Academics

When it comes to the best-paying jobs for college graduates, careers in the STEM field dominate. That’s great news for students at Hughes STEM High School. Our students graduate with a head start on high-skilled, high-paying careers.

Through project-based learning, Hughes students use real-world methods to solve problems. In the process, they learn how to think critically and work together. They also gain confidence in their ability to tackle new challenges.

Hughes students also benefit from career-based experiences such as job shadowing, internships and summer opportunities. They have access to College Credit Plus (CCP) courses through the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State. Hughes students can graduate with college credits and professional certifications, giving them a running start into the careers of their choice.

Academic Structure

In the Preparatory Academy (grades 7-9), students receive academic, social and emotional support to ensure they are ready for the high expectations of honors level, Advanced Placement and CCP courses. Project Lead The Way Gateway To Technology (our middle school career tech classes) provides students with the skills and knowledge to make an informed decision about their future.

In the Professional Academy (grades 10-12), students declare a STEM major.

High School Course Guide

Our High School Course Guide includes more detail about the opportunities and resources available to Hughes students. Students and their families are encouraged to use the High School Course Guide to plan their educational pathway. The guide includes course descriptions, information about early college credit and alternative credit programs, and more. Graduation requirements, grade reporting, report cards and other policies and procedures are also included in the guide.

STEM Majors

  • Health Sciences – Prepares students for college and career opportunities in the fields of medicine, patient care and research
  • Engineering Futures – Teaches design processes in civil, mechanical, biomedical, nanotechnology and sustainability engineering in urban and non-urban environments
  • Programming & Software Development – Introduces the skills to create, test and evaluate software operating systems and applications used for everything from computer operations and workplace productivity, to gaming and entertainment
  • Plant & Animal Sciences – Teaches animal care, plant conservation and environmental studies on the grounds of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at the Zoo Academy