Helix High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 8 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Grossmont Union High
Type Public
 Phone (619)466-4194
 Location 7323 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91941
Charter School Yes

Helix High has an academic rating well above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and average AP course participation. It is ranked 196th in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The Helix High student body is predominantly Hispanic with a smaller Black population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific6.5%158
Native American Indian0.2%5
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander1%25
Two or more races9.2%226

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 49.3%

47.8% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Helix High students are largely middle income and rank 628th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
7 out of 10

Students at Helix High scored an average 54% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is somewhat above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 26.9% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls40% to 44%*65% to 69%*
Boys40% to 44%*60% to 64%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander60% to 69%*80% to 89%*
Black25% to 29%*45% to 49%*
Hispanic35% to 39%*60% to 64%*
Multiracial40% to 49%*70% to 79%*
White55% to 59%*80% to 84%*
With Disabilites20% or less*11% to 19%*
Limited English20% or less*20% or less*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Helix High students in 2016 was 1061.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
7 out of 10

482 out of 1,133 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (43%). College admission testing participation is well above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 22% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
9 out of 10

Helix High offers 31 AP courses. 23 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 58% percentile and slightly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Helix High had 431 taking AP exams with a 380 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 93% percentile and significantly above the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 88% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 23% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 4%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 2%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 22%
AP Courses Offered 31

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate11%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate7%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0.1%2
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0.2%6
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students1.3%33
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students2%49


Helix High
7323 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA

9 out of 10 1


Grossmont Union High
La Mesa, CA