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 drive up the quality, relevance and accessibility of online high-school education while driving down the cost.

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.

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 and can be submitted to SVHS teachers by email, and we will provide feedback to the student. Alternatively, the student can submit the assignment to his/her own teacher for grading. The policies of the high school the student attends will dictate where the assignments should be submitted.

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 are "unit assignments" provided in the course that can be submitted to SVHS, or to the teacher who has approved the student to take our online course for high school credit. How another school or teacher grades or allocates credit for the unit assignments would be determined by that school or teacher.

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 former 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.

Yolanda Whitted—Teacher

Yolanda R. Whitted is an AP English teacher and an advocate for urban gifted and talented youth in poverty. Yolanda currently conducts research, designs curriculum and creates best practices for teachers in urban classrooms. Yolanda has designed and facilitated professional development across the nation as well as abroad in Oman. She was a presenter at the College Board’s “A Dream Deferred” conference in 2016. Yolanda is an active North Carolina Central University alumni, as well as a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The National Council of Teachers of English, the National Educators Association, and Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented.

Derek Postlewaite

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.

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, and Arul Ginesh who manages 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.

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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