Since 1955, Spring Valley Middle School has been the primary "middle" school in the Casa de Oro and Spring Valley…More areas, serving almost 1,000 students.
In addition to creating an environment of learning, principal Dana Wright stresses the importance of encouraging students to get connected in some way, in these formative years, whether it is through sports, a club, a position of student leadership or through music and the arts.
SVMS is a national demonstration school for AVID, an organization that promotes students pursuing higher education. It is one of the only middle schools in San Diego with a marching band. Its student leadership programs help facilitate many events and outreach programs in the community.
Located next to the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Operations Center, the school benefits from a diverse population.
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.
Despite turning 90 in late September 2010, the school that is one-third in La Mesa and two-thirds in El Cajon has…More many elements of newness, including a Science Building erected with Proposition H funds overlooking an all-weather track and artificial-grass football field. It was named a California Distinguished School in 2008, and its alumni include three astronauts, several major league baseball players and an Olympic javelin thrower.
In sports, Grossmont's strongest tradition is in baseball — its varsity team having won section titles four straight years (2005-2008). In the arts, the Red Robe Choir is renowned and has traveled around the world. Its Royal Blue Regiment marching band has performed in major parades.
The school has a PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) and operates under the umbrella of the Grossmont High School Education Foundation.