum.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
its excellent.im a student there.

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April 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 21, 2008
My son started at K and has been making excellent strides. The staff is awesome along with the principal and nurse. This is a school that looks at all facets of a child down to allergies to make sure that the student is well attended and cared for!

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no rating March 12, 2008
I had a child attend this school after attending a nearby private preschool. I would have to tell you that this school is NOT for every child no matter how 'excellent' it's ratings are. The homework is excessive. The schools main focus is excellent CSAP scores. The children take pretests to prepare and are graded on it. My son after 2nd grade was told he could not read anymore picture books from the library. My son was not interested in their way of learning because it was all black and white with no connection to reality. He was excellent in Math but when sent with money to a snack booth was confused. They did very little art and brought nothing home but 2-3 hours of homework. This school does not adjust for the speed each individual child needs to learn at and takes the drive out of childs learning desires.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
I had two children who attended Bear Creek K8 , one beginning in 4th grade and the other in 6th. It is definitely a far cry from the ordinary Jefferson County School. Though one child came from a GT magnet school, she was behind when we transferred her to BC in 4th grade. After one year and a lot of encouragement and help from both teachers and parents, she was on track with the other students. After graduating from 8th last year, she had accelerated so much that she entered 9th grade in an Honors PreCalc class as well as 4th year Spanish. I give credit to all the teachers she had from grades 4th-8th. She loved BC and returns to help whenever possible. I found that the most successful students had actively involved parents. They have an awesome sports program,thanks Missy.

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February 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
My daughter has been attending Bear Creek K-8 since 1st grade and I could not be more pleased with the school. Each teacher has been firm and supportive of both the students and the parents over the years. This is not a school for everyone, but if your own values match the values of the school, your child will exceed yours as well as the school's expectations and excel in the future. I am excited that my son will be entering the kindergarten program this fall and am confident that he too will struggle at first, but with the constant encouragement and help from both his parents, he too will make us very proud of his academic endeavors. Thank you Bear Creek K-8 for giving my child the opportunity and advantages she would have never received from any other school!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2007
My child has been a student at this school since 1st grade. My child is in 4th grade now and it has been the worst year ever! It seems that every other year at this school is terrible. My child's current teacher is rude and unwillingly to make any changes. My child has been getting D's and F's this year and my child's confidence has dropped significantly. My child has at least 2 hours of homework a night. My child does not want to go to another school but I am looking into other schools. I would not recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
I feel overwhelmingly compelled to express my views of this school. Currently, my child attends the 4th grade at Bear Creek. We re-located to Colorado from another state as the result of a new employment decision. Before I up-rooted my family, I did extensive research on the school systems here including this elementary. It's been the worst decision I could have made. Not only have they demonstrated complete unprofessionalism, but I'm having to seek counciling for my child who is suffering from depression as the result of a tenured teachers behavior towards her students. For 4 months now, I've been fighting to have her removed from this teachers class and have been literally ignored, chastised and told by the principal that if we don't like it we can take our kid somewhere else. Please check with other parents first before deciding on this school! It's destroyed our childs education.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
I did my student teaching a Bear Creek. I found it to be a very positive learning experience. The staff is quite positive and dedicated to the children. They were very helpful in preparing me for my future. Thanks Bear Creek!

- submitted by a teacher
May 20, 2006
Excellent and well disciplined. Very focussed and good for elementary school. Very friendly staff too.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
We finally moved back to Lakewood, and got our kids back into the JeffCo schools we wanted all along. Our youngest is 9, and she attends BCES. We couldn't be happier with this school. Honestly, I couldn't come up with a criticism of this school if you forced me to. We love the curriculum/activities at the school, we haven't yet run into a 'bad' friend or classmate, and it seems like the majority of the parents are extremely involved in their children's academic and social lives. On top of that, test scores do NOT lie. Prospective parents, this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2005
My kids are attending Bear creek, the oldest one is soon to be pulled. They started at a great private school but because of the price of Colorado Acadamy we no longer could afford 3 kids. The oldest one started in secound grade and it went great until now. As fourth grade came upon us I have noticed there is a teacher that really is VERY hard on the kids and if the student gets behind on more than one assignment she will fail your child. My son went from being an a/b student to all D's in her class. He got behind in school because of his illness, eventually got all his work in with high scores but because it wasn't on time she gave all D's. I'm a very involved parent and my child is not the only one, there are many others kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
Our son started at Bear Creek last year for first grade and we were consistently and pleasantly surprised at how much parental involvement there is. Homework is a definite must every night as the academics are quite thorough and at times intense for both student and parent. We, unfortunately didnt have an opportunity to participate in any other art or sport activities, but there are plenty of field trips and social activities throughout the year. In other words, we are very happy with this school and plan on staying local to keep our son there atleast for a few more years.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2004
My daughter has done extremely well in her first three years at Bear Creek. I think it has to do with the very well qualified and educated teachers she has had. Bear Creeks policies on education first, parent involvement and disicpline are excellent! Thank you to Mrs. Whitakker, Mrs. Reardon and Mrs. Beer! So far so good! I know my next two children at home benefit from this school when they enter and become better students! I am so glad they will be attending Bear Creek!

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Bear Creek K-8 School
9601 West Dartmouth Place, Lakewood, CO  80227
(303) 982-8714
Last modified Bear Creek K-8 School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bear Creek K-8 School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top