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Redmond, WA
Students enrolled: 750
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8905 208th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98053

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October 09, 2014
This school is very special. They are in process of building a separate campus for the high school students which is very exciting. We've been amazed at the caliber of teachers here at the school and how much they care for our children. Not only academically but socially, emotionally and spiritually. We found the administration and teachers to be highly receptive to feedback about our children and willing to partner with parents to make sure the children's needs are being addressed. No wonder it's #1 rated!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2014
Horrible, they wouldn't let me advance in my studies, even though I could do the work well and got A's on my tests, I was even on the honor roll. They also wouldn't stop any of the kids from bullying my brother (physically), since the kids were rich (we weren't) and were also donating to the school, which is why we left, since my family didn't want the bullying to escalate like when I was in first grade there. When we brought these issues up to the principle, she did nothing! When we brought it up with the head of school and the teacher, they did nothing! Actually, when we brought some of the issues to the head of school he yelled at us! So with these issues and responses I wondered, why are we paying 15k for this? This isn't even a Christian school any more.

- submitted by a community member
July 14, 2014
My wife and I have had all of our children graduate from the program at Bear Creek after going all the way from K through 12. All graduated with honors (as does about half of each class with a 3.5 or better ) and are attending very competitive universities around the country. It's a small school so while it does not offer the breadth found in large public institutions it delivers excellence in its chosen areas of academics, sports and the arts as evidenced by the breadth and strength of the Universities its students attend and the consistent success at state level competition in both sports and the arts. Our students have been well prepared and continue to demonstrate success at the college level. It's important that parents understand that choosing an independent school does not guarantee a trouble free journey from childhood to graduation but it's hard to imagine having made a better choice for our students.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
SO disappointed..... Started off the school year with our daughter getting bullied for about three weeks before they got caught by a teachers aid. The students had to apologize via note. Total lack of supervision in all areas of the school. Basically a bunch of children of entitlement acting as such. No teaching of life skills or what it means to be a good student. Young teachers in disparate need of mentors. The school looks great on paper and it is a beautiful building too bad they don't spend as much time on curriculum and student development as they do on the facility.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
Now that I am in college, I have realized that I am at a disadvantage compared to peers that went to the public schools in my area. They had significantly more class choices and are overall much better prepared for life after highschool. Even while at Bear Creek I was dissatisfied with my education and the atmosphere. Many of the teachers are not providing students with the tools they need to succeed and problems of bullying and depression are shockingly prevalent. The education I received was not worth the very high tuition and if I had the chance to redo my highschool experience I would have taken advantage of the highly ranked public schools in the area.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2013
EXCELLENT VISION AND PHILOSOPHY! Head of school very genuine and clear. Teachers AMAZING!!! My children are thriving and very challenged academically here. They tailor their reading and math program to where the kids are at. There are amazingly very bright gifted children here yet there is something for every child. Sports, music, arts, drama....each child is unique in their gifts and talents and love that Bear Creek offers something for each child. They are eager to recognize children's gifting as early as preschool in a very nurturing environment. ALL the teachers are taught to work with different learning styles and different abilities within the classroom. Having volunteered since preschool I've seen it in action and it's really WONDERFUL! Was at another "prestigious" school and when my kids were reading at 3 years old they said to us "we expect them to teach the other kids and read to them" Should have been a red flag right then as we see now children's minds are eager and ready to take on challenges if they are ready! Wished we knew of Bear Creek then and they had been under the guidance of great wise teachers at Bear Creek. The teachers go above and beyond for the children!!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
While I was educated in the public school system and felt somewhat indifferent as to public vs. private, I cannot begin to explain how glad I am that my son is at Bear Creek. He is now completing 1st grade and comes home every day excited about school. I can assure you this is partly because he is an energetic 7 year old but is is also because of the incredible environment (both qualitative and quantative) he is exposed to. The administrators truly have this process figured out and it is evident in the special events, performances, and organization of the day to day activities. Never have I been to a school special event or performance that is as well thought out and put together as they are at Bear Creek. The teachers; these people have personalities and truly care. Their interest in my child, his success, and development is very apparent and is shared by every instructor I have interacted with (not just those who have my son in their class). Bottom line: there may be other schools that do as good of a job, but I am extremely pleased and most importantly...my son LOVES it. You absolutely must make it a consideration.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
