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About This School

Hamilton Meadow Park School is a public middle school in Novato. The principal of Hamilton Meadow Park School is Steve Hospodar, whose e-mail is shospodar@nusd.org. 610 students go to Hamilton Meadow Park School and identify as Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 36% of the Hamilton Meadow Park School students have "limited English proficiency." 55% of the 610 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Hamilton Meadow Park School is 19:1. Novato Charter School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 4%
Hispanic 48% 26%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 60%
Filipino 2% 1%
Unspecified 2% 2%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.4%
Multiracial 0.9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 7307%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 29%
Limited English proficiency 36% 15%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    As parents who believe in supporting local schools we were quite disappointed in Hamilton as the grade levels increased. K-3 this is a GREAT school lots of diversity ways & activities for all to get involved. This school has a strong parent body & one of the most fantastic and strongest ELAC PTA in the district. However the school is very disappointing in regards to setting protocal & being consistent in disciplinary action from teacher to teacher & providing structure consequences when dealing with children with behaviorial needs. They have ZERO control of the upper campus 4th-8th so many families @ 4th grade end up leaving for private gate or utilize the PI move for 4th & 5th all due to the upper campus. Academically this school prepared children well K-3 & is STRONG in Math & basic writing strategies. However due to the high ESL learners & parent base this school struggles after 2nd/3rd grade keeping proficient students engaged & challenged on the language and writing front. The music & arts program is minimal nearly nonexistent. The school lacks creativity dittos dittos & more dittos. Overall average experience K-3 it got the job done so to speak.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son is in 4th grade now and the school is still wonderful. When I have issue or question the school staffs and teachers address it right away. This site - Greatschools.org combine elementary and middle school test score together that mis-present the total score. If you look at the 1st - 5th grade score this school is 8/10 Not 5/10.

  • (10 months ago)

    To the people saying is not a good school and r hating have to stop people r going to write back this school is good just because is has bigger kid in the school don't mean they r going to be like that the whole year the student r perfect just stop hating this school is on of the best school they have

  • (11 months ago)

    Since Hamilton expanded to incorporate a middle school it has become a disaster. There is little discipline or respect. The bullying is out of control. The fourth and fifth graders are exposed to foul language students wielding razor blades fires in the bathrooms etc. For one year there were no stall dividers in the boys bathroom because the students had ripped them off the walls. There is trash everywhere. After two months the school gave up on having the middle school students wear PE uniforms because the kids refused to dress out. There are no lockers because the administration does not trust the children to use them (that came from an administrator). After three kids and ten years at the school we're out! Check the dates on most of the positive reviews. For many years the school was very good. Before the middle school I would have given it five stars.

  • (1 year ago)

    2012-2013 was my daughters 4th year at Hamilton and her 2nd year in the Academy program. Her progress has been outstanding for example going from a 3.6 to 6.4 level in reading. Both Academy teachers (Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Diaz) have been nothing short of spectacular. While personally not a huge fan of the previous principal (Mrs. Bexton) she was an excellent driving force behind tons of initiatives and the new community gym/theater being located at Hamilton. The new principal Mr. Hospadar is probably one of my favorite people at the school and Ms. Patty in the front office is always friendly and upbeat (no easy task when dealing with a steady stream of kids and parents in the office all day!). We're a Coast Guard family and have really found a home here in Novato. When I received orders for another year in my current assignment my first thought was how happy my daughter will be to learn she will get to spend another school year at Hamilton! Now if I can only squeeze 2 more years out of the detailer so she can finish Middle School we'll be in business...... )

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter is enjoying her kindergarten experience. Her teacher is energetic creative and kind. Ms Beltran handles kindergarten fears and 'testing the water' so very well. We could not be more pleased with our daughter's experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    They can't get a handle on the bullying at this school. Students have no respect for teachers volunteers and especially other students. There is a lack of supervision at recess and the school looks terrible. Trash remains all over while the janitor walks right by. If your looking for a wonderful school for your child LOOK ELSEWHERE!

  • (2 years ago)

    I Love this School!! We are in the Coast guard and our daughter has been in this school for 3 yrs so far from Kindergarten to 2nd Grade. I cannot say enough good things. The teachers are so hands on with the kids and gives 100% dedication to them.. the office staff and principal are great.. And I love their 0 tolerance for bullying system. My daughter feels safe everyday she goes to school and enjoys going every day ) We Are transferring to a new school next year due to PCS orders and will really miss Hamilton I recommend this school to any parent moving to the area.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was concerned about sending my son to Hamilton when he started kindergarten. My concerns were based mainly on things I had heard from other parents in the community. However we have been there for a year and a half and we love it! The school has a fantastic administrative team who goes above and beyond everyday. I have found the parent community very involved and welcoming. In addition my son has had excellent teachers. He has not only become a fantastic reader but he is also being taught important character lessons which are encouraged in the classroom on the playground and by administration. The school also has provided him an excellent opportunity to take after school enrichment classes in art science golf and the list goes on. He is extremely happy and I am very glad I did not get scared away from my neighborhood school without giving it the chance it deserves.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has an IEP and this school is great at meeting his needs!

  • (4 years ago)

    i love their dedication to all of the students. Novato has great schools. Hamilton has quite a diverse group of students and is expanding their programs to really nurture these kids and their dreams for the future!

  • (4 years ago)

    its diverse the princple is fabalous and they are explanding to 8th grade so our kids have less transitions.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an amazing school! As a former teacher I can tell you that never have I seen a more dedicated administration who inspire the teachers parents and kids to excellence. The entire staff is excellent and the school works extremely hard to make sure the needs of every child is met. For a school with such a diverse socio-economic and cultural population the performance scores are wonderful. This is one of the reasons we chose Hamilton because we want our children to grow up with the diversity to prepare them for the real world. The dedication from the PTA and parents is a true indicator of why this school is so successful as well. With the middle school being added this year we are so grateful that our kids can stay in this fantastic learning community right up until high school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent of 3 children here. I am so impressed with the entire staff and parent community. This is a wonderfully supportive loving school that meets the demands of the population it serves. That includes everyone from the average student children needing specialized instruction or Special Ed. and the GATE program for gifted students. I have firsthand experience with all of these areas. The PTA is very involved and supportive. The children are exposed to everything they need here.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school. My son did well here and I loved the one on one he received from his kindergarten teacher. We also loved the early bird/late bird program. It worked well for our family.

  • (8 years ago)

    Very active parent community! Fantastic sense of community and inclusiveness. Great principal recognized by parent community award! Very dedicated teachers and attractive school undergoing remodel.

  • (10 years ago)

    My oldest child attended k-2 here and my other son Kindergaten. Their teachers were wonderful and gave them a wonderful beginning and a firm foundation. Not only were they taught the essentials acadamically especially reading but they (especially the oldest because he was there longer) were taught things like kindness compassion and fairness. Their teachers nurtured the good qualities they each possessed even if it was a little trying at times. They had the same K teacher but have very different personalities. This teacher treated them individually and helped them each develop their own personalities.She didn't compare one to the other. And my oldest's 1st grade teacher was absolutely wonderful. She helped him gain more confidence in himself and his accomplishments as well as helped him recognize his natural talents. His 2nd grade teacher was a little tougher and taught him how good it feels to accomplish your goals especially difficult ones.

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