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Hoover High School

Public | 8-12 | 2592 students

 
 

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Posted June 25, 2012

I am a graduate from Hoover High School 2012. This was a very great school. I loved my teachers they tried there best to make sure I understood the material. Ms.Kruse was the best english teacher I ever had she taught me so many new things and I actually started to like english a lot more. At Hoover I did struggle with math but only because of my previous school system. There are alot of things to get involved with at Hoover like band sports and many clubs. I was involved in FCCLA TNT FTA. I would send my child to this school hands down
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2012

this school is the best school i have ever been too. they are really nice to their students. the faculty and staff are really nice. all the principals are really nice too. i think that when i have kids i want them to go to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2012

Hoover is a great school. I very much enjoy coming in every morning. This is something I can honestly say I have never said about another school before. I have read some of the previous reviews and I do partially agree. Most students here are the typical suburaban Abercrombie and Fitch type. The others do fall through the cracks a little. Not "fitting in" is nonsense. The majority of the student population are friendly and outgoing. Teachers will always be there to help you. If a student is in need of extra help, many teachers are happilly willing to stay late to help a struggling student. Athleticly, you will not find a better school than Hoover. We have excellent sports teams here.But watch out, it is a big school and it is easy to get lost in when you first arrive. As far as being a freshman, I cannot recall a single instance of any sort of hazing. Hoover is a school mostly frree of bullys. No one likes a bully, and any Hoover student will help a peer.The surrounding neighborhoods are a great place to live. Hoover really is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2011

Hoover sucks. THey do not teach you how to study(some people say that should be the kids responsibility but teachers should help) or anything that would actually help you in the real world like college or something, thy all expect you to absorb information. if they actually taught you how to open up a textbook and learn from it then that would be good. also if you are a little bit weird, good luck. IF you dress like a hippie or a freak or just not like everyone elses style in general and do not fit in do not expect to fit in here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2011

Hoover has very many opportunities for students to find what they love. Many of the teachers though are more concerned with staying on track that they don't seem to care about whether or not the student is actually understanding the material. Many of them are very unfair. Now many of them are great teachers and I fell actually do care about their students and want them to do well. Mrs. Gibson is the only Language Arts teacher that allowed me to understand grammar. This being said a lot of the times the fine arts and academic extracurricular activities get forgotten because of sports. All of the purchase orders will get put on hold if the football team needs something. As a student (and one who could personally care less about football) has found it very disappointing because i have lost school spirit. It has just been shoved down our throats and no one seems to care that we don't care. We are also no longer allowed to have a proper homeroom. If you have to go to the library, too bad, we have a special lesson and curriculum for homeroom now. You need to do ACTUAL SCHOOL WORK, too bad. It all in all has been a very disappointing experience and I personally can not wait to get out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

All four of my children went to Hoover High. Two have gone on to college and are thankful they had such a great school to prepare them for their studies in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

Hoover High School is an excellent school. I have one child that has graduated and was well prepared for college. I have another child that is attending Hoover now and another one that will be there in 2 years. The teachers, administrators, and counselors really do care about the students and want to see them succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

As as former student of Hoover High, I can certainly say that I was well prepared for college and entry into the 'real world'. Yes, it is a big school, but so is the real world. While I did not play sports, my brother was on the football team and I am so glad that he was. He was not a strong student, but being able to play sports was the motivation that he needed to keep his grades up. If you want someone to hold your child's hand through highschool, then I suggest home-schooling them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2007

Great school, overall, but way too much emphasis on athletics. They need to realize that winning is not everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

I have two children at Hoover High. Academically, I think it is a great school. The diversity of classes and extracurriculars is awesome. However...there is way too much emphasis on athletics, especially football. Athletes get preferential treatment over other 'standouts' in the school. I have had good experiences with all the teachers I have encountered (and I think they are very good). The cliques within the adult cohort involved with the school are just as bad as those you ordinarily see with teens. If I had it to do over, I would move to a less snobby school district. I'm looking forward with relief to moving next year to another state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

I am a parent of a current Sr. at HHS. While not into sports she is academically and artistically inclined. There has never been a year in her 4 years at HHS that she has not had multiple teachers go out of their way to help her achieve success - both academically and personally. The staff and teachers at HHS do care about their students but students in turn have to care about their own performances. The campus is big, the student body the size of some colleges, the classes and after school offerings cover a huge variety of subject material. With 1200+ kids at HHS if you feel left out it's because you are intentionally keeping yourself out. Football is big at HHS make no mistake, but life w/o sports can and does exists quite nicely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