Before landing at the Bear Creek School, we tried both Bellevue public schools & classical Christian home schooling. Both were good in their own ways. However, we have found our school home starting in 5th and 6th grades at Bear Creek! Both our kids say they wished they had started in kindergarten! They each had fabulous teachers who connected with, nurtured, and challenged them exactly the way they each needed. We have seen amazing personal growth and learning. Quote from my child: "I didn't know teachers could care so much!". The academic bar is high, but the teachers bring out the best work and gifts in each child as they model the love of Christ to each one! It's well worth the drive & is an invaluable and eternal return on your money.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2013
While we are relative newcomers to The Bear Creek School, both my husband and I are extremely pleased with the caring environment and the standards of academic excellence. Upper School teachers inspire and challenge. We are so pleased in fact, we are now enrolling our younger son. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2012
Wrong assumptions, 9/2/10. High performing talented students with kind caring dispositions and their families can and do experience the negative issues described in many of these reviews. There's many good families and staff with integrity and commitment to Jesus Christ, but also everyone else in between. Christian schools certainly should strive to put the kingdom of God first and truly prioritize Gods agenda through the infrastructure to build up relationships and build up the children in the process of educating them. A genuine community in the name of Christ should be undergirding academic and athletic achievement. The priority of God's purpose for the school should not be eclipsed by what is temporary success as much as we do want to support our children to grow, do, and serve well. May it not be at the expense of genuine Christianity and the eternal perspective. We're missing out on true excellence.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2012
This school has a bullying problem which is well-known among most parents. Unfortunately, the school has no set standards on how to remedy or discourage bullying. Our child and others were physically injured and bullied by another student on multiple occasions at school, in front of teachers & classmates. When brought to the teacher and administration's attention, their response was "what proof do you have besides your child's report and it seems to us that you're just being too sensitive." They take a very defensive approach to any criticism or complaints.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
I truly believe my kids are getting an excellent education at Bear Creek. They have been attending since kindergarten and 1st grade and now are in 6th and 10th grade. The classical approach in a Christian environment is really preparing them for college. The teachers truly care about the students and the overall sense of community is great.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
Excellent education, couldn't be happier. We are the parents of two students and have been at TBCS for ten years now. Our ninth grader is better educated then either of us were at graduation from public high school. Teaching the students how to be critical thinkers and not followers. The academics are rigorous and not for everyone. The only sports the school lacks are football and swimming. Lacrosse is now available for boys. This may be a small school, but the end results are very big.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Small school, with corresponding disadvantages. Limited sports. The discipline is a joke. Our son was physically attacked by another student on multiple ocassions RIGHT IN THE CLASSROOM (things that would result in automatic suspension in public school) and nothing was done. The students themselves scoff at the supposed administrators. This space is not large enough to tell the full story. Agree completely with 5/3/2011 review - quite a few spoiled brats to be sure. Insular culture. There are a handful of very good teachers, but the rest are so-so. Unfortunately, the culture and environment impede learning. Ditto on TCBS handbook ... the school doesn't really have a code of conduct. Also, our son was independently tested (by a well-regarded professional) as advanced in math, and had a recommendation for honors math from prior math teacher, but the school put him in lower math saying he failed their own brief evaluation by one question! As we find out, the truth is, they didn't have enough spots in the advanced class. This school's small size forces them to often compromise the best interests of individual students. Don't expect a well-rounded education here.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
