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9-12
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La Mesa, CA
Students enrolled: 2,463
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7323 University Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941

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(619) 466-4194
(619) 462-9257
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October 15, 2014
I'm a freshman at HCHS. Helix is a really great school with a wide array of sports, clubs, and other programs to participate in, including music. There are plenty of AP and Honors classes to challenge yourself with and the teachers really push you. The teachers will not treat you like you middle school children, they treat you like growing adults, and the responsibility comes with that too. The school is very diverse and no matter where you go in Helix, you will be bombarded with genuine school spirit, but winning nearly every football game with a shutout 42-0 will do that for you. For me, one of the best things about Helix is the bragging rights. There's no way you could say that our athletics 'suck', our academics are actually pretty amazing and most of the teachers try really hard to make their lessons entertaining. If you're thinking about going to Helix and you have an interest in culture, I'd recommend taking ITSS (Intro To Social Science), HITSS (Honors ITSS), or AP Human Geography. I'm currently in APHG and I love the class. You'll learn about population and migration patterns and why cities and rural areas are the way they are.Anyway, if you do go to Helix, enjoy it!

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2012
Helix Charter High School, is one of the best schools in the district. I am currently a junior and i feel as though i could go off to UCSD right now and be fully prepared. helix is a charter school so its standards are a lot higher than any other school. unlike other charters, we actually live up to ours and put a lot of effort into what we do. Some of the teachers here are also professors at colleges and in the honors program we are doing college level work. one thing i love about helix is that finances are never an issue because when there is an opportunity, helix gives you that chance in having it, and wont let anything get in the way of your aspirations. People i know from other schools in the district are exposed to many drugs but at helix that is not an option because we have drug testing for sports and a trained dog on campus for those purposes. i feel completely safe here with the narks who secure the campus and keep us on track. Also, Helix football and our sports program is huge, Reggie Bush, Alex Smith, and some up & coming stars Sam Meredith, Darian Hancock and base ball player Jake Reed, come from helix, just to name a few & were ranked 5th in CA for football

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2012
My child is starting his second year at Helix....I love this school its amazing. There are so may opportunities for kids at this school. My son has done very well at this school. I really enjoyed the meeting with the councelor for his classes she was amazing. She gave him so much information and guidance for his sophomore year. The only problem I have ever had with this school is the attendance clerk...she seems to have an attitude. I try very hard to be kind but she is alot younger than I am and tends to be condesending. Wish she had better customer service skills.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
I am a sophomore at Helix this year, and so far my experience has been excellent. As a sophomore I am currently enrolled in two honors classes and two AP classes for my first semester. The classes truly challenge me, and on top of two sports a year, Helix teachers and counselors push me to do my very best. The thing that I like most about my school, though, is its tolerance. No matter your race, gender, sexual preference, or ethnicity, Helix High is the most accepting school out there. With clubs such as YBS, GSA, MASA, and MECHA, Helix teaches you to be proud of who you are. Many of my teachers are Helix graduates themselves, and each and every teacher wants you to succeed. Helix Charter High Schoo is an excellent school.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2011
Amazing school on many different levels. I have three children. All from brilliant (4.0+) to IEP needs. The teachers are a combination of strength and compassion towards all the students. Always responding to parents in a loving and effective way so that kids succeed. Just awesome.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
This school is ok at best. The school vibe at first is all about "ACADEMICS", but obviously a pitch just to think there kids are getting the best education there. At first the atmosphere feels nice, once two or three weeks go by, you feel like you are in jail. everything seems repetitive. Not a lot of extra curricular activities when I attended. Students tend to just stick with there group of friends. Not really a friendly atmosphere. I noticed that athletics were the main deal in a way over shadows most students. Teachers I had were disrespectful and rude. This coming from a good student. The teachers I had lacked the charisma to teach and true desire to help a student. Only a select few teachers were very caring. Another thing I did not like about the school was the grading system, I felt that the homework grade should of at least been 25 to 30 percent of a grade, tests were way to high of overall percentage. This meant was that if a struggling student that was truly working hard to get a good grade and did not do good on 2 tests then the student would barley pass a class or not even pass at all including doing all homework. I felt this was very unfair. Lunches are another issue

