The Nathaniel C. Hughes Learning Center

The Nathaniel C. Hughes Learning Center at St. Mary's offers our North Campus students, and girls and boys from other schools, the opportunity to enhance their reading and literacy skills. Classes offered by the Hughes Learning Center can be found on the Enrichment page.

Tutoring: SK-12th

The Hughes Learning Center works with a variety of tutors trained to meet the needs of every student. From multi-sensory instruction to executive functioning, emergent reading skills to college essay writing, in almost any subject, we can pair your student with a tutor whose goal is to instruct, practice, and encourage independent skills. Sessions are scheduled at your convenience, and pricing is available upon request. Call 537-1419 or email

Peer Tutoring: 5th-8th

The Hughes Learning Center has a team of Junior and Senior student tutors ready to help your Middle School student finish homework, study for a test, or practice a difficult concept. Peer tutors have received a B+ or higher in the academic class they are tutoring and have been recommended by a St. Mary’s faculty member. Sessions are scheduled at your convenience, and pricing is available upon request. Call 537-1419 or email

Reading Screenings: SK-4th

The Hughes Learning Center offers a reading screening to aid in determining a child’s risk for reading difficulties and to identify areas of strength and weakness. The screening can identify potential areas of reading difficulties as well as reading intervention strategies. This screening is NOT a full reading assessment, nor a substitute for a Psychoeducational Evaluation. Parents will receive an informal written observation with recommendations. If a tutor is recommended and retained through the Hughes Learning Center, progress monitoring will be provided as needed. Call 537-1419 or email to schedule an appointment.

History of the Hughes Learning Center

The Hughes Learning Center, named for former head of school Dr. Nat Hughes (pictured below left with John T. Fisher in 2011), is made possible through a generous gift from Ashley Moore Remmers '72, for whom Dr. Hughes was a transformational figure in her life. Opened in June 2015 as the expansion of the reading and literacy program that's long been a part of our summer camp offerings, the Hughes Learning Center, now located in a renovated space behind Moss Hall, will grow to offer reading remediation and learning enrichment programs throughout the school year, for both our students and those from other schools.

Laura Hutton
Director of the Nathaniel C. Hughes Learning Center
(901) 537-1419