You belong at Mt. Helix Academy!

t. Helix Academy is a private, Trans K – 9, preparatory school that is co-educational and nonsectarian. We are a positive, safe, and nurturing school. Our highly skilled teachers use evidence-based methods with the result that our students love learning and our graduates excel in high school and college.

Mt. Helix Academy received the highest level of accreditation that is ever awarded by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Mt. Helix Academy is in the family of schools operated by The Institute for Effective Education. TIEE, an equal-opportunity organization, is nationally recognized and is a leader in the San Diego area for the use of evidence-based teaching methods.

Director’s Welcome

We are proud to welcome you to Mt. Helix Academy’s website, which will provide you with a great deal of information concerning our unique school. Mt. Helix Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are especially proud to have received WASC's highest level of accreditation based on their very extensive site review of our school in 2012. Students, parents, community professionals, and the WASC reviewers like Mt. Helix Academy.

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"The best thing about school is coming to school.
The worst thing about school is leaving school!"
Mt. Helix Academy 2nd Grader

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News & Notes
  • Jr. High Students Awed by Visit to Museum of Tolerance  more
  • 4th Graders Take Overnight Fieldtrip to Star of India  more
  • 4th Graders Tour Mission San Juan Capistrano  more
  • Kindergartners Get Real Life Science Lesson at Oma’s Dairy Farm  more
  • TIEE Executive Director Reads to Mt. Helix Academy Kids  more
Viewpoints • Blog
“You do what you say you do”

Mt. Helix Academy and the other TIEE schools ( have been visited and reviewed many times by competent educators and other professionals.  Numerous commendations have resulted from these visits. Read more…

Ken Traupmann, Ph.D.
Executive Director of The Institute for Effective Education since 1983.

Mt. Helix Academy
5955 Severin Drive
La Mesa, California 91942
Phone: (619) 243-1400

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Mt. Helix Academy is a WASC-accredited,San Diego Private school. Our award winning staff, high-tech classrooms, winning science fair projects, and much more makes us truly unique compared to other San Diego Private Schools.