Students enrolled 1174
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School leader Carline Sinkler
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District San Francisco Unified School District
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2290 14th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

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4 stars
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January 07, 2014
I've had two kids in this school and the school continues to change and with each change things are more unstable, unhappy teachers, fights and bullying among studnets with a teacher right there and they won't intervene. It is ok for student to attack another student and the victim is not allow to defend themselves, the bully is not punished and sent to behavioral change classes which doesn't change the bullying. So yeah, this is a very large school and yeah the bullying getting is worst, sometimes the bullying is done by the teachers. So I'm really disgusted right now. Then there's the PTA fund. In 2012-2013 school year, we found out that over $6000 was spent on food and the money didn't go to better the school for the students or staff to provide an better learning environment. This school year 2013-2014, there is almost no parent involvement and the PTA is doing as little as possible. I am sad to see how much this school has changed when my oldest went here to the way it is now. There's no information going home to the parents so even being at the school or talking to other parents who are involved, there is nothing.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
My daughter is about to complete her first year in Spanish immersion at Hoover. The two Spanish-language teachers (Spanish and Social Studies) are new(ish), and there are disciplinary issues that sometimes disrupt class time. I'm unimpressed with her Science teacher, but that hasn't held back her progress. Otherwise, our experience with Hoover has been very good. My daughter loves band and has gotten a lot out of the program. Her English and Math teachers are first rate. One of the reasons we chose Hoover was their adoption of ALEKS, a terrific math software program that adapts to the individual's grasp of the subject matter. I always get prompt response from her teachers when I contact them via Schoolloop. I've been happy with the social aspects as well. There are lots of clubs and sports available, and from day one the student body was welcoming to the incoming sixth graders. I haven't had direct experience with the discipline problems other reviewers mentioned, so I can't speak to that. But I am impressed by the principal's commitment to the school community, and the positive social and anti-bullying sentiment school-wide.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
II work for the SFUSD and have substituted at Hoover in the past. My family lives in the attendance area that feeds into Hoover. It's hard to believe what has happened to this school under the current administration. Because of a lack of discipline for the chronically disruptive students, the entire school suffers. There are no consequences for behavior which is totally unacceptable. The last time I filled in for a teacher, I was verbally abused by some students, in front of the entire class. I reported it to the office. (The rest of the students were fine, btw) When I returned the following week, nothing had been done. I found out that I was not the only member of the staff who had experienced the same type of "verbal bullying" without any consequences. I love teaching, but, will not send my 2 sons to Hoover. If this can happen to me, I do not want my sons to experience the same thing; disrespect, verbally bullying, and allowing a few kids to disrupt classes, while the administration closes it's eyes.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
Have had 2 kids here . Good teachers, but the administration (the principle at the head) do not handle discipline issues, turn their backs to it, no consequences and pushes a policy of inflating grades. No wonder the grades are meaningless and the teachers demoralized. My last child will go into private school next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
There are bunch of thieves in Hoover Middle School. What a shame! My daughter's iphone and her money got stolen and she also found out her friend's iphone got stolen not long ago. It's a place of education for their future but they're learning to be a thief instead!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
This is a review of the Spanish Immersion Program at Hoover Middle School for the 2012 to 2012 school year. With the departure of Ms Garcia this program has been left in the hands of two young and inexperienced teachers, both are very nice young men but neither seem to be effective. My 8th grade student can't focus in either his Spanish Language or Social Studies class as the classes are out of control. The program is not well organized the work is not interesting or challenging and English is spoken in the social studies class. Don't come to this school for Spanish Immersion.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
I'm kind of sad to know that I'm leaving this school in maybe 8 months. Hoover's stuck with me for the past three years, and although the quality is not all great, I have been so proud to be a hawk. Go Hoover Hawks!!

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2011
IMy child just graduated 8th grade. If your child is not interested in the music program, there is no particular reason to send them to Hoover. My experience is administration hides behind teacher union rules to avoid any extra work and the (non music) teachers are mostly average to awful. There are a few gems but when your child has core teachers consisting of 1 gem and 3 clunkers, the average isn't pretty. The administration does care about safety, but, not about academics for non honors students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
I have been at this school 2 years and it just keeps getting better. The principal is working with the staff to make an inner city school become a better place for all kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Because it has helped my two children grow into two mature caring young ladies that enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The counseling staff at Hoover has exceeded my expectations for over the past 3 years. Joanna Wardell, is an amazing leader and advocate for our kids. She has always made herself available for my daughter. She is well organized and likes her job. The counseling staff should be rewarded because they do an outstanding job, I consider them the backbone of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great community builder school. Great teachers & counsulers.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
i love this school although there are sometimes fights and the lunch isn't that good but everything else is absolutely amazing. P.S. I'm a 6th grader attending class of 2010~2012