Overall, a better school than most we visited but the alternative is mediocre at best and vulgar at worst. We believed the marketing material.This would then be a great school if it adhered to these stated standards and practices, but it does not. Most disappointing , is its " Christian in name only" families. While it does not reach the low level of indecency and disrespect that is evidenced in some private or PC public schools, these are not the standards to gauge TBCS Christian commitment. Students can be mean spirited, self-indulged, spoiled, elitist and demeaning. Parents do everything for their "extremely bright child" to stay ahead of others including reviewing others test grades and gathering or sharing test answers. This is way too much parent involvement, IMHO. Administrators tolerate behavior problem students (disrupting class, physical attacks on students, verbally abusive or vulgar action toward others, etc) with lip service only from President on down. Do not expect values of TBCS handbook or materials. Knowing this going in, we would have kept on looking for a true Christian school in word and action for our children. We just grin and bear (no pun intended) it now.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
After five years of public elementary school in the Lake Washington School District on the Sammamish Plateau, we ditched that and headed to The Bear Creek School. What a change! The kids were actually learning concrete knowledge and there was no political correctness, and the homework was actually useful, instead of "draw a picture of a feeling" (yes, that was really a homework assignment at Mead in 2nd grade). The students were so much more civil and substantive, and there was no swearing on the elementary campus like at Mead. The three Rs are definitely taught here, and your child's precious school time will not be wasted. Totally worth it. We couldn't be happier, and both of our kids went on to finish out their high school years at TBCS. Wouldn't go anywhere else! Strong math program. My kids had the opportunity to play large roles in many extracurricular activities in ways they would not have a chance to at a larger public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
We started at the Bear Creek School in kindergarten. My son is now going into 6th grade. The K- 5 teachers are amazing! However, the administration is stuck in the 90's! They are very resistant to change and anything new! IF YOU HAVE A CHILD,INTERESTED IN SPORTS, THIS IS NOT THE SCHOOL FOR YOU!!! My son has been on the A-B honor role and the homework was not a problem. The Bear Creek School makes it clear that they prefer Girl's because they are leas trouble for the teachers! If you have a boy or girl that loves chess club or math club, this is your school! They clearly look down on the kid's that are athletic!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
From a student's perspective, this is an excellent school. Sure, there's a lot of homework, but it serves a purpose--it's not just "busywork". Also, good time-management is practiced, students have time to participate in athletics, the arts, community service, etc. (I play two varsity sports and am actively involved in other activities). Teachers are excellent: they legitimately care about students as whole people, not just as kids they get paid to have sit in class. Student conduct, on the whole, is also good, and rarely are there disciplinary issues. I will admit that the middle school (7th and 8th grades) is a weaker aspect of the school: when I was there, the atmosphere felt micromanaged and the curriculum seemed weaker than that which I experienced in lower (elementary) and upper (high) school. As a whole, the school helps students become intelligent, balanced individuals prepared for college and life.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2010
Unfortunately, with the school's entire focus being on achieving academic excellence, they have neglected the other core fundamentals that make up a healthy, well-balanced young adult: 1. Time for outside activities (athletics, serving ministries, time just to be friends and family, etc). The hours and hours of endless homework, which primarily start in the sixth grade on up to 12th, effectively turns the student into a one dimensional person. Our children left here and could not be happier at their other academically challenging but yet far more balanced school.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
The Bear Creek School is an academically focused, classical Christian school and doesn't pretend otherwise. Like all rigorous college prep schools (think Lakeside or Seattle Prep), The Bear Creek School is not for everyone. The Lower School curriculum and teachers are amazing. There is homework, but it's not overwhelming and it's valuable (not busy work like I see kids in the public schools bringing home). Because the school is academically focused, academic expectations are very high at all levels (Lower, Middle, Upper). The downside? The school is small, which isn't a problem in the K-6 years, but limits non-academic opportunites and even the group of kids availalbe for friendships in the Middle and Upper schools. Also, the school takes student issues (disruptive behavior, bullying, etc.) less seriously than do the public schools. Finally, there is an overabundance of hyper-involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
Our children have attended TBCS since kindergarten and are now in high school. They are have become well rounded young people who excel in their school work as well as participate in sports year round while still having time for friends, recreation and a full night s sleep. The schools academics are excellent as evidenced by the level of participation and success in AP courses (80% participation, 82% score 3 or higher). Bear Creek is an excellent choice for those parents and students who are looking for a classical Christian education that doesn't sacrifice quality or faith.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
