Hoover Middle School
Hoover Middle School, “Home of the Hawks” is a large school nestled below Hawk Hill in the West Portal District. Hoover is also a Title 1 school (60+% low-income) and leverages Title 1 funds to support family connections, academic support in literacy, numeracy and 21st century skills to give our students the tools and experiences they will need to flourish in school and life.
Approximately 1,000 students come from throughout San Francisco to participate in our Language Immersion, Special Education, and/or General Education programs. Supported by a talented group of educators, a host of special programs and our Digital Promise grant through Verizon (where each student receives an iPad and data plan), we plan to inspire our students through real-life exploration and authentic learning experiences. As a result, we hope our students become independently resourceful. Students learn collaboratively in vibrant learning environments where we balance technology, literacy, and hands-on learning focused on ensuring students are inspired and prepared for a pathway to college and career.
OUR MISSION is guided by SFUSD's VISION 2025. We share a mission in which “Every day we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.”
OUR VISION is for 8th grade students to leave us as “Hawks, Ready To Fly: Inspired, Experienced, and Resourceful”. Students will have foundational capacities and dispositions outlined in the SFUSD Graduate Profile: Content Knowledge; Creativity; Career and Life Skills; Global, Local, and Digital Identity; Leadership, Empathy, and Collaboration; Sense of Purpose and Sense of Self.
OUR CORE VALUES:: We align our beliefs, actions and decisions with SFUSD's Core Values: Student-Centered; Fearless; Unified; Social Justice; Diversity-Driven.
Location & Transportation
Location: Hoover is located on 14th Ave. at Santiago, and is tucked between the West Portal, Laguna Honda and South Inner Sunset neighborhoods on the western slope of Twin Peaks with panoramic ocean views.
Contact: Phone 415-759-2783; 2290 14th Avenue, San Francisco 94116
Bus Schedules: Public school busses are currently scheduled to pick up and drop off students in the Mission and Excelsior districts. See bus schedules online.
MUNI: The 48 bus stops in front of Hoover at drop and pick up times. The L & M lines stop at West Portal Station just a five block walk from Hoover through a safe neighborhood.
Start & End Times: Hoover officially starts at 9:00 A.M. The bell rings at 9:00 A.M. to allow students to go to lockers. The first class begins at 9:10 AM. School ends at 12:55 on Wednesdays and 3:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- School gates and front doors open at 8:30 A.M. Supervision begins at this time. Students may go to the cafeteria, the library, or the school-yard until 9:00 A.M. (Exception: Early Morning PE students may enter campus at 8 A.M.) Note: Early morning PE is subject to funding.
Academics & Electives
ACADEMICS and College Readiness: Hoover is proud of our students’ academic success and our focus on implementing the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. We believe that it is vital our students leave us ready for high school and on track for college. All students participate in experiences that expose them to college and career possibilities as well as organizational and writing tools through AVID strategies. AVID is a nationwide program that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and while some of our students engage in AVID classes, all students use AVID organization and writing strategies in their classes. To prepare students for a collaborative work culture, academic classes emphasize learning in cooperative groups, student discussions, hands-on projects and integrated use of technology.
English Learners, Special Education, & Technology:
- English Learners have a variety of pathways at Hoover as they gain proficiency in English. We offer English Language Development (ELD) classes and access to specially designed academic instruction in English in general education classes and/or ELD in our Advisory classes. Hoover has an active, English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) for parents and improving students; fluency in English is a priority for the school. We also have an AVID class where English Learners set college going goals.
- Approximately 8% of Hoover’s student population receives Special Education services. Our staff provides an array of services to meet the needs of students Individualized Educational Plans. These services range from monitoring and consultation to small, Special Day classes with a high level of staff support.
- Hoover is in the fourth year of a Verizon Digital Promise grant focused on innovative learning through anywhere, anytime access. Students are issued iPads through the grant and are learning to use technology as a learning tool throughout the day. All of our students become fluent in Google Apps for Education and are becoming experts at using Google docs, spreadsheets and other apps to enhance learning.
ELECTIVES: New students will select classes upon enrollment in the spring. Classes will be filled according to preference and space. Note: Electives may change as SFUSD is undergoing a Middle School Redesign process.
* We are reviewing and adapting our course work for Language Immersion to ensure students have access to a balance of electives and language. Students in Language Immersion will take Social Studies in their target language (either Spanish or Chinese). Offerings may change slightly in the future for the language immersion elective course.
Spanish & Chinese Immersion Programs
The Immersion Program includes a Chinese or Spanish Language class and a core class in Chinese or Spanish. Currently, our Chinese and Spanish Immersion core class is in Social Studies.
- To register for Immersion, you must sign up for this program on your school application and be part of a Chinese or Spanish Immersion program in elementary school OR have a passing score on language test given through EPC.
- If a student wants to leave (or enter) the program he/she must re-apply to Hoover with a SFUSD application at Educational Placement Center. The student will not be guaranteed placement at Hoover.
- Physical Education for Immersion is offered before school allowing Immersion students to take an elective. The school administration is committed to continuing this practice in future years, however this may be impacted by funding.
Sports Teams, Clubs, & Service Learning Opportunities
SPORTS: Hoover offers boys’ baseball, girls’ softball, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ track. Go Hawks!
STUDENT CLUBS: Hoover’s PTSA funds a wide variety of clubs that usually occur at lunch. Examples are: Minecraft Mondays; Gay Straight Alliance; Soccer with America Scores; Baseball Club; Book Club; Math Counts; Super Smash brothers; Dance with Movement; and more.
SERVICE LEARNING: We believe that a vital part of preparing to succeed in a global world is learning through contribution and service. Students must participate in a minimum of ten hours throughout their three years at Hoover to participate in extra promotional activities at the end of 8th grade.
Student & Family Support Services
Beacon & After-School Programs
Bay Area Community Resources (BACR)/Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (SNBC) is the community partner that coordinates and supports both school day and after-school programming. To participate in Hoover’s After-School Program, applications will be available upon enrollment in the spring. All students are eligible to participate. The ASP coordinator will accept applications in the order in which it was received online . ASP runs Wednesdays from 1 - 5:00pm and all other days from 3:30-6:30.
Spring Open House
Students and families who receive enrollment letters for Hoover are invited to attend our Spring Open House. This is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 24th, 2020.