Bret Harte Elementary School

1556 E 56th St
Chicago, IL 60637
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
3/
10
Bottom 50%
Bret Harte Elementary School serves 328 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
Bret Harte Elementary School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Illinois for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is ≤10% (which is lower than the Illinois state average of 28%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 15-19% (which is lower than the Illinois state average of 32%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Illinois state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Illinois state average of 53% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 328 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 97%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in IL
  • Math Proficiency
    : ≤10% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 15-19% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IL Dept. of Education

School Overview

Bret Harte Elementary School's student population of 328 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 25 teachers has grown by 31% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students
328 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
25 teachers
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School Rankings

Bret Harte Elementary School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3,663 schools in Illinois (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Bret Harte Elementary School is 0.27, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (IL)
Overall Testing Rank
#2626 out of 3663 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
≤10%
28%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
15-19%
32%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
1%
5%
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Hispanic
7%
27%
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Black
85%
17%
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White
3%
47%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
4%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.27
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Eligible for Free Lunch
78%
43%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
10%
3%
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Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IL Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bret Harte Elementary School's ranking?
Bret Harte Elementary School is ranked #2626 out of 3,663 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in Illinois.
What schools are Bret Harte Elementary School often compared to?
Bret Harte Elementary Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Black Magnet Elementary School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
≤10% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 28% IL state average), while 15-19% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 32% IL state average).
How many students attend Bret Harte Elementary School?
328 students attend Bret Harte Elementary School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
85% of Bret Harte Elementary School students are Black, 7% of students are Hispanic, 4% of students are Two or more races, 3% of students are White, and 1% of students are Asian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Bret Harte Elementary School?
Bret Harte Elementary School has a student ration of 13:1, which is lower than the Illinois state average of 14:1.
What grades does Bret Harte Elementary School offer ?
Bret Harte Elementary School offers enrollment in grades Prekindergarten-8
What school district is Bret Harte Elementary School part of?
Bret Harte Elementary School is part of City Of Chicago SD 299 School District.

School Reviews

2   9/1/2010
After one year, my child is transferring. The academic programs are mediocre at best. Some of the teachers lack professionalism and are not committed to the students academic progress. The environment was challenging as well. Many students were rowdy and profanity and threats are an everyday occurrence. My child was extremely uncomfortable with most of the students and I as well. While I did voice my concerns over and over again, my family determined that it was best to move and enroll my child in another school that would be better suited. My child's new school has better academic scores and a great reputation.
- Posted by Parent - rkent

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 328 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 97%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : ≤10% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 15-19% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IL Dept. of Education

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