Policies & Disclosures
Our mission is to drive up the quality, relevance and accessibility of online high-school