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 year-long advisory program builds character, develops leadership, and fosters relationships. Students meet weekly in small groups with a teacher or staff leader who gets to know them, helps them feel connected, and nurtures their relationships with God and the student community. 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.
Office Hours and Study Skills
Students attend office hours three or four days each week. This is a time when they can get help from teachers, make up missed work or exams, study, and complete homework. Students are taught important study skills needed for success now and in the future.
During Middle School, students transition from much of their life being managed by adults to a time of more self-management. However, most Middle School students need tools and strategies to successfully self-manage. Our study skills program is designed to teach students important keys to success in both school and life while modeling and providing support as skills are applied and practiced. Students learn organization, self-advocacy, note-taking, study strategies, exam preparation, and dealing with stress and anxiety.
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.