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Bear Creek Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 482 students

 
 

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Posted November 22, 2013

Some good teachers. Average Principal. The demographics shift to Asian-American kids is slowly raising the standards of math and science. Not just at this school, but all around NSD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

We switched over from a "prestigious" private school that was more about money and social status than education. We are so happy we made this switch to Bear Creek. The vision and philosophy is incredible as they recognize each child is an individual with different gifts and talents which they are quick to recognize and nurture even as early as preschool! The head of school is genuine, solid, good vision and the teachers have been AMAZING!! They really care about each child and maximizing each child's potential. The administration really listen to your concerns and try their best to make changes if it's possible and good for the overall school. My children who are each very different are thriving here. There truly is something for every child from very strong academics, sports, music, arts, drama...my kindergartener gets to play in an orchestra! (Now how many schools offer that?!?) I love the emphasis on lifetime character too. They really instill the love of learning and the process which is a lifetime value we believe is important for success in any arena. It's wonderful to be in a community that values every parent and child because we are each of great worth and can contribute!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

The admission process to EAP program at this school is not up to par. The selection process is shrouded in secrecy and not open to public scrutiny. The scores in tests are considered, but then the selection committee could override the scores and admit any kid in. Many of the vocal parents and parents who have direct communication lines with administrators have a distinct advantage over parents whose kids are qualified but don't have the option to lobby with the selection committee members. It is about time for the Northshore School district to use test scores and not contaminate the admissions process with personal preferences and qualities that cannot be measured.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

School is so-so. Do not expect extra help if your child has any type of learning difference/challenge. Classrooms are overflowing, loud and disorganized at times. PTA caters to social events and teacher indulgence. A lot of "lip service" and no action by administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

Bear Creek is strong in academics and offers exceptional enrichment opportunities. Principal is easy to approach and listens to everyone - he is a great leader! Best school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

Average school. Some great teachers, many so-so teachers. Principal often sides with PTA and larger parent groups, and if you are in the minority with a good point to make, then you will not be heard by the Principal. Curriculum is same as any other school inside NSD, and the teachers follow it faithfully. PTA and fund raising could be a pain. Advice most parents follow is to stay out of the politics. Too many "helicopter parents" hovering around at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2013

Amazing principle, some great teachers some good and a few straight up bad teachers. (jones) The PTA and fund raising make sure the science is top notch and lots of fun things to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

this is a great school! it also has Excellent teachers. and Strong principal. and Challenging academic programs.


Posted September 12, 2011

I strongly disagree with the previous reviewer. Bear Creek is a well-organized and well-run school. All schools experience a few bumps the first few weeks of school with car drop-off and pick-up patterns. The bus system works quite well :) As for class sizes, they run between 21-27 and are set by the school district. Good luck finding a smaller public class size. The curriculum is also set by the school district and cannot take into account what individual families have been studying at home. I do know that several kids have gone from Bear Creek to advanced classes at Timbercrest Jr. HIgh and local prestigious, private, prep schools. Furthermore, regarding the the school flyers that have come home so far this year, I have read through all of them and not seen any grammatical or accuracy errors. Lastly, the playgrounds are well supervised, and I have always appreciated the parents (including myself) who volunteer to come in and organize games at recess to supplement the school staff in this area. Bear Creek is a great school and I encourage anyone with complaints to work with the school staff and/or move on - why wait a whole year to look elsewhere if it is such a bad fit?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

I disagree with the other reviewers. The class sizes are on the larger side, my child's class has 25+. The school feels overcrowded and disorganized. There is very little parking here and this creates a problem when trying to pick up or drop off your child. I have yet to see any quality schoolwork and the curriculum for my child's class is well below what we have already been studying at home. Every flier sent home so far this year has contained misinformation (wrong dates, locations, etc.) and has been riddled with typos. There have already been several playground mishaps and a lot of excuses. Overall, not impressed and will be looking elsewhere for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2011

Top-notch school! Overall, the teachers are dedicated, warm and passionate about their work and the children. The annual auction and other fundraisers bring in $$$$$ which serves to offset state-wide budget shortfalls allowing for additional staff and smaller class sizes, not to mention the many enrichment options - including art, drama, and Spanish, to mention only a few. The community of families is friendly and our children look forward to all of the school functions. We are so pleased that we took the extra time needed to find a house in the Bear Creek's area
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

The parent involvement is spectacular! The kids benefit greatly from it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

My daughter is entering her 7th year at Bear Creek and my son will be entering his first this fall. Over the course of our time there I have never had a single complaint about the school, staff or activities. Parent involvement is huge, the teachers are amazing, they're wonderful at bring the best out in each student. With my son starting kindergarten this fall we were extremely pleased when his new teacher sent a letter scheduling an appointment BEFORE school started with my son to get to know him individually before school started. Not many schools/teachers take the time to do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

Great leadership at this school from the principal's office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2007

This was my daughter's first year at Bear Creek and we have been very happy. There is a huge parental involvement in the classroom and PTA. She is in the EAP classroom and it has been a positive experience. The curriculum is strong. The children are adorable and well behaved. The only negative is that I wish there was more activities after school throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

I am happy to have two children at Bear Creek. Mr. Keeler is a great principle who acts as a leader to both the teachers and students. He is responsive to the parents, but doesn't bend to popular opinion if it is detrimental to the school/students. Squires (1st grade) and Donaldson (2/3rd split) are phenomenal teachers. Both balance the need for academic excellence and engaging content for youngsters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2005

The academic programs are top-notch, with extensive focus by parents and teachers (together!) on new curriculum and methods. heavy parental classroom involvement, with lots of upper income families represented.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students80%
Female77%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low incomen/a
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female92%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students92%
Female87%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low incomen/a
Not low income81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students90%
Female82%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female85%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female85%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low incomen/a
Not low income98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 7%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Hispanic 6% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 75%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Woodinville, WA 98077
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