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Aspire Langston Hughes Academy (LHA) is a College-For-Certain secondary charter school within the Aspire Public Schools network. Aspire Public Schools is a non-profit organization that operates high performing charter schools across the state of California that focus on one goal — preparing urban students for college. LHA is chartered through Stockton Unified School District in San Joaquin County.

LHA serves approximately 760 of students from grades 6 – 12. Our student body profile is made up of 61% Latino, 19% African American, 9% Asian, and 6% Caucasian with 78% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch and 9% of students designated as English Learners.

Every LHA senior class graduates with 100% acceptance to four-year universities in addition to earning a minimum of 15 college units. As a result of our early college model, LHA has produced close to 30 students who, at the end of their senior year, competed enough college units to earn an Associate of Arts degree. Recently, LHA graduates were offered college acceptances to top colleges throughout California including UCLA, USC, UC Davis, University of the Pacific, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, and Stanford and colleges outside the state such as Howard, Morehouse, and the University of Pennsylvania. Our students also received nearly $1 million in scholarships and grants.

Over the past few years, in addition to our focus on developing students socially and emotionally and providing quality learning experiences, LHA has developed a robust athletic program that has won CIF Mountain Valley League championships in volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. LHA also offers baseball and cross-country.


Aspire Langston Hughes Academy’s mission and vision closely align with the mission and vision of Aspire Public Schools. Furthermore, LHA seeks to create a quality learning experiences in a safe, supportive, and academically rigorous learning environment where students are critical thinkers equipped with the tools necessary to advocate for themselves, their communities, and their future.

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Letter from the Principal 

Dear Langston Hughes Academy,

             My name is Leonard Jones and it is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new principal of Langston Hughes Academy. Hopefully this message finds you resting and rejuvenating from all the hard work that was put in last year. I am excited and looking forward to kick starting an amazing school year in August. I have heard nothing but amazing things about the students, community, and faculty and hope to be a great addition to what is already in place.

             I come to you as a native of Stockton and recently an Assistant Principal at Lincoln High School. My education career began in Arkansas serving as a middle school Social Science  teacher. From there I relocated back to California to serve the community of San Jose as a teacher, student advisor, and Assistant Principal. I finally transitioned back to my hometown of Stockton California with a plethora of world knowledge and ready to give back to a community that has given me so much!

             I wholeheartedly believe that great schools are the result of great teachers and communities. My primary goal is to continue to support the teachers of Langston Hughes Academy and to provide them with the tools they need to continue to be successful and help our children grow and prosper. Although this is my first principalship I pride myself in being a lifelong learner and plan to grow alongside the students, community, and faculty of Langston Hughes who deserve so much. I am humbled to have been chosen for this position and thrilled to be serving alongside you! Looking forward to learning, connecting, and building with the LHA staff.

Leonard Jones