PROFICIENCY 54% 40% higher than state average
School Rankings Proficiency Averages
46%Grossmont Union High
33%La Mesa

Helix High is a school servicing grades 9 to 12 and is located in the district of "Grossmont Union High" in La Mesa, CA. There are a total of 2,445 students and 89 teachers at Helix High, for a student to teacher ratio of 28 to 1. There are a total of 1,169 free lunch students and 325 reduced lunch students.

Helix High has an average proficiency test score (in mathematics and languages) of 53.5%, which is 40% higher than the California average.


Student/Teacher ratio28:1
Free lunch1169
Reduced lunch325


Advanced Placement
AP enrollment564
Taking some courses435
Taking some courses (not tests)123
Passing some courses380
Passing no courses51

Advanced placement (AP) is a program that offers high school students the ability to take college level courses and exams. These programs were created to be at the same level of most first year university courses. If the students were successful in the AP programs, they could potentially receive advanced placement, credit or exemptions when they go on to university. At Helix High, there are a total of 564 students enrolled in advanced placement courses, with 435 taking some courses.

Proficiency in mathematics comparison

Proficiency in languages comparison

Proficiency in mathematics by grade

High School42%

Proficiency in languages by grade

High School65%

The proficiency in math and languages tables represent the percentage of students that scored at or above the proficiency level on their standardized state assessment tests. Although these tests are standardized within each state, the tests may vary from state to state. Comparing the results of one state to another may not always be an accurate or fair comparison.

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Helix High race/ethnicity breakdown

Caucasian 19.1% 46.3% 24.1% 51.1%
African American 18.0% 7.3% 6.2% 15.9%
Asian 6.0% 3.1% 11.1% 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 46.1% 33.9% 54.1% 23.6%
American Indian and Alaskan 0.3% 0.6% 0.7% 1.2%
Hawaiian 1.1% 0.5% 0.8% 0.4%
Multiracial 9.3% 8.2% 3.1% 3.1%

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La Mesa demographics profile

StatisticLa MesaCaliforniaNational
Population density (sq mi)3,11723291
Median age38.036.037.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)56%52%55%
Speak English86%56%79%
Speak Spanish10%29%13%

Education level achieved in La Mesa

IndexLa MesaCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade87.4%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school87.0%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college59.6%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree26.9%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors16.9%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters4.8%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree1.4%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate0.8%1.6%1.3%
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