Students enrolled 1191
School leader Cyndi Maijala
Transportation options Yes
District San Jose Unified School District

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7050 Bret Harte Drive
San Jose, CA 95120

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(408) 535-6270
(408) 927-0698
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4 stars
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November 23, 2014
Bret Harte was great for my two oldest children. You see, if you are "normal" you are welcomed, appreciated, care for, and supported. However, it was hell for my high functioning autistic son. He was handcuffed by the police in campus, that were not informed my son is autistic, for refusing to sign a Vandalism citation he received for verily visible writing his nick name ADRX on the cement side walk with a little sedimentary rock he found on the ground, as others students were doing. He was placed in the emotionally disturb class, even as he IS NOT emotionally disturb, and has never had that diagnosis from ANYONE! The principal Mrs. Cindy Mijaila, was heard by me on the phone at the district office saying "I just want him out of here." So my beautiful, intelligent baby was bullied in that class, and neither the school nor the school district provided the special need services he was promised on his IEP. He calls Bret Harte "Break my heart." So if you are normal, and fit the normalcy profile, and you do not have a disability, you are welcomed, but if your child has a disability stay away, the school district negligence, will truly break your heart.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2014
45/100 teachers/staff are alright, but the students and parent community of the school are appalling. Bullying and student hierarchy is rampant, and the teachers are either unable to intervene (in fears of instigating a poor reaction from the parents) or just don't care. The lunch isn't exactly superb either. Would rate 1 star and a half.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2014
Three days in, and loving it so far. Great teachers, moderate homework, and lunch that doesn't taste like cardboard. Haven't had any trouble with bullies so far. Then again, most of this is due to being, you know, three days in. Will post update once I've been here longer. -Bret Harte Sixth Grader

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2011
Bret Harte Middle School is an excellent middle school in San jose because of their academics, and school spirit. If you are looking for a good school pick this school because you won't find a quiet, peaceful neighborhood/school. The administration is excellent in conducting their duties.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2010
Mr.Walker is is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. he does realy fun stuf I am a 6th grader at bret hart . he is funny .he is the BEST p.e teacher .my name is Ramiel

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April 23, 2010
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January 31, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 25, 2010
i love this school!!! it is very friendly and the teachers are very good with us. mr, is the teacher i want to recomend. he is amazing, but he demands. and you will be greatful.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2009
I love that the teachers love my kids. It is hard not to love them (totally bias of course) they work their tails off doing homework and getting good grades. I love that the teachers are computer savvy and they respond in a 95% to my requests and my E-mails. But most of all I love that being such a stinky parent myself, and so darn picky, and demand excellence, the Principal has such patience, and always has a beautiful smile on his face. He is very open and helpful. Always, always open to my demands, and to give me his time. I wish I can participate more in the school, but I think my kids appreciate the independence, and feel embarrassed because I am too friendly (they say, of course I do not think so) Homework is of a good size, but again so is life. Thank you for being supportive BH.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
I think Bret Harte is a wonderful school that get great test scores and anyone who is going/went to bret harte is going to love it. All the teachers and staff are VERY friendly and helpful!

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2009
Bret Harte is the best middle school in San Jose. Teachers and administrators truely believe in the importance of eduction. The parents in the community are also very proactive in their childs eduction.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Good range of electives. Some teachers are not very available to their students in need of help as they are too busy after school and lunch time is just too short to eat, take a breather & get needed help. It is difficult to get on a sports team as some coaches seem to have pre-picked their team ahead of tryouts, despite their welcome to you at sports night - very disappointing! The principal is a man of many words, but little or no action. Never had a class schedule correct the first time and when the school fails to provide prior written notice, there is no corrective action by the school to amend their errors. Students take the brunt of a diminishing self-concept. Crossing guards are wonderful. Most office staff has been very accommodating. Do wish they'd smile more. :-)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The kids love this school! All the kids are nice with each other.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
Yeah, the 8th graders harass the 6th graders a bit, but it's really like any other school. It's part of middle school, and I survived it just fine. Other things; the cheer squad? If you don't try to join, they'll just ignore you. The school is pretty big, but the teachers are good for the most part. Some teachers are very difficult graders, but others give easy A's. It's a bit uneven with the grading, so minus a star there. If you're looking for extracurriculars, the empasis in Bret Harte is most definetely on sports, so look elsewhere. So, from a student's point of view, Bret Harte isn't a superb school, but definetely better than other schools. **As for children complaining of the popularity system; Bret Harte is like any other school in that regard. Don't single out BHMS.**

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2009
I have two sons who attend this school, the teachers and administrators have been fantastic and there is a great amount of dedication and commitment to the student body.

