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9301 South Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044

(323) 242-5400
(323) 757-0408
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March 01, 2015
I am sad to see how great this school seemed only a few years ago. This school is in a terrible downward spiral where the students control the school. There is no administrative support or communication. Discipline does not exist here. I feel bad for the students who actually want to learn and improve themselves.

- submitted by a teacher

January 03, 2014
I attended this school back in 98', recently took my niece to enroll , and I have to say it's probably one of the worst schools in California! I am force to choose a star; but it deserve none! Check BOOK CHOICE PARENTS DON't do a mistake and enroll your child for failure!

- submitted by a community member

December 06, 2013
Worst school my kid ever been full of bully's n no help whit that... Always trying to talk to the principal to fix this problems n she's always in a meeting or busy... I'm really desapointed...

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2012
Way back in the 1930s, a girl by the name of Edna May Durbin attended Bret Harte. She later became a movie star and the highest paid female in the United States. Her stage name was Deanna Durbin. I have a class photo of Deanna and her schoolmates standing on the main front steps of Bret Harte!!

- submitted by a community member

January 25, 2011
I attend Bret harte and i just wanted to say that bret hatre is a wonderful school filled with wonderful students

- submitted by a community member

January 17, 2010
I'm currently an 8th grade student at Bret Harte Middle School and I will miss it very much when I graduate but I know because of Bret Harte I will ne fully trained to take on High School with ease. I love the teachers and staff here. The programs after school have been a great help. I've been able to get a scholarship to one of LA's best black dance Academy Lula Washington. Bret Harte has helped me achieve so much in the 3 years I have attended this school. Bret Harte is a great school that inspired me to be anything and be someone who improves the world. I am not put down for my differences and I love our principal Mr. Davidson he really cares about the students. Bret Harte is a great school to go to and I should know I go to this school.

- submitted by a student

December 12, 2009
I origionally reviewed my child;s school on December 4, 2008, when my child first attended Bret Harte as a 6th grader. I jioned the CEAC parent committee and I had great expectations because of my experiences as a graduate of Bret Harte in 1976. This school has drasticlly declined. It is mainly due to its administrative staff inability to communicate with certain parents that may have a different view than they have. The manority students are failing because of unqualified teachers and supportive staff. The children self esteem is lowered because they are not getting positive praise and cultual recognition regularly. I was not aware of the politics occurring at this school when I made my inicial review, but this school needs help. The principal Mr. Davidson's leadership is poor. and he has ostracized many for trying to bring about positive change. Change is not welcomed there at Bret Harte.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 11, 2009
Hey i am currently attending bret harte ms as a 7th grader..this school is not bad.This school has lots of great teachers and have after school programs so they will kep them from gangs, fights, and violence. I'm actually in a program called Team Works. This is a really great program for ALL kids. They also have After School All Stars..it's all about dancing,music and expressing yourself,they even have tutoring.

- submitted by a student

December 05, 2009
i attended this school for 6th 7th and 8th i graduated on June 19 or 20 of '09' i now attend c.a.t.c.h never go to c.a.t.c.h. any who i loved bret harte it was the best school i ever attend and i wish i could go back but i cant.the best part about being at that school was being with ms.zavala she helped me from when i fist got there.she helped me through the good times when i won awards to the sad times when i was going through parents issues and court issues.she shaped me into a better person.every teacher i ever had through out that school were the best.after school programs are awesome all stars and photo club .ooo i want to give a shout out to ms.zavala and the all stars.this school changed me into the person i am today.

- submitted by a student

August 19, 2009
I am a current 7th grade student in Bret Harte middle school this school is not a bad school it's just a school that needs more help,parent help.I will not say that this school is just a school where kids want to fight or get involved in fighting this school just needs to have more interesting things to get the students attention away from fighting.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 12, 2009
Teachers really care, especially Mr. J. O; who is patiend and encouraging!! Best teacher ever.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2008
I am a parent who graduated from Bret Harte MS, in 1976, and now my child attends Bret Harte as a six garder in 2008. I am very involved in my child's education, and from what I have observed thus far is an enviornment inducsive to promoting learning as well as encouraging parent involvement. With a I can attitude from our children, and parent, teacher, and administrative staff encouragement, all good things are possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 29, 2008
i am not a parent but i attended this school about 4 years ago, and yes this is a very rough neighborhood but this school is all about helping students with there after school programs etc. students are only fighting because there parents dont teach them whats right and wrong

- submitted by a student

April 16, 2008
This school has a lot of students who are only interested in fighting or watching someone else fight.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 27, 2007
I have seen many changes at bret harte some were questionable but like many people say just give it time. I was hesitant about sending my child here, I thought I could keep in touch with her academics since I work there. True that your child can learn much as possible depending on the teacher and classroom enviroment. I had great faith in this school when the principle Ms.Kay came, her dedication to the school is outstanding, I was sad to see her leave Spring 2006 to Narbone High.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2006
Hi, well I'm not at parent but I attended bret harte about two years ago. I just wanted to day that mr. Martin's music program is the best thing that ever happened to me.

- submitted by a student

October 01, 2006
I am a current student at Bret Harte.I have been going there since 6th,and 7th grade.I am now in the 8th grade.Well since we have gotten a new principal,Ms.Kay,this school has changed a lot now.I admit that before going to Bret Harte I was slightly scared at 1st and my parents wouldn't approove for me going there.Since they have heard a lot about the behavior in Bret Harte.But it's not actually a bad sch00l you know?...It's actually a very good school unless you are around the right people.But even if you don't it doesn't mean your have to act like the rest of everyone.All the teachers are spectacular.Rhey show respect to you only if you respect them babk (of course).Ms.Kay has definitely made a difference in this school. sincerely, -Yuslic an 8th grade student of '07.

- submitted by a student

September 15, 2006
My daughter has attended Bret Harte for the 6th, 7th and is now attending this year in the 8th grade. For the 6th grade year I had many communication problems with the VP & Dean of the School along with a few teachers. I am the type of person who always gives things a chance to change but by the end of her 6th grade school year I was ready to send my daughter packing. My daughter had made friends there and wanted to stay so I told her that she could go there for the 1st semester and if I didn't see any improvement from the staff then I would transfer her to another school. Last year, I did see a major improvement in the school. I think they may have gotten a new Principal but whatever happened keep up the good work Bret Harte!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 09, 2004
I'm a teacher at this school and although I love teaching here there is no way I'd send my child here. There are many fabulous teachers at Bret Harte but it is very unsafe due to both neighborhood, parent and child behavior. Most of the teachers here love our school and love our students but we've had teachers and principals 'dumped' here - meaning that they don't want to be at Bret Harte but are placed here. We have had 4 principals in 2 years - 1 who showed up only when he felt like it. Our school could be a great school but there are few of us who believe in our school. The 6th grade team is, for the most part, excellent! We need to parents to be with us! If only we could get a strong and dedicated leader, we could all be proud to be at The Harte!

- submitted by a teacher

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Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School
9301 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, CA  90044
(323) 242-5400
Last modified Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top