Middle School Academic Intentionality

The intentionality of our curriculum consists of a carefully structured, classical, Christian course of study which advances the “intentionality or logic of learning.” Central to our curriculum are six core academic subjects: Christian studies, English, history, Latin, math, and science. A variety of electives provides students additional curricular breadth and exploration. Each subject at Bear Creek is taught from a Christian worldview which builds a critical framework to help each student become the individual God intends.

Math Acceleration

Students are encouraged to advance beyond traditional grade-level math competency. Based on ability and motivation, many Middle School students take advanced-level math courses and enter high school ready to enroll in a strong pre-collegiate advanced math course sequence.

Latin Foundations

Latin is key to a classical, Christian education. The early study of Latin prepares students for advanced study of foreign languages and improves English grammar and vocabulary. Latin is a core class in grades 7 and 8 and is taught daily. The curriculum also includes Greek and Roman mythology, literature, ancient history and daily life, and an intensive study of the Latin roots of English vocabulary.

Study Skills and Office Hours

Building strong study habits and receiving individualized support are critical during these years. Office hours are scheduled four times each week to provide students, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, the opportunity to seek extra tutoring help, make up missed work, or just get a jump start on homework. Teachers also use office hours to teach and reinforce critical study skills, organizational strategies, time management, and to evaluate specific learning needs.

Small Class Sizes

With average class sizes of 12-18, each student is well known and highly valued. Teachers are able to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student, ensuring that they are challenged to learn and grow as much as possible.

Gender-Separated Classrooms

In order to meet the unique needs of Middle School students, most core classes are separated by gender, producing an exceptionally strong learning dynamic. This allows freedom for safe classroom discussion and participation, fewer distractions, and a supportive classroom environment among peers of the same gender.

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

School Profile

2016-2017 School Profile

2015-2016 School Profile

2014-2015 School Profile

2013-2014 School Profile

International Students
Bear Creek accepts a limited number of international students in grades 9-12

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