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April 17, 2009
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April 10, 2009
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March 05, 2009
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January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I used to go to this school and it was very bad. They all dress in Hollister clothes and that's it. Seriously, you have to fit in with everyone to make any friends at this school. 6th graders are being terribly bullied by the 7th graders and 8th graders. Also, many of the teacher's methods don't help you learn anything. There was one amazing science teacher yet unfortunetaly she retired. Also, if you want to be 'popular' you have to join their dangerous cheerleading team. The work level is quite low and I believe this school needs to improve greatly for it have a 10 out of 10.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2008
This is not a good school. Most students are doing below average. There are a lot of kids with no manners. I believe we made a mistake to move to this area.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
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August 19, 2008
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August 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I go to BHMS and the school is pretty good. Many students have serious issues though, and I don't mean disorders. Their is A TON of harrasment going on and most of the time the staff doesn't care. They simple tell the student to stop, warn them, and if it happens again they don't care. Many teachers are pretty mediocire, yet there are some good ones. And there is a popularity issue going on because until I started wearing expensive clothes I wasn't 'popular', or 'cool'. Also, their cheer squad is too big and even though cheer is my favorite sport I think many of the members are selfish morons. I'm going to Desert Arroyo next year, hopefully that school is better than this.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2008
Bret Harte is a great school both academically and afterschool activity wise. With a good school structure and teachers, Bret Harte is an awesome school. There a lot of choices when it comes to after school activities like : Lacrosse, Cheer, Track, a variety of other sports, and homework center. Also, there are many clubs that suit any interest : Harry Potter club, knitting, recycling, oragami, and etc. Besides, students are free to start their own club as well. Academics are excellent! Instead of doing grade level math, students are given the opportunity to go up to high school math levels and those falling behind can go to Math Lab. Lastly, as a student, I believe there is no popularity issue. Personally, for me, it seems that no one really cares what the other wears. Students aren't treated or judged based on their clothing or their previous school.

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February 12, 2008
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February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
I have my kids a Bret Harte. It is a great school. However, I absolutely agree that the kids and the parents can be taught to build a friendlier atmosphere. Another very important thing is that the Teachers are all great, but, wish that their 'Grading' is all consistent with each other. Because students who get an 'A' with one teacher may be equal only to a 'C' with another teacher. So, on what basis is the Honor Roll, etc., measured?

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I think it is a great school but, I also agree alot of the kids are not friendly. Especially to the youngsters who are not from Almaden..Personally I love the Willow Glen area!

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January 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2006
An amazing school. Great in academics, really teaches the students how to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
Bret harte is a great school but the kids there are not very friendly.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
The acedemics are great. They have all types of after school programs, too.

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April 14, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 17, 2006
They have a very interesting program where students get to explore art, music, drama, journalism, computer, etc. They also have programs for accelerated math, where 7th graders can do high school math. A large chunk of the students end up in this program. Overall good academic environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
Lots of great teachers. High academic standards. Positive parent envolvement

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
This is a wonderful school. I definetly recommend it over all the others in the district. Great teachers and families.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2005
A great school with a well balanced accademic and extra curricular activities program. High level of parent involvement. Emphasis on student resposibilities.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
The parent involvement is one of the many aspects of the outstanding school. Bret Harte also has a dedicated staff (exceptional mathematics department) who act in the best interest of the students at every level. I also much mention Mr. Donald McCloskey as the principal that is making an impact that will last for years.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
We are now on our second child attending this school. The synergy between teachers, staff and parents is terrific. The teachers keep us well informed of our childrens' status and they teach them how to be well prepared for high school. All are available for extra help. The school emphasizes positive leadership and self esteem awareness, peer counseling, and high academic achievement. There is a 'motivational' feeling throughout the school. There are many after school activities and the kids are encouraged to participate in them as much as possible without disrupting their school work.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
The academic program of Bret Harte is above average within San Jose Unified. However the school does not have enough quality teacher to carry out the program. Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities are limited due to lack of volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
Wonderful administrator in Don McCloskey - very student oriented.

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August 08, 2005
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April 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
Overall a really high quality school. Only public middle school in SJ Unified where kids are not required to wear uniforms due to positive, calm atmosphere. Many kids want to do well academically - about a third make honor roll each semester. Teachers mostly very experienced, enjoy their jobs, know how to engage kids and challenge them. Many parents at this school really care about how their kids are doing and show up in force for school events. Extracurriculars were thin a few years ago but have improved. I don't know new principal, but school community would not suffer mediocre leadership kindly.

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August 31, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
Great school. With the new grading system, it's easier to look at your children's prefromance in their classes.

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Bret Harte Middle School
7050 Bret Harte Drive, San Jose, CA  95120
(408) 535-6270
Last modified Bret Harte Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bret Harte Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top