Bret Harte Union High School: Full Guide

Location: Angels Camp, CA

Are you a student or parent at Bret Harte Union High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to Bret Harte Union High available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe Bret Harte Union High is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Bret Harte Union High students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at Bret Harte Union High
  • Every sports team you can join at Bret Harte Union High

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Basic Information

Bret Harte Union High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Angels Camp, CA in Calaveras County.

Based on its location, Bret Harte Union High is classified as a school in a distant town, or more than 10 miles from an urbanized area. Here's the location on a map:


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Bret Harte Union High School
Po Box 208
Altaville, CA 95221-0208

Phone number: 2097362507

Bret Harte Union High School homepage: http://bhhs-bhuhsd-ca.schoolloop.com/

Principal: Tracie Baughn
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bret Harte Union High School is 688 students, making it a somewhat large high school, in the top half of all California high schools by size.

As a mid-sized high school, Bret Harte Union High strikes the balance between size and comfort. There will be enough students to provide a diversity of experiences, like clubs and sports, for you to join. But it'll be small enough that you'll likely get to know most people in your class.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is Bret Harte Union High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at Bret Harte Union High has steadily increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 99 89 188
10th grade 97 88 185
11th grade 81 77 158
12th grade 76 81 157

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 31 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Angels Camp could be growing in population, thus sending more students into Bret Harte Union High. Alternatively, Bret Harte Union High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Bret Harte Union High School?

From our statistics, Bret Harte Union High has a 52:48 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Bret Harte Union High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Calaveras County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that Bret Harte Union High doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Bret Harte Union High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Bret Harte Union High has a homogenous student body, with the overwhelming majority of students identifying as one ethnicity. Only a third of California schools show as little diversity as Bret Harte Union High does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.

The majority of students at Bret Harte Union High are white. In California, white students make up 26.3% of all California students, and are the second most common ethnicity after Hispanic students. Thus Bret Harte Union High is one of hundreds of schools in the state that have a majority of white students.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 2.3% 16
Asian 0.2% 2
Hispanic 18.0% 124
Black 0.2% 2
White 73.1% 503
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.1% 1
Two or more races 5.8% 40

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Angels Camp. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.


Income Level of Bret Harte Union High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Bret Harte Union High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At Bret Harte Union High, 8.8% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 28.9% qualify for free lunches.

This means Bret Harte Union High has a low poverty level. The overwhelming majority of students at Bret Harte Union High don't qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Angels Camp is thus likely to be an affluent community, with quite high family incomes.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 61 8.8%
Free lunches 199 28.9%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 428 62.2%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Angels Camp and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

Because Bret Harte Union High is in the top quartile of schools by family income, it's likely to be well-funded relative to other high schools in California. This means you'll likely have access to advanced coursework like AP/IB classes and better-funded extracurriculars and sports.

It's still up to you, though, to take advantage of the resources Bret Harte Union High has to offer. If you work hard and spend your time effectively, you'll likely be well positioned to succeed in college and beyond.

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School Safety

How safe is Bret Harte Union High School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?

To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at Bret Harte Union High: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.

These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other Bret Harte Union High students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 0 referrals to law enforcement, and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 710 students.

To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.

Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:

Bret Harte Union High School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Vallecito Continuation High 0 0 27
John Vierra High 0 0 34

Academic Performance


Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Bret Harte Union High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about Bret Harte Union High's academics here.


Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Bret Harte Union High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average Bret Harte Union High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1600 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 86 at Bret Harte Union High take the SAT.

This is an above-average SAT score, putting Bret Harte Union High School in the top 25% of all California high schools and well above the national average (69% of students score above the national average). This is a notable academic achievement that distinguishes Bret Harte Union High as a high-achieving school.

This is a good indication that you'll receive an above-average education at Bret Harte Union High. While your school isn't in the very top echelon of all California public schools, you're still in a great environment.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Bret Harte Union High 542 534 529 1600
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

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ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare Bret Harte Union High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At Bret Harte Union High, the average ACT composite score was 21, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 16 out of 688 total students take the ACT.

This is above average performance, putting Bret Harte Union High in the top 50% of California high schools. Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, these ACT scores are a good indication that you'll get an above-average education at Bret Harte Union High.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for Bret Harte Union High compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
Bret Harte Union High 21 21 22 22
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
United States 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Bret Harte Union High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 92 students in grades 9-12 at Bret Harte Union High take 158 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at Bret Harte Union High is 2.9 out of 5.

This score puts Bret Harte Union High at average performance. For AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and the number of students who pass and don't pass are roughly even. This performance places Bret Harte Union High School in the top 50% of schools for AP tests.

It's great that Bret Harte Union High offers an AP program so you have the opportunity to take courses at a college level. Even though roughly half of all AP students here don't get a passing grade, half do - so with motivated studying throughout the year, you'll be able to beat the average.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


AP Test-Taking Statistics

Another way to gauge the quality of a school's AP program is to see how many AP students actually took AP exams at Bret Harte Union High School. If a lot of students enroll in AP courses but don't actually take the AP tests, it can be a sign that students don't feel adequately prepared to take the test, or the school isn't encouraging students to take the exams enough.

