Quick Facts

Established: 1988

Grades: Preschool-grade 12

School Type: Independent, classical, Christian, college preparatory, co-educational day school, preschool-grade 12.

Enrollment: 824 students in 2018-2019
92 Preschool (preschool and prekindergarten)
262 Lower School (grades K-4)
118 Early Middle School (grades 5-6)
122 Middle School (grades 7-8)
230 Upper School (grades 9-12)

International Students: Bear Creek accepts international students to all grades; however, we only issue Form I-20 to non-immigrant students on F-1 visas who have been accepted and are enrolled in grades 9 and above.

Faculty: Total faculty preschool-grade 12
Men: 18
Women: 56

Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1. Typical class size is 18.

Campuses: Two locations in Redmond, Washington. Redmond Campus houses grades K-12 classes in two buildings. Valley Campus, also in Redmond, houses preschool and prekindergarten classes.

Transportation: Bus service, carpooling, and student parking

President and Headmaster

Patrick Carruth

Patrick Carruth
B.A. University of Georgia
M.A. Literature, University of Memphis

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Karen Blankenbeckler
B.S. Elementary Education, Oregon State University
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley University


NWAIS Accredited Member

Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS
AdvancED/Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)


National Association of Independent Schools

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS)
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS)

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.