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Mission & Philosophy


As a member of the TIEE family of schools, Mt. Helix Academy operates in keeping with the Mission of TIEE, which was adopted by the Board of Directors in 2019 and is presented below.

TIEE Mission Statement

“The Institute for Effective Education (TIEE) is dedicated to education that is unparalleled in scope of curriculum, effectiveness of instruction, and pervasiveness of positive ambience. To achieve this goal, TIEE is committed to using the principles, methods, and facts established by behavioral science research of the highest standard in order to educate individuals, whose talents span the full spectrum of ability.”

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Mt. Helix Academy’s Philosophy
Mt. Helix Academy is San Diego’s East County private school that is committed to developing highly ethical, well-rounded students, who love learning. We directly teach our students the skills and knowledge necessary to become high academic achievers, self-managed learners, and confident, charming, creative individuals.

We believe that it is our primary responsibility as educators to ensure that every student achieves successfully. Consequently, we consistently implement the following fundamentals of effective education.

Teaching that is free of coercion and punishment
Mt. Helix Academy teachers’ positive approach makes learning easy and fun, so students love to learn and are a pleasure to teach. Derision, “put downs,” and bullying don’t happen at our school.

Teaching with measurably superior methods and materials
Mt. Helix Academy uses teaching materials and methods that have been shown by the highest scientific standards to produce measurably superior achievement.

Teaching that is guided by daily measures of student achievement
Learning is like navigating. Going where you want to go depends on frequent measurement of where you are. Our mastery learning approach demands that our teachers are sure that their students have learned yesterday’s lesson so that they may advance to today’s.

Teaching that is tailored to each student’s need
We are passionate about the success of our students, so we have set very high standards in all areas. Goals for academic achievement are a must, but we also strive to coach our students to enjoy learning, to make life-long friendships and to be self-managed.

Teaching that is frequently observed and constantly developed
Teaching is a principled discipline requiring many sophisticated skills that are rarely taught in depth in teacher training programs. Our staff is comprised of professionals and paraprofessionals who are eager to be the best they can be, and are supervised and coached on a daily basis.

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