My children got an excellent education at Bear Creek. We moved to TBCS in the late 90s when our local public elementary lagged (no multiplication in 3rd grade; 'whole language' with no spelling tests). All three went on to good colleges, taking on the college work load with little trouble. Of greater importance to our family, all have retained their faith. TBCS can be little small for a star athlete or musician (though we have them - the captain of the local public HS baseball team was a TBCS kid who played there). For its size, Bear Creek did very well. The level of competition was perfect for my family. Every child who wanted to play, played. During the 14 years our kids attended, there were snags, growing pains and occasional foolish policies (imo). I thought the school community weathered them well and met each challenge well.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
I understand that when you spend the type of $$$$'s that are required to attend this school - you'd like to feel you got your money's worth - but the truth is - the education here is not really worth the cost. The teachers do not have to be state certified - I know several that were hired with no more experience than some Sunday school and once a month volunteering at their kid's grade school. The teachers are compensated at a lower rate than those at the public schools - so guess what? The better teachers stay at the public schools. When you look at the quality of the public schools on the eastside - it becomes readily apparent that these are fantastic public schools....and thru our high property taxes and elevated home prices we are already paying dearly for those - might as well use them!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
Second year parent here who couldn't be happier with our decision to move both our kids to Bear Creek. Certainly the prior negative reviewer is reacting to some unfortunate (and atypical) expereince(s), but the school is obviously QUITE the opposite from one which is a "detriment to [the kids'] mental, physical and emotional well being." Just wander through the place and you'll see that immediately. The teachers have a passion for the students, the administration has a passion for excellence and the students have a passion for life (...almost the exact opposite of what I see in so many other schools, sad to say). A place like that is not for everyone so calibrate your expectations and you'll thrive. A rewarding environment must also be a demanding one.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
After reading a few of the reviews, I am wondering what school the parents are commenting on. The original founder of the school, could at times be narrow minded with a "my way or the highway" attitiude. Unfortunately, the organization grew beyond her capabilities and she left the school several years ago. With the adition of Patrick Carruth as Headmaster for the school, the upswing in honest and frequent communication, creating and carrying out thoughtful policy, selection of new staff members, and creating a school where kids are encouraged to get to know all has grown immensly Bear Creek is a rigorous, academic school and the teachers expect quite a bit of the kids. Not every child is going to fit into this environment. I find that parents who have the experience of 8/31/10 & 6/26/10 have kids who cannot keep up with the classes.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2010
Classical, thorough curriculum. Performance-oriented, academically focused, achievement-minded. Individuality and relationships between people not a main priority. Some condescension, entitlement, social inequality and judgemental attitudes in some staff and parents. Christian perspective, professionalism, and integrity varies from person to person. Can be a wonderful experience for some; not as much for others.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
Academics are the top priority and developing a well rounded/balanced student, given the academic work load, is not the goal.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
I have been at the Bear Creek School since kindergarten, and I have to say, I feel very lucky that I have had the amazing education that I have recieved. In the lower (elementary) school, strong foundations are built in math, english, and science, along with taking Spanish in 1st and 2nd grade, then Latin from 3rd on. The teachers are just great people all around. In the middle (jr. high) school, you are past the majority of the memorization stage, and start developing strong thinking skills, with reading classic novels and writing essays, to learning more science, and great math teachers to keep us from falling behind. We also continue with Latin, delving deeper into the language and the culture, and helping us build our grammer and vocabulary skills. The Upper school (where I am) helps us develop our voice, and who we are in Christ. Bear Creek is amazing.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2009
The academics are outstanding. No wasting the students' time here with political correctness. It's solid learning. Your child will be prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
Academically the Bear Creek Scool is strong however it puts its priority on academics and does not offer an all round education. You need to be prepared to forgo all extra curricular activities as the workload , homework & academic demands are so overbearing - this leads to tremendous pressure on the kids and the family homelife. I had 2 kids here who siuffered way too much stress.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
My kids have been here since K and having weathered the growing pains, we have come out so much stronger and better. The administration now realizes the value of both the academics (as it always has been), and the sports/arts/social aspects, which have improved exponentially since the earlier years. Bringing in fresh 'eyes' and a Head who has a true vision for growth and the kids/their parents, has made the community much tighter.You get everything here that you want, while keeping the kids grounded in their Christian faith. The college advising office is amazing and begins with the kids in 9th and 10th grades, not just the hrs/srs. 20th Anniversay is this year...Go BC!

