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Bret Harte Middle School

Oakland, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades 6-9
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  • Enrollment: 556


Bret Harte Middle School
3700 Coolidge Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 531-6400
Bret Harte Middle School is located in Oakland, CA and serves grades 6-9.It received a GreatSchool rating of 2 out of 10
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Reviews22 Reviews

Our family is in our fourth year at BHMS. The school continues to improve each year, and the academic offerings have expanded significantly. The teachers are immensely dedicated, and the leadership is solid. Both my daughters have shown significant improvement academically each year.
My sixth grader is proud of his school and loves his teachers and friends there. It is wonderful to watch him become more independent and more enthusiastic about learning. He gets ready for school without complaint and comes home excited about the things he is doing and learning. We are very happy that he is attending Bret Harte!
Bret Harte is a vibrant middle school with a lot going for it. I have 2 kids there, 6th and 8th and they have had a great time. The school is much smaller than many of the middle schools in Oakland and with 7 periods instead of 6, the class sizes average 20-25 which has a huge impact on the quality of teaching. The teachers and staff know all the kids, and we have seen low turnover of staff. The 2 electives for all grades have given each of my kids a class which fits their interest- art and computer science. Overall it has been a great school, and it has been getting better each year.
Bret Harte Middle School in Oakland CA is a great school. I should know, I teach there! I may be biased but hear me out. Our school was featured in a video about the EducationSuperHighway, a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing better broadband services to schools. This video featured several of our dedicated teachers. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, was inspired to donate $20 million to the non-profit, and posted the video to FB. And the White House re-posted the video after that! Please go to our website, ousd.org/bretharte, and check out the video for yourself. Also, at President Obama's last State of the Union address, he stated that he wants every student to learn computer science. Next fall, Bret Harte is adding a computer science class to its schedule. How cool is that? We have a diverse campus population, including students from the surrounding neighborhood, and students from all over Oakland. We have several special education classrooms and newcomer classrooms. We have veteran teachers and new teachers sharing best practices and giving support to each other. We have a nice campus that is enhanced by beautiful murals and mosaics completed by our own students with the help of dedicated volunteers. We are petitioning for a turf field to be installed. We have a fantastic music program. Come by and visit and see the great things happening at Bret Harte Middle School, in Oakland CA!
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