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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I sincerely hope that over the summer the restrooms can be cleaned and fixed. Maybe a door on the bathroom stall might be more humane for crying out loud. This school is in serious need of an overhaul. I feel like there are a lot of problems at Hoover. Wish I could afford private school.
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