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6-8
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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 1,033
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1635 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

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(408) 535-6274
(408) 286-4864
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November 24, 2014
Tremendous opportunities find students at Hoover, which is a wonderful school for students at these special years between elementary and high school. At the age when so many students are struggling to find their identity, Hoover offers a wealth of performing arts programs, bilingual immersion classes, and extracurricular activities. Academically, Hoover teachers show amazing techniques and strong instruction. Students are going to find a strong focus on the fundamentals of each subject at Hoover, building true mastery before moving on to a new area of study. There is always room to improve with any school, and so it is with Hoover. Just be ready and flexible - this is a great place to learn.

- submitted by a teacher
April 03, 2014
This is my daughter's last year at Hoover and we will be missing it. I have to say that our experience here has been nothing but positive. The teachers are great and will always make time to communicate with you about anything. The adminstrative staff is excellent. The best part about Hoover is the performing arts program. All programs, choir, band, dance, drama, ect are at a professional level and very entertaining. This school helps turn kids love of the arts into special talents. Parent involvement is very high in the arts, sports and academics which is why this school has improved so much in it's API scores and overall. I would recommend this school to any parent that has an incoming 6th grader.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
I am a student at Hoover and I like the involvement. I am a college level advanced student and the advanced math program is great! Also I am in intermediate orchestra and started beginning orchestra in elementary school. The staff are very competent and engaged in our learning. We have a strong 8th grade Leadership force that are smart and supportive, not mean and "popular" like some Leadership councils at other schools. It could use more sports opportunities though. And while the curriculum is great, some eighth grade students can sometimes encourage drug use. I think the only issue is some of the students.

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2013
my son go there this is a great school i love the teachers Hoover is a great school. The prinicpal and teachers are wonderful

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
They didn't let me wear a pink backpack with hello kitty on it because it was pink. Apparently it's a gangster color,and the next day I see some other girl with the SAME backpack walk right by my teacher who said pink wasn't allowed. The teacher even said hi to her.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2012
Hoover is fantastic! We love it-my kids feel safe and there are alot of activities for them to participate in. My daughter was elected to the student council and was placed in the advanced drama class. The performing arts simply can't be beat-excellent!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
This school is great. My kids love the drama classes and have made so many new friends. The teachers are responsive and they have fun weekend trips and activities to participate in. The surrounding community is so nice and safe-I don't mind my kids walking!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
I went to this school for only 6th grade. about 7 years ago. I used to always complain about the schooling system in San Jose, I disliked that we had to swim even on rainy days or else we'd get ocs. on campus suspension. I moved to Pittsburg, Ca. Everything is way worse. Low budget so there is no dancing, cooking, foreign language, computer skills, no swimming pool, no sports! not really any electives. 8th grade a lot of kids still had difficulty with multiplying. students were barely learning things i had learned in 4th grade! so now i appreciate schools in San Jose. Teachers would challenge us more. Now all my old friends from hoover are at ucsd, uc berkeley, ucla, meanwhile all my friends in pittsburg are at community college and if theyre lucky some not known state college that accepts almost anybody with atleast a 2.0. That is the lucky ones. most are pregnant with 2 kids already, they or their spouse have been to jail already, no hopes of going back to school or ever getting a job.

- submitted by a community member
November 25, 2011
Reviewing sites listing API scores, I see that Hoover has the lowest API scores of any middle school in San Jose. For parents who have children there, I'm wondering: What's good? And what's not? For students who excel at math, science, and reading and writing, are they going to be bored and unchallenged? My experience with the gifted and talented program in SJUSD is that it's all for show.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2011
This school has really made my daughter stand out and discover her talents. She didn't like to be in the spotlight before attending here; but because of the performing arts program, she has really improved her confidence and poise. She has made a lot of friends also. Thanks to the great staff and administration!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2011
this school has improved a lot much more. i can see it's trying to challenge more students to become successful in life.

- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2010
this school is horrible the rules are unfair and the teachers chose favorites all to much and pick on students who dont understand the material.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
Hoover faces a lot of challenges (high proportion of low-income families, many English Language learners, really high staff turnover in recent memory), but it is on a serious upward track that's exciting. A new principal this year and a renewed commitment from all staff to bring Hoover's test scores out of the dumps are bringing a much-needed positive spirit to campus (along with research-driven, powerful instructional methods), buoyed up by more activities and field trips than Hoover students have seen in a few years. This is a great place to get involved and make a true difference in students' lives while having a lot of fun with excellent parent volunteers and fantastic, dedicated staff members.

