Best High School in California#196
|Rating||8 out of 10|
|Grades||9 to 12th grade|
|School District||Grossmont Union High|
|Location||7323 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91941
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.
The Helix High student body is predominantly Hispanic with a smaller Black population and has very high racial diversity.
|Native American Indian||0.2%||5|
|Hawaiian Pacific Inlander||1%||25|
|Two or more races||9.2%||226|
vs. other California high schoolsUpper 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
State Standardized Test Performance
Rank in California324th
Rating7 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|
|Girls||40% to 44%*||65% to 69%*|
|Boys||40% to 44%*||60% to 64%*|
State Test Proficiency by Subgroup
|Subgroup||Math Proficient||Reading Proficient|
|Asian & Pacific Islander||60% to 69%*||80% to 89%*|
|Black||25% to 29%*||45% to 49%*|
|Hispanic||35% to 39%*||60% to 64%*|
|Multiracial||40% to 49%*||70% to 79%*|
|White||55% to 59%*||80% to 84%*|
|With Disabilites||20% or less*||11% to 19%*|
|Limited English||20% or less*||20% or less*|
*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.
College Admission Test Scoring
Average SAT Score1061
The average SAT score for Helix High students in 2016 was 1061.
College Admission Test Participation
Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT43%
Rank in California210th
Rating7 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 Rate23%
AP Pass Rank in California60th
AP Pass Rate Rating9 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.
|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|
|Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate||9%||14%|
|Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate||11%|
|Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate||7%|
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7323 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA
Grossmont Union High
La Mesa, CA