Introduction to the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID) is an academic elective class that is designed to help students prepare to enter and succeed in middle and high school as they complete the course work needed to enter into a four year university.  AVID provides students with study skills for high school level work, motivation for seeking a college education, and career awareness.  In the AVID class, college tutors provide support during Writing to Learn, Inquiry Learning, and Collaboration activities.  After the students complete this course, they are “College Bound all Year Round”. 

Family and Consumer Studies

Family and Consumer Studies is a comprehensive home economics class that emphasizes life skills and resource management for young teens. The course is also intended to provide a foundation for career awareness in young teens, thereby providing more relevancies to future course work in high school and leading them to meaningful career paths    



Spanish 1/2 8th Grade


 Spanish 1/2 is a yearlong intensive introduction to Spanish emphasizing communicative-based competencies and Spanish language culture. Correlated to the curriculum are the broad Goals of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st century also called the Language Continuum or the 5 C’s (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). These components define the essential skills and knowledge that all students need to acquire.

The 8th grade Spanish 1/2 curriculum here at Hughes assists students to actively practice and learn to greet others, tell time, express likes and dislikes, and ask and answer simple questions on a variety of topics. This curriculum is standards driven and concentrates on written and oral skills spanning from phonetic principles, conjugation of verbs and to the application of such in literary context. Spanish 1/2 will also touch on multidimensional perspective of language, culture and religion including Latin, South, North, Central, America, Europe, and other Spanish speaking peoples of the world. This class will emphasize both historical content and comprehensive skills that develop a student’s critical thinking abilities. This course is recommended for students anticipating completion of the highest levels of Spanish including Advanced Placement and/or college entrance. This course meets the “a-g” approved foreign language credit courses in the same language for admission to most four-year colleges and universities.


Exploratory Spanish 6th Grade

              Exploratory Spanish is a semester long non-intensive introduction to Spanish emphasizing basic communicative-based language competencies and exposure to Spanish culture.  The course is designed for students who have had minimal or no instruction or contact with the Spanish language and culture but wish to become familiar with basic skills and concepts. The course goals and objectives are based on the overarching National Standards for Foreign Language also known as the Language Continuum or the 5 C’s (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). This course does not meet the “a-g” approved foreign language credit courses in the same language for admission to most four-year colleges and universities.  



Our music programs at Hughes are some of the best.  For years we have taken top scores at festivals and competitions alike.  We have classes for band (wind instruments), orchestra (string instruments), and chorus (singers) at a variety of skill levels.  Our goal is to create students that are able to excel at performance and to develop the necessary skills that will allow them to continue their musical studies in high school.  Most of the students that complete the musical program at Hughes go on to be members of the elite groups at their respective high schools.

Wood Working

Wood working encompasses the proper use and care of a variety of common hand tools and power machines. Emphasis is placed on the development of elementary skills in the use of these tools and machines. Pupils in the program become acquainted with the structure and characteristics of different kinds of wood, with wood fasteners, with joinery, and with elementary methods of wood finishing. Planning, design, and an appreciation of quality workmanship are stressed in pupil projects. Safety education is woven into all phases of the Woods course.