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Vision and Mission

Kathryn Hughes Elementary School

Kathryn Hughes Elementary School

Kathryn Hughes Elementary is a preschool through fifth grade Title 1 public school in Santa Clara that supports a diverse population of students and families with inquiry based, innovative, and inspiring learning. First built in 1964, our school was named for Kathryn Hughes, an outstanding and beloved teacher who served in the Alviso School District for 39 years. 

Hughes Culture

Hughes School is a professional organization. By setting high expectations and standards, and by providing rigorous academic programs and focused approach, it is our intent and our belief that students can and will succeed.

Hughes is a community of students, staff and families. We are responsible for one another: the students and the families of our community. This sense of community guides us in our work.

We have three guiding agreements for our community! Be Safe, Respectful, and Be Responsible!

Be Safe

We provide children with a safe, secure and nurturing environment through a strong, consistent discipline plan, school wide agreement, and caring adults who accept responsibility for all students. 

Be Respectful

We respect and support every individual, both publicly and privately, by working with students, parents and staff to help one another be a successful member of our community. 

We build respectful communities by teaching our students how to behave, catching our students doing the right thing and holding them accountable when they do not make a good choice.

We communicate openly and respectfully with parents and each other.

Be Responsible

We are a family at Hughes and we share responsibility for all students, while supporting one another.  

We work collaboratively to improve student achievement, learn new procedures, methodologies, techniques and to tackle school wide issues.


The underlying culture of the school is that we are a community that believes in what we can do for kids, we base our decisions on what is best for kids, and we work together to help our students succeed.

Vision Statement

All Learners:

Inquire | Innovate | Inspire

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate and empower the Hughes community to become lifelong learners.


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