Upper School Academic Intentionality

Our curriculum is a rigorous college preparatory program in the classical, Christian tradition. The liberal arts course of study enables students to make critical connections between the academic disciplines and builds a breadth and depth of knowledge and application. An equally solid foundation in mathematics and the sciences provides a comprehensive set of competencies for future advanced study. Students and faculty place a high value on intellectual challenge, the integration of faith in thought and practice, and collaborative discovery.

Advanced Placement and Honors Achievement

Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves in areas of particular aptitude and passion by enrolling in numerous Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. Three defining elements of AP offerings at Bear Creek are the scope of our AP courses, the consistent high student score and AP Scholars achievement, and the fact that enrollment is essentially open to all students.

Advanced Sequencing in Math and Science

Unlike traditional math placement, students are encouraged to advance beyond traditional grade-level math competency. Upper School students are placed at the level that matches their ability and motivation. Many take advanced level math courses that are above grade level, which often culminate at collegiate-level Calculus, or stretch beyond into Multivariable Calculus. The science curriculum begins with Conceptual Physics and offers upperclassmen advanced options in AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Physics. Each science course takes full advantage of our well-equipped, lab-based classroom environments.

Senior Capstone Projects

The opportunity to pursue a passion is a powerful thing. Upon completion of classes in mid-May, seniors spend three weeks intensively working on a personally-selected senior project to demonstrate their ability to integrate a Christian worldview with an area of personal passion. The project culminates in a presentation to peers and a defense of the work before a faculty panel. Recent Senior Capstone Projects have included: Discovering da Vinci: Revolutions in Surgical Technology, Climbing and study of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Impact of Human Trafficking, The Ancient Egyptian Novel, and The Poetry of Service, among many others.

Travel Learning Opportunities

A variety of opportunities to experience the curriculum through guided travel are led by Bear Creek faculty. Travel adventures are offered on a rotating basis: exploring Western civilization in Europe, and examining our British heritage in England. Additional opportunities also include language immersion trips to France, Italy, Spain, Central America.

It’s not just about developing students, it’s about developing leaders.”

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

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