Silicon Valley High School
About Us
Learn About Our Courses, Our Company and Our Team

Welcome to Silicon Valley High School. From our base in Northern California, we provide a curriculum of online courses to students, teachers and institutions all over the world.

Mission

Our mission is to provide quality, personalized, affordable and ever-improving educational paths for all students to pursue their ambitions.

Vision

As the Internet develops as the world’s largest library of quality educational content, we see students increasingly taking their high school classes online. With quality, compelling online courses available at reasonable cost, high school will grow more accessible, more relevant, more interesting and more adaptive to the needs of the individual student.

Objectives

Our objectives at SVHS are to:

  • Drive down the cost of high school education by harnessing the wealth of high quality educational content now available online.
  • Deliver a quality, engaging high school education to all students regardless of geographical location.
  • Personalize education, providing courses and programs tailored to the learning pace, the interests and needs of each individual student.
  • Leverage the latest technologies to develop and deliver compelling online programs that students relate to.
  • Help prepare students for college and life beyond high school.

Strategies

We adopt the following strategies in order to achieve the abovementioned mission and objectives:

  • Provide students with compelling educational content that is engaging and relevant.
  • Provide students with interaction and support from credentialed and experienced teachers.
  • Enable students to move through course materials at their own pace.
  • Create a curriculum that provides students with a thorough grounding in the subject matter.
  • Encourage repetition such that students are able to replay videos, re-read readings and retake quizzes as many times as is necessary for them to master the material.
  • Deliver responsive customer service and support to students, their parents, counselors and educators.
  • Design courses that follow a simple step-by-step approach to navigation.
  • Constantly search for ways to improve our courses, our customer service and our overall efficiency.
  • Actively gather and analyze feedback from students, staff and the community at large.
  • Leverage online content and opensource platforms to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Offer flexible and rewarding engagement arrangements to attract top quality teachers and support staff who are looking to work online.
  • Pursue accreditation to cover all the student groups and markets where we operate.

Our Courses

Our courses are all online, self-paced and available 24/7. Students can be enrolled and take courses at any time--there is no need to wait for a new semester. Many of the courses have been approved by the University of California, in (A-G program).

Students are able to access SVHS courses from their home, school, library, or anywhere they have an Internet connection. Of course, the student will need a laptop, tablet or another suitable device but access to this school is not bound by physical location, time of day, or time-zone.

SVHS online courses are broken into units. A unit generally consists of a set of videos and a quiz. In some cases, there are online reading materials, web sites and documents to review, but wherever possible we try to provide compelling videos that students find accessible and entertaining.

After selecting a unit, the student watches the videos and reviews the materials, then may wish to attempt a quiz. Quizzes are not graded until they have been successfully completed. Our approach is to make the quiz-taking a learning process that helps the student gain mastery of the materials.

All courses have assignments that have to be submitted by students. The assignments are mandatory, SVHS grades and provides feedback to the student.

The student proceeds through the course materials at his or her own pace. There are generally no pre-determined timelines imposed by SVHS or by the particular course.

There is a wet lab requirement for our Biology course. Awarding University of California A-G credit for this course is the responsibility of the student's school, district, or program based on the provision of teacher-supervised, hands-on laboratory activities the individual high school, district or program has developed to supplement the online curriculum provided by SVHS.

SVHS courses are easily accessible, simply organized, often entertaining, and provide relevant, contemporary education for today’s generation.

Our Company

Silicon Valley High School Inc. is incorporated as a Delaware corporation and qualified to operate from its headquarters in the state of California. The school is registered (CDS Code: 44 75432 6147417) as a private secondary school with the California Department of Education.

On October 18th, 2013, the trademark “Silicon Valley High School” was awarded to the company by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with the Serial number 85859755.

Our Team

The team behind SVHS combines experienced teachers and educators with startup experts, lawyers and website content developers.

David Smith—Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

A former executive with Apple Computer, David has more than 30 years' experience of founding and managing technology startups. He holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Westminster and a BS (Honors) Computer Science and Economics from the University of Leeds. In the 1990's David founded and acted as CEO for SurfMonkey, the leading web browser and Internet safety service for children. David has authored several books on business and intellectual property and is recognized by IAM magazine as one of the world's leading intellectual property strategists.

Ryan Teves—Co-Founder & Chief Academic Officer

Ryan is a high school teacher and tutor with more than 20 years' experience. Ryan Teves graduated with a B.A. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of California, and received a masters degree in secondary education. He also holds a single subject teaching credential for both science and math, and has a preliminary administration credential. Ryan founded the Brainstorms Learning Center in 2001, and has taught in every area of high school including public high schools, a private high school, summer school, a charter school, and a home school collective. Ryan also wrote and published a book entitled In Defense of the American Teen, an Insiders Commentary on the State of Our Secondary Schools, in 2010.

