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7th grade classes

Seventh Graders take the following classes:


Math-7th grade Math or Compression Advanced Math

World History

Integrated Science

Physical Education

Elective-Literature, Puente, Choir, Mandarin, Instrumental music, Engineering, Art, AVID

8th Grade Classes

All Bret Harte 8th graders take the following classes:


Math--8th grade Math or Algebra

US History

Integrated Science

Physical Education

Elective--Art, Instrumental music, Online Journalism, Choir, Puente, Mandarin, AVID, Engineering, Advanced Art, Advanced Engineering, Teacher Assistant

Tutoring for ELA

Our credentialed teachers offer free English class help after school.  Students can schedule time with their own teacher or another teacher to get help on their assignments.  Please contact your students teacher by email or phone to find out the specific days they offer tutorials. 

English/Language Arts

English Language Arts Courses


All Bret Harte students take a year long English Language Arts course.

We offer English Language Arts courses at different levels of instruction to meet the needs of all of our students. 

We offer a grade level English Language Course for students in both grade levels.

We have English Language Development (ELD) courses for our emerging bilingual students.

English Language Arts Teachers

Janette Johnson, Department Chair: Puente 7 & 8, Literature 7

Christopher Rinaldi: English Language Arts 8

Marcia Greer: English Language Arts 7, Literature 7

Jennifer Smith: English Language Arts 7 & 8

Alex Kopel: English Language Arts 7

James Bergquist: English Language Arts 8

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

The CAASPP test is administered each year in May to all of our 7th and 8th grade students.  This is a measure used by the state and federal governments to understand how students are learning and to better allocate funds to schools to support student instruction.

CAASPP tests are based on the Common Core Standards for each subject area.  In English Language Arts there are supporting standards taught in Science and Social Science, mainly related to informational text and understanding how to support a claim with evidence.

CAASPP annual scores for your students are available to parents through the online Parent Portal.