Learn here. Lead anywhere. We cultivate leaders who are motivated by a thoughtful faith to use their unique styles and gifts to serve their peers, their communities, and the world. Our programs mentor and equip students to maximize their potential.
Each Upper School student is viewed as a leader-in-progress and has access to a variety of leadership development opportunities throughout the year. From Leadership Forums and mentoring, the Leadership Practicum and LeaderShop, certification in the NASC Student Leaders Program, serving on Student Council, as a House leader, coordinating service projects, or leading clubs and activities, our students create a culture of leadership on campus.
Students gravitate to Bear Creek's chapter of the National Honor Society, International Club (I-Club), Key Club, and Student Council committees, just to name a few. Focused leadership and regional/national accomplishments are often the trademarks of our student clubs and teams. Bear Creek develops students who are invested, prepared, and equipped to lead the next generation.
See more details about the Bear Creek Leads program.
For students who wish to stretch their math skills and compete against other mathematicians, the Upper School math team meets several times per month to train for tournaments throughout the region, including AMC-10, AMC-12, Math is Cool, and the Washington State Mu Alpha Theta Convention.
On the forensics team, students train in public speaking and debate for the purpose of competing in interscholastic competition at the local, state, and national levels. Bear Creek's award-winning team has made a name for itself since its founding in 2009, consistently sending competitors to State and National tournaments and earning recognition (and championships!). In October, the team kicks off the local competition season by hosting the Grizzlies Forensics Invitational.
Watch an interview with forensics team co-captains about how speech and debate helped them find their voices.
Learn more about and register for Academic Teams and Clubs.
Upper School students apply to start a club by developing a sustainable mission, securing a faculty mentor, and submitting an application. Here some examples:
- YUPP (Youth for University Political Preparedness)
- STARR (Students Talking About Racial Reconciliation)
- Eco Club
- Strategy Tabletop Club
- News Team (see their articles on Bear Creek's blog)
- The “Be Kind Project”
- BC4W (Bear Creek 4 Wellness)
- Programming Club
- Future Doctors of America
- Star Wars Club
- We Read (Book Club)
- Chemistry Club
Compassion in Action
We seek tangible ways for students to serve through a number of service projects and service-learning opportunities locally, nationally, and abroad. Students complete 100 hours of service through a wide variety of organizations during their Upper School years.
Introduced in 2017, Bear Creek’s system of five Houses seeks to create a nurturing environment in which Upper School students work together to exemplify virtue, to build a sense of Christian community, and to lead and serve each other and their world through their unique gifts. Each House comprises a group of 40 – 50 young men and young women of all grades and 4 – 6 faculty mentors.
See more details about the Upper School House system.
Students and faculty begin the school year with an overnight Icebreaker adventure. During two days off campus, students participate in games and activities that encourage friendships and bonding, spiritual growth, teamwork, and leadership. This event sets a positive tone for the entire school year and deepens the connections within our student and faculty culture.
Students gather each week for 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 student-led worship team is made up of students, selected by audition, who display musical ability and lead with spiritual integrity.
Just For Fun
A number of fun and creative social events are planned each year by our student leadership. They include Fall Costume Dance, Winter Ball, Junior/Senior Prom, Spirit Week, Green & Gold Night festivities, movie nights, grade-level dinners, crazy class competitions, and holiday celebrations. Come and catch the Bear Creek spirit!
Growls Young Life
Our Young Life Club provides a great opportunity for students to meet on Friday nights, explore and grow in faith, and have fun in a casual setting. Lead by Bear Creek alumni, the club is a joint partnership with students from The Overlake School.
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.