Specialized Academics at Hoover High School
Classes The Advanced Placement program
is a nationally recognized program sponsored by the College Board
which enables students to complete college-level studies while
still in high school and to obtain college placement or credit on
the basis of their performance on rigorous Advanced Placement
examinations. A strong Advanced Placement program depends
upon a partnership between motivated students, of whom much is
expected, and dedicated high school teachers who are trained by the
College Board. Participation in Advanced Placement programs
is often used as one of the criteria for academic scholarships and
acceptance into many highly selective colleges. All Advanced
Placement Courses carry a course fee and the cost of the exam in
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(IB) Program at Hoover High School allows our
students to receive a world class, comprehensive education.
To complete the IB Diploma, students take IB classes in
their junior and senior years in which they complete projects,
labs, papers and exams that are graded by both the classroom
teacher and outside examiners. Upon completion of these courses,
students receive scores in each subject which may qualify them for
the IB Diploma and earn college credit. Students may also take
individual IB courses and receive official scores without pursuing
the full Diploma.
The IB Diploma is more than a collection of classes. In
addition, students complete projects of creativity, action and
service (CAS), an extended essay on a topic of their choice, and
the Theory of Knowledge course, which helps to bring together their
knowledge from different academic areas and enhance students'
critical thinking skills.
If you have any questions about the IB program, please
contact the IB Coordinator Brad Coltrane.
Contact: Brad Coltrane Email:
Information Technology (IT) Academy
is designed for students who are
considering a career in any field of computer technology including
but not limited to computer repair/troubleshooting, programming,
security, software engineering, gaming, network administration, web
development, and IT consultant .
In the required introductory class, Foundations of IT/IT
Essentials (IT Academy 1), students learn computer hardware and
software basics using the curriculum from Cisco that prepares
students for the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Safe tool use as
well as developing communications skills is also emphasized.
Taking IT Academy I meets the requirement for the computer
literacy course (Business Technology Applications).
In Creative Media/Programming (IT Academy 2), students use the
Adobe Creative Suite of products to develop web pages
(DreamWeaver), draw their own clip art (Illustrator), layout print
media such as magazines, newspapers, and flyers (InDesign), edit
photos (PhotoShop), and create animations for web pages
(Flash). Additionally, students write programs using
VisualBasic programming language.
In Network Basics (IT Academy 3) and Advanced Networks (IT
Academy 4), students learn to set up and maintain a network as well
as manage the network and keep it secure. During the summer
of their junior year, IT students complete an internship of 120
hours in a specialized IT field to gain hands-on experience.
Students are also encouraged to join Future Business Leaders of
America (FBLA) to develop their leadership skills, participate in
community service activities, and compete in a variety of business
and IT-related events.
Academy is an exciting and dynamic educational
experience that offers a variety of opportunities to explore
careers in working with children and teaching. The Education
Academy provides students with a strong foundation in education and
training enhanced with teaching experiences that prepares students
for college as well as careers as teachers and leaders in
Education and Training
Education and Training Internship
Academy at Hoover High
School is in its seventh year of existence and is like no other in
the state (and maybe the nation). The reputation of the
program has really grown; as evidenced by the fact that there are
currently 189 students participating in grades 9-12 and 65
graduates at universities around the eastern half of the U.S.
Of the 65 graduates, 85 are studying engineering and over 90 are in
a STEM-related field. The program has been designed as a four-year
math, science, and engineering curriculum with the expressed intent
of exciting students about the engineering profession and preparing
them to be successful in engineering at the undergraduate
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Academy is designed for students who are
considering a career in healthcare. In the required
introductory class, Foundations of Health Science,
students learn basic human anatomy and physiology. They are
introduced to the legal, ethical and business aspects of
In the Emergency Services class and in the
Therapeutic Services class , students look at the
qualities, knowledge base and clinical skills required in different
health care setting. Topics introduced in the Foundations
class are re-explored and the understanding is deepened.
Students learn how the body's systems can fail as they study the
pathophysiology of disease.
As a senior, they have the option of spending time at health
care facilities to observe the daily activities of a health care
Academy is designed for students who are interested
in learning about money management skills for personal use,
careers, and business.
The Finance Academy prepares students to be successful in
college, business and in life by providing a school based curricula
with work based experiences, such as field trip to colleges, job
shadowing and internship opportunities.
Contact: Madge Gregg
Law Academy is a four-year selective
academic elective program designed to utilize legal issues to
develop critical thinking skills. The courses
include; Law I: Philosophy; Law II: Primary Documents;
Law III: Constitutional Law/Moot Court; Law IV: Practical Law/Mock
Contact: Joe Hutchings
Hall It is located across from the
Hoover High School Bucs baseball field. It houses
approximately 1,380 students per week Seven teachers travel
from Hoover High School to Hoover Hall each day. Counting the
administrator, secretary, and custodian - there is a staff of
Each student's academy class is paired with a core class so that
the student is at Hoover Hall for two periods each day.
Classes are taught in two period blocks on alternate days.
Most academy classes are paired with a math class and there are
also three social studies classes which can be paired with an
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Education (Co-op) is a work-based learning
opportunity for Juniors and Seniors and provides educational
opportunities not typically found in the classroom.
Co-op is a component of Career and Technical education allowing
students to complete paid, supervised, work-based training,
internships or apprenticeships in fields related to the student's
career objective. Hoover High School partners with the
student's employer to create an individualized training plan
allowing the student to develop a productive work ethic along with
specific job and employability skills. Students earn course
credit based on approved hours completed at the work-based learning
Co-op students also participate in community
service, leadership and competition through Hoover DECA and its
state and national events. Students in Cooperative
Education have the opportunity to earn the Alabama Career Readiness
Credential by participating in the ACT® WorkKeys assessment
which is a nationally recognized work-readiness certification.
For more information or to see if you are qualified to Co-op,
contact your counselor or Jill Westerlund.
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