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Herbert Hoover Middle School

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Posted February 9, 2014

I have recently graduated from this school, and wish to provide a critical and honestly helpful review of this school. By topic, here is an overview. The school, and the township curriculum has changed a lot, with the dynamics of the school structure having been changed. The new principal is extremely helpful, but some of the curriculum changes have been detrimental. This aside, school wise, there is a new level system for math and a stricter English curriculum, though standards are somewhat low. Science instruction, especially for key common subjects, involved in standardized testing, is lacking, with the new institution of "modern" science books, rather than the traditional informative textbooks. Math standards are now up to par with the rest of the country, and students must now work to excel. Many teachers from my years here have been reassigned to different grades and subjects, resulting in a lack of expertise, and a few teachers, namely new ones, are unqualified for their occupations. The key to success here is getting involved, however. There are many opppotunities to excel, and academics wise, is not a bad school if you are in a high (honors) level classes. otherwise, no


Posted October 13, 2013

We are only in our first quarter at HHMS, but so far so good. It's a good school with above-average academics, well-balanced demographics, and good school spirit. The teachers are very good. The principal is impressive. My only complaint would be some of the office staff and other staff who are not pleasant or helpful. The school is clean and attractive inside. Lot's of club offerings as well. Have not heard of or seen any discipline issues. Advanced courses are offered for gifted students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

I go to HHMS and it's an interesting place and a great environment to learn in. The teacher's are nice for the most part. I don't really have a mean teacher. They pay attention to you, they don't just give you work and then disregard you. Everyone's basically friendly. There are lots of clubs, but not as many as I'd like. The clubs help you learn responsibility. We have lots of activities (like dances) too. I think it's a really good all around school, so you should totally send your kid here - he or she will grow up fine.


Posted November 7, 2011

Teachers ar amazing at hhms. I'm doing really well at school. The nurse is amazing too!!! I love her!!! GO STINGERS!


Posted September 7, 2011

I'ts only my first day at HHMS and my fellow knights team students and teachers are very supportive.I LOVE HHMS!!!!


Posted May 12, 2011

im a 7th grader student at Herbert Hoover [2011] and compared to what my other school was like before...there's no comparinson. Better selection of lunches, more activities, more curriculums to do as well. Herbert Hoover deffinitley prepared me. 5-12-11 6:39 PM


Posted September 1, 2010

I am a graduate of hhms and I must admit it definitely prepared me for what to expect in both high school and life. It was a no nonsense school with excellent teachers who truly cared about their students education and well being. I look back on my experiences with gratitude and love the fact that I still talk to many of my friends. It is a shame that I cannot personally thank the teachers who helped mold me into the man that I am today.


Posted July 3, 2010

I am a parent of a student in the 6th grade, and so far Herbert Hoover exceeded my expectations. I believe it is a great school with dedicated teachers who work wonderfully with the students, a strong principal who is very involved, and a great academic program. I am also impressed with the amount of information my daughter has learned this year, and appreciate the teachers not overwhelming the students with massive amounts of homework. They take the time to explain things and give out creative projects to do. I'm happy with her 1st year, and looking forward to the next two.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2010

i am currently u student at hoover i think it is a great school some of the staff is snippy but the principal is great he is someone you can go to and count on most of the teachers are nice and the students have there own drama but nothing major


Posted May 7, 2010

Right now I am a High School Senior and as I look back at HHMS, I realize how little i learned there and how a lot of my best educational experiences where at Edison High School. Kids at the middle school are harsh and mean. As soon as I stepped into High School everything changed. My confidence and social skills. I also feel like I became smarter. Herbert Hoover Middle School is a below average school if you are looking for a school that will help your child in everyway possible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Teachers and staff work hard to inspire HHMS students to do their best and achieve all they can, academically and personally.


Posted April 1, 2009

Its a very good school i feel their should be study hall
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

the 8th grade teachers are really good
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2008

i'd say this school makes my kid feel at home and push you to do your best you can do
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2007

I think that the academic programs are great because it's challenging but fun too. this is also a great school because there are lots of opportunities for activities. there is enough parent involvement. HHMS is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2006

I think this is a pretty good school...threre are many opprotunities and i have taken up many of them...i think the teachers are great...
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2006

Students are challenged very much by the interesting teaching techniques used here. Group work is a big part of the studnets day and the ability to work with others in their grade is very useful when they move on to high school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 3, 2006

The school is reasonable for lower to above avg students. However, it has a limited opportunities for students in the upper tier. School does offer honors classes for some subjects. However, number of enrichment clubs is limited. The principal is very new and bit hesitant to take on new initiatives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

It depends on how you look at Hoover. Sometimes it's bad, like the way the students behave towards the staff because of the overuse of discipline and punishment, but it's also good because of all the different choices a student can make to do what they want, like art, band, chorus, tech ed, home ec, or orchestra.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2005

A majority of the teachers are very caring and helpful. It's the kids who are the problem-fights on campus every day, ethnic taunting, etc. Parent involvement is minimal. Students will have little trouble adjusting to high school environment, however, as the class schedules are almost the same (a bit rough for students who tranfer from another district's elementary school with grade 6, as this middle school starts with grade 6).
—Submitted by a former student


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About these ratings

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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 65% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 82% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Black62%
Asian89%
Hispanic61%
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students82%
Female89%
Male76%
Black74%
Asian96%
Hispanic63%
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant82%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students70%
Female76%
Male65%
Black64%
Asian82%
Hispanic46%
White70%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Special education24%
General education79%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students70%
Female71%
Male68%
Black57%
Asian83%
Hispanic58%
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Special education33%
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students88%
Female93%
Male84%
Black82%
Asian98%
Hispanic83%
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Special education52%
General education94%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant88%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students76%
Female73%
Male78%
Black53%
Asian90%
Hispanic64%
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special education21%
General education84%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black69%
Asian93%
Hispanic75%
Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special education41%
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant83%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Reading growth at this school

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1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 38% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 33% 9%
Hispanic 17% 22%
Black 11% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Brian Mcgrath

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