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Posted August 28, 2012

The test scores do not tell the full story. They have a tough and diverse set of demographics to work with. The teaching staff is overall very good. The leadership (principal) is one of the best I've seen--tough, proactive and sincerely cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

The teachers, staff, and principal at Bret Harte are outstanding. They're always motivating my daughter to do more, want more, and be more than she ever thought she could. She wants HER school to be the best & is helping it to maintain its reputation of having the highest test scores of all middle schools in the district & is active in their championship sports teams. Their website on HUSD is kept updated & is very informative. We also look forward to the weekly telephone messages from Ms. Davies, principal ... her 'good-bye' at the end of the call always makes us smile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

Breet harte middle school in hayward helps you acomplish your goals like getting out of speical ed ell and bret harte middle scholl is the only middle school in hayward that offers spanish.We have the best staff there is and our cst scores are the hightest in the distric.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

My son loves middle school and his teachers are a big reason. They offer support, make the classes interesting. He has a 3.7 grade point average in his first quarter at Bret Harte. I am very proud of him and thankful for excellent leadership as well. Thanks also, to all of the support staff and parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

I dont relaly think its the school that is great but I think its the teachers are fantastic. They get really close to you and always help you when you need it. Im going to miss the teachers a lot because before I came to this school I was an average student but now all I get in this school are 4.0's.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

it is a school that helps childrean breach their goals the music class for ocrestra and band has a great teacher i would give it 5 star and the teacher are a great staff, i like the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2008

I like this school for my child, she actually improved in Math since she started this school, because of the after school support from her teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

Bret Harte is great! They help students learn about life, highschool, and the working field. They even offer TA positions!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2007

Bret Harte Middle school has exemplary learning environment. I transferred my son from another district and he immediately recognized the difference in the school climate as did I. I was truly impressed with the administration and how well organized and involved they were with the staff and students. After enrolling my son I knew he would be taken care of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

I appreciate the support for Bret hart. All schools ahve their challenges, but the administation and staff are willing to meet those challenges. The district, on the other hand, holds them back. The more effort the parents put out, the more the teachers put out. And the kids benefit!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 15, 2007

There's a big gap between perception and reality at Bret Harte. My 7th grade son is thriving there. He's academically challenged, and he feels quite comfortable at Bret Harte. (I also like that he has an hour of PE each day.) I'm impressed with the administrators and the teachers. I encourage parents to check out Bret Harte.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

776

Change from
2012 to 2013

+28

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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  • This school met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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API score

776

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+28

Change from 2012 to 2013
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3 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
English Language Arts

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
33%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
26%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
50%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
90%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
47%
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

Algebra I

All Students98%
Females96%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate92%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Females57%
Males50%
African American35%
Asian93%
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander36%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate56%
Parent education - declined to state57%

Math

All Students34%
Females31%
Males36%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability33%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate31%
Parent education - declined to state39%
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

Algebra I

All Students35%
Females42%
Males29%
African American26%
Asian67%
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)29%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability34%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)28%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state18%

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Females64%
Males48%
African American51%
Asian72%
Filipino81%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state42%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students88%
Females87%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students46%
Females48%
Males44%
African American36%
Asian79%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to state33%

Science

All Students57%
Females60%
Males54%
African American49%
Asian78%
Filipino81%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state42%
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 51%
Black 22%
White 12%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 2%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/AN/A
English language learners 10%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 12%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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1047 E Street
Hayward, CA 94540
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