College, Vocational and Career Resources

Welcome to High School

Many things may be going through your mind as you prepare to enter high school. You may be overwhelmed by the size and expectations of your campus, the desire to make new friends, the worry of academic success or failure and graduation requirements, creating positive relationships and a winning self-esteem, and just trying to find out what you need to do to survive your first year in high school. We want to help you be successful in your classes and in transitioning from middle school to high school

In high school, you will be involved in various academic, community, and social activities. Each of these activities will provide you with a wealth of experiences and help you clarify your interests, goals, and plans for the future. Active involvement in high school is one key to a successful and rewarding high school experience. Get involved, take charge, and become the best student you can be. As you and your parents plan your program, your professional high school counselor, as well as your academic advisors are available to help you every step of the way.

Advisory & Guidance:

Social & Emotional Learning at Hughes focuses on creating small safe communities of students and teachers within the larger school community. This happens through the advisory guidance class, a key component of the My Tomorrow*ed,  works on team building and discussing not only academic issues but also other issues that are important to our students. Advisory and Guidance are designed to help our students make connections with others and within themselves. We are making a big place smaller for our students, while helping them bolster their self-confidence and set a direction for their futures.

Advisory Teams and Guidance meet twice a week (Wednesday & Thursday) to focus on individual student needs, dreams, goals and plans for their future success. During these sessions, students explore three primary questions: Who am I? Where am I going? and How will I get there? For example, students work in teams to complete "a pathways to the future" project. Student's research different pathways after high school: college, military or career/apprenticeships. Then they decorated their classroom door to illustrate their research.

Academic Expectations to be successful and ready for post secondary education.

Attend class every day — Be in all your classes every day! Studies show that those who do well in classes most often miss very few classes each semester (a semester is half of the school year - August to December and January to May).

Bring materials to class — Always take proper materials to class with you. Your teachers will tell you what you need for that class. A builder does not go to his job without a hammer, nails, lumber, a tape measure, and numerous other tools. You are building your educational background; so you need to take your tools to the job!

Complete all make-up work on time.  There is NO second chance — Keep up with homework assignments and turn in projects and assignments on time. Being prompt will really impress your peers and allow you to stay on task. Semester grades are based on tests, homework, and special projects accomplished during the semester.

Demonstrate personal organizational skills, such as record keeping, time management, homework habits/responsibilities, note-taking skills, and basic listening skills. You should have a notebook to write down your assignments and to take notes from what the teacher says. This notebook should be divided into sections for each class. This could be a 3-ring binder, or a spiral notebook for each class. With either method you can keep all assignments and notes for a class together.  Staying organized will help you complete all your assignments on time.

College and Career Planning


Naviance a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals

Naviance is the primary tool used by Hughes STEM for College and Career Planning. It is designed to provide you with information about time management and study skills improvement, decision making, career information, college planning, and college admission tests.

Students and Parents access the Naviance Portal through Family Connections. Getting started with an assignment or work can sometimes be a problem. However, if you put into practice ideas from this tool, you may find that your high school years will be more rewarding! Please ask your teacher advisor for additional materials or clarification about information on this site. If you are experiencing problems with Naviance or Family Connections, contact Ms. Sherman.

Additonal Resources

College Board, get connected to your college. Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed.

Peterson's provides data on over 4000 colleges, universities and graduate programs. Also provides financial aid information and test preparation resources.

Dual Enrollmnent

Cincinnati Public Schools and Cincinnati State now offer high school students greater opportunities to take college-level courses for free while also earning credits toward high school graduation.