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2010
My daughter has been a Helix student for the last 3 years and I've stood behind them because academically they've been pretty strong. But with all their legal problems in recent years I question the judgment of their leaders. The local news is frequently at the school reporting on the latest scandal, which is disruptive to students. The district recently threatened to revoke their charter, which it looks like they have avoided this time. Another issue is their arbitrary policies that both my daughter and I have grown tired of. They kept her from going to homecoming because she had TWO tardies ("too many" they said) and put her on an attendance contract for too many absences last year, which included a trip that THEY approved! My daughter is a B student and deserves better, so we're done. She's transferring out next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
i hear that this school is one of the best schools that california has to offer

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2010
I can full recommend Helix High School as an excellent environment for students to learn and grow. Having had my children in my district High school (patrick Henry) I can tell I found new schools for the oldest 2 and gave it another try with my youngest. Once again I was completely disappointed byt faculity and staff. Helix has been the best school I have dealt with as a parent of 3. They are respectfull to both sturdents and parents. My daughter has gone from failing most every core class her first year in High School to A' and B's and is moving into AP classes for English and Math. She is excited about College and if there is an issue or concern they address immediately and respectfully. I support Helix 100%, there set up is great and the 90 minutes per class gives students real time to learn the subject.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
My daughter is a freshman at Helix and has over a 4.0 currently. (Honors) She is involved in the sports provided and is able to complete all of her homework without problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
this school is not ment up to what people say it is. their are very few teachers that i can say help students and show they care. the school itself seems seperated with students. surrounding area of the school has a bit of a crime issue also.

- submitted by a student
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2009
I am a Junior at Helix, and I had to choose between attending Helix and Grossmont High School, and I chose right. Helix teachers are willing to come early and stay late after school to help their students, lots of AP and Honors classes are offered, and every year there is an option for travelling abroad during spring break. While Helix is racially diverse, I have never once been a victim or racism or prejudice. There isnt random bullying, usually a student has put themselves in that situation by making rude comments. Some added perks of Helix include the fact that Helix has a Special Education program for deaf students, as well as strong club actitivy in the Gay Straight Alliance, as well as 'culture clubs' like Mecha, the Asian Culture Club, and the Africa club. We have also have a multi-cultural day. Helix is the best choice.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2009
I graduated from Helix in 2008, and I have to say that this school really helped prepare myself for what college was going to bring in the years to come.

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2009
Great school. It is very diverse and the teachers really want your child to do well.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2009
I am graduating in Helix Class of 2009! I finished my porfolio and senior project which was hard work but rewarding. I am failing 3 AP Classes right now...but its just a progress report and its spring break. I know because I need to keep pushing through. I got into UCSC and Chico and SDSU! I cannot wait to graduate! Great place!

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2009
My niece who came to live with us was on her way to fail the 9th grade for the 2nd time. Helix worked miracles with her and she became interested in school again. She loved Helix and missed only 2 days in 2 years...and for her that is saying something. She worked hard with support from all her teachers, she made up all her failed grades and she will be graduating as a Senior, exactly where she was intended to. My son is also at Helix and he loves it and his teachers. He is a Honors student and said that he is looking forward to the challenge next year in AP classes. Helix has done this family good! Thanks Helix!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
both my daughters went to Helix and recieved a great education and were accepted at elite colleges. You get out what you put in.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
Helix is clearly the best school in the east county if not the city. The faculty is very involved, and active in getting their students to college. I have worked at several schools in the city and there is nothing that compares to Helix. I have worked at other schools which perform higher than Helix (as far as test scores), but Helix works miracles with their students. Before you believe the bull that is spewed by the media and the school district, investigate what actually happens at the school. The school is high perfbborming, and active like no other school in San Diego. The principal and the vice principals, and the other administrators do a wonderful job. Think twice before beleiving the smear job that is coloring the success of Helix Charter.