- submitted by a teacher
March 18, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
October 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
i went there some years ago im sure there have some changes since but i loved that school very much the dress code and the rules and just everything the teachers where great my fav where ms. shapero and mr. higbe my drama teacher and math teacher i had to much fun there my 2 years i wnt there and mesa i tell you the oppertunaties are great

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
Public school is no good, outdated and falling apart. Kid bring their rough home life to school and San Jose. Think overcrowded and mediocre.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
I gratuated last year and it was the best year i had so much fun with all of the great teachers and a great principal too. I reccomend this school because you can feel safe because there is a great staff department.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
This is a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2008
The Greatest school In the state of California!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
My 8th grader has had the opportunity to develop academically and artistically at Hoover M.S.. The Arts programs there are definitely unequaled. My experience with the teachers there has been positive, I believe that they are committed to the students and the school. This can be a challenging time in the life of a young person, and I am both happy and proud to say that my child and I are getting through it just fine. With the Parental invovement and Arts programs in place at and our local supporting elementary school (Trace), I am confident that my younger children will be able to achieve similar success when they attend Hoover M.S..

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
well I'm a student from Hoover and I think this school is okay. A lot of kids get bullied by other kids that they don't even know.

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 26, 2006
My daughter came to Hoover MS in the Fall of 2004 & attended 7th & 8th grade. She came from a catholic school where she struggled from 2nd thru 6th grade, (mean kids and under-par teaching). Hoover was an excellent change for her. She received straight A's both years and received the Former Teacher Award at graduation (one 4 girls received this award). She excelled at Hoover and made some good friends. I never had any problems with the teachers and everyone I spoke with on the phone was very helpfull and nice. On the down-side, my daughter had to deal with occasionally being called names because she was white, (the minority at Hoover).

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
Hoover is a great school. The prinicpal and teachers are wonderful. My daughter has joined clubs and does other activities. However, my daughter has also consistently come home with bruises and stories of being pushed, hit, smacked, etc at school. Many of the other students are abusive and when I spoke with a teacher her excuse was she could not watch all the students all the time. Whatever. I have moved and changed schools in the hopes my daughter won't be bullied so much.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
After three years and mostly positive experiences, I would say that Hoover is at best a nominal school, at worst a ghetto. Alot of the parents have a mentality that they pass on to their children who come to school and display such arrogant contempt for any teacher that requires anything of them...very sad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 21, 2006
The academic programs stress the development of skills, as well as content knowledge, based on the California state standards for the subject area. Many extracurricular activities are available, but unfortunately many of our parents have other commitments.

- submitted by a teacher
February 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
Our childrn loved being there and the programs available are good.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
Hoover offers visual and performing arts programs that very few schools support any more. There is an excellent orchestra, drama, art, dance, and, until this year, a first rate band program. Teachers at Hoover are beyond dedicated-- they go the extra mile for their students. They hold after school academic labs, sports programs, music/drama/art/dance performances and shows. On the down side, the school administration is very hard to contact (does not return phone calls), and there is very little communication from the school. Newsletters are sporatic at best, and a relatively new auto phone messaging system, capable of delivering messages to every student's home,is virtually unused. The overall climate of the school is surprisingly negative-- troubled students appear to be the focus, while students who are achieving or who just stay out of trouble are almost completely unrecognized.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2004
Hi this is a student from Hoover Middle. I would like to say that Hoover is a great school but there are many things I dislike about it. One of the things are that there are many bullies. My friends do get bullied in and out of class because the bullies think they are not strong. When they are bullied in calss the teachers dont do anything about it. The teachers also have alot of attitude towards the students. they will yell as loud as they can at a student if he or she doesnt get the homework.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
I choose Hoover every other school in the district because of its academics and extras. The teachers have been responsive when contacted. I would reccomend this school highly to others.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I thought uniforms would make a big difference for my son - I would not have to worry about him wearing the wrong color to school and getting bullied by his peers. I was wrong. My son has been a student at this school for 3 years now last year I would have to say so far has been the worst. My son got into so many fights because of this blue/red rag thing. He would have to defend himself because they would chase him. I would call and leave messages and mno one would call back. I think that it is sad that when a parent calls a teacher /staff memeber and a phone call cannot be returned. Something is wrong. I hope my son has better luck this year with those bullies.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Don't judge a school by its test scores. THere are great teachers and great students here, just like at any school. My kids and their friends did very well here and have been successful in high school. Good drama and music program. Not enough parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2003
Hoover's vice principals and teachers and staff lack caring and interest. The PTA wasn't any better. I joined the jog athon volunteer parent group and also PTA. After being ignored through out all meetings I stopped going I think I wam the wrong hue. There were incidents that I reported to the 6th grade vice principal that were disturbing to my kids but no one ever responded to my calls. I worry for my kids attending this so called place of learning.

- submitted by a parent
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Herbert Hoover Middle School
1635 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA  95126
(408) 535-6274
Last modified Herbert Hoover Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Herbert Hoover Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top