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About This School

Herbert Hoover Elementary School is a public elementary school in Palo Alto. The principal of Herbert Hoover Elementary School is Susanne Scott, whose e-mail is sscott@pausd.org. 388 children attend Herbert Hoover Elementary School and identify as Unspecified, Asian, and Multiracial. 21% of the Herbert Hoover Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 388 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Herbert Hoover Elementary School is 17:1. Fairmeadow Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 13%
Asian 75% 28%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 4% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 47%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.6%
Filipino 0.3% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 12147%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 8%
Limited English proficiency 21% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    Hoover Elementary is a choice school in the district. Meaning although it is a public school admittance is by a lottery process. Parents who choose this school tend to want their kids to have a strong academic foundation. The teachers encourage the kids to learn. As a school in PAUSD students have the same arts and music curriculum as other schools and PE 4x a weeks. PTA is strong like all other schools in PAUSD. Because it is a choice school parents are expected to volunteer a certain number of hours per school year. However PTA is not overbearing like some previous comments said. All the parents are very supportive and watch over each other kids. Very welcoming community. I have one child who graduated and one in 4th grade at Hoover.

  • (4 months ago)

    out of thousands of elementary schools in California Hoover is in the top 1% based on test scores. Millions od parents are forced to deal with failing neighborhood school. Appreciate what you have!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers ignore parents. This school is very secretive. It is not a good school for students.

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers at Hoover are teaching students by rote memory. Students are learning by simple repetition.

  • (1 year ago)

    Hoover is the worst school in Palo Alto. The PTA is controlled by a few parents. PTA is poorly organized.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am usually skeptical of schools especially public schools where teachers' unions reign and administrative bureaucrats make the rules. Hoover is different. The principal Dr. Scott is destined for sainthood! She knows every single child of the school understands each child's personality issues strengths and soft areas. She is one of the most caring thoughtful people who ever walked the earth. The teachers are typically outstanding. (We are aware of only 1 exception.) Our kids have enjoyed the school immensely. They have been challenged learned and thrived at this school. And the academics are top-notch. We couldn't have dreamed of a better school!

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids attended a few different schools in Palo Alto we have to say Hoover is the best! The principal Dr. Scott is truly professional she has a passion for education. my older one graduated this year from Hoover the academics have been outstanding kids enjoyed learning so much lots of fun projects grade level activities and field trips the teachers and staffs are awesome! Most of the grade levels have not much homework so my kids can play sports all year round. The most important thing we like about this school is that they created an environment that fosters a love of books and learning kids have good study habits and they are well prepared for middle school.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is good (look at the scores). It is far from being excellent but other schools are worse. Private schools are better but this goes without saying. Some teachers are known problems so as a parent you have to make an effort to keep your kid from getting into those classes (there is a known problem in second grade and everybody in the school knows who is the problematic teacher so ask around and protect your children). The school prepares kids really well for AP classes in middle school but make sure your child is not slacking. It is the best to supplement the curriculum with some extra work at home (on-line and computer-based programs work really well). Kids are smart and friendly. The principle takes care of the school really well and is really involved.

  • (3 years ago)

    Hoover's students do not have any creativity. Teachers are not interesting in helping students to learn.

  • (3 years ago)

    Students at this school have way too much homework. They do not have any time for anything else. They spent a lot of time on homework every day.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son will be a second grader this Fall. Hoover has been a wonderful school. My son went to a play-based preschool and I was a bit apprehensive when I saw some kids in his Kinder class who were reading 1st grade books and were writing complete sentences even in the beginning of the kinder school year. With the help of the teachers and reading specialist my son's reading and writing abilitiy improved dramatically. At the end of his 1st grade he was reading above grade level. Also to my relief there was really not that much homework. In addition to us reading to him he spent about 10 minutes a day 4 days a week on homework. So far Hoover has enabled my son to do well academcially and at the same time give him the time he needs to do the sports activities that he loves.

  • (4 years ago)

    I work for sunrise and the school let me and my resident come in and be a part of there school every wednesday.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter was from a play-based preschool. At first I was worried whether she can cope with the academic demands (she didn't know how to read when she entered Kindergarten). But it turned out that she loves the school the teachers the principal and all her friends so so much. She is now 2nd grade and is reading above grade-level. Not because the school 'drilled' her no not at all but the school really provides an excellent environment that promotes learning and reading coupled with excellent teachers and resources. She really LOVES to read and write and ENJOYING math and science activities. What more do you want from an education for your child?!

  • (4 years ago)

    At first I was reluctant to have my daughter attending Hoover fearing it might be too academic for her and too much workload. It turned out she loves the teachers the principals and makes lots of friend.The workload is way less than I thought for an academic focus elementary school. The school put a lot of emphasis on discipline in which I believe my daughter is needed. She is now at 1st grade and she looks forward to school every Sunday.

  • (4 years ago)

    Why Hoover is so successful? Because it got all the elements The best principal; the top teachers; the families involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Hoover. I have two daughters in 1st grader and kindergarten. They both love to go to school and do not want to miss any school days. Yes it is academically oriented but I don't think that much stress has come to the kids because of that. They focus on well-rounded education as well. That includes arts music PE and many school events. I am so thrilled that a public school can provide dance (movement) class and musical performance to the kids. I am so thrilled to see my kids showing what they have leart from the school in all aspects from time to time.

  • (5 years ago)

    hoover is fatastic. my daughter has ADHD so i'm kinda worried if she likes this school. it turns out she loves it! she becomes more organized confident and resposible. she loves to do her homework. that's unbelievable for a 5 year old!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the best elementary school in the world

  • (5 years ago)

    Hoover has a reputation of being overly academic but I've found it to be pretty balanced (I'm anti-homework). Yes it is academically oriented as demonstrated by its high API score but the workload is not overwhelming and other aspects of the child are nutured. The key to any good school is its principal and Dr. Scott is exceptional.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hoover is a school for children who track well in a structured environment. As such the teaching is well above average and the principal is highly committed and involved in all aspects of school life. It is an environment for learning and loving to learn.

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