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West Branch, IA
Students enrolled: 400

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148 North Oliphant
West Branch, IA 52358

(319) 643-7211
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Map of Hoover Elementary School address.
November 15, 2011
Poor district for college-bound kids. The school has low academic and professional standards. We encountered repeated instances of dishonesty and unprofessionalism. In some cases, what we were told as parents differed from what staff/teachers told administration, and our child reported that what actually happened was something else entirely. Once we received a parent letter stating that students were doing poorly in math because they were "lazy." No consideration was given to changing curriculum or teaching strategies to help struggling students. The administration knew of these incidents and others, but was unwilling/unable to take effective action to address the problems. The community is insular and not welcoming to outsiders, and there is a district-wide culture of tolerance for bullying, including teacher/staff-on-student. There is much small town gossip, and children of newcomers are treated differently from children whose families have been in the community for decades. This is a particularly unpleasant place to be "the new kid." But the good news is, Iowa has open enrollment laws and many nearby districts are friendly and have strong academics and high standards.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
Hoover Elementary is a GREAT school in a wonderful community. The teachers and administrators are dedicated to helping all students reach their potential.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2010
Teachers and support staff genuinely care about the students. Excellent school in a great community!!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Great teachers, small town community, big time opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
West Branch and Hoover Elementary--great students, great parents, great teachers, great volunteers, great commmunity members! What more do we need to say? :-)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The shcool spirit is awesome!!! Makes you want to be in school again!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The class sizes are kept small and the staff truly cares!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Every day I see students making choices based on good character traits!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2009
We have wonderful teachers, small classrooms and a great sense of community at West Branch!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Hoover Elementry has bee around for a very long time. I have countless memories there as a child. Currently I coach youth basketball there along with a number of other parents. I just love it there!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
We have great teachers and a super principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The teachers and staff are fantastic! They knowledgeable, kind, caring, supportive and encouraging! As a parent, you feel good knowing your kids are learning and being cared for. The kids pick up on all these traits that are being modeled for them and in turn are good to each other and proud.

- submitted by a parent

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Hoover Elementary School
148 North Oliphant, West Branch, IA  52358
(319) 643-7211
Last modified Hoover Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hoover Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top