The Helix School

The Helix School is a non-profit school, located in Mill Valley, CA, serving children with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder. Helixs mission is to provide quality instruction to children with ASD, so they may experience the success, self-realization, and fulfillment that come from learning, self-expression, self-care, and community participation.
Our teaching strategies are based on recent advances in naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions, with an emphasis on pivotal response training.
Different curricula and programs are integrated into the school depending on the needs of the child.
Helixs vision is to provide effective programming for children with ASD by staying current with best practices in education and clinical research.
We value a collaborative relationship with parents, caregivers and other professionals to provide a caring and consistent environment across school and home.
Our priorities are to respect, appreciate, and encourage each childs strengths, while providing support and structure to improve attention, self-regulation, language, focus, and life skills.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAutism Spectrum Disorder
Year Founded2014
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers8 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size5 students
Average SAT score600

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$55,000
Admissions DirectorJoanne Scheinholtz
Admissions AssociateLiz Weldon

School Notes

  • Not every child learns the same way, especially children with ASD. That is why at Helix we believe every child should be taught in a way that works for him or her. The students at Helix are individuals with strengths and weaknesses, and these unique qualities are what shape each students curriculum. Once enrolling in Helix, we gather information from a variety of resources using formal and informal assessment tools. From here, the childs individual curriculum and corresponding lesson plans are designed based on the childs learning profile. The academic plan does not just focus on academic skills, but also includes the social and emotional aspects of learning as well. We want to foster independence and self-advocacy in each student to help them take control of their own learning. 
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