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Process for International Applicants

The Bear Creek School accepts international students to all grades, however, we only issue Form I-20 to non-immigrant students on F-1 visas who have been accepted and are enrolled in grades 9, 10, and 11. Candidates for admission should demonstrate: a successful academic record, diligence, potential to make a positive contribution to our school community, and a desire to live by Christian standards. Note: We do not accept Form I-20 students to grades 8 and below.

See frequently asked questions and answers for further information.

Students who need Form I-20 are only accepted for fall admission. It is best to start the application process beginning October 1. The application deadline is January 16, 2018. All required application items must be received by this date. Depending on enrollment, we may accept applications on a rolling basis after the initial application deadline – please call the Admissions Office to inquire. Application items will not be accepted after June 1.

If interested in applying for admission, please follow these steps:

  1. Let us know you are interested by submitting an inquiry or contact the Office of Admissions via email ( or phone (425-898-1720 ext. 437) to schedule a tour. Tours for international families are optional and offered by appointment only on most Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tours must be pre-arranged. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer tours without a pre-scheduled tour appointment.
  2. Once you have created a username and password, you can log in to the Admission Portal to manage all active applications, add an application, view the status of each required item, and view messages from the Admissions Office. If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the Admission Portal link and select “forgot your password”. An email will be sent to you with instructions.
  3. Sign up for testing:
    • We require applicants to grades 9-11 to take the TOEFL if:
      • The applicant's first language or the primary language spoke in the applicant's home is not English and the applicant has studied in the United States for less than two full academic years.
      • Register for the TOEFL at Our ETS code for score reporting purposes is 0929. We recommend applicants take the TOEFL in October or November. Please note: Bear Creek has a limited ESL/ELL program; therefore, to help ensure student success, we consider applicants with TOEFL scores as follows:
            Grade 9 applicants: TOEFL score of 80 or higher
          • Grade 10 applicants: TOEFL score of 85 or higher
          • Grade 11 applicants: TOEFL score of 90 or higher
      • In addition to the TOEFL, applicants must also take either the ISEE or SSAT:
        • Register for the ISEE at Our school code for score reporting purposes is 481705.
        • Register for the SSAT at Our school code for score reporting purposes is 1527.
    • An interview is required. For families living abroad, we may conduct a Skype interview after all other required pieces of the application have been received. If we do not contact you to schedule an interview, no interview is required.
    • Complete all remaining items listed on the Admissions Portal by January 16, 2018:
      • Confidential teacher evaluations (usually four)
      • Candidate questionnaire and essays
      • Copies of report cards/official transcripts (translated into English)
      • Copy of applicants passport and copy(ies) of parent(s) visa(s) showing the visa type and expiration date.
      • Application fee ($50)

    Bear Creek is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students, is registered with SEVIS, and is authorized to issue Form I-20. Form I-20 is issued after acceptance and receipt of full payment of tuition and fees.

    Application Deadlines

    Please review the application requirements and deadlines.

    Admission Decision Notification

    We strive for a “best fit” between the school and each applicant. Please read our Candidate Profile. Our Admissions Committee reviews each applicant individually. Admission decision notifications for new students are sent by email by March 16, 2018 with rolling decisions for late applicants.

    International Student Living Arrangements

    Form I-20 students (grades 9 and above) may choose to live with one or both parents or a host family. Parents are responsible to arrange housing for their Upper School child. The Bear Creek School does not arrange host families. After acceptance, please contact International Student Coordinator Vivian Hom ( with any questions you may have regarding living arrangements.

    Current families applying for a new student can also log in to the Admission Portal to start an application.


    Additional information is available for international student applicants.

    Bear Creek was above and beyond what I expected. Every student is passionate about learning and the teachers lead by example."

    Jessica H. '13



    Preschool-grade 12

    School Type
    Independent, classical, Christian, college preparatory, co-ed day school

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    International Students
    Bear Creek accepts a limited number of Form I-20 students to grades 9-11

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