College Advising

College Bound

Schools shown represent a partial list of colleges our graduates have attended.

Baylor University
Stanford University
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University of Washington
Dartmouth College
University of Notre Dame

Welcome to Bear Creek College and Academic Advising! We love what we do and believe you will feel our excitement when you visit our offices. Students receive highly individualized academic and college planning beginning in their freshman year through graduation. Please explore the links below to understand more about our philosophy and approach to working with students. We also invite you to watch a short video to hear more about our advising program. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us (contact info below).

2019 – 2020 School Profile

Meet Our Staff

Colleen Murray

Colleen Murray

Dean of College and Academic Advising
Ayoleida Paramo

Ayoleida Paramo

Emily Schuldt

Emily Schuldt

Dean of Academic Advising
James Woollard

James Woollard

Director of Student Information Systems


Finding the Best Fit to Continue the Journey

The philosophy of the Bear Creek Office of College Advising is to work intentionally and early with students and families to find the absolute "best fit" for a student's goals for higher education.

As an academically rigorous, college-prep environment, Bear Creek produces graduates that are well qualified for admission to the finest, most reputable Universities in the world.

The Bear Creek School's best-fit philosophy means that we seek to help students find the right school for their gifts, talents, and future interests. While we have many students at the most elite Universities, our overall matriculation list shows a wide variety of schools: public and private, faith-based and secular, large and small, with a geographic reach throughout North America and Europe.

The college advising experience at Bear Creek is a complete partnership between our staff, students in their 9 – 12 grade years, parents, and college admission offices. The primary goal in this partnership is to link students with a number of best-fit schools that will allow them to pursue their vision and passions at the collegiate level. Our students are challenged to own the process: to value it not as an end in itself, but an experience in evaluating and defining watershed decisions in life. Each student is encouraged to look inward and pay attention to the patterns, interests and abilities that are uniquely theirs to pursue.

College success and one’s personal life accomplishments are, first and foremost, determined by the God-given passion, talent, motivation and discernment of each individual. High school students are as varied as their shoe selections—and the college selection process should ultimately follow that individuality. No one college fits all; and contrary to popular belief, there are multiple colleges that would effectively serve as the destination for any given student. Our goal in College Advising at Bear Creek is to work individually with each student to shape and refine a host of college choices based on their accomplishments and future directions.

The ultimate selection of best-fit schools concludes a long process, but a student’s growing awareness begins in middle school and into the early high school years, culminating in the senior year. College planning workshops, grade-level advising sessions, standardized test preparation, college tours, on-campus recruitment visits with admissions staff and individual college application drafting sessions are all intentionally designed and individually tailored to meet the needs of our students.

The Bear Creek School’s academic curriculum is a powerful platform to advance our students into college level readiness. Students are exposed to big ideas through a sequence of courses that raise the bar of learning across the academic disciplines. Students come to personally understand, and then learn to exercise the power of, their world view. They are confident, discerning and invested in the future that awaits them. Our experience tells us that these are essential attributes that clearly distinguish our students during the college admission selection process.

Students from The Bear Creek School continue to experience an exceptionally strong rate of admission. The breadth and caliber of college offers continue to span the Ivy League, research universities, Fine and Performing Arts schools, and domestic and international schools of distinction. This one fact alone confirms what we already know to be true: Bear Creek students are clearly recognized as being fully prepared, accomplished, and motivated to excel in any educational venture.

The college decision making process is not a product; it is a culmination, a celebration, and a bridge that links each student to their past and future potential. It is a validation of effort, challenge, perseverance, opportunity, and calling. The Bear Creek definition of success is clearly about the quality of their continuing journey not just the selection of an intended destination.

Naviance Student

Students may access their Naviance Student accounts through MyBC/Students without an additional password, while parents receive their login credentials via email in August. If you are a Middle School or Upper School student or parent needing assistance accessing Naviance Student, please email us.

The Office of College Advising uses a comprehensive online service called Naviance Student. Over 9000 schools and districts use Naviance to transform their college and career readiness programs. Naviance offers college planning tools and resources for a number of important areas in the college planning and application process. The Bear Creek School offers Naviance Student to Middle School and Upper School students and parents.

  • Research colleges by exploring detailed information about colleges of interest, search for colleges based on the criteria that matters most to you, and save a list of colleges where you plan to apply that your college advisor can review.
  • Request transcripts and teacher letters of recommendation. View the status of these requests real-time.
  • View and register for over 75 on-campus college visits each fall.
  • Retain extracurricular activities and honors/awards from grades 9 – 12 that can be formatted automatically for a resume (useful for interviews and applications)
  • Complete online surveys that include Do What You Are, Strength Explorer, MI Advantage, and Learning Style Inventory. These help the Office of College Advising guide students and give useful information about possible careers and fields of study.
  • Research careers by taking career assessments, reviewing hundreds of careers and career clusters, and finding colleges that have programs that align with your academic interests.
  • Plan for the future by creating goals and to-do lists; keep track of important tasks assigned to you by your college advisor.
  • Read monthly newsletters posted by our Office of College Advising that are tailored to each grade level.

School Profile

2019 – 2020 School Profile

Advanced Placement Program

Admission to AP classes is not restricted. However, students must apply to take more than two AP courses per year. In 2019 – 2020, 12 AP classes are offered.

AP Students Tested in 2019 117 AP Scholar Report  
AP Exams Taken 230 AP Scholars 18
% scoring 3 or higher      84% AP Scholars with Honors 8
% scoring 4 or higher      54% AP Scholars with Distinction 21
% scoring 5      24% National AP Scholars 7


SAT Performance

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Class of 2019 mean SAT score 663 669

Academic Advising

The Office of College and Academic Advising offers opportunities throughout the year to learn and refine study skills, discuss ways to increase or decrease course load rigor, and support all other academic needs. We offer a flexible college preparatory program and advise our students to take a balanced load that they can handle.   

Concurrent Credit with Northwest University

Advanced Placement® Program


Students are encouraged to attend Office Hours weekly since this is when they learn the important skill of advocating for themselves. Office Hours are posted in each classroom so students can always know when a teacher will be in a classroom to provide support and/or encouragement. The Upper School Course Catalog will help educate parents and students about course content, graduation requirements, and four-year course planning.

Upper School Course Catalog

For College Reps

We appreciate your time visiting The Bear Creek School and welcome your visit!  College visits are scheduled for 30 minutes and may occur before school, during lunch or after school. Colleges meet with prospective students in a conference room off of the main commons; it is quiet, easily accessible to students and gives all attendees the opportunity to listen and ask questions. The particular size of the room is determined based on number of student RSVP’s in Naviance Student.  

Please access RepVisits ( to arrange your visit.

8525 208th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98053