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Schedule an Appointment

Please click on this link to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Millar.  

School profile

The latest version of the school profile is available here and includes COVID-19 impacts to curriculum, grading, and instruction.

Test Prep & Registration

Financial Aid & Scholarship Search Engines

Career Guidance and Online Learning

Dual enrollment

Understand the Process!  Students and parents should read all of these resources and then schedule an appointment with Mr. Lane or Mrs. Millar to discuss options prior to enrolling in dual enrollment courses!  Once you submit your paperwork directly to Columbia inform Mrs. Millar or Mr. Lane as they must verify BHHS has approved your request for dual enrollment.  Your ability to register will not be unlocked until BHHS verification has been completed.

Dual Enrollment Form

Columbia College Registration FAQ's

New Student Dual Enrollment Registration Guide

Columbia College Website

Students who need assistance in applying to any community college dual enrollment program can schedule a meeting with Mrs. Millar.



College Related Apps

College Tracker Tool to track your activities starting in 9th grade!  Makes applying for scholarships and college a snap!


Career technical education

Regional & National Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities  Check this link frequently for regional and national scholarship opportunities!  Many of these scholarships are open to underclassman too!  Don't wait until you are a senior to apply for scholarships! This list is always a work in progress!  Please let my office know if you win one of these scholarships!

Summer Pre-College and Camp Programs

Information on summer pre-college and camps can be found by clicking the link. Summer Programs

Local Job Training

Mother Lode Job Training is available to assist all students and parents with job training, GED, and finding work!

Job Searches

California Employment Development Department for training and job searches available in California.

ZipRecruiter for high school students will assist with finding jobs nationwide.

Work Permits

Work permits are available in the main office or you can click on this link for 14/15 year old students or this link for 16/17 year old students.  The parent and employer must fill it out.  Bring the form to Mrs. Shires at the Attendance Office; she will create the actual work permit.  If you have questions please send an email to


local jobs

Alley Tree and Landscape

JoMa's Ice Cream. Flexible Hours. Apply in person. 386 Main St. Murphys.

Chicken Ranch Casino

Greenhorn Creek

Hovey Winery

Updated 5/11//21.

Motherlode educational opportunity center

MEOC is a federally funded program that gives students access to FREE counseling for any post-secondary pursuits.  High school and adults benefit from this program.  It is an especially helpful resource to students in the summer when the high school is closed and for adults that want to pursue further education!  Please click here to apply!

Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal TANF

Students who are Native American or Alaska Native are eligible to access the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal TANF Career Center.  This center offers career, college, and other services specific to the Native American student, for more information call 209-928-5382.  Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families is also available, please see the TANF website.

Repayment of up to $1000 is available for educational loans.  Call 209-928-7378 for more information on this program.

Foster Youth

Foster youth have many programs available.  The John Burton Advocates (JBAY) is a great starting point!

Low income Programs to assist with college

QuestBridge is geared to high achieving-low income students;  scholarships are awarded to attend very high academic universities.  There are programs for juniors and seniors.

The Horatio Alger program is for low income students pursuing either a four year degree or Career Technical Education (CTE).  It is not merit based.

College/Career Corner

Career center Appointments aRe Online VIA Google Meet!

The Career Center is staffed during posted office hours. Students on campus may drop in at the Career Center for answers to questions or to pick up paperwork but all planning meetings are held via Google Meet.  Seniors can schedule meetings by clicking this link.  All juniors should schedule a planning meeting so that important spring deadlines are not missed and for assistance in college and career searches; reservations can be made now!  Underclassman have access to college and career meetings by scheduling here!  Students and parents who opt in to the Career Center REMIND program will also receive text reminders for upcoming events; instructions to enroll are at the bottom of this webpage. 

Senior regional, National, Merit, athletic, music, leadership award information

Seniors who submit non-financial aid based award information to the Career Center will be acknowledged for their success at Senior Scholarship Night.  Make sure to email your information to! 

