We are always happy to answer your questions. For your convenience, some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions are provided below. If your question is not answered below, please contact us through the chat box that pops up at the bottom of the page or through the Contact Us page.
Questions from Students & Parents:
No, all the courses are self-paced. The courses can be taken any day, any time.
Yes, our courses are available online 365 days a year. You can enroll and take our courses over the summer, or any time.
Currently, students graduate and earn their high school diplomas from their own high school institutions. Here at SVHS we offer individual courses to be merged with the student's high-school transcript or used for a student's college application. Diplomas are generally issued by the student's own high school. Upon completion of a course, a student receives a certificate of completion from SVHS. If the student is looking to use a course as credit for graduation from high school, the student's school must agree to accept the SVBS certificate. This is done on a school-by-school basis.
No. The courses are available to anyone, any time. In fact, we have adults taking our courses, middle school students and anyone is welcome to enroll on an SVHS course.
We suggest you check with your school counselor. Your counselor is welcome to contact us if he/she has any questions.
Yes. The certificate is emailed to you when you have successfully completed the course. You can forward the certificate to your school counselor; or you can request an official record of course completion to be sent to your school: Request a Record of Course Completion.
We can provide you with a certificate of course completion. Most students have the SVHS course merged onto their high school transcript to streamline their college application process. Request a Record of Course Completion.
Yes, it is up to the specific college or university to accept the certificate. University of California does accept our certificates and SVHS courses are approved by the University of California (A-G program). We recommend that you confirm with your school if it will accept our courses because our certificate of completion can be merged with your school's transcript and this will streamline your college application process.
- If you are looking for your course to be accepted for credit at one of the colleges in the University of California system, you need to have your high school register on the University of California website here and then go ahead and adopt our courses.
- Silicon Valley High School is registered as a private secondary school with the California Department of Education with CDS code: 44 75432 6147417. We do not have a CEEB code at this time, but expect to have one shortly. At this point, you should request that your record of course completion from SVHS be merged with the transcripts of your school. From there, you can submit your transcripts under the CEEB code of the school you are enrolled in. If your school has a policy against merging the transcripts, you can send our certificate of course completion to the college separately.
- Here are the steps that you need to go through if you want to submit our certificate to a CSU. Use CSU mentor: www.csumentor.edu and start the application process, when you reach the high school information page, please take the following steps:
- Under “Other High Schools”, click "Add a High School".
- Enter the name: Silicon Valley High School in the search bar. Click "Find".
- It will come back as not found.
- Enter the name two more times.
- After third attempt, you’ll see a new link that say’s “Not on List”
- Click “Not on List” and you’ll see a window.
- Enter the name: Silicon Valley High School then select Next.
Yes. A 5 unit course is the equivalent of a one semester (half year) course, and a ten credit course is the equivalent of a two semester (full year) course.
Yes, they are often used by students to catch up on credits. You might want to check with your school counselor that your school will accept our courses for catch up credits.
The courses are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They're self-paced courses, so the students can take them in their own time and at their own pace.
Yes, the tests are incorporated into the online courses.
The materials are all provided within the online course. The materials comprise videos, readings and other materials. No textbooks are required.
Students log in to the course, they watch videos, view reading materials, take quizzes, submit assignments (to either SVHS teachers or their own teachers), take tests and they take a final. Once all the tests, assignments and finals have been completed, the student earns a grade and receives a certificate of completion online
Yes, the final is multiple choice and has a 3 hour time limit. Quizzes are not timed and are designed to reinforce what you have learned.
It depends on how quick the student is able to move through the material and how many hours per day the student spends on the course. A diligent student that allocates several hours a day to studying can complete a course within a matter of weeks.
Yes. Algebra 1 Part 1 covers the first semester, Algebra 1 Part 2 covers the second semester. They are each 5 credit courses. In many cases, we have divided courses into two semester parts, which can be taken separately.
Yes, all our courses are teacher-supported. Assignments can be sent to SVHS teachers, and instructions are provided within the course, or they can be submitted to the students local teacher or counselor.
Nearly all of our lessons have a video component with a supplemental reading component for students who want a deeper understanding, reference material, or prefer to read about the subject matter.
A student has up to a year to complete a course. The courses are all self-paced, students work at their own speed and should easily be able to complete the course in this timeframe.
When a student finishes a course, a certificate of completion is emailed to the student's email address. We encourage the student to forward the certificate to the school they are enrolled in. If the school requires a certificate directly from SVHS then the school or student can submit a request. Records of course completion can be requested here: Request a Record of Course Completion.
We have submitted Chemistry for A-G approval. Biology is already approved.
You can view and print your grade at any time. Login to your account, click on your course, then under the administration block click "Grades". You can print your grade and turn it in to your school, or take a screenshot and email that to your school. Alternatively, your counselor can create an account with SVHS to monitor your progress. Discuss with your counselor these options, and contact us if you need help.
Yes, if the 8th grade student is ready for high school math.
Our mission is to drive up the quality, relevance and accessibility of online high-school education while driving down the cost. Please click on a course in our our Course Catalog page for the price of a patricular course.
A PayPal account is not required. PayPal provides alternative payment methods, you can use a debit or credit card. Click on the button "Send payment via PayPal" and choose "Pay with debit or credit card".
Please create an account for your child with SVHS, the account needs to be in the child's name as the system will provide the child with a certificate of completion and it will pull the name from the account details. After your child has account with SVHS you will be able to enroll him/her on a course. We use PayPal to process our transactions. You can either pay with a PayPal account if you have one, or there is an option to use a credit/debit card to complete the purchase. During the check-out process you provide your payment details.
Questions from Counselors & Other Educators:
Go to the UCOP Course Management Portal, log in to your school's course list, click "Adopt an online publisher course" and select Silicon Valley High School from the dropdown list of a-g approved online publisher courses and choose the course you wish to add from the A-G approved course list.
A-G approved courses are marked with a check mark in the SVHS catalog. Alternatively, you can visit the University of California website here.
Not at this time. We generally provide online courses that traditional schools incorporate into their own curricula.
We are not NCAA approved at this time.
Not at this time. We provide online courses that traditional schools incorporate into their own curricula. Many of our courses have been approved by the University of California under the A-G program.
The student receives an email with an attached certificate of completion once the student has completed the course and earned a passing score. If you would like confirmation from SVHS please contact us. You can also monitor the progress of your students through your own SVHS account (see below).
You can request to have a Counselor role with SVHS and monitor your students progress and grades. First, you will need a SVHS account. Go to lms.svhs.co to set up an account. Once you have an account contact us, and we will coordinate the set-up with you.
- By default our exams are not proctored. However, if a school or program prefers that our final exams be proctored, we can accommodate that request and modify the final exam for their students, whereby students cannot access the final without a password. We provide the password to an administrator of the school, and the school's proctor enters the code to initiate and supervise the exam. Contact us if you want to proctor your students final exam, and we will work with you to coordinate the proctoring arrangements.
We have teachers that support our courses, and who receive assignments from students. Most of the students that take SVHS courses submit assignments to SVHS teachers. However, if you would prefer for students to submit the assignments to your own teachers, that can be accommodated.