- submitted by a teacher
October 12, 2008
We had entered our daughter's name in the lottery to attend Helix, but her name was not called until mid-October. We pulled her out of the school she was attending, where she was doing well, because we thought Helix would offer a better foundation for a college-bound student. Were we ever wrong. There were problems from the very start with bullying and, as a freshman, they would only give her 3 classes (one of which was PE) and she became bored very quickly. When the bullying did not stop, and I did speak to her vp, we pulled her out and put her back in her old school. She continues to be an outstanding student. The neighborhood Helix pulls from is very tough and she was the victim of a lot of racist and prejudicial comments; by the way, she is white. The school needs some serious help.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 24, 2008
Helix is absolutely the best school in the district. We are good in academics and sports. Because we are so good in everything we do we have neighboring schools who aren't too supportive. Therefore, we have a ton of school spirit. It always a loud and fun game to be at when Helix is playing. We have some awesome teachers, and alot of classes to choose from with the help of supportive counselors. An excellent choice for your child!

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 14, 2008
I am a former helix high school student who moved away just about a year ago and I would do anything to go back. I loved freshman year and it was the best high school I have ever dreamed of. Helix is an amazing campus with plenty of course selections to help focus on future careers. As the saying goes, once a scottie, always a scottie

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2008
I am a sophmore here at Helix and it is great! Although athletics does generally rule the school, the people are very serious about academics, they try their hardest to make sure you go to college. Freshman year is easy, sophmore year is when the games begin.There are few people in the entire school who aren't enrolled in an honors or AP class: in my case: AP Psychology, Ap Euro, and Honors English. It may be rough, but it is well worth it.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2008
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February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
December 29, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
December 29, 2007
Helix high school is not a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
This school is horrible. We have to pay to print things out, to borrow a PE uniform, and we have to wear our IDs all the time. Plus, they aren't all that great looking. This horrible school uses and actual low mega-pixel camera to take horrible pictures of students, as opposed to other schools who have them proffessionally done. We get so many donations ($) but I don't see this school using it very wisely. In fact, I do not see them using it at all. The AP courses are very slow, and at the pace that we are going, no one is going to do well on the AP exams. Parents, think twice about sending your children to this school.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2007
My daughters love Helix. The strengths of the school are numerous. The school continues to perform above other East County Schools and neighboring City Schools and teachers seem to really care about my girls. I'm also happy that my daughters can excel in a culturally, economically, and academically diverse student body. Helix also has so many teachers involved in athletic and extra-curricular activities. I wasn't sure about Helix at first, then I simply talked to some other parents about the school and its academic and supporting programs. No one else even comes close.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
My son is a sophomore at Helix Charter High School. My son plays sports and takes honors and AP classes. The teachers really work with the kids. A great goal would have the parents get involved with the school. It seems like parents think after elementary school their child no longer needs any support. Support has got to start in the home.Our teachers at Helix give 110% to each child that attends and wants to learn. Every school has students who are just THERE. I can't say enough good things about the commitment from his counselor, teachers and coaches. My son got into Helix on the Lottery and I couldn't be more of a proud parent to say that. All the teachers get back with me in a matter of minutes when I e-mail them. I love to check grades on line. thank you for your time LMA

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
My husband and I are both elementary school teachers who feel our son is getting an outstanding education at Helix Charter High School! He is currently a sophomore who takes all honors and AP classes. His teachers are dynamic, interesting and interested educators who really go the extra mile to make sure the students are learning. His assignments are very impressive. I feel he is ready for college because of the excellent academic program Helix has provided. It is located in a bit of a rough neighborhood which makes it even more impressive what these teachers are able to achieve. There is hardly any parent involvement, which shows how hard these teachers are working for these kids! In spite of the lack of support from home these kids are learning. I am so thankful for the quality education that our son is receiving at Helix. Keep up the good work Helix!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
Well helix is an ok school that help students a bit but not enough. The programs such as clubs are not all the great. Their is almost no parent evolvement besides two dates that parent shadow day and conferences

