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Bret Harte Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $413,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,590.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just came back home from another wildly successful Back to School night at Bret Harte. We moved here from the Northeast a few years ago and have been pleasantly surprised by our local school. We have a GATE (gifted) kid, an special needs (autistic) kid, and a "traditionally developing" kid. Every single one has been well-served by Bret Harte. It has a successful and welcoming PTA and Booster Club. The principal has a background in special needs and is a wonderful advocate for my children. I am one of those hyper involved parents, and every time I'm at my kid's IEP, I tell the teacher, the resource room teacher, and the Principal that I trust them to place my kid with the teacher that will be best for him/her. I've never requested a specific teacher. Yet, my kids have always landed with the teacher that is perfect for them and our family. I trust the teachers and admins at Bret Harte to do what's best for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

I moved to Burbank 11 years ago without knowing anything about the city nor the local schools. My neighbors mentioned that Bret Harte was a friendly community with wonderful teachers. When my first child entered, I was pleasantly surprised by the school. I have now grown to trust the teachers, principal, and staff to help my children be smart and model citizens. Bret Harte is a treasure and we are grateful for all they have given our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

Moved to Burbank for the public schools and happened to be zoned to Bret Harte. Starting kindergarten as a first time parent was nerve wracking enough, but everyone at the school made us feel right at home. From the teachers, to the many parent volunteers and especially from Principal Taylor. I highly recommend this school and feel so fortunate to have my daughter attending and about to become a second grader. She has been challenged, inspired and has really become a more confident young girl. The Arts are definitely encouraged which she really has taken an interest in. Lots of parental involvement and an active PTA and Booster club. We've loved our daughter's teachers who have kept us informed and alerted us when our daughter was having any difficulties, giving us the information we needed to help her overcome them. Principal Taylor is amazing as well. She makes herself available to everyone and I don't think I've ever been to a school function and not seen her there. If you're on this site like I was a few years ago just before we closed on our house hoping for the best, you've found it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

Our daughter is a second grader and sending her to Bret Harte is the best decision we have made for her. Principal Taylor is a exemplary leader and her commitment and integrity is above board.. Our daughter has good grades but we appreciate the effort Principal Taylor makes for the low scoring students. This helps raise the overall standards of the school. Principal Taylor knows all her students and goes above and beyond to address concerns that parents have. The teachers our daughter has had so far have been great and have helped our daughter get better not only at her studies but also adapt to the school environment which can be challenging in the early years. I would highly recommend Brett Harte for those looking for a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

When we were evaluating schools, we selected Bret Harte because of Principal Taylor's commitment to sustaining a well rounded curriculum despite challenging budget cuts. Art, music, P.E., and technology are the norm here. Academics are bolstered by split school schedules and at-level reading groups which effectively reduce class size for part of the school day. Now that our son is nearing the end of Kindergarten, we feel even better about our choice. Principal Taylor is a constant, positive presence who is a model of hard work and dedication. We can't think of an event she's missed or a time she hasn't been there for the kids. Mr. B. is wonderful. He balances academics with creativity. He uses music, movement and games to make the environment fun and the learning involved and active. He is a caring teacher who challenges his students and has faith in their abilities. Our son has thrived in his class andhas grown into an eager and confident student. Parental involvement is very welcome by the Principal and teachers and everyone works well together to support the students. We look forward to many happy years at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

The below comment is absolute nonsense, I am a father of students who attend this school, your comment about the leader not doing favors without something in return is ludicrous. She has done many favors for my family over the years with nothing for her to gain. Sorry you feel this way about her and our school. Have you addressed your concerns with her at all? I am far from a celebrity and she's always helped us out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

The worst school by far...because of its terrible uncaring leader who is influenced by the monetary favors she receives by parents. Your children will not be challenged. The principal will not listen to your concerns, she will only sugar coat her lack of knowledge of how to run a school, teachers are kept to substandard lessons. If your child succeeds they will not be challenged in GATE. They only care to try to bring up the scores of lower scoring students, yet it the long run even they do not acquire any knowledge. Although I graduated 35 years ago from Harte, my children have only suffered. Parents will ask for favors from the principal and those who are celebrities or are giving her something in return will get what they want. Unless the principal leaves, the children will have no hope. Get a new school, save your sanity
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

We've been touring schools lately, as our son is preparing to register for transitional kindergarten. We were very impressed with the quality of the facilities, and the teaching and support staff at Brett Harte. They also had a great book fair.


Posted September 7, 2013

We think Bret Harte is great. Our son has had excellent teachers over the years. The office is friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

Three teachers (one on each - second, third and fourth grade) are proven to raise their voices, yell and intimidate students. Many parents are also intimidated by the teachers procedures. The principal has proven many instances of double standards... I tried to move my child out of school in mid year, I was told "absolutely not" and the district was surprised I was questioning the principal's decision... My son like the school but he does not know any better....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My son transitioned to Bret Harte in 1st Grade after attending a really good private school for Kindergarten. The transition went very smoothly for him, largely in part to his great teacher. Every parent I speak to raves about how amazing she is. Now I'm preparing to volunteer on the campus, to get a closer look for myself. Test scores are on the rise at this school, and although we miss the community feeling among the families at the private school, I believe he will receive a quality academic experience at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

Our 4 children have been attending Bret Harte for the last 10 years. The leadership, teachers and parent participation is excellent. High level of expectations and teachers really care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I think our school is great. We have teachers who are knowledgeable and have been teaching for years. We have teachers that have won numerous awards including teacher of the year. We have art, music, primary and advanced chorus and theatre project. We also have after school science adventures and study club before and after school. Our principal encourages parent to volunteer in the classrooms and in PTA. We have a very strong PTA that provides numerous events and activities for our school. I think our school and staff is the best. My son is in 4th grade and he started kindergarten here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

Good and strict school. Highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

877

Change from
2012 to 2013

+7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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API score

877

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8 / 10

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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females78%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females73%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females72%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate20%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females81%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females87%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females85%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females62%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students69%
Females68%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students50%
Females47%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate54%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 46%
White 38%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 3%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/AN/A
English language learners 11%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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3200 West Jeffries Avenue
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: (818) 558-5533

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