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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Hoover High School is a public school located in Des Moines, IA. It has 1,074 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.

Hoover High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
960
7 responses
Average ACT
21
108 responses
AP Enrollment
25%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$69,516
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$960
National
$949
Median Home Value
$155,360
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
56%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
  • Dressing up for homecoming week
    24%
  • Class spirit stick challenges
    21%
  • Beating roosevelt
    17%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Homecoming pep assembly
    14%
  • Cheering at football games
    3%
  • Homecoming car rally
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,074
Free or Reduced Lunch
78%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,070
Teachers in First/Second Year
15%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,991/ year
National
$12,239
68%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
4%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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My experience with Hoover High School has been very mixed. Throughout my four years there, I overheard lots of nasty rumor with the students at the school. Although not common, fights occurred from time to time. The classes Hoover had offered me were lacking compared to places such as Central Academy. Hoover doesn't seem to motivate or challenge me hard enough, but when I'm there my life is more relaxed and stress-free. I believe Hoover has some quality points, such as the staff and teachers. My senior year especially, had new staff, who were able to tone the violence down. The counselors and college advisers were able to help me a ton with scheduling and college. If I were to make some changes, it would be to add more classes, such as photography, math, or other courses. I believe a school should emphasize the importance of exploring many career opportunities.
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Hoover is an incredibly diverse school, in fact it is the most diverse high school in the state of Iowa. I also feel my teachers have better prepared me for college. Hoover offers counselors and financial aid representatives to help students be both mentally and financially prepared for entering either college, a trade school, or the work force. I've also had many opportunities to talk to my teachers one on one, focusing on where I'd like to take my career path and also how I plan to execute this plan. My teachers have been helpful in motivating me to pursue my interests, and better my talents by seeking opportunities to push me. Aside from the teachers I have gained relationships and friendships with students over the past many years that I won't forget.
Hoover was a very different experience than most schools in the district. We were one of the least populated schools in class 4A in the state but we were the most diverse, whites and blacks were minorities to kids from more than 40 different countries. So it was very different. Athletics was a big part of the reason I open enrolled to that school, Hoover is a basketball powerhouse. Funny thing is I graduated from there as a full time football fanatic and a college scholarship holder.