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Message From Our Head of School

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I'm glad you're taking time to get to know our wonderful school.  Helios truly is a special place for gifted students. Offering engaging and challenging academics is only part of what we do.  With a strong emphasis on the internal life of each child, we weave social and emotional learning throughout each day. We teach children the skills and language of emotions, how to become good friends, and be positive and active members in their community.  Not only are Helios students intensely curious and intellectually open, they are exceptional young people.  

Helios teachers and staff are passionate about what they do.  Supporting children to learn and grow, we get to know each child, learning about their strengths and interests, and what motivates them in the learning process.

In addition, Helios is a lovely family-focused community that provides fun activities to help parents connect with one another.  Silicon Valley is a busy, and at times isolating, place due to the fast-paced nature of our lives.  Helios fosters connections between families, school and home. We offer parent discussions and educational evening programs throughout the year to help parents learn more about giftedness and navigate raising their complex, gifted student.

We hope you will spend time exploring our website and learning more about Helios. Why don't you come and visit our campus?  In order to fully understand our school, I recommend a tour so you can "feel" the place.  Helios is a special, special school.  Come and see for yourself what we're about.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Patti Wilczek, Ph.D.
Head of School