Two of my children attended Hoover High School. We moved to Des Moines in 1994 without knowing the area. I wish we would have had the opportunity to read posts on a site like this at that time. We came from an area in Iowa with truely top rated schools .After enrolling our children into Des Moines Schools we found them to lagging FAR behind our kids previous schools. They would come home and say they had covered the same material in lower grade levels. SAD. If you are a parent reading these posts consider the fact that the outstanding reviews seem to be from kids that attended the school. Without any basis for comparison Hoover may have seemed to be a great place. Unfortunately for those of us who have enjoyed the advantage of great educational opportunities for our children it falls far short. If you are moving to the Des Moines area consider Ankeny Schools or Johnston, you and your child will be much happier with the end result.
I attended Hoover from 94-97. Teachers and students had little interest in education. Of all my teachers only 2 of them were satisfactory most failed to control the classroom or were hamstrung by accusations of racism anytime they attempted to discipline students. About 15% of students didn't speak English proficiently and that less than 40% could read at grade level. I call out these percentages because they further diminished the ability of this abysmal school to perform its basic function. Non-readers and non-English speakers were mixed in with average and above average students dragging down the ability of teachers to teach. Many gifted students were so frustrated by the lack of academic rigor that we mentally checked out and still got straight A's. My teachers had no expectations of their students and most of the students rose to those expectations. One of my biggest regrets is not taking as many of my classes as possible at central academy. Another is that I didn't ask my parents to open enroll me to Johnston. If you have any options better than Hoover please explore them. This school was an abject failure and if it's not currently a drop out factory it soon will be.
Hoover is a great school, and they have a lot of dedication teachers. If you don't like hoover or Des Moines school, then maybe private school is an option. Im a recent Hoover graduate, and i got to say that hoover had taught me a great deals about life, with the help of my teachers. There are complaining about how the hall way is noisy. I challenge you to find a hall way in school is not noisy. Im attending at ISU and studying criminal justice and criminology. Even college hall way is noisy. So good luck on trying to find a hall way in school is not noisy- kenyon Murphy-Hoover Graduate( Go Huskies)
Hoover leaves a lot to be desired. I have 3 students there. When a student struggles, most teachers blame the student for not trying hard enough. Many teachers are stuck in a rut and not open to any new suggestions. Too many classes are boring and repetitive, making it difficult for the student to focus and remain interested. Expectations of students are extremely low, with the student dropping to meet those minimum expectations. The hallways are chaotic even when class is in session. Discipline is almost nonexistent. My wife is a teacher with 10+ years experience and I am a counselor with a MA in Education and 25 years experience. We wish we had other options for our kids. There are some bright lights among the staff, but they are in the minority.
Hoover gets a bad reputation because we don't test very high on ITEDS. Which is stupid to base how good a school is on that. I'm a senior at Hoover this year and i love it. I love how diverse the school is and all the different oppurtunities we get because we're so diverse. Yes, some of the teachers won't go the extra mile, but every school has a couple of teachers like that. For the most part any teacher wil be there any time you need help. Some of them completely go out of their way to make sure that you pass their class and are on track to graduate. Hoover is a great school and everyone has such great school spirit. But i'm sick of having to defend myself and my school everytime i say i go to Hoover, just because it's Hoover.