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Schools - Private & Religious (Pre-K to 12th Grade)

Cougar Mountain Academy

Cougar Mountain Academy, commonly referred to as “The Academy,” is a private non-denominational elementary school for Kindergarten through Grade 5 and Pre-Kindergarten. The Academy emphasizes excellence in education for high achieving and gifted students and promotes international academic standards in a multi-cultural setting.  Creativity, independent thinking, self-confidence, leadership, public speaking, and love of learning are developed in a low student to teacher ratio within a loving and nurturing environment.  A special emphasis is placed on intellectual growth, academic achievement, self motivation, character development and overall excellence in education.  The high caliber curriculum combined with the individualized, non-graded and non-competitive approach to learning enables each student to develop optimum potential.

Cougar Mountain Academy is situated next to Cougar Mountain Zoo which gives the School a magical, next to nature quality.  This central location provides convenient access from Bellevue, Newcastle, Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island, Snoqualmie Ridge, Renton and surrounding communities.


5410 194th Ave SE, Issaquah

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Grades 5-12

All-girls, Catholic, private Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart has served the Puget Sound area since 1907. Affiliated with the Archdiocese of Seattle, the school’s emphasis is on character-based education and individualized, experiential learning. Forest Ridge’s unique single-gender education in the Sacred Heart tradition helps students feel comfortable expressing themselves, becoming leaders, and excelling in science, mathematics and the arts. Forest Ridge offers the International Baccalaureate Programme and Global Seminar in the high school and prides itself on a fully integrated leadership education program from grades 5-12. Our graduates have gone on to study at some of the country’s most-respected universities, like Princeton and Stanford, and are successful in the sciences, arts, academics, and media. Forest Ridge is a place where every girl is encouraged to pursue her passion and find her voice.

4800 139th Ave. SE, Bellevue

Hillside Academy
Hillside Academy

Hillside is a private Christian school that cultivates future innovators through a project-based learning approach emphasizing academics, problem solving, creativity, social skills, faith and character development. We provide our students with the core academic skills to prepare them for the next level with the philosophy that one size does not fit all. Our play-based preschool program, with targeted learning objectives, gives students the start they need; our elementary school program then builds on this foundation by engaging students in hands-on learning, so that by middle school our students are focusing on real-life application of the knowledge and skills they have learned.

26423 NE Allen St., Duvall

Snoqualmie Springs School

Pre-K – 3rd Grade
Foundation Education

Snoqualmie Springs School, commonly referred to as “SnoSprings” School, is a private, state approved and nationally accredited primary grade school for children between the ages of 4 and 8 years of age. The school, founded by Laura and Joe Drovetto in 1998, provides a firm foundation in basic academic skills and promotes the development of habits that are necessary for life long learning. The focus of SnoSprings School is to teach the grade level expectations for the Washington State Common Core Academic Requirements, appreciation of the arts, music, physical fitness and good citizenship. In addition, the school respects the diverse population that we serve and encourages families to share their cultural heritage and traditions as enrichment to our social studies curriculum.

25237 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd., Issaquah

The Bear Creek School
The Bear Creek School

Preschool-Grade 12

The Bear Creek School, a leader in classical education in the Pacific Northwest, provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum from a Christian worldview for students in preschool through grade 12. What sets Bear Creek apart? Classical education (Grammar, Dialectic, Rhetoric) based on the Western tradition of a broad based liberal arts program; college preparatory academics including honors and Advanced Placement classes; Christian worldview woven throughout the curriculum encourages students to develop into the individual God intends. For parents looking for a unique educational opportunity for their student, Bear Creek offers small classes and dedicated teachers in a supportive Christian community.

8905 208th Ave NE, Redmond

The Overlake School Grades 5-12

Rigorous college preparatory classes combined with extensive arts and athletics.

20301 NE 108th St., Redmond