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About This School

Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School is a public middle school in Los Angeles. The principal of Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School is Lester Davidson. 1,221 children attend Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 27% of the Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 45% of the 1,221 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School is 17:1. Teach Academy of Technologies is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 73% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Asian 0.2% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 646343%
Unspecified 0.07% 0.7%
Filipino 0% 2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 75%
Limited English proficiency 27% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    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!

  • (9 months ago)

    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...

  • (2 years ago)

    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!!

  • (3 years ago)

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

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers really care especially Mr. J. O; who is patiend and encouraging!! Best teacher ever.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

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

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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!

  • (9 years ago)

    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!

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