Michaela Smith—Chief Operating Officer

Michaela has been managing the development of websites and web-based businesses since the advent of the Internet more than 25 years ago. She developed the world's first CD-ROM to be filled with paid advertising, the world's first virtual reality trade show and led the team that created the award-winning SurfMonkey web portal for children. She has managed the development of sophisticated web-based software systems on the .Net/Windows and PHP/Linux platforms. Michaela manages customer service as well as the back office administration and website development activities for SVHS. She is usually the person you speak to when you click the Chat button below.

Mark Cameron White—General Counsel

Mark Cameron White holds a JD from University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, an MBA from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business and a BA, Economics, 1977 (Phi Beta Kappa) from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. Since 2007, Mark has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine (independent research by Law & Politics). Mark formed and represented many notable Silicon Valley startups including Tesla Motors and Hotmail.

Jamie DeWitt—Curriculum Advisor

Jamie DeWitt has 15 years’ experience in education as a classroom teacher, online high school teacher, and school administrator. Jamie earned her B.A. in History from University of California, San Diego, M.A. in Social Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino, and doctorate in education from Walden University. She has teaching credentials in both English and History, and an administrative services credential. Jamie has taught courses to middle school and high school students in all content areas, in a variety of educational settings including alternative public school, online charter school, and independent study.

Sarah Legaspi—Teacher

Sarah is an Education Specialist with 7 years experience in the state of California. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental Online University in 2004 and completed her Multiple Subject Credential in 2007 and Master’s of Science in Education in 2008 at California Baptist University. She has taught elementary, middle and high school core classes as well as intervention classes at the middle and high school level. During her years in teaching, she has been trained in many different curriculum and assessment programs. She has researched Common Core-aligned curriculum for adoption at the school site and at the state level.

Emmanuel Ejiogu—Quality-Control

Working with Silicon Valley Business School, Emmanuel has more than 4 years' experience developing online courseware, and managing quality control. Prior to this he was Deputy Director at the Service for Peace in Connecticut and worked on a variety of fundraising and business planning projects. With SVHS, Emmanuel supports the creation and management of SVHS courses on the Moodle platform. He undertakes quality control testing, customer support, project management, regulatory compliance management and various aspects of course development. Emmanuel holds a Bachelors Degree in Automotive Technology Engineering.

Derek Postlewaite—Teacher

Derek is a social studies teacher who has taught online for about 5 years. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies at the Secondary Level from California University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2012, and since then he has created, modified and administered multiple online courses within the social studies discipline, and taught 8th grade Civics & Economics & 6th US History I for 2 years in rural Virginia. Derek moved back to southwestern Pennsylvania in the summer of 2016 with his wife and 3 year old daughter, and began expanding his credentials by acquiring his TEFL certificate and working with Chinese students online, including elementary, secondary and adult. Derek also has experience in tutoring, assessment writing and evaluating lessons of other educators.

Chris Bernard Tanon—Teacher

Chris has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and a Bachelor of Technology in Automation Engineering Degree. Before joining SVHS to teach the Java classes, Chris taught as Assistant Professor for Electronic Engineering in Mindanao State University where he taught around 14 units including several electronics courses as well as Java II Programming. He has successfully completed a number of commercial Java programming projects including interactive game development, visualization software, and hardware interface modules for accelerometers, gyroscopes and other electronic devices.

Becky Schroeder—Teacher

Rebecca Schroeder is a high school and middle school science teacher based in South Carolina. Prior to this, she worked as a freelance writer and an online English as a Foreign Language teacher while living abroad in Ecuador, and she also has experience in museum and planetarium education from her time living in New York. She holds bachelor's degrees in Physics & Astronomy and Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Dual-M.A. degree in International Affairs from American University and the University for Peace in Costa Rica.


Anand Chella Nadar—Head of I.T. & Software Development

Anand heads up a team of engineers responsible for developing the SVHS websites and managing the I.T. platform. His team of engineers includes Phaneendra Phaneendra who manages the .Net website, Sheik Ibrahim and Arul Ginesh who manage the Moodle sites and PHP code. Anand holds a B.E. degree in Computer Science from MS University Tirunelveli and an MBA in International Business from the Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu.



Dan Garrett—Member of the Board of Advisers

Dan Garrett is the Director, Technical Publication and Global Labeling at Intuitive Surgical, leading a department of project managers, technical writers, graphic designers, and labeling specialists to create and maintain Instructions for Use for robotic assisted surgical systems. Prior to this role, Dan has led training and education departments for customers, field service engineers, and manufacturing technicians for medical device and diagnostic companies in Silicon Valley. In the US Navy and Navy Reserves, Dan was an instructor, evaluator, leadership facilitator, and Senior Enlisted Leader. Dan holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Riverside.

Eric Blanco—Member of the Board of Advisers

Eric is an experienced school counselor working with University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria High School and Ernest Righetti High School. He is the Past President (2017-2018) for the California Association of School Counselors and a Member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Eric holds an M.S., School Counseling, a P.P.S. Credential from University of La Verne and a B.S., Psychology from California Polytechnic State University.




Teaching Faculty and Course Development Teams

We are proud of the numerous credentialed teachers that we have on our team. They create courses, quizzes, finals, assignments, grade assignment submissions, and are instrumental in ensuring our courses comply with the various state standards.

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