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Talent Achievement Program


 Academic challenge and success are hallmarks of the TAP experience.   Sixth graders enjoy numerous hands-on lessons, simulations and labs in science, history and math.   In Language Arts, a standards based program is augmented for gifted students with a wide array of extension menu activities and opportunities for independent study.   These activities and the use of gifted learning strategies continue in all content areas inseventh grade while the students prepare eagerly for the Renaissance Faire, a culminating project for history, and in eighth grade each student enters the science fair.   Adding to this, our dedicated and active parent group raises the funds necessary for multiple field trips each year to enhance the students' learning experiences.  

Our math students excel in local, regional, and national competitions.   Hughes Mathletes consistently place near the top in the American Scholastic Mathematics Association Competition, the Continental Mathematics League, Mathfax, MathCounts, Math Olympiads, and Sigma.   From 1986 to 2006 our math students have won first or seconds place in the MathCounts regional competition for the Long Beach Chapter placing Hughes within the top 25 teams in the state.  

Our premiere music program is the most extensive in the district and has been awarded Superior rankings in a vast number of festivals and competitions over the past 17 years.   The Instrumental program has grown to eight performance groups from Beginning Band to a select Chamber Orchestra, and Hughes musicians are often principal players in prestigious honor orchestras throughout southern California.   Our Choral music program is also recognized throughout the state as exemplary.   Consisting of six performing choruses, the department has earned top honors throughout the district; three choirs have received Superior rankings for the past four years.   This distinction places Hughes' Choirs in the top 10% for choral music in the entire United States.