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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
I don't know what your child did, but I can guarantee you that there are definitely more than 3 essay between grades 7-8. A variety of poetry, lit analysis, research papers, short stories, parodies, author biographies, character sketches, fables, and narrative essays are all covered. My child was given detailed instruction on the 5-paragraph essay (building on lower school). In addition, students read a minimum of four classic novels each year and a variety of additional short stories, poems, and excerpts. It is a very busy course!

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March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
I sent my children here for elementary school and middle school. It is great for younger children, but when it comes to middle and upper schooling, this is not the place to send your children. The small class size may be appealing at first, but the limited class options are quite a detriment to a child's college career. In addition, because of the small size of the school, college options are extremely limited. Send your children here for elementary school, and them pull them in 7th grade; they will leave with a strong foundation in math, science and English and be able to move on to a school that will give them a future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2008
I have a kid in this school. Safe environment and sports programs are excellent. Math and social studies subjects are very strong and certainly better than the public schools. But very poor English Lit classes in Middle School. There is no emphasis in writing - my son wrote less than 3 essays in Grades 7-8. They should do something about this. Overall I would rate this a good school although the community is very close knit and makes it difficult for newcomers to fit in and feel at home.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
Great school to send you kids. Worlds better than public school. Respects your kid's time by not wasting time on political correctness and 'bowing down at the altar of diversity'. Just gives a great education.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
The quality of academic programs at this school is outstanding. They lay a rock solid foundation with emphasis on Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Music and Art. In Kindergarten, kids are introduced to 5 foreign languages and in 1st grade the kids are immersed in a Writer's workshop. These are just a few of the things that make this school top of the line. There is also a library with computers for taking tests on books read to confirm that kids actually grasp what they read. I also love the fact that kids are allowed to be at there own individual level in all subjects. So, a kid in 1st grade can take 4th grade Math. Really really great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
Stong classical academic K-12 program, small class size, incredible teachers. Uniforms but flexible choices, great music department & math & science. Great size for K-8 however small, until the new school is built in 2010 ish, for High School. Doesn't mix with community/other private schools socially. Conservative christian families.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
The bear creek xhool is a top of the line school in all ways. From the building, grounds, and school amenties to the staff and philosophy of eduation it is an A number one institution. I cannot recommend it highly enough. There is not a Christian school in the area that offers all of the things that TBCS does.

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September 30, 2005
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September 25, 2005
An excellent, academically challenging college-preparatory school which integrates Christian worldview into all aspects of student life: academic, as well as extracurricular. Bear Creek is definitely a community...Faculty and Staff are compassionate and engaged, highly qualified in their subjects, and genuinely care about the students and parents they serve. Smaller class sizes are a big 'plus', too. Parents are highly motivated and involved, and the commitment and enthusiasm are contagious! We have a student in the Upper School, and this is our 4th year attending Bear Creek. Our child loves this school, and though the tuition is steep-and it is a great sacrifice for us to send our child to Bear Creek-we have never regretted our decision.

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June 26, 2005
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The Bear Creek School
8905 208th Ave NE, Redmond, WA  98053
(425) 898-1720
Last modified The Bear Creek School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Bear Creek School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top