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Herbert Hoover Elementary School4
Posted August 23, 2013
- a parent
Hoover is a wonderful school. Teachers work together as a team, children are made to feel welcome and a part of the school community. I don't know what a previous poster means about the "food fights". As a parent of 2 children in Hoover I think this is an issue among a few students - not the school as a whole. Issues with curriculum are not school decisions - those are handed down from district administrators. Having had a child in another after-school program in Iowa City, I can say that HOCC (the program at Hoover) is fantastic. They offer a variety of activities (cooking club, art club, etc.) and the staff are genuinely engaged with the children - not simple observers.
A frustratingly bad school. It all depends on the teacher your child gets, some are great, some terrible. My child had one great teacher, and two terrible ones. The school has had 5 principals in the past 6 years, and another one is due in the Fall. The food fights at lunch are disheartening, and my child refuses to eat at school anymore. We are in the process of transferring our child out. Even that is very difficult.
I don't think the previous poster understands what a SINA designation means. In a marvelous school district like Iowa City, the NCLB act is a farce. If your schools are performing at high levels and your kids are getting great scores, there is not much room for improvement. Therefore, they show no improvement and get labelled. Hoover is a wonderful school. I was very worried about overcrowding but somehow they have done a wonderful job under adverse conditions. My child, who had some struggles, has had 3 teachers there, one was good, the other two were amazing! I honestly have cried thinking how different things would be if he had had a different Kindergarten teacher. And the after school program is great. In general, the staff and kids love each other. I am completely satisfied with the supervision they get. Their staffing exceeds that necessary by law. (They also have the best food for a before and after school program.) *The principal position is vacant at the moment and the inerim principal starts next week so I didn't rate that part.
This is a now a school in need of assistance. It was the school everyone wanted to transfer to from other schools that were labeled schools in need of assistance. Classes are overcrowded and understaffed. Difficult to schedule time to meet with the principal or teachers. Resources are spread thin and has changed to a curriculum is a one size fits all with little flexibility to meed kids individual needs. The before and after school program is more a babysitting service with little actual supervision and little involvement from the staff. Staff regularly allow students to roam halls and other areas without supervision.
The staff here keep the kids wanting to be involved. From reading and math, to pacers(early a.m. track walking) and sports, involvement in the community and of course sports. Friendships are bonded, new friends welcomed.
Teachers spend their entire careers at this school. When the teachers love the school that much, the students benefit. All the staff know and care about all the students and their family. Can't beat it.
Hoover Elementary is simply outstanding. Iowa City has very high educational standards, and Hoover still compares quite favorably. We are the parents of 3 students, all ethnic minorities, and the acceptance they have received at Hoover has been amazing.