The Bear Creek School

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The Bear Creek School
Motto Credo ut intelligam
Established 1988
Type Private Christian (nondenominational)
Headmaster Patrick Carruth
Dean Rev. Jeffrey Gephart
Faculty 74
Students 762
Grades Preschool-Grade 12
Location 8905 208th Ave NE,
Redmond, Washington, USA
Coordinates Coordinates: 47°40′52″N 122°03′56″W / 47.681208°N 122.065446°W / 47.681208; -122.065446
Accreditation Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, Association of Christian Schools International
Colors Forest Green, Gold
Athletics WIAA Emerald City League 1A
Mascot Titus the Grizzly
Website Bear Creek School

The Bear Creek School is a preschool through grade twelve private school in Redmond, Washington. Educating around 750 students, the school is a non-denominational Christian religious school, focusing on college preparation.[1] Established in 1988, it lies within the Lake Washington School District.[2] The head of school is Patrick Carruth.


The Bear Creek School has three campuses in Redmond and Sammamish, Washington. There are two classroom buildings on Redmond Campus (on Union Hill). The main building is home to students in grades K-8. Students in grades 9-12 attend class in the Upper School building (opening fall 2015). Valley Campus (near Perrigo Park in Redmond) and Sammamish Campus (at Pine Lake Covenant Church) hold preschool and prekindergarten classes.


The Bear Creek School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools. The school is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.[3]

Despite being a small school, Bear Creek students have had consistent successes in the National Merit Scholarship competition:

  • 2002: one National Merit semifinalist.[4]
  • 2003: three National Merit semifinalists.[5]
  • 2005: two National Merit semifinalists.[6]
  • 2006: four National Merit semifinalists.[7]
  • 2007: two National Merit semifinalists.[8]
  • 2008: two National Merit semifinalists.[9]
  • 2009: one National Merit semifinalist.[10]
  • 2010: one National Merit semifinalist.[11]
  • 2011: three National Merit semifinalists [12]


The school is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), participating as a member of the SeaTac 2B League and the CrossTown Middle School League.[13] In 2000 Bear Creek opted up to the larger division 1A classification. While the 1A classification provided a high level of competition and higher quality venue of sports competition, the results were troubling for the school. In 2004, the School returned to the division B classification. Numerous teams have also won academic state titles.

Performances of note:



  • Marianne Banton placed second in the Class 1A/B state girls golf tournament in 2004 and first in 2005.[18] In 2007, Sydney Conway won the Class 2B/1B golf girls individual title.[19]
  • In 2011, The varsity boy's golf team won the 2B/1B state tournament.[20]


  • In 2006, the varsity boy's soccer team won the 1B/2B state soccer championship over Northwest Christian in a penalty kick shoot out.[21] The team also took second place in 2009.
  • In 2011,[22] the Varsity Girl's Soccer team won the 1B/2B state soccer championship in a penalty kick shootout.
  • In 2012,[23] the Lady Grizzlies became the first 1B/2B soccer program to win Back-to-Back state championships. They beat Napavine High School 4-0 in the State Title game.
  • In 2013 the Lady Grizzlies once again made it to the Girls Soccer 1B/2B State Title Game, however falling 0-1 to underdog Crosspoint Academy.


  • In 2009, freshman Jacob Imam won the 1A/2B/1B state singles tennis title.[24] In 2010, he and senior Jamie Meyer placed second in the 1A/2B/1B state doubles tennis championships.[25]

Track & Field

  • In 2009, freshman Madelyn Magee placed second in the 2B state high jump competition;[26] in 2010[27] 2011, and 2012 [28] she placed first. In the 2010 and 2012 outdoor seasons, she recorded the highest jump for high school girls in any division in the state. She signed with Columbia University.

