With a reputation for sports and academic excellence — and graduates including Heisman Trophy winner Reggie…More Bush and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton — Helix continues to improve, thanks to Proposition H and U construction. This includes a new science building, theater and performing arts classrooms.
Chartered under the Grossmont Union High School District, Helix has grade principals overseen by an executive director, Rani Goyal, who started work in September 2010. The school offers advanced placement (AP) classes in physics, calculus, environmental science, psychology, U.S. and European history, government, English, Spanish, computer science and studio art.
Along with an active tutoring service, the school offer Club College to help students with college planning and admissions projects. The school also has an active chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions. All students are required to do 40 hours of community service before they graduate, including 20 hours by the end of their sophomore year.
An award-winning pipe and drum corps performs with the equally decorated marching band. The Highland Players theater group has a history of fine productions.
With 11 high schools, the district covers 465 square miles and includes three charter schools (among them Helix…More Charter High School in La Mesa), one continuation high school and two alternative education sites. More than 20,000 students attend district schools.
Headquartered is in the Old Main building—the original home of Grossmont High School—the administrative offices adjoin the current Grossmont High School. The district calls itself the largest employer in East San Diego County. And, in recent years, more than 70 percent of its graduates have gone on to community colleges or a four-year college/university.
The district's Home Choice program makes it possible for parents to home-school their high-school-aged children. The district also has a coordinator for homeless and foster youth, as well as an adult school in El Cajon that is open to those 18 years old and older.