English 1A (CCAP Class through Columbia college) fall senior class students

Class of 2022 seniors who were placed in English 1A must attend an online Zoom meeting with Columbia staff on Monday, May 17th at 5:30.  Students will complete a Columbia College application and submit the CCAP registration form.  This is the link to join the meeting.  If you miss this meeting you will jeopardize your enrollment in this college level English class!

Columbia bound seniors invitation to Claim Jumper Day!

Seniors planning to attend Columbia in the Fall are reminded to complete these three steps:

  Step One:  Apply Online

  Step Two:  Register for a Claim Jumper Day (Pick One)

            May 13           or         May 27         or       June 9

  Step Three:  Complete Online Orientation

Contact an Ambassador at 209-588-5109 or Tira Lawhorn (MEOC) if you need assistance.

Food will be provided and meet on campus as instructed.  The event will last a maximum of three hours, depending on what you may have accomplished on your own.

virtual college fair

Over 130 Coalition schools will be present at the Coalition Virtual College Fairs on May 19 and 20.  Registration and additional information is available on their website.

Universal Tech free summer program for juniors

Universal Technical Institute is offering 3-week, no cost summer programs for the Class of 2022.  This is an excellent opportunity to test drive a post-secondary education from UTI while learning real-world skills that are in demand in the transportation industries.  Units can be used toward your education if you choose to attend UTI after graduation.  To register or get additional information, please go to this website.  The local contact is Adrian Edwards at 916-263-9100.

free stem career exploration summer course

Exceptionally motivated high school students are invited to join college students interested in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) for a 6-week online summer course to explore career options.  For more information, please open this flyer for details.

cafecito con colegios

Saturday, May 15th at 10:30 am is a webinar to assist Spanish speaking parents with financial aid questions.  This event is hosted by the Western Association of College Admission Counselors and is FREE.  Register here.

Free zoom summer mentoring Program for first-gen juniors and seniors

Close the Gap Foundation is partnering with Forbes to launch a first-of-its-kind mentorship program.  The program pairs first-gen students with Forbes 30 Under 30 listmakers to bridge the network gap.  The program is 100% virtual and free-of-cost for 11th-12th graders and college students who qualify for free/reduced school lunch or federal Pell Grant, respectively. No minimum GPA, motivated to learn, available over Zoom from June-September 2021.    Deadline to apply is May 16th.

csu channel Islands extends intent to enroll deadline

CSUCI has extended the Intent to Enroll deadline to Friday, May 28, 2021 for Fall 2021 applicants.

khan academy 250K scholarship

Are you good at explaining math or science concepts or filmmaking? Would you like a $250k scholarship? Students 13-18 are invited to create a short-under three minutes-video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way. Check-out past winners and submit your entry by June 25, 2021!

Columbia College Summer or fall dual enrollment

Students planning to take college level classes are encouraged to submit their summer school application now, make sure to schedule a meeting with Mr. Lane or Mrs. Millar for dual enrollment approval.  Students can also schedule a meeting with Mrs. Millar for assistance with their application and special admit forms!  Summer school starts in May at Columbia!  

delta College DSPS Summer School Prep Class

Seniors with a 504 Plan can apply for a two week college preparation program to assist in transitioning to DSPS services, this is the link to register, applications close May 17th or until class is full.

Area Community College transfer to Stanislaus State Program May 13th

Seniors planning to attend Modesto College, Merced College, or Delta College and then transfer to Stanislaus State are invited to attend a virtual information session for Warriors on the Way (WOW) on May 13th at 6 pm.  This flyer has additional information and this is the link to register for the virtual session.

Career and seasonal workers wanted!

Chicken Ranch Casino is expanding and is looking for summer employees as well as seniors who want to build a career!  Please scan the QR code to connect with Human Resources to discuss your options!

Greenhorn creek is hiring!

Greenhorn Creek is hiring.  Please scan the QR code in this document for employment instructions.

Hovey winery is Hiring!

