Helix EDGE (Explore, Develop, Gain, Earn) is our career pathway program and is part of the Career Technical Education (CTE) program. The four pathways offer students the opportunity to take a series of classes that relate to a specific course of study and that lead directly to high-need, high wage, high-skill careers. The rigorous and relevant career and technical pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications and/or a career. This may help spark interest in a specific subject as a hobby, degree program or a future profession. We also integrate real-world educational activities, clubs, networking events, presentations from leaders in the field and more to create a well-rounded pathway program.
We are always looking for people to get involved and enrich our program and there are a number of ways to do that. You could attend a networking event, be a guest speaker or classroom judge, sponsor a scholarship and more. See the menu in the left nav of this page (or from a mobile device, click on the drop down arrow in the heading) to get involved!
Helix has one of the most accredited and comprehensive Sports Medicine programs in the state. We have a state of the art space that is fully equipped with e-stim, ultrasound, rehabilitation equipment, whirlpools, concussion screening and baseline equipment (BTRACKS), and diagnostics tools.
We have threenationally certified athletic trainers on campus, two of which are full-time employees of the school. We provide medical care after school every day for all athletes, no matter their sport or level of competition. We also provide medical coverage for most athletic competitions on campus.
We have comprehensive emergency action plans, concussion and covid protocols, heat and lightning action plans, as well as Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Infections Disease policies. We baseline test all of our athletes so we are able to properly care for any concussions that arise. We also provide physicals on campus three times a year.
We are proud to have partnered with PLNU and SDSU to provide educational opportunities for college Athletic Training students.
Introduction to Sports Medicine – Concentrator Course (G-Elective)
Advanced Sports Medicine – Capstone Course (G-Elective) (Medical Assistant Certification by exam)
Anatomy & Physiology - Intro Course (G-Elective)
Club: Aspiring Medical Professionals Club
Kathryn Welch, MEd, MA, ATC
Alumnus of Helix High
Kinesiology, Athletic Training Degree from Penn State University
Nationally certified Athletic Trainer
Masters in Sport Management from University of San Francisco
Masters in Education and Teaching Credential from National University
In 15th year at Helix
Former Director of the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation
Andie Jimenez, MA, ATC
Kinesiology, Athletic Training Degree from PLNU
Nationally certified Athletic Trainer
Masters in Education and Teaching Credential from PLNU
National Athletic Trainers Association, Safe Sport School Award - This is a national award that assesses the services we provide to our students and our standard of care. We are one of only three schools in San Diego County to ever receive this award!
We offer the following classes in the Business Pathway:
Empowering Entrepreneurship/Econ 1C – Capstone Course (G-Elective) BUS 141
Elementary Accounting – Concentrator Course, BUS 109
English for Business – Concentrator Course (B-English) BOT110
World History 1C/2C with an Economics Focus - Intro Course (A-History)
Social Media Marketing - Intro Course (G-Elective)
Club: Honeycomb by EDGE Business/Entrepreneurship
Honeycomb is the student-run business which is part of the business pathway. The students in this class learn accounting and business skills by applying them to a real-world business. They learn to use the equipment, create marketing plans, take orders, graphic design, printing, and record-keeping.
Gifford Asimos currently serves as a teacher, Business Department Chairman and Lead Teacher of the Business Career Pathway at Helix Charter High School in San Diego, teaching Dual Enrollment Courses for Grossmont College. Giff teaches Econ. 120 Macroeconomics, Econ. 121 Microeconomics, Bus. 109 Elementary Accounting as well as a course titled Empowering Entrepreneurs. He serves on the Economics Education Foundation of San Diego Board of Directors as a Teacher Representative and Treasurer and on the CASET Board (California Association of School Economics Teachers) as Treasurer and past President. While at Ramona High Giff served as the WASC Site Coordinator and was awarded Teacher of the Year twice in 1993 and 1996. Giff was named as one of the Top Ten Finalists for the San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 1999, the Helix Charter High School Teacher of the Year in 2003 and the Adam Smith Award Winner in 2005 for his contributions to Economic Education in California. Most recently, Giff was presented as the California Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Secondary School Social Studies Teacher of the Year for 2019. Giff completed his undergraduate studies in Business Economics at Colorado College. He received his teaching credential from the University of Colorado at Denver and his M.B.A. from National University in San Diego.
Before becoming an English teacher at Helix Charter High School, Aubrey Kwong spent over 15+ years working in Corporate Hospitality as an Events/Meetings Manager. In addition to teaching Business English, ERWC & English 3C/4C at Helix, she is also the Class of 2025 Spirit Advisor and co-lead for the Business & Entrepreneurship Pathway. Her vision for the future of this program is to continue creating connections and bridges for young entrepreneurs by teaching them skills in business, finance, events and hospitality all while developing the knowledge and attitudes necessary to succeed in the workforce. Before beginning her new career as an educator, Aubrey worked as the Special Events Manager at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park and the International House at UC San Diego before dipping her toes in the private sector with Slalom Consulting, LLC. as their Business Operations Manager. She completed her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism from San Diego State University as well as her teaching credential in English and will be finishing her Masters in Education in May of 2023. She received the Phil Halfaker Award in 2022 and it is safe to say that she is a SDSU Aztec for life! Whenever Ms. Kwong is not having a blast in her classroom, you can find her trailrunning in the mountains and backpacking all over the world.
Foundations & Cultural Perspectives of Teaching & Learning 1/2 – Concentrator Course, ED200
Foundations & Cultural Perspectives of Teaching & Learning 3/4 – Capstone Course CD 153
Child Development – Intro Course (G-Elective) CD124
Club: Educators Rising Club
Eric Ginsberg leads our Education Pathway and has been a faculty member in the San Diego State University School of Teacher Education (STE) for the past 13 years, Ginsberg has also taught English at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa for the past 22 years. In 2019, he was one of the teachers who launched a California Department of Education-funded program at Helix to form a future educator pathway to engage and equip students interested in the teaching profession. In the wake of a year of virtual instruction wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ginsberg was eager to give his aspiring educators a real-life experience they would always remember. A field trip to hisothercampus turned out to be just the thing. “Through Helix Charter’s pathway, we want to help foster the development of a next generation of educators — especially at a time when the shortage of both substitute teachers and credential teachers is so dire,” Ginsberg said. “So we brought our community of future educators to the SDSU community of teacher education. It felt like it was an opportune moment to show them higher ed. I wanted to show them where they could be headed with careers in education.”
Above is an excerpt from the following article written by Michael Klitzing. Full article can be found here: http://sdsucoenews.blogspot.com/2021/12/local-high-school-students-get-taste-of.html
Mrs. Amanda Dolphin has worked at Helix Charter for 17 years as a French teacher, is the LOTE Department Chair, and has been a lecturer at USD in the Division of Professional and Continuing Education for the past 7 years. She is so excited to work in the Education CTE Program at Helix and help Helix students begin their journey to becoming effective educators!
Biotechnology pathway students learn about biological concepts from the perspective of the biotechnology industry. Students have opportunities to apply the theories that they learn to a variety of lab experiences that mirror that type of work currently being performed within the industry. Students also begin to develop and refine a variety of workplace skills.
Technology for Biology
Our Biotechnology pathway is led by Dr. Kristina Mitchel & Melanie Harrington.