Mission | Core Values

Preparing today's student for tomorrow's world


The Bret Harte Union High School District is an educational community committed to providing all students a quality education with multiple learning opportunities in a safe and orderly environment fully equipped to teach 21st century skills. As a learning community, we strive to increase student achievement, to be responsive to community needs, and to foster accountability for all.



  • All students can learn.

  • Clear evidence that students are learning.

  • Full access, inclusion, support and respect for diversity are afforded to all students.

  • Students are assured they can learn in a clean, safe and healthy environment.

  • Students have a viable post-secondary plan, leading to a productive adulthood.

  • Innovations in student learning will be encouraged.


  • The district actively seeks the best educators.

  • Staff demonstrates instructional norms that support student learning.

  • Staff supports high levels of achievement for all students.

  • Stakeholders demonstrate mutual support and respect among their colleagues.


  • Financial decisions will always have student learning as top priority.

  • Be a responsible steward of existing resources while developing additional funding sources.


  • Education will be a shared enterprise with the efforts of students, educators, board members, parents/guardians, community and business partners.

  • Collaboration with feeder districts will occur.

  • There is clear and continuous communication among all stakeholders, marked by respect and civility.


  • Provide facilities that will meet current and future needs.

  • Provide the parents/guardians and community with ongoing opportunities for input and open communication.

  • Provide staff the necessary tools and opportunities for staff development to continuously maximize student learning.