A high-quality education reflects the whole school experience, and that's why Hoover excels: it pays attention to every aspect of a child's development, and his/her learning, emotional, and social growth. Teachers are well-trained, dedicated, and eager to help children learn in an open, cooperative environment, usually adapted to a child's learning abilities. Teacher-student ratio is good. Curricula is strong; with music, art, integrated technology (ipads), PE, strong literacy, math, science. The focus on health, social relationships, and character-building shows how Hoover fosters the whole well-being of children. The many extracurricular activities encourage learning and community experiences. The Principal is doing a good job bringing the school up to excellent standing. As a neighborhood school, most parents and students know and support each other. Are there areas that need improvement? Yes, but that happens in every school. The facilities are old; the MCAS scores were down a bit (they're going up now). But education is more than a building and standardized tests. We are very pleased because our child is immensely happy, learning and thriving, at Hoover.
I believe the school offers average academics, however, the culture of the school prohibits progress upward and forward. A few of the teachers are truly exceptional and devoted to the students, but several seem to simply do the minimum job required.
Overall, I have been disappointed with the overall quality of the education my children have received. I have great hopes that the current principal will help turn things around, but that may take a few years. There is a definite problem with the school culture; a lack of professionalism, a 'clubbiness' amongst the staff. Many staff members also have children in the school, which has led to a lack of confidentiality and gossipy behavior that undermines the educational mission of the school. There is a definite lack of consistency in the quality of instruction..teachers on each grade level team don't always teach the same content; some don't reach the grade level benchmarks. There seems to be no accountability with the teaching staff, they seem to do as they please. I hope the new principal will restore parent confidence in the school, it is at an all time low.