Are you 18 years old?  How does working as a busser on Friday evenings, Saturday, and Sunday sound?  Email your resume to

Financial Aid Award Letters

Seniors will receive Financial Aid Award Letters (in university/college student portal) from all colleges that offer admission.  If you need help understanding the award or to compare your awards, College Covered, offers free resources.  To understand the award, please look at this document.  To compare your award letters, please go to this link.

what is MEOC?

MEOC is a FREE program open to juniors, seniors, and any community members that would like to have assistance with college applications, financial aid applications and more!  To apply for enrollment and meet our local counselor, Tira Lawhorn, please complete the online enrollment form here.  To schedule an appointment with Tira, please click here.  Remember, once you leave BHHS, you will not have access to the high school career counselor and Tira will be the person who can answer your questions!

Free college advising For Class of 2022 Students meeting Criteria Through Matriculate

Matriculate offers free college advising for Class of 2022 students with a 3.5 unweighted GPA taking a rigorous course load and whose family makes less than $80,000.  To receive information, please fill out this form and submit to Matriculate. 

Coalition Exploration Scholarships

9th and 10th grade students are eligible to win a $500 scholarship by beginning to explore colleges through the Coalition App.  For information on the program please visit the official website.  Winners will be notified by June 15, 2021.

Coalition scholarships for class of 2022

The Path to College Scholarship program will award five $1000 scholarships to Class of 2022 students who complete sections of their MyCoalition Profile and ad schools to their College Lis on the platform by July 30, 2021.  Additional information is available by following this link.

class of 2022 college board opportunity scholarships

Over 7,000 scholarships are available for the Class of 2022 who complete six steps in the college planning process; complete all steps and be eligible for $40,000 scholarships! A new step was added this year, Explore Scholarships, to help students locate national scholarship programs.  The first step is to create a starter list of six colleges.  The program is open to community or four-year college bound juniors! Juniors must sign up and complete the Build Your College List step by the end of June in order to stay on track for the $40,000 Complete Your Journey Scholarship.

Tutoring and Test Prep through Revolution Prep

Are you looking for tutoring or test prep options?  Revolution Prep is a private company specializing in these services.  They are offering discounts to Bret Harte students from May 1-June 30, 2021. Please go to this link to explore options and pricing or check out this flyer for sample pricing.

Free proctored SAT practice testing is on Saturday, June 19th from 9am-1pm. On Saturday, June 26th, ACT practice testing is available. The deadline to register is the Thursday before testing.  Every practice exam comes with a free 30-minute score report review.  To register for testing, please follow this link.  To schedule time for your score report review, please click here.  This flyer also has valuable information.

Accepting a University of California Admissions offer

Students can accept an admission offer by agreeing to the provisions/conditions outlined in the offer and submitting their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) with the SIR deposit to reserve their space at a campus. The SIR deposit is $250.  Some important things to keep in mind about accepting a UC admission offer:
1. Students can accept only one admission offer from one UC campus.
2. The SIR deposit is applied to the student's first enrollment term tuition. 
3. Students that qualified for the UC application fee waiver will have          the SIR deposit deferred until financial aid is disbursed.
4. The SIR deposit is nonrefundable and non-transferable
5. A Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) for tuition determination purposes may be required. 

colleges recruiting rural students

Colleges and universities across the nation are looking for rural students!  Check out this link for You Tube videos from over 30 colleges that want you!

Swarthmore college rural fly in applications due july 7 for class of 2022!

Swarthmore College is a highly selective small (1600 undergrads) liberal arts and engineering college in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.  They offer a Fall 2021 fly-in program (free) but students must complete an application to the program by the July 7th deadline.  Go to this YouTube link for a short 2 minute clip about the program.  

Local military recruiters are looking for students that want to serve their country!

The United States Army Recruiting Station, located in the Indian Rock Center at 14520 Mono Way Suite 160 in Sonora,  serves Calaveras and Tuolumne County. Educating every American citizen about their opportunity to represent their community through service to their country in the United Sates Army ( Active Duty) and the Army Reserves is their main task. The Army and Army Reserves offer career opportunities, money for college, vocational and technical schools, while getting paid to train and gain experience in a career field. With over 150 different career fields to choose from the US Army and Army Reserves is the largest  military branch. 

