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

Cougar Mountain Academy





Cougar Mountain Academy, established in 1962, 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, love of learning and the quest for personal excellence are promoted at every program level. A special emphasis is placed on a loving and nurturing environment to stimulate intellectual growth, academic achievement, self motivation, character development and overall excellence in education. The high caliber curriculum, delivered in a low student to teacher ratio, 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 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

The Bear Creek School
The Bear Creek School

Founded in 1988, in Redmond, Washington, The Bear Creek School is an independent classical Christian school that believes only when faith, mind, and heart are fed together can students experience the fullness of education which produces leaders who think well and are compelled to engage the world.

Recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, Bear Creek serves students from the greater Eastside and is housed on four campuses. Redmond Campus on Union Hill serves kindergarten to grade 12 students and Valley Campus, also in Redmond, serves preschool to grade 5 students. Bear Creek Preschool has two additional campuses in Woodinville and Sammamish serving students ages 3-5. The Bear Creek School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and AdvancED/Northwest Accreditation Commission.

8905 208th Ave NE Redmond, 98053

8905 208th Ave NE, Redmond