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Talented, Passionate Teachers

Great teaching is at the heart and soul of Bear Creek. Sparking curiosity, encouraging personal responsibility, and instilling confidence in each student are central aspects of the Bear Creek teaching philosophy. Our teachers are drawn to Bear Creek by our mission and curriculum, and the opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise, and faith with students in a rigorous, challenging academic environment. They also appreciate the school’s small class sizes of 16-18 students, which gives them a chance to get to know each student individually. A majority of our teachers hold advanced degrees, and the average tenure of a faculty member is 10 years.

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Preschool - Grade 12


Bear Creek Preschool for P3 (preschool) as well as P4 and P5 (prekindergarten) students features individualized, accelerated learning in math, reading, and writing and fosters a community that shapes character and kindness. Teachers who inspire discovery instill a love of learning in a safe and nurturing environment. See more

Lower School

The Lower School years are full of energy and excitement as strong foundations are laid for life-long learning. Our Lower School curriculum is built upon proven brain-based and educational research, and we are consistently amazed by what our students can accomplish. See more

Early Middle School

During these important years, our program for grades 5 and 6 focuses on developing time management and decision making skills which applies to both academic and social situations and prepares them for their time in Middle School and Upper School. See more

Middle School

The Middle School years are predictably unpredictable, which makes working with students in grades 7 and 8 a unique and wonderful experience. Our goal at Bear Creek is to embrace students at their own level, acknowledging the uniqueness of the Middle School years. Our small, gender-separated classes permit individualized attention from the teachers, which means that students feel both challenged and cared for at the same time. See more

Upper School

Upper School students at Bear Creek pursue an intellectual adventure within an intentional course progression that captures the liberal arts tradition. With the opportunity to explore the pillars of great western thought, sharpen the ability to think critically, and ask and shape answers to essential questions our students become part of a student body that pursues academic challenge.


The Bear Creek School has four separate libraries. The Ida Lairson Library has a collection focused for students in kindergarten – grade 4. The C.E. “Ted” Kindel Library houses a collection geared toward Early Middle School and Middle School students. The Andrea Lairson Library in the Upper School building is filled with resources for students in grades 9-12. The Valley Campus Library collection is geared toward Preschool students.