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Mission Statement

The mission of Sam Hughes School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment of professional educators, staff, students, their families, and community members. It is our collective responsibility to set high expectations and to ensure that learning takes place for all.

Sam Hughes School is a place where children and adults are encouraged to take risks and to experience the joy of learning.

Together, we will develop responsible, involved citizens who are motivated to think critically, to learn continuously, and are free to face the challenges of the future.

Opened in 1927, we are one of the oldest elementary schools in Tucson. Our school is named after a pioneering merchant who was instrumental in promoting public education in Tucson. Currently we have 343 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade five.

We are a small neighborhood school that is nestled in the heart of the historic Sam Hughes Neighborhood. The University of Arizona is two blocks west of us and we enjoy our close proximity in a variety of ways. Both the opportunities we have to explore our past through our historic connections, and the ability to see into the future with our ties to the University of Arizona, help to make us a truly unique school.

  • Expeditionary Learning School
  • OMA Gold School!
  • Chess and PE
  • Art through the Art Partnership program
  • Nominated for Blue Ribbon Award 
  • Collaborations with the U of A 
  • Active Parent involvement
  • Expanded facilities including state of the art library and multipurpose room
  • A variety of after school enrichment classes 
  • Active Site Council that participates in shared decision making with school administration
  • Experienced teaching staff and tremendous parent involvement
  • Use of Investigations Mathematics Curriculum
  • Full Day Kindergarten
  • After school care (see Happy Hours)


To find out more about our school, browse our website and other Tucson Unified School District Websites.

Or you can call Janet Jordan, Principal and I will be more than happy to speak with you.

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