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2006
Freshman year is not very challenging but students can begin taking (truly) honors and AP classes in the sophomore year. ASB is run very well at Helix and makes a big difference in how involved a student is in the high school experience. Teachers are always available and very committed. If a student is having trouble in a particular subject, help is definitely available. My child has been very happy at Helix.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 23, 2006
This is a terrific school ever since it became a charter school. I am the parent of a graduating senior and I am giving the school the highest ratings possible in principal leadership, teacher quality, and extracurricular activities. I am a bit biased because my child has always been in advanced placement classes and those tend to be taught by the best teachers. I also highly recommend that parents considering Helix encourage their children to join the marching band, orchestra, or one of the symphonies. Helix's music program is fantastic and I'm confident that the discipline learned and the commitment to this time-consuming extracurricular activity is the reason my child did much better in math than I ever did (Google math and music) and maintained a very high GPA so that my child will be attending one of California's topnotch colleges and got a substantial merit scholarship from the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
Parent of a student graduating in 2008. Academically, very good. Excellent Staff in counseling. Girls' Sports Programs, though, are terrible at the varsity level. We're actually considering moving from the area, since our child's future will involve her sports.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
Probably the greatest school ever established in San Diego. Academically and athletically they are by far supperior to all other schools in the state. Helix makes private schools look bad. It may be located in a 'rough' area but the students are great, it seems like the entire school is one big family.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2006
This is a good school with high standards of education, it seems that since becoming a charter school they have turned the program around, well they were never a bad school to begin with. The school has seen some changes and has recieved a lot of media attention following the recent double football star graduates from that high school.

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August 16, 2005
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June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2005
Helix is a great school that requires more of its students than the other schools in the district. I believe that students leave Helix more prepared for their future (whether it be college, work, military...) than they would be if they attended another district school. The faculty and staff are unbelievably committed to their students and students can easily find a teacher to connect with, if they so choose. Helix offers great support for students to make sure they succeed - there are tutorials where students can meet one-on-one with teachers for extra help; there is inter-session where students can make-up competencies they may have not met; there is EXL where students have tutors (generally college students) to help them. If a student really tries to fail, they can, but Helix does everything possible to make them succeed, and at a high level.

- submitted by a former student
May 01, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My son is a new student at helix, he has only been there 2 semesters. He has been accepted,his peers are wonderful and his advocate is amazing.They have developed an independent learning plan that should help him. We chose helix, as it is our neighborhood school.My son had been going to a very expensive private school. I do believe that Helix is not your average..Public school. At least we feel supported there so far.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
Parent involvement is actively discouraged by administration. Administration is otherwise very weak. PTSA is weak and ineffective. Academics OK. AP and Honors courses offered. Title IX violations in girls' sports, particularly in the areas of funding, facilities, and coaching. Football rules the athletic program. Some question about recruiting practices for football program. Coaching of girls sports is very weak. School governing board is a rubber stamp for the school administration (4 out of 7 board members are school employees, one parent is appointed by board President, another parent is PTSA President -- all rubber stamps.).

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
I have found that in the years that my children have been attending helix high that all areas have met and exceeded my expectations. When I call the school the operator remembers my name. The principals are active on campus and sporting events. They encourage all students to participate not only academically but athletically as well. I am a second generation highlander and could not be prouder of my school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
Helix is a Public School with Private School Standards. I love the Helix Charter. The teachers are very helpful and the programs gets rid of any excuses for a student to fail in any class.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2004
I am a student teacher here and love the environment this school provides to its students. The teachers help the students by offering tutoring and teaching conceptually. Great job!

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2004
This school attempts to do a good thing for students. Preparing for college and succeeding in life as an educated person is pressed upon us as students. However, sometimes the important things are left out; teenagers being able to be teenagers. Students are extremely stressed and sometimes it's all just too much. Students live in the future, and much of the time students feel like they have to do everything. Overall, the school is a good school to prepare for college. But in preparing students for life, it's not to good. Helix is serious and they don't mess around. If a person is going to go there, they have to be ready to work, and be quick learners. This is not a school where one can just breeze through it.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2004
Well, actually I'm not a parent. I'm actually an alumni from Helix High School. I loved Helix! I still do. I went to Helix all 4 years, I was involved in the marching band all 4 years and participated on the girls waterpolo team and JV swim team. I did all of those activities while taking AP and honors courses throughout the years. My teachers were awsome and I was close to many of the faculty including the principal. Of course at the time I hated the homework and the hard classes, but as a UCSB student my freshman year of college I was greatful for what I had learned. I was so well prepared for college, most of my classes covered things I had already learned in high school. Helix definately aims to teach their student to prepare them for UC/CSU curriculum.

- submitted by a former student
November 04, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2003
My son is a military child who transfered from Helix High. This was the best school that my son ever attended his entire time in school from coast to coast.

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Helix High School
7323 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA  91941
(619) 466-4194
Last modified Helix High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Helix High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top