Attending Herbert Hoover High will feel like attending a small college. You'll have a few hundred students in your class, enough to provide an interesting set of activities, sports, and classes to try. But compared to the largest high schools in California, the student body size won't be overwhelming.
Sometimes this imbalance can result from random chance and may not suggest anything about Herbert Hoover High. In other cases, the school might preferentially select for males. For example, in our data we find that continuation high schools unfortunately seem to be male-dominated. In yet other cases, other neighboring schools might attract female students, drawing them away from Herbert Hoover High.
This means Herbert Hoover High has ahigh percentage of students at or near poverty. Almost a third of all schools in California show this level of poverty, and by National Center for Education Statistics standards, Herbert Hoover High can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Fresno is thus likely to be low.
Unfortunately, schools in areas of lower income levels are likely to be more poorly funded. As a result, they might feature less advanced coursework like AP/IB classes, and you may not have a full range of sports and extracurriculars to draw from. Because Herbert Hoover High is an especially high poverty-level school, it might not have the resources you need to meet your full potential.
You definitely don't have control over the city, the school, or other families, but you can structure your own learning to be more productive. If you'd like to open yourself to more opportunities, you can look into whether it's possible to transfer to a nearby school with higher income levels.
Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Herbert Hoover High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?
To start off, an important benchmark of academic achievement is graduation rate. For all students who start high school at Herbert Hoover High, the state of California wants as many students to graduate as possible, since a high school diploma can mean a big difference in getting a job.
Herbert Hoover High is in the 41st percentile of all public high schools in California for graduation rate. This is below average. Generally, a graduation rate of above 90% is considered good and well above average, and below 75% is well below average.
Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Herbert Hoover High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.
This is a very low SAT score, putting Herbert Hoover High in the bottom 25% of all California schools, and well below the national average. Only 15% of SAT takers here score above the national average. Unfortunately, this suggests that most students attending Herbert Hoover High are not high-achieving, and may find it difficult to be admitted to a good college.
Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.
Unfortunately, this is poor performance compared to other high schools. At Herbert Hoover High School, the majority of AP students fail ALL of the AP exams they take. This usually means that they're not adequately prepared for the national AP exam at the end of the year.
If Herbert Hoover High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Herbert Hoover High.
This is considered below average and puts Herbert Hoover High in the bottom 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The majority of Herbert Hoover High students do not pass state standards, and only a small percentage pass.
This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the Common Core is new, the pass rate at Herbert Hoover High will likely rise over time. But it still reflects Herbert Hoover High's below average standing among California high schools.
At Herbert Hoover High School, 17% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math.This is considered well below average and puts Herbert Hoover High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Herbert Hoover High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.
In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Herbert Hoover High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Herbert Hoover High School. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at Herbert Hoover High. 2b1af7f3a8