Headmaster Update: Plans for Bear Creek Choice in 2021 – 2022

Please take a moment to watch this video about our Step Start Plan progression and plans for the Bear Creek Choice program in 2021 – 2022.

Step Start Plan

I am happy to report that the trends around COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations in our area are declining. However, we have decided that we will not make any change to our Step Start Plan progression next week and will remain in the status quo. You may view the metrics and data that we review weekly on our Key Indicators Dashboard.

Bear Creek Choice

Re-enrollment is due today, and we hope your family will continue to be part of our school community next year. As we plan for the 2021 – 2022 school year, we are looking at how to best deliver on our mission, with the assumption that in the fall, we will still be experiencing some impacts of the pandemic. 

Most significantly, we are optimizing the Bear Creek Choice program. Next fall, we will offer two separate programs – one for on-campus learners and the other dedicated just to remote learners. We will not offer a blended learning environment in the same way that we did this year. While there are many details still to be determined, with what we have learned over the past year, we believe this will be the best, most sustainable option for our students and teachers. We will host a Town Hall meeting later this spring to provide you with more details.

State of the School

Finally, I invite you to attend the first ever online State of the School on Wednesday evening, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. This year the presentation will focus on our new Strategic Plan 2024 and how The Bear Creek School continues to look to the future even as we meet the challenges of today. The presentation will be followed by time for you to ask questions. I hope you will join me.

Join the live event

We will continue to keep you apprised as we develop our plans. Thank you for your trust and partnership.


Grace and peace,

Patrick Carruth
President and Headmaster