For more information please contact:

SSG Maygren, Bryce 916-549-0705   

SFC Goldberg, Bryan 916-549-0914

SSG Lohman, Zachary 209-559-2514


Meet Sgt. Riley with the California National Guard, the new Recruiter/Career Counselor out of the Oakdale Army National Guard Armory. He would like to extend information to all students and parents on opportunities available with the California Army National Guard. For as little as one weekend a month and two weeks a year students can earn educational benefits, insurance benefits, and drill pay. There are currently 15 MOSs (job skills) that offer a $20,000 bonus.  Juniors can enlist in the Recruit Sustainment Program and begin collecting time and grade; where they  attend Basic Training during their summer break and complete their job skill after high school graduation. In the Guard, students  serve their community, state and country. Sgt Riley looks forward to using Zoom and Goggle meet to talk to students and parents. Feel free to reach out to him for more information at 916-969-2482 or email 

Coast Guard Recruiter, Andrew Condra, is interested in talking to students interested in protecting US waterways.  Please go to this flyer and have your QR scanner ready!  ME1Condra is anxious to set up an online meeting with you!


Sign up for text alert reminders for upcoming career center events!

All students and one parent  are strongly encouraged to join Remind, a text/internet system for receiving Career Center grade level specific alerts.   For those without a phone, logging into  Remind Classroom by internet allows access to the information.  

  • Class of 2021 Student text:   @aehd6k to 81010
  • Class of 2021 Parent text:     @hg2782b to 81010
  • Class of 2022 Student text:   @f99293g to 81010
  • Class of 2022 Parent text:     @6hgf3d to 81010
  • Class of 2023 Student text:   @2k9346 to 81010
  • Class of 2023 Parent text:     @ 84fhf39 to 81010
  • Class of 2024 Student text:   @ 2ha722e to 81010
  • Class of 2024 Parent text:     @dfgbgf3 to 81010

do's and don't of emailing an admissions representative

Students are welcome to contact  admissions representatives by email.  Here are some helpful guidelines from one of my colleagues at Tulane University.  What are good questions to ask an admissions representative?

What to avoid in email correspondence with admissions representatives?

dual enrollment Process

1.  Create a California Community College account.

2. Apply to the community college that you plan to take a class(es) at.  Normally, apply each term as a high school student. Make sure to select CC 9-12 Concurrent Student when asked for your intended major.

3.  When you receive your welcome letter with your student WID#, follow the instructions to set up your student portal.  This portal is were you will do everything related to community college communication.

4.  Complete the special admit form. 

5. For enrollment at Columbia College return your special admit form to Mrs. Millar for signature.  Your ability to  register for classes will be delayed if you do not have a signed special admit form on file with Columbia College.  I will send the signed form to Columbia to unlock your registration.

  5a. Check with Mrs. Millar for the process for any other community college.  Generally, the form will need to be submitted to BHHS to sign and then you will be responsible to send the form to the community college.

6.  Complete the required online orientation and other steps required at your college.  English and Math classes may require an assessment by the college counseling office prior to unblocking your registration for those classes. For CJC, contact Mrs. Millar and she will submit transcripts on your behalf for evaluation by CJC for math and English placement. For all other colleges, you need to contact their college counseling office for more information or to schedule your assessment.

7. Make sure to check your college account email for your registration date for the class(es) you plan to take from the college. For steps specific to Columbia, please click this link.

Remember, the process for dual enrollment is specific to your college and generally requires around 6 steps to be completed before you can actually enroll in a class.  Submission of an application and required paperwork DOES NOT enroll you in classes; it merely gives you the right to take classes.  

csu/UC Covid-19  Updates

 For the full announcement and how applications, course requirements, and grading may affect all grade levels planning to pursue admission in Fall 2021 through Fall 2024 please click on this link specific to the effects of the COVID-19 situation and any applicable changes to admission for current high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors.

