Registration for after-school classes for the second quarter of 2019 is now over. Classes start October 17 and end December 16.
The Fall 2019 Registration Packet:
We will be running two sessions in the spring:
Third Quarter: January 16 - March 12
Fourth Quarter: March 23 - May 15
The registration packet for the third quarter session will be available in December.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up?
The first chance to sign up is at our in-person registration event on Thursday, September 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the school library. We have another in-person registration event on Friday, September 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you cannot attend either of those, you may drop your registration form and check off at the school office after September 19. The office cannot accept registration forms before September 19. We accept cash or check. Checks should be made out to "Sam Hughes Community School." More information on registration can be found here.
How do I make sure I get the classes I want?
Some classes such as cooking and robotics are very popular. We enroll students on a first-come first-served basis starting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, in the school library. If you want the best possible chance of getting the classes you want, you should show up then or give your registration form and payment to another parent who can show up.
How do I know if there is space in the class I want?
After September 19, we will be posting that information on this page. We will be listing which classes are full and which still have space. Please consult this page before returning your registration form to the school office. You can also list a "second choice" class on your registration form if your first choice class is full.
Is the $45 a monthly payment or for the full course?
The $45 pays for the full eight-week course. It works out to about $5.63 per class. It's a great deal!
Where do I get a paper copy of the registration form?
Paper copies of the registration packet will be sent home in the red folders on Thursday, September 12. We will also have extra copies of the registration packet on hand in the school office. Additionally, we will have extra copies at the registration event itself.
Are the two Spanish courses identical?
Yes, the two K-2nd Spanish courses will be doing the same material on Friday as they did on Tuesday. The same is true for the two 3rd-5th Spanish courses. For that reason, there is no benefit in enrolling in both. In the spring, we may offer a Spanish course that meets twice a week, depending on demand.
Wasn't this program cut last year?
Yes, TUSD cut the Community School program in December 2018. In early 2019, a group of nearly 200 parents and grandparents wrote to TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo asking that the district bring back the program and implement some important changes to it. The district agreed. Since June, a small group of Sam Hughes parents has been meeting regularly with TUSD to hammer out the details of the new program.
What does tuition pay for?
Tuition pays the instructors as well as a coordinator to run the program. The coordinator recruits and hires new instructors, manages instructors, works with parents to devise new classes, subs when necessary, schedules classes and rooms, handles registration, publicizes the program and gives the students a snack prior to their classes beginning. Tuition also pays for some supplies.
Are there any discounts or scholarships?
TUSD has a requirement that this program must not lose money. Therefore we must charge a certain amount to pay for the instructors, the coordinator and some overhead. The PTA has partnered with the Educational Enrichment Foundation to raise money to lower tuition and to seed a scholarship fund for low-income students. We were able to raise enough money in Fall 2019 to lower tuition by $20! If you would like to direct your Arizona tax dollars to Sam Hughes Community School, please see the box at right. We are hoping to start our scholarship fund in spring 2020.
I already gave my tax credit money to Sam Hughes. How can I give again?
Actually, there are two different tax credits here. There is the Arizona Public School Tax Credit, in which you donate directly to the school. The limits on that tax credit are $200 for individuals and $400 for couples. That tax credit money funds enrichment during the school day. Then there is the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, in which you can donate to the Sam Hughes after-school enrichment program (Community School) through the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF). The limits on that tax credit are $400 for individuals and $800 for couples. That tax credit money funds after-school enrichment. The great news is that you don't have to chose. You can give to both and claim both tax credits on your taxes in order to get your money back dollar for dollar. (For individual tax situations, consult an expert.)
Thank You To Our Contributors!
We wish to thank the following individuals who generously directed their Arizona tax dollars to Sam Hughes Community School via the Arizona charitable tax credit.
Deepta and Martha Bhattacharya
Wieke de Boer and Karl Newell
Dustin Fitzpatrick and Jennifer McIntosh
Ryan and Shannon Gutenkunst
Glenn and Johanna Moyer
Rui Wang and Adam Bleier
Joan Thomas and Mike Weingarten
Josephine and Robert Wilson
You can contribute to Sam Hughes Community School at no cost to you!
The PTA has partnered with a Tucson non-profit, the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF), to raise money for Sam Hughes Community School. We have met our fundraising goal for Fall 2019!!!
We are now fundraising for Spring 2020. Our current fundraising will be used for:
To lower tuition for Spring 2020. Our fall fundraising effort succeeded in lowering tuition from $65 to $45 per class. Big impact! Thank you, contributors!
To start a need-based scholarship fund. The scholarship fund proved too complex to implement during our start-up phase. We are now aiming to do it for Spring 2020.
Various smaller expenses such as background checks for new instructors
Additional items as needed by the PTA
Through our partnership with EEF, you can direct your Arizona tax dollars to Sam Hughes Community School. You can contribute to Community School at no cost to you! You can do this through the Arizona charitable tax credit. (If you are already giving to Sam Hughes Elementary School via the public school tax credit, you can continue to do that. You can claim both at the same time!)
Here's how it works: EEF has set up a fundraising page for Sam Hughes Community School. You make a contribution there, up to $400 for individuals and $800 for couples. Then at tax time, you claim the charitable tax credit on your tax return and get the full amount back on your taxes.
One person or one couple can make a tremendous difference. Just one couple contributing the full amount of $800 can lower tuition for everyone by $4. A single individual contributing $400 can fund eight scholarships for low-income students. That's eight lives you might change! If you cannot max out, contribute what you can -- and get the same amount back on your taxes. You can help our children at no cost to you!
All contributors will be publicly acknowledged in the PTA newsletter and web site (or you can choose to remain anonymous).
Questions? Contact Sam Hughes parent Josephine Wilson, , or the Educational Enrichment Foundation,