No Child Left behind along with other internal programs at Hoover High provide adequate focus on the low performing students. Learning Academies, the IB program and other offerings focus on the high achieving students. The middle of the Bell Curve at Hoover High contains average to above average learners that are often left to fall through the cracks as witnessed by weak grades and low GPAs that limit post secondary school opportunities regardless of the students' ACT scores. This is due in part to the expectations from parents and the administration that result in learning standards being pushed to near college levels for the core classes. A consistent example of this has been chemistry where the instruction level is that of college chemistry and an above expected number of students subsequently perform poorly as compared with their other classes. For 'average' students it should not this hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

I really enjoyed my experience at Hoover. I was not involved in sports and I was definitely not lost in the shuffle. Hoover is a large school and if a student is identified as a strong academic student then the opportunities are endless. There are many other organizations to get involved in at Hoover, besides just sports and it is up to the student to make the best of the experience. I felt very prepared for college, which is really what mattered most.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 16, 2006

The college guidance department and the teachers, particularly those who teach AP, IB, and advanced courses, are the most intelligent, professional, and caring individuals I have ever met. The school offers a plenthora of programs, all of which are well founded. The only drawbacks to the school are that often, some sports are sometimes ignored compared to the nationally recognized football team. Also, some of the 'lower level' classes are taught by teachers who are simply known to allow students to breeze by. Nevertheless, for those who wish to be academically challenged, you will find no better high school in the state compared to Hoover.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 28, 2006

I am a Freshman at Hoover High this year. It is a good school, I can admit that but most of the teachers don't care that much about you and don't teach you much because the students always seem to be able to get them off track. There is quite a bit more emphasis on sports than education and the new principal is horrible! So, on top of those teachers that don't really want to teach or don't care, they also watch out for dress code and everything. The whole dress code is a problem because more time is spent on that than actual teaching! Also if you move here, it is more than likely that you won't make as many friends because most of the time, the students stay friends with people they have known for a long time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2005

Hoover School system is great for mainstream students of wealthy families, especially families where the mom doesn't have to work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2005

Hoover is more worried about sports activities than quality education for the students. Unless you are in some type of athletic program they offer, you become a outcast lost in the shuffle! The teachers do not genuinely care for the students, thats obvious. The classes are WAY too big for one teacher. Basically, if you're not into sports, DO NOT GO TO HOOVER HS! You'll be real disappointed. The support for the extracurricular activities is GREAT, but also sad......All the support in the world for the sports and really hardly any support for academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2005

If a student is not athletically inclined or very smart, he/she can easily be lost in the shuffle. The school revolves around its athletic activities and ignores those who are not participants. I personally would like to see Hoover have smaller high schools with less competition between students - and give teachers an opportunity to show they care about all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2005

I attend this school, and the overall quality of this school is better than any other in Alabama. We have outstanding academic ability, athletic program, art programs, and band programs. This school is #1 on my list! GO BUCS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2005

I started attending Hoover High in the middle of my sophomore year, and even though it's a huge school and I did feel intimidated at first, I ended up making a lot of friends and loving my high school years. (I graduated in '97.) The teachers really care about the students; some teachers of AP classes even have study sessions at their own home for the AP exam. The classes and teachers are demanding (in a good way); they prepared me well for college.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2013.

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97%

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Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

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86%

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87%

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88%

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90%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

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96%

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97%

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95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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94%

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92%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 72% in 2013.

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2013.

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Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

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Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education82%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant99%
Poverty97%
Not poverty99%

Language

All Students86%
Female91%
Male82%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible66%
Special education36%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant86%
Poverty68%
Not poverty91%

Math

All Students96%
Female98%
Male95%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible93%
Special education61%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant96%
Poverty90%
Not poverty98%

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special education52%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty84%
Not poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
Black73%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial75%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Special education45%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant88%
Poverty73%
Not poverty92%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education0%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant100%
Poverty100%
Not poverty100%

Language

All Students0%
Female0%
Male93%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islander0%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial0%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White0%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligible0%
Special education58%
General population0%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant0%
Poverty91%
Not poverty0%

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible97%
Special education84%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant99%
Poverty97%
Not poverty99%

Reading

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible97%
Special education89%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant99%
Poverty97%
Not poverty99%

Social Studies

All Students0%
Female94%
Male0%
Black89%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial85%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White0%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligible0%
Special education74%
General population0%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant0%
Poverty88%
Not poverty0%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 58%
Black 25% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1000 Buccaneer Dr
Hoover, AL 35244
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Phone: (205) 439-1200

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