The UC extended the temporary waiver of letter grade requirements for A-G courses to include fall, spring, and summer 2021.  The UC strongly encourages potential applicants to take, whenever possible, A-G course for letter grades, especially those in English and mathematics, as well as those in prospective major fields. As a reminder, the UC will continue to calculate the GPA for freshman applicants using letter grades earned in A-G coursework completed in the 10th and 11th grade, with additional grade points or grades of A,B, and C in UC-approved honors coursework.

Rural Student fly in programs

Many other universities and colleges offer special programs for rural students to visit but due to COVID-19 many have switched to online programs this year.  For a list of other amazing opportunities please check out this document!

SAT/ACT Dates summer 2021

 Check the SAT or ACT links for upcoming  national dates.    Students who take the ACT in June will have the chance to opt-in to receive a copy of their answers and the answer key (Test Information Release-TIR)  Students must register by May 7 for the June 12, 2021 ACT test.

Do I need an SAT/ACT Score to apply to colleges on my list? has a searchable data base listing school policy on SAT/ACT requirements.  It is always recommended to confirm the policy on the admissions website or talk to your college recruiter.  Remember, the UC and CSU can use test scores for placement in college level Math and English classes and some scholarships at universities still require test scores.

Dual enrollment transcipts

Students taking dual enrollment classes at Columbia College should email to request a transcript be sent to Bret Harte.  Your coursework will not show on your BH transcript until this step has been completed.  Students at any other community college will need to request their transcript through the Registrar's Office of that college.

Official Transcript Requests

Students who need official transcripts sent to universities need to  complete a transcript request form!   College bound student athletes who need official transcripts uploaded to the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center should send requests via email to Mrs. Millar.

Alumni in the news

In this section, we showcase recent awards or educational milestones of our alumni.  Please feel free to send note-worthy accomplishments to Mrs. Millar that can be shared with our BH families!

Ellis Torrance, an alum of Bret Harte High School and current Biology PhD student at UNC Greensboro in North Carolina, was awarded a competitive Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Torrance is among five percent of applicants chosen for the fellowship program this year, which covers full tuition and fees, an annual stipend, an academic allowance, and is renewable up to four years. In her research, Torrance uses supercomputers to process massive amounts of bacterial data, tackling tough questions about how they evolve. 

Read the official release from UNCG here.

Medical profession pipeline!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you know that BHHS has a large number of recent alumni entering the medical field at various levels from phlebotomist to EMT to x-ray technicians to nurses to physicians assistant to medical doctors?  The Bret Harte girls soccer team from 2009-2011 could start their own medical facility!  Alumni include a nurse, a physician's assistant, a medical school student, and an orthopedic resident doctor!  What an impressive group of student athletes representing Bret Harte High School! And it also includes a Stanford Phd graduate in bio-physics!  Go Bullfrogs!  

Showcasing Scholarship Opportunities


Bret Harte Classes of 2022, have you started thinking about college and the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality?  By completing steps in the College Board program you have the opportunity to win a scholarship worth $500-$2,000; complete all six steps and you could win $40,000.  No essay or minimum GPA is required!  Register

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program is for students with a defined disability, including sensory, physical, cognitive, learning and more.  The deadline is April 28, 2021.  This is open to 16-25 year old students.

The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship

The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship is a donation-based scholarship  awarded annually by the BH Scholarship Committee to deserving students who qualify by GPA and  have plans to continue their education at either a college or a career tech program.  Students must have demonstrated  financial need.  The number of scholarships and the award amount are based on the number of donations that are received year-by-year.  Please donate if you can.
Contact Courtney Brooksher at or 209-736-8315

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gap year fairs

gap year counselors

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motherlode educational opportunity center

MIlitary Academies

Selective service registration

Males must register when they turn 18. Stay eligible for college aid, job training benefits, federal jobs and more! Register now!

CAreer Center Dates 2020-21

5/5   FAFSA/CADAA Zoom

5/6   FAFSA/CADAA Zoom

5/17  English 1A Registration

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