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2009
I attend and am currently an eight grade student at Hoover, and I must say, the school is excellent. Many of the teachers at the school get along with the students just swimmingly and the G.A.T.E program helps above-average students get ahead and beyond of their fellow classmates. I can see, however, why some parents would be somewhat disapproving of the school: some teachers lack the need to communicate with their student's parents. I can assure you, from a student's point of view, most teachers love to talk to parents. If your child does have a teacher who doesn't enjoy communicating with you- don't let one quiet teacher ruin your and your child's experience; many are very easy to talk to. I believe the school is a wonderful environment to ready your child for high school, and I full-heartedly recommend the school. :)

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2009
Wow the teachers go above and beyond, we are new to San Francisco, and I have never met such wonderful 7th grade teachers, they call me on the phone with any concerns about my childs grades..thank you all schools should interact like this..

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
I attend Herbert Hoover Middle School and I love it. I don't understand why so many parents disapprove of this amazing school...The music program is the best in the district, according to the staff. And because I play in band, I am offended to learn that parents do not like this music program. Teachers here are great with students, and some offer at lunch tutoring and some after-school as well. The classes are awesome and I admit not everyone gets along, but I love this school, and I really don't want to leave.

- submitted by a student
December 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Hoover is a good school with really friendly kids. Some of the 7th grade teachers are really funny and very eduacated. This school offers a lot of athletics and clubs so the students never get bored. I recomend this school from a student who goes there. Only problem is the lack of communication with parents and kids.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
hoover is a very goo school. all of the teachers are efficient and nice. two math teachers are especially good. the library was open during the 2007-2008 school year. the school has great clubs available, including the rocket club named Hamr(hoover areonautica modeling rocketry). are twotwo lunch period

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2008
hoover is a outstanding school

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2008
Hoover is the coolest school ever! I love the teachers! It also has a great Music Department.

- submitted by a student
July 07, 2007
Unless your kids are Gate, they will simply get passed over just to graduate. The counselors/admin only call parents when there is a problem. Not a lot of positive interaction. No tutoring or 'free' after school opps - I questioned them about this several times w/absolutely no help/concerns/recommendations. No library! I don't feel this school has properly prepared them for high school. I feel the school or district should have offered me help to increase grades. Mine graduated, but barely! I don't recommend Hoover - it's not necessarily better than AP or Aptos. If you have $-send them to private-I definitely would have, but I wasn't able.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
This is school is the best. The sports activitys are great and the soccer team is one of the best im almost out of hoover and im going to miss it so much

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2007
Excellent school for its size and number of staff. However, the academic program sank to its lowest quality specially in English, Math and Science. This school isa prime example of disconnected achievement!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
This school rocks! The teachers are great and so are the students. The 3 years of my life there were great that is why now in high school I miss it. Go to this school!

- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Both my children were very happy at Hoover. The music program is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2005
I miss Hoover so much, it's a great school.

- submitted by a former student
August 20, 2005
This is a very good academic middle school but large class sizes make for a somewhat out of control social environment and negative social experiences for some children - my son was one. We had problems with teasing and general meanness. I think kids who are very socially adept and confident will do fine at this school We have switched to private school. One of his teachers was superb, one was not, but he learned a lot. There is a lot of 'grunt' work. Expect many hours of homework, some of it really tedious. It is unfortunate that 6th graders are kept out of the newspaper and chorus, where they can find their niche and their social home.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
I am very happy with this school. It is well organized and the children have to opportunity to come to school to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 25, 2005
Kids are well-rounded, most whom are involved in school activities. It is pretty much a peacful community at Hoover, teachers vary, of course, some giving more attention to students than others. However, overall one of the best middle schools in SF.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2005
There are many good teachers and good students at Hoover. The major problem is the size of the school makes it hard for some students to get enough attention.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
An overall great school with a near perfect curriculum. Would definitely recommend this school to anyone and everyone. Hoover is a big school, but all the kids seem to know each other. Teachers are nice, and care about you; and the prinicpal is wonderful.

- submitted by a student
December 27, 2004
Hoover is a great school for dedicated students and their children. If you want a school that expects a lot from your child and gives a lot in return you will be very happy here. My daughter has been here for two years. She is very shy and studious. She has felt welcomed at Hoover. Her hard work is valued by her teachers and respected by her classmates. She has found a good group of like minded friends and enjoys the environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
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- submitted by a student
November 23, 2003
This school is great,all the teachers give their best support and want the kids to do their best.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2003
This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but our eighth grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. Its outstanding music program dramatically deteriorated while my child was here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The special advanced algebra class for 8th grade was cancelled just before he reached 8th grade, and the caliber of most of his English teachers has been shockingly poor. It has therefore given none of the advantahges of a huge school, with all of the disadvantages. I can recommend it only in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district.

- submitted by a parent
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Hoover (Herbert) Middle School
2290 14th Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94116
(415) 759-2783
Last modified Hoover (Herbert) Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hoover (Herbert) Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews.