Talent Achievement Program


 Located in a lovely residential neighborhood in the heart of historic Bixby Knolls, Hughes serves a student body representing a diverse cultural heritage and a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds.   It was a Hughes that the Long Beach Unified School District pioneered its junior high GATE program (appropriately named the Talent Achievement Program, or TAP) in the mid-1970's.

For a quarter of a century, TAP has emphasized research, leadership, and higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to individualize projects and exercise multiple intelligences as they integrate diverse learning experiences.   Their success is reflected in award-winning performances in academics, music, art, speech, sports, and leadership roles on campus and in the community.

 TAP students also maintain the highest percentage of acceptance into the award winning Poly PACE program of any middle school in the district, and are easily accepted in all programs for high achievers in our local high schools.

Hughes continues to set the standard for educational excellence.   In 1998, Hughes earned distinction as aCalifornia Distinguished School , and in 2000, Hughes became a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.