My daughter graduated from Bearcreek K through eight after attending all nine years of kindergarten through eighth grade. She did very well at the school, was challenged academically, met good friends and overall she did very well. Their Spanish program is excellent. She is now at Lakewood high school in fourth-year Spanish which I think is really amazing. Bear Creek K-8 is a very challenging school but if your child works hard they will succeed and be ready for high school.
My daughter has been attending this school since Kindergarten and she is now in third grade. She has been challenged academically and has liked all of her teachers. All of her teachers have been responsive and all of them care about teaching and the kids they teach.
My daughter has been going to this school for two years now and she's not only been challenged but good work ethic has been taught. She had Mrs Kerl for Kindergarden and not only is she a great teach but a strict one. She prepped my daughter for 1st grade and now she is in Mrs Betlers class and they are learning more than just filling the bubbles like another parent mentioned. Mrs Betler is the type of teacher that will go above and beyond to teach and if your child is at a higher learning level she will also accommodate that.
Academically kids are challenged; however at what cost? My kids do not enjoy going to school (before they started there, they did). The learning is often rote memorization and all they seem to do is teach to the test (rather than to actually learn something). My student came home from first grade last year and when asked what she'd learned her response was, "how to fill in bubbles." First grade should leave kids excited and wanting to learn more, not just how to follow the rules. Bear Creek has good test scores because that seems to be the sole focus. Sadly, they are not engaging students or creating a life-long love of learning. I am very disappointed with our experience.
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
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.