Mission, Traditions, and History

Mission

Our mission is to provide a high-quality, Christian liberal arts education in a nurturing environment that will enable each student to become the individual God intends.

The liberal arts are defined as the studies (language, philosophy, history, literature, abstract science, and mathematics) intended to provide broad knowledge and to develop the intellectual capacities of reason, judgment, and discernment.

The education of students is of the utmost importance today and for future generations. The Bear Creek School provides students opportunities to grow into the individuals God intends by presenting a challenging academic curriculum from a Christian worldview. We strive to educate children through a high-quality Christian liberal arts education, producing graduates qualified for acceptance into the finest colleges and universities and who engage the world with wisdom, compassion, and courage.

Statement of Faith

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in faith and conduct.

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in the three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

Regeneration

We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Savior.

Core Values

Faith

We believe that faith supports knowledge, reason, inquiry, and analysis and that faith combined with reason produces wisdom.

Excellence

We believe in pursuing superior standards of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence, enabling students to grow in maturity, to learn how to think, to succeed in higher education and in life, and to engage the world.

Virtue

We believe in education designed to encourage individuals to live lives of truth, beauty, and goodness and to inspire others in the same direction.

Dignity and Respect

We believe that every human life is sacred and possesses intrinsic worth because we are created in the image of God; therefore, each individual is to be treated with dignity and respect.

Integrity and Individualism

We seek to be a community of integrity and strive to honor students as individuals and to individualize their experience at The Bear Creek School.

Graciousness and Professionalism

We seek a school culture which actively considers the needs of others before our own by being gracious and professional in all interactions.

Vocation and Teachability

We believe God has given each individual a calling in life and seek to cultivate a sense of vocation and to remain teachable as a community.

Wisdom

We seek to cultivate intellectual virtue in students so they develop wisdom to live lives of integrity and influence.

Compassion

We seek to foster in students a love and compassion for their neighbors and the greater community, demonstrated by word and deed.

Courage

We seek to encourage students to be courageous and to lead by engaging the world with wisdom, compassion, and courage.

Diversity Statement

The Bear Creek School defines diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of faith—that God is the author and originator of all things, including humans, the crown of his creation, made in his image. As an image-bearer of God, each person contains value and significance, and thus, should be valued for his or her uniqueness, treated with equity and respect, and invited to participate in every aspect of the life of the school.

School Traditions

Mascot

Titus the grizzly bear. Titus shows up at basketball games to get students excited about their sports teams. He promotes school pride and adds an element of spirit and entertainment for the fans.

Colors

Forest green and white with an accent of gold. In addition to unifying our student body, the colors have a deeper meaning. Forest green symbolizes our new life in Christ, white symbolizes purity, and the gold symbolizes royalty in regard to Christ being our King.

Seal

Our school seal is a visual reminder to our school community of the purpose of our school and to help keep us focused to achieve our goals.

Motto

Beneath the clock on the clock tower standing guard over the main entrance of our school is inscribed our school motto CREDO UT INTELLIGAM, taken from St. Anselm's famous maxim. This Latin phrase may be translated "I believe that I may understand." It is an affirmation declaring to all who approach the view of truth to be found within these walls. Etched with symbolic permanence deeply into the stone, these words guard both the vision upon which our school has been established and the course into the future.

Anselm meant, and we mean by this motto, that reason is not the only way of knowing. Contrary to modern assumption, reason by itself it is not the sole, or even an adequate means for complete understanding. We believe in order to understand, and claim with reason that it is right and necessary to believe in order to understand. The word credo refers here specifically to belief in the testimony of Scripture, not to just any belief whatever. Anselm did not, as is so common in the modern age, oppose reason and faith. Christian faith is not irrational, but complements and completes reason.

History

Each year as a school community, we have rejoiced in changed lives resulting from a strong commitment by faculty, students, and parents to excellence, both in academics and faith. The mission and vision that began The Bear Creek School continues to be central to all that we do. Building upon a strong foundation of academic excellence and spiritual development we look forward to the future.

The Bear Creek School was founded in 1988, by Dr. Nancy L. Price. Opening the first year as a home school extension while seeking a facility, Dr. Price wanted a true combination of high academics and a Christian educational environment. Operation began the fall of 1989, with twenty-one students in kindergarten through grade 4.

By 1994 The Bear Creek School had outgrown its space at Bear Creek Community Church, and bought 15 acres of property on Union Hill. The year 2000 saw the completion of our $12M building project to house grades K-12 in a 90,000 sq. ft. facility.

In the 2000-2001 school year, the first classes were held in the new facility and in June 2001 Bear Creek graduated its first class.

In 2005 the school expanded by purchasing a 10 acre property, just over a mile from Redmond Campus. The following year, the students at our Woodinville Campus (grades K-6), moved to Valley Campus.

In fall 2008, Bear Creek launched the Preschool program to serve students ages 3 and 4. These students attend class at Valley Campus which was re-envisioned to serve these young learners in 2015 as well as at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish.

In fall 2015, The Bear Creek School opened a new 52,000 square foot Upper School and Fine & Performing Arts Center building located on Redmond Campus south of the Main building. Designed for grades 9-12, the building echoes a collegiate environment, with a central commons and separate floors for the humanities and for math and science. The performing arts wing has classrooms and a 350-seat theater, slated to open in 2017 for students of all ages.

With the opening of the Upper School building, our Main building at Redmond Campus was re-purposed serve all our K-8 students.

What people would find most surprising is that it is really fun. The kids have fun in the classes.”

Kathy K., Parent

AT A GLANCE

Established
1988

Grades
Preschool-grade 12

School Type
Independent, classical, Christian, college preparatory, co-ed day school

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The Bear Creek School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletics and other school-administered programs.

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