Other Sports

  • Student Cara Linnenkohl took sixth place in the women's pair final at the FISA World Rowing Junior Championships in Beijing in 2007, and second in the single in 2008 in Austria.[29]
  • Student Kimi Pohlman signed with the University of Washington in November 2007 to play softball for the Huskies.[30] Along with her accomplishments in softball, Pohlman also excelled in track, soccer, and basketball.[31]


  • 1988 - School founded by Drs. Nancy and William Price on the campus of Bear Creek Community Church, Woodinville, WA.
  • 2000 - Redmond Campus is opened.
  • 2005 - School acquires new Valley Campus to start a new K-6 campus, after leaving former Woodinville campus.
  • 2006 - Nancy Price resigns from her position as the head of school to pursue mission work in Africa.
  • 2006 - Karen Beman is appointed Interim Head of School.
  • 2007 - The Board of Directors announces Patrick B. Carruth as the new head of school from July 1, 2007.[32]

School Symbols[edit]

The school's original crest displays four symbols surrounding a cross: a book and pen signifying the arts; an atom, the sciences; a winged shoe, athletics; and an honor torch, personal character. Above the crest is the Latin motto of the School, Credo Ut Intelligam, which means, "I believe so that I may understand."[33] A more recently updated crest shows a cross and a path. The cross represents the school's Christian foundation, while the path represents the path of life.
The motto, chosen by the founders, is traceable to St. Anselm and St. Augustine before him.

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "The Bear Creek School", Great Schools
  2. ^ "School Grids, Seattle Metropolitan
  3. ^ "The Bear Creek School", Ziegler Capital Markets Group, 25 October 2005
  4. ^ "National Merit semifinalists announced", The Seattle Times, 18 September 2002]
  5. ^ "National Merit semifinalists are announced", The Seattle Times, 18 September 2003]
  6. ^ "National Merit semifinalists named", The Seattle Times, 14 September 2005]
  7. ^ "Merit Scholarship semifinalists", The Seattle Times, 13 September 2006]
  8. ^ "National Merit semifinalists from Eastside announced", The Seattle Times, 12 September 2007]
  9. ^ "Names of Seattle-area National Merit Scholar semifinalists announced", The Seattle Times, 10 September 2008]
  10. ^ "National Merit Scholar Recognition", The Bear Creek School, 1 October 2009]
  11. ^ "National Merit Scholarship Recognition", The Bear Creek School, 1 October 2010]
  12. ^ "Lakeside, Interlake lead local list of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists", The Seattle Times, 14 September 2011]
  13. ^ "Athletics", The Bear Creek School
  14. ^ Watanabe, Tim (18 August 2008). "Bear Creek grad Will Sanger balances books and basketball at D-I Tulsa". Redmond Reporter. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 2B Boys Basketball Championship"
  16. ^ "Washington Class 2B basketball tournament ", The Seattle Times, 6 March 2010
  17. ^ "Statewide basketball scores", The Seattle Times, 5 March 2011
  18. ^ "2005 girls golf outlook: Second chance for state title", The Seattle Times, 12 April 2005
  19. ^ "Kamiak freshman bags girls championship", The Seattle Times, 24 May 2007
  20. ^ "Bear Creek boys win program's first state golf championship", Tim Watanabe, Redmond Reporter, 26 May 2011
  21. ^ "2B/1B boys soccer - Bear Creek comes a long way for crown", George Edgar, The Seattle Times, 19 November 2006
  22. ^ "Lady Grizzlies win 2B state soccer title: Bear Creek defeats Napavine, 1-0, in thrilling shootout", Tim Watanabe, Redmond Reporter, 22 November 2011
  23. ^ "Bear Creek girls soccer scores second straight state title", Andy Nystrom, Redmond Reporter, 19 November 2012
  24. ^
  25. ^ "'Storybook' ending for Bear Creek senior Jamie Meyer | Male Athlete of the Year", Tim Watanabe, The Redmond Reporter, 10 June 2010
  26. ^ "Results from Wash prep track championships", The Seattle Times, 29 May 2009
  27. ^ "Maddie Meyers repeats as 3,200 champ / Prep track and field", The Seattle Times, 28 May 2010
  28. ^ "Maddie Meyers wins sixth career track title | 2A, 1A, 2B/1B Track and Field", The Seattle Times, 27 May 2011
  29. ^ "Rowing pair sixth in Beijing", The Seattle Times, 12 August 2007She also placed second this year in the United States Junior Women's single sculls, the highest placement of any American sculler.
  30. ^ News Post
  31. ^ "Redmond's Kimi Pohlman has yet to find a sport she doesn't excel in", Molly Yanity, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 13 June 2007
  32. ^ "History", The Bear Creek School
  33. ^ "Our School Crest", The Bear Creek School

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