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Hocker Grove Middle School

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Posted April 26, 2012

(I'm a student) I don't believe I judge this school fairly in my other review. I only talked about about the system and extra stuff. But now I will talk about the education, if you are a parent and want your child to have a good education; this school has a good one. The teachers here are very nice and WILL answer your questions. It has a whole range of different level classes, so if you not so good in math but you don't want to be place in the lowest math level; this school has that option. This school also has online textbooks so you don't have to carry your books home. Also, it has ASAP which is basically a study hall after school with teachers there to help you. So overall, if you are the type of person who just goes to school to learn and don't get involve in any extra stuff; this is school is great for you. BUT if you are the type of person who really gets involve with clubs or anything else, you might find some faults in this school.


Posted January 30, 2011

as a student a hocker grove and not just some parent, i can say i really like this school. the only reason i give it 3 out of 5 is because i dont like most of the teachers. don't get me wrong, i like alot of them, like mr.hiles or miss obrien, but i really hate alot too. there are alot of fights which when your in 7th grade, is a great thing, bad tasting lunch(what else is new) , miss fortmiller is a horrible princable, and some kids like me dont have enough time to get from class to class, my classes are really far apart and i have to stop by my locker, and usually i have to wait for the person under me. and teachers dont listen to actualy good excuses.


Posted April 19, 2010

Hocker Grove is a very good school. There are hardly any fights that I have seen and the teachers do their best to keep the class in order. I ahve noticed that there are childten from out of the county that have transfered in and they tend to be more diobediant than the kids that live in the district. Over all it is pretty good...except for the food. But hey, what school lunch is really good? I recemend bringing lunch from home would be a better choice than buying.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2010

Principal Pfortmiller has done a great job implementing the SOAR guidelines (Safe Behavior, On Task, Act Responsibly, Respect Self and Others) to keep students disciplined and in control. Our son has thrived at the school over the past two years even though he's not in the popular crowd. I cringed one day when the Principal called us once to report our son's and his friends' overly aggressive behavior in the hallway but was happy she cared enough to prevent the situation from flaring up in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

I was throughly dissatisfied with my term at Hocker Grove. The principal has no control over the students whatsoever and they do not put harsh enough punishments on kids who posses or sell drugs at school. Ever since the new vice principal has come though, too many rules have been put into effect. I made some of the greatest friends here but the education has lacked. Also i feel transfers from out of district should not be aloud. I would recomend a transfer to Trailridge if you want to accually learn, have fun, and/or have more freedom.


Posted January 21, 2009

I got a some-what good education at this school, and there are fights every day, the teachers don't really care about teaching. The Principal Debbie Pfortmiller does not do her job (when she does it, she does it horribly). Most of the students have attitude problems. They spent a ton of money and they didn't even fix the school properly. The boys' gym locker room has broken and displaced ceiling tiles. This school is horrible, and if you can transfer, I would recommend transfering. The school even has a school resource officer, and he doesn't even do anything. If this review system had a zero star added to it, I would rank it a zero. Thanks for your time...
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I think the school has improved somewhat over the last couple of years. My eldest son attended Hocker for both 7th and 8th (2006-2008) and we really struggled with him because he was really picked on, and it seemed like fights were not stopped as quickly or as efficiently as they could have been. Not to mention the teachers nor the staff seemed to pay attention to the students who were doing the harassing. Just think of that movie 'Drill Bit Taylor' how the kids tried telling their parents but because the 'bully' put on a good show while adults were around he was not disciplined. My daughter is now at Hocker (7th) and she doesn't seem to be having any social issues however her academics are lacking. Overall, I think the school has improved (new vice-principal has helped out a lot.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2006

I am a student at Hocker Grove right now. I was there last year, too. It is one awesomely, amazing school. I'm going to be so sad when I have to leave after this year. Anybody who gets to go here should feel so lucky, and I know that you will just love it! I love Hocker Grove beyond limits to the point of no return in the universe! GO EAGLES!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2006

I like that this school is not as large as some other Shawnee Mission schools. I do see many students that are not Johnson County residents bending the rules and sneaking into Hocker Grove when they really live in the next county... and I have to say that it is hard to blame them because the next county has a terrible reputation in educating Kansas children/ teens. Hocker Grove had too many fights this past year 2006. I do think we need a new principal. We had a great one in years past past but last year we had a new one. Fights were seen that lasted way too long.We need prevenatative measures for this coming year . Pushing and shoving was common place. Administration: Help protect the teens at this school from lazy administration and teachers/ staff that are slow to stop bullying and harrasment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

as a student i go to this school it is one of the best schools i have ever gone to. i have a heard time learning things thaft they worked with me on. i have been to 7 diffirnt schools throughout florida and kanssas and this was one of the best.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 2, 2006

This school was okay when Dr. Williams led it. Now that she's moved on, it has plummeted. The new principal has no control over the students. Unlike the last review, I believe that many teachers do care, however, they are so overwhelmed by miscreant students that some cannot effectively teach. There are an unacceptably high number of fights at this school, many of which are allowed to go on for several minutes. If you are forced to attend this school, keep a low profile and sign up for honors classes. If you can transfer, Trailridge is a better option.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 3, 2005

this school is awful. there are fights every day and none of the teachers seem to care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

It's okay!! Too many fights though! If only we had good teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2004

My son has an affinity toward homework! The entire staff at Hocker worked with us to remedy this and they continue to work with Travis. The staff at Hocker is willing to go that little extra distance for their kids...something I wish more educators would do. I moved my kids to this district because I wanted them to go to a school that could make a difference for them and give them opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have. I certainly have not been disappointed with Hocker Grove.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2012.

385 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

387 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

385 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

382 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

383 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
89%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

380 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

285 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students87%
African American79%
Hispanic84%
Multi-ethnic95%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities79%
Proficient in English88%

Reading

All Students92%
African American83%
Hispanic87%
Multi-ethnic95%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities74%
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students84%
African American66%
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnic90%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities53%
Proficient in English75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
African American63%
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnic83%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities59%
Proficient in English70%

Reading

All Students85%
African American83%
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnic87%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities61%
Proficient in English68%

U.S. History and Government

All Students78%
African American73%
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnic74%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities60%
Proficient in English58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 67%
Hispanic 24% 17%
Black 10% 7%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Shawnee Mission, KS 66203
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