Principal's Message

  • Welcome to St. Helena High School!  SHHS is proud to offer rigorous coursework in both academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) arenas. Although our student population is small, the school boasts award-winning offerings similar to those of schools with large student populations. This has been made tangible in our recognition as a California Gold Ribbon School, AP News and World Report Silver Ranking as one of America’s Best High Schools, and identification on the 6th Annual Advance Placement Honor Roll, a recognition bestowed to a mere 425 high schools in all of North America.  Additionally, SHHS staff provide students with a most safe and nurturing environment, maintaining a School Climate Index in the ninety-nine percentile.

    At SHHS, we strive to provide our students with an outstanding education that ensures each student will be prepared to meet the demands of their chosen postsecondary option. The importance placed upon perseverance and hard work echoes in every aspect of the curriculum and school culture. Students are encouraged and supported to develop their unique abilities and interests in an atmosphere that celebrates their successes while challenging their intellectual, social and physical capacity, a.k.a., our students have grit. Our ultimate goal is to assist students in finding their voice in a community of learners while exploring areas of interest, ultimately ensuring college and career readiness.  With a near non-existent dropout rate and approximately 95% college attendance rate, our students have been overwhelmingly successful at achieving just that.

    St. Helena High School offers Advanced Placement, Honors, college preparatory, elective and Career Technical Education courses. The school teaches students to be globally competitive citizens armed with the necessary 21st-century skills to be successful in postsecondary educational institutions or the workforce. The school has a vibrant Career Technical Education program as well as an AVID program that boasts a 95 percent college-acceptance rate. Students are able to receive academic and social counseling with the assistance of two counselors and Student Support Services coordinator.

    SHHS maintains a two-day block schedule with weekly time (Access Period) for students to meet with their teachers for remediation, review or enrichment. Through Access, the continual monitoring of student progress, benchmark data, and Aeries, the high school is working to increase student learning and school-to-home communication. 

    St. Helena High School is an incredible educational institution with an outstanding faculty committed to student academic and personal success. We welcome you!