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A Tradition of Achievement


Hughes Junior High School opened in 1949 to serve 750 seventh, eighth, and ninth graders from the surrounding neighborhood of Bixby Knolls/California Heights, a well-established upscale community. The school's reputation for academic excellence has been maintained despite many changes in school demographics and public expectations. In 1989, Hughes welcomed sixth graders and became Hughes Middle School.

The student body now numbers over 1500 and represents extremes in socioeconomic backgrounds, diverse ethnicities, and a wide range of academic capabilities. Hughes serves students from families with longevity in the community as well as students whose families are newcomers. The current student body is 28 % Hispanic or Latino, 25% African American, 24% white (non-Hispanic), 13% Asian, 9% Filipino, and 1% Pacific Islander. Six percent of our student population are eligible for special education services, forty percent qualify for free/reduced lunch and 428 students have a primary language other than English.

Math Achievements

High standards characterize student performance at Hughes. Math students may participate in Math Club, which earns recognition in local, state, regional, and national competition. During the 2003-2004 school year, Hughes students took 1st place in the Long Beach Chapter MathCounts competition and 25th in the state, 2nd place in American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA) competition, and 5th in the Math Olympiads. Several students placed at various rankings within the top 100 in the Continental Math League, Mathfax, and Sigma competitions.


Hughes choirs are in the top 10% in the entire United States, with ratings of Superior at Southern California Vocal Association festivals for 4 consecutive years. The Hughes Chorale has performed at Disneyland's invitational Community Arts Showcase for 4 consecutive years, and this year 12 Hughes students are in District Honor Choir.

A premiere instrumental music program is reflected in Superior ratings from the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. Further, when over 1000 students auditioned for 200 seats in the All-Southern Band/Orchestra, 8 seats went to Hughes students. At the annual Solo/Ensemble Festival, the saxophone quartet, many soloists, and two string quartets from Hughes earned Superior ratings at the regional level. In 2003-2004, Hughes Jazz A took 1st place at the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival and received the highest awards for the trombone, trumpet, and rhythm sections. The school community takes pride in the outstanding Hughes music department


Hughes sports teams enjoy success on a regular basis. The Girl's Track Team is on the way to a sixth consecutive all-city championship, and other Hughes teams typically go to all-city playoffs. They often take all-city championships, and teams are honored for good sportsmanship almost routinely.

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Community Involvement

Opportunities for parent participation at Hughes are myriad. Parents provide significant support through the School Site Council, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), and Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), and they assist on an as needed basis with special events on campus. Parents and the community enjoy many music programs at Hughes, and attendance at Family History Night, the Renaissance Fair, Eighth Grade Awards Night, and Eighth Grade Promotion reflects strong parent support.

Preparing for the Future

Many Hughes students qualify for and succeed in rigorous local high school programs which prepare them for such prestigious universities as Harvard and Stanford. High school teachers report that former Hughes students are consistently among the best prepared for the demands of Advanced Placement (AP) classes. They are also well represented in extracurricular activities that balance their personal profiles.