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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

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

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

The Overlake School Grades 5-12

Rigorous college preparatory classes combined with extensive arts and athletics.

20301 NE 108th St., Redmond