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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I have five kids at Bear Creek who have attended since kindergarten. We have been very happy with the education they have received.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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