The Hughes STEM High School offers a BOLD new approach to education in Cincinnati Public Schools featuring a creative focus in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with a strong liberal arts foundation. STEM also encompasses the following:
- Project-based learning - STEM Curriculum
- Critical thinking
- Breaking down barriers between the school, higher education, business and community organizations
- The development of 21st century interpersonal and organizational skills
- Exposure to the college environment and earning college credits while in high school
- Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning across discipline and through weekly advisory classes
- Web 2.0 technology, Blackboard, 1-to-1 laptops in grades 7-8
- Access to technology in all the core classes grades 9-12
- Application of technology across all disciplines
- Rigorous AA Academic Courses 7-12 (Please review the Hughes STEM Course Catalog)
Hughes students engage in rich interdisciplinary content during their high school career; however, at the end of their 10th grade years students have the opportunity to apply for a STEM Major. During this “Gateway” experience, students present evidence of their unique 21st century skills, content knowledge, and reasons why they should be admitted into one of the four majors. The STEM majors are:
- Health Sciences –This major focuses on both the medical/therapeutic science and research science. The goal of the Health Science Pathway is to engage, excite and educate students about the promise and achievements of scientific research and the opportunities available in the medical/therapeutic sciences.
- Engineering Futures – This major focuses on the study of engineering design processes in civil, mechanical, biomedical, nanotechnology, sustainability, as well as others. The goal of this major is to engage, excite and educate students about the role of engineering in the urban and non-urban environments and understand how engineering provides solutions to many problems.
- Programming & Software Development: This major serves students of all interests, especially those with specific interest in programming, software development, mobile app development, multimedia, and other creative applications in order to prepare them for careers in the information technology field. As our society becomes more and more dependent on the use technology, an information technology skills set enhances a student’s opportunities the work place, as well as widen their prospect of career choices.
- Plant & Animal Sciences – This major focuses on the study of animal care, conservation, and environmental studies. The goal of this major is to engage, excite and educate students about the plant and animal sciences.
- The graduation requirements for the classes of 2018 and beyond include curriculum and three options to show readiness for next steps in college and careers.
- The graduation requirements for 2014-2017: Students who began ninth grade before July 1, 2014, must meet their course requirements and their current testing requirements, the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT), to graduate. However, new options will allow students additional ways to meet graduation requirements.