2019–2020 School Accountability Report Card
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California School Dashboard
Kevin Osborn, Executive Director
- Principal, Helix High
About Our School
Helix Charter High School is a school of approximately 2400 students being served by approximately 200 staff members, located in a wonderfully diverse community. Built in 1952, the school has been a part of the area for more than 60 years and has a strong tradition of excellence in many areas, including academics, arts, and athletics. Helix staff, students, parents, and community members work together in a collaborative enviroment to ensure students reach their potential. Helix was one of the first high schools in California to convert from a tradtional high school to a comprehensive charter high school. The conversion occurred in 1997-98, and Helix became California's 150th charter school. At that time, Helix staff made a commitment to doing things differently and to make sure that all students have the opportunity to attend college, should they so choose, following graduation. As such, Helix boasts a rigorous curriculum, as well as a comprehensive support system that makes it possible for students to push themselves toward higher goals. In order to graduate from Helix, all students must meet the A-G course requirements, which includes all of the courses needed to be eligible to apply to the UC/CSU systems. Students are also able to select Honors and Advanced Placement courses, as well as courses offered through a dual-enrollment program, which allows them to take college courses on the Helix campus, fulfilling a high school graduation requirement while earning actual college credit.
Students also have access to programs that provide opportunities for careers in areas such as computer science, sports medicine, entrepreneurship, education, and culinary arts. Helix's athletic program is one of the largest in the area, offering many boys' and girls' sport at the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity levels. We also provide many performing arts programs - dance, drama, instrumental music, speech and debate, and vocal music - as well as clubs and organizations that meet students' interests. All of these things are intended to connect students to school, as students who feel connected to their school tend to perform better academically.
Because Helix is a somewhat large school, it is important that students do not "fall through the cracks" or become anonymous on campus. In order to make a large campus small, we committed to having Grade Level Teams on which a Grade Level Principal, Counselor, Academic Advisor, and Secretary serve a graduating class for their entire four years at Helix. This allows families to have a consistent contact person for their student, and students have a team of people who are aware of their goals, and who will intervene when a student begins to struggle. Students are assigned to weekly or daily tutorial sessions if they are identified as failing a class, if they need to make up a test or other assignments, or if they are struggling with specific competencies required of a course. We also offer before- and after-school programs that allow students to access personalized support from a tutor and/or their teacher.
To be able to be innovative and creative with the instructional program to meet our students’ needs, we receive flexibility from the state as to how money is spent and we have greater autonomy over our programs. For this flexibility, however, we must meet more rigorous accountability measures that must be a part of our charter. We welcome these increased accountability measures as they help to keep our focus on our main purpose: students and their continued learning.
7323 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91941-6055