Middle School Student Life
Mentoring a Healthy Peer Culture
Learn here. Lead anywhere. We intentionally view each Middle School student as a leader-in-progress. Shaping character and developing a desire to express faith in thought and action are key aspects of our culture.
Servant Leadership Clubs
All students participate in Servant Leadership Clubs which meet weekly with the purpose of serving a specific need in the school or local community. Under the general direction of a faculty advisor, students decide together how to best identify and serve the needs within their club’s focus. Servant Leadership Clubs concentrate on developing collaboration, inclusion, and stretching students to expand their comfort zone.
A healthy peer culture is a core focus at Bear Creek. When students feel safe and secure, they excel with confidence. Students and faculty begin the school year with a two-day, off-campus adventure called Icebreaker. This event sets a positive tone for the entire school year. This much-anticipated tradition emphasizes games and activities that encourage friendships and bonding, spiritual growth, teamwork, and leadership development.
Each spring, grade 8 students attend an end-of-year, residential retreat. This is an exciting opportunity for students to strengthen class unity prior to entering our Upper School, to reflect on their strengths and challenges, to reinforce values of their Middle School experience, and to acknowledge God’s provision, guidance, and purpose in their lives.
Students gather each week for a time of worship, praise, teaching, and reflection during chapel service. The service includes a student-led worship team and a variety of speakers and topics to help students better understand and live the Christian faith in thought and action.
Our advisory program builds character, develops leadership, and fosters relationships. Students meet weekly in small groups with a teacher or staff leader who gets to know them, helps them feel connected, and nurtures their relationship with God and the student community.
Ski & Snowboard Program
During JanTerm, Bear Creek kicks off the annual Ski & Snowboard Program. “Ski Fridays” allow beginning skiers to learn how to ski, advanced skiers to develop their skills, and all skiers to have a great time together. The program runs for three weeks and is open to all Middle School and Upper School students. No prior ski/snowboard experience is necessary.
Just for Fun
Middle School socials and special events are energetic and fun. They provide an opportunity for students and faculty to enjoy each other outside of the classroom and to connect at a different level. Events and get-togethers are primarily planned and organized by the Servant Leadership Clubs.
Great teaching is at the heart and soul of Bear Creek. Eighteen faculty teach in the Middle School and more than 80% hold advanced academic degrees at the masters or doctoral level. Sparking student curiosity, encouraging personal responsibility, and igniting confidence in each student are core to the Middle School teaching philosophy.
Academic Teams and Clubs
Academic teams (forensics and math) as well as after school classes such as LEGO robotics, plus homework help and study hall are offered to meet the interests of our students. See Bear Creek Plus for a list of after-school activities available.