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Bret Harte Elementary School

School code number: 453
Grade level: PreK/TK-5
Hours: 8:25 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

1035 Gilman Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94124
Neighborhood: Bayview
Phone: 415-330-1520
Fax: 415-330-1555
Principal: Jeremy Hilinski

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Discover This School

Outdoor play structure Wall of pictures and mirrors View of the new art studio

Containers of crayons The Very Hungry Caterpiller over a shelf of tools Shelf with art supplies

Shelf of projects Student work on the walls

“We Are Respectful, We Are Responsible, We Are Safe”

At Bret Harte, our mission is to provide high-quality instructional programs within a safe learning environment that maximizes individual talents and strengths, celebrates diversity, and prepares students to be productive citizens. As part of our commitment to access and equity, all students have access to programs, materials, and resources that are aligned with California standards. Every grade, from kindergarten through 5th, includes projects, cross-curricular activities, arts education, field trips, and interaction across grade levels. At Bret Harte, children are surrounded by caring adults who provide academic and enrichment programs suited to their needs.

The Bret Harte community inspires, supports and nurtures learners on a journey toward excellence. We believe in the incredible potential of all children and are committed to providing academically challenging, culturally relevant learning options which fully develop the unique talents and gifts of each child in our program. High academic standards guide the curriculum across all grades. The school community is proud of its increased parent involvement, community support, and balanced instructional and enrichment programs. Teachers and staff share ownership of all students' academic and social learning and hold ourselves accountable for professional behavior and student success.

Community Partnerships

  • Adventures in Music (AIM) - sends students to SF Symphony performances
  • America SCORES Bay Area - teaches students soccer and poetry
  • Bay Area Community Resources (BEACON program)
  • SF Teacher Residency
  • SFUSD Pathways Program
  • Teach for America Corps
  • Education Outside - outdoor science instruction
  • Playworks - energizes recess and lunch recess

This school feeds into:

Brown Middle School AND James Lick Middle School

School Tours

School tours are by appointment. Please call the school at 415-330-1520 to schedule.


White shirt or blouse; navy blue pants, skirt or jumper; and all-black shoes

School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afterschool supper

Before-school programs

Playworks (starting at 8:00 a.m. from Mondays through Thursdays)

Afterschool programs

Bret Harte offers the Beacon Afterschool Program at no cost to families of students from grades TK to 5. Activities include tutoring and homework help, music, dance, art, and a sports program from 2:40 to 6:00 p.m. We also offer a Bay Area SCORES soccer/writing program.

Special Education Programs

  • Mild/moderate

Language Programs

  • Spanish Dual Language Immersion

Arts Enrichment

  • Theater
  • Other
Theater arts and music program

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Computer lab
  • Playworks