Learn here. Lead anywhere. We intentionally view each Middle School student as a leader-in-progress. Shaping character and developing a desire to express faith in thought and action are key aspects of our culture.
A healthy peer culture is a core focus at Bear Creek. When students feel safe and secure, they excel with confidence. Students and faculty begin the school year with a two-day, off-campus adventure called Icebreaker. This event sets a positive tone for the entire school year. This much-anticipated tradition emphasizes games and activities that encourage friendships and bonding, spiritual growth, teamwork, and leadership development.
Students gather each week for a time of worship, praise, teaching, and reflection during chapel service. The service includes a student-led worship team and a variety of speakers and topics to help students better understand and live the Christian faith in thought and action.
Our advisory program is designed to help our students build community, grow in their faith, and develop character. Students meet biweekly in either a small group for an activity or discussion or as a student body to participate in a community building activity. Each advisory group is led by a teacher or staff member who gets to know each student, helps him or her feel connected, and nurtures his or her relationships with God and the student community.
During fall semester, our field trip is focused on service and community building. In the morning, students get their hands dirty working on a project to improve the greater Eastside community and then get the afternoon to play and connect. In the spring, our Middle School students first focus on Washington State history, either taking a civic tour of the Capitol building in Olympia or journeying through an early historical era at Tacoma's Ft. Nisqually Living History Museum. Later in the spring semester, students take science-based field trips. Grade 7 travels to Bell Harbor Marina for a marine biology experience, while grade 8 travels to Mukilteo for Boeing's Future of Flight tour and then stops by DigiPen on the way home for robotics and digital gaming classes.
Ski & Snowboard Program
During JanTerm, Bear Creek kicks off the annual Ski & Snowboard Program. “Ski Fridays” allow beginning skiers to learn how to ski, advanced skiers to develop their skills, and all skiers to have a great time together. The program runs for three weeks and is open to all Middle School and Upper School students. No prior ski/snowboard experience is necessary.
Just for Fun
Middle School socials and special events are energetic and fun. They provide an opportunity for students and faculty to enjoy each other outside of the classroom and to connect at a different level.
Academic Teams and Clubs
Bear Creek offers Middle School math team and forensics club. Learn more about and register for Academic Teams and Clubs.