School Details

Hoover (Herbert) Middle School

2290 14th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 759-2783
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1174 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
64%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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59%
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61%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hoover (Herbert) Middle School is a public middle school in San Francisco. The principal of Hoover (Herbert) Middle School is Thomas H. Graven and can be contacted at gravent@sfusd.edu. 1,174 students attend Hoover (Herbert) Middle School and identify as Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 13% of the Hoover (Herbert) Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 56% of the 1,174 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Hoover (Herbert) Middle School is 19:1. West Portal Lutheran Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 11%
Multiracial 6% %
Asian 56% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
Filipino 4% 6%
Hispanic 23% 23%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 56447%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 56%
Limited English proficiency 13% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I've had two kids in this school and the school continues to change and with each change things are more unstable unhappy teachers fights and bullying among studnets with a teacher right there and they won't intervene. It is ok for student to attack another student and the victim is not allow to defend themselves the bully is not punished and sent to behavioral change classes which doesn't change the bullying. So yeah this is a very large school and yeah the bullying getting is worst sometimes the bullying is done by the teachers. So I'm really disgusted right now. Then there's the PTA fund. In 2012-2013 school year we found out that over $6000 was spent on food and the money didn't go to better the school for the students or staff to provide an better learning environment. This school year 2013-2014 there is almost no parent involvement and the PTA is doing as little as possible. I am sad to see how much this school has changed when my oldest went here to the way it is now. There's no information going home to the parents so even being at the school or talking to other parents who are involved there is nothing.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is about to complete her first year in Spanish immersion at Hoover. The two Spanish-language teachers (Spanish and Social Studies) are new(ish) and there are disciplinary issues that sometimes disrupt class time. I'm unimpressed with her Science teacher but that hasn't held back her progress. Otherwise our experience with Hoover has been very good. My daughter loves band and has gotten a lot out of the program. Her English and Math teachers are first rate. One of the reasons we chose Hoover was their adoption of ALEKS a terrific math software program that adapts to the individual's grasp of the subject matter. I always get prompt response from her teachers when I contact them via Schoolloop. I've been happy with the social aspects as well. There are lots of clubs and sports available and from day one the student body was welcoming to the incoming sixth graders. I haven't had direct experience with the discipline problems other reviewers mentioned so I can't speak to that. But I am impressed by the principal's commitment to the school community and the positive social and anti-bullying sentiment school-wide.

  • (1 year ago)

    II work for the SFUSD and have substituted at Hoover in the past. My family lives in the attendance area that feeds into Hoover. It's hard to believe what has happened to this school under the current administration. Because of a lack of discipline for the chronically disruptive students the entire school suffers. There are no consequences for behavior which is totally unacceptable. The last time I filled in for a teacher I was verbally abused by some students in front of the entire class. I reported it to the office. (The rest of the students were fine btw) When I returned the following week nothing had been done. I found out that I was not the only member of the staff who had experienced the same type of "verbal bullying" without any consequences. I love teaching but will not send my 2 sons to Hoover. If this can happen to me I do not want my sons to experience the same thing; disrespect verbally bullying and allowing a few kids to disrupt classes while the administration closes it's eyes.

  • (2 years ago)

    Have had 2 kids here . Good teachers but the administration (the principle at the head) do not handle discipline issues turn their backs to it no consequences and pushes a policy of inflating grades. No wonder the grades are meaningless and the teachers demoralized. My last child will go into private school next year.

  • (2 years ago)

    There are bunch of thieves in Hoover Middle School. What a shame! My daughter's iphone and her money got stolen and she also found out her friend's iphone got stolen not long ago. It's a place of education for their future but they're learning to be a thief instead!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a review of the Spanish Immersion Program at Hoover Middle School for the 2012 to 2012 school year. With the departure of Ms Garcia this program has been left in the hands of two young and inexperienced teachers both are very nice young men but neither seem to be effective. My 8th grade student can't focus in either his Spanish Language or Social Studies class as the classes are out of control. The program is not well organized the work is not interesting or challenging and English is spoken in the social studies class. Don't come to this school for Spanish Immersion.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm kind of sad to know that I'm leaving this school in maybe 8 months. Hoover's stuck with me for the past three years and although the quality is not all great I have been so proud to be a hawk. Go Hoover Hawks!!

  • (3 years ago)

    IMy child just graduated 8th grade. If your child is not interested in the music program there is no particular reason to send them to Hoover. My experience is administration hides behind teacher union rules to avoid any extra work and the (non music) teachers are mostly average to awful. There are a few gems but when your child has core teachers consisting of 1 gem and 3 clunkers the average isn't pretty. The administration does care about safety but not about academics for non honors students.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been at this school 2 years and it just keeps getting better. The principal is working with the staff to make an inner city school become a better place for all kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because it has helped my two children grow into two mature caring young ladies that enjoy learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    The counseling staff at Hoover has exceeded my expectations for over the past 3 years. Joanna Wardell is an amazing leader and advocate for our kids. She has always made herself available for my daughter. She is well organized and likes her job. The counseling staff should be rewarded because they do an outstanding job I consider them the backbone of the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great community builder school. Great teachers & counsulers.

  • (4 years ago)

    i love this school although there are sometimes fights and the lunch isn't that good but everything else is absolutely amazing. P.S. I'm a 6th grader attending class of 2010~2012

  • (5 years ago)

    I attend and am currently an eight grade student at Hoover and I must say the school is excellent. Many of the teachers at the school get along with the students just swimmingly and the G.A.T.E program helps above-average students get ahead and beyond of their fellow classmates. I can see however why some parents would be somewhat disapproving of the school some teachers lack the need to communicate with their student's parents. I can assure you from a student's point of view most teachers love to talk to parents. If your child does have a teacher who doesn't enjoy communicating with you- don't let one quiet teacher ruin your and your child's experience; many are very easy to talk to. I believe the school is a wonderful environment to ready your child for high school and I full-heartedly recommend the school. )

  • (5 years ago)

    Wow the teachers go above and beyond we are new to San Francisco and I have never met such wonderful 7th grade teachers they call me on the phone with any concerns about my childs grades..thank you all schools should interact like this..

  • (6 years ago)

    I attend Herbert Hoover Middle School and I love it. I don't understand why so many parents disapprove of this amazing school...The music program is the best in the district according to the staff. And because I play in band I am offended to learn that parents do not like this music program. Teachers here are great with students and some offer at lunch tutoring and some after-school as well. The classes are awesome and I admit not everyone gets along but I love this school and I really don't want to leave.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hoover is a good school with really friendly kids. Some of the 7th grade teachers are really funny and very eduacated. This school offers a lot of athletics and clubs so the students never get bored. I recomend this school from a student who goes there. Only problem is the lack of communication with parents and kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    hoover is a very goo school. all of the teachers are efficient and nice. two math teachers are especially good. the library was open during the 2007-2008 school year. the school has great clubs available including the rocket club named Hamr(hoover areonautica modeling rocketry). are twotwo lunch period

  • (6 years ago)

    hoover is a outstanding school

  • (7 years ago)

    Hoover is the coolest school ever! I love the teachers! It also has a great Music Department.

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