At Bret Harte Union High, there is a total enrollment of 140 in AP courses (a student taking more than one AP course counts more than once).

Of AP-taking students, 86 took AP tests for ALL AP courses. 6 students took AP tests for SOME AP Courses, and 0 took AP courses but took NO tests.


This is stellar test participation. First, every single Bret Harte Union High School student who took AP courses took at least some AP exams - there were zero students who took no exams. Furthermore, the students who took AP tests for ALL their AP courses outnumber the students who took just some AP exams.

These are great signs because it suggests students feel prepared to take the tests at the end of the year, and Bret Harte Union High does a good job of helping students sign up for AP tests. You'll likely have a good AP course experience here.

Note: The most recent data we have available is from 2012, so the statistics may have changed since then. Most likely, however, the trends are likely to continue - above average schools are likely to stay above average, and below average schools are likely to stay below average.


AP Passing Rates

For AP students at Bret Harte Union High School who take the exam, it's important to know how they do. Here we have specific data on how many students got a passing grade (a 3 or above) on all, some, or none of the AP exams that they took.

Of all AP test takers, 35 students passed every AP test they took, which is a fantastic job. 18 students passed some but not all AP exams, and 26 students didn't pass ANY AP exam they took.

 

This is good performance. The majority of students pass SOME or ALL of the AP tests. Only a minority of students at Bret Harte Union High School fail all the AP exams they take.

Overall, this points to a fairly strong AP program at Bret Harte Union High. Most students are able to pass at least one of the AP tests they take, which means the teaching is likely of acceptable quality, and the students are motivated to do well. However, the program isn't strong across the board. Some teachers or courses may be better than others, and students at Bret Harte Union High may be stronger at some subjects and weaker in others.

If you attend Bret Harte Union High, this means you'll have a good starting point to work from - but if you want to pass all the AP tests you take, you'll need to work hard and use good study strategies.

To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Bret Harte Union High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Bret Harte Union High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If Bret Harte Union High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Bret Harte Union High.

English/Language Arts

At Bret Harte Union High School, 46% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered below average and puts Bret Harte Union High in the bottom 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The majority of Bret Harte Union High students do not pass state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the Common Core is new, the pass rate at Bret Harte Union High will likely rise over time. But it still reflects Bret Harte Union High's below average standing among California high schools.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


Math

The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At Bret Harte Union High School, 25% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Bret Harte Union High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Bret Harte Union High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Bret Harte Union High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at Bret Harte Union High. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at Bret Harte Union High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Bret Harte Union High AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Bret Harte Union High School offer?

AP Courses

Bret Harte Union High School offers AP courses in 10 subjects.

This is a reasonable number of AP subjects, putting Bret Harte Union High School in the top 50% of California schools that offer AP courses. You'll likely have access to some of the most popular math and humanities AP subjects, as well as a few others.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so Bret Harte Union High is missing a large number of subjects, including some popular ones. If there are any AP courses you want to take that aren't being offered at Bret Harte Union High, ask your counselor for ideas on how to cover the gap.

Of course, keep in mind that quality matters even more than quantity - even if Bret Harte Union High doesn't offer every AP course under the sun, the classes might still be taught very well. You can see student performance in the AP score analysis section above.

The following AP courses were offered at Bret Harte Union High during 2015-2016:

Course Title
Biology
Calculus AB
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
European History
Human Geography
Spanish Language and Culture
United States Government and Politics
United States History

Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Bret Harte Union High School. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at Bret Harte Union High.

By the way, the Bret Harte Union High mascot is the Bullfrogs. Go Bullfrogs!

Bret Harte Union High School fields 15 teams for girls' sports. This is a sizable number that puts Bret Harte Union High in the top 50% of California schools that offer girls' sports. You won't get the full range of sports and levels, but you'll be able to try out for a few options. If you participate in a sport that Bret Harte Union High doesn't offer, consider looking for a local non-school team that you can join.

And now for the boys: Bret Harte Union High School fields 18 teams for boys' sports. This puts Bret Harte Union High in the top 50% of California schools that offer boys' sports. You won't get every sport and level possible here, but you'll have a decent number of options. If you participate in a sport that Bret Harte Union High doesn't offer, consider looking for a local non-school team that you can join.

Boys Teams Girls Teams
Lacrosse
Var JV Fr
Lacrosse
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Basketball
Var JV Fr
Basketball
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Golf
Var JV Fr
Golf
Var JV Fr
Tennis
Var JV Fr
Tennis
Var JV Fr
Football
Var JV Fr
Wrestling
Var JV Fr
Volleyball
Var JV Fr
Volleyball
Var JV Fr
Baseball
Var JV Fr
Softball
Var JV Fr
Waterpolo
Var JV Fr
Waterpolo
Var JV Fr
Trackfield
Var JV Fr
Trackfield
Var JV Fr
Crosscountry
Var JV Fr
Crosscountry
Var JV Fr
Soccer
Var JV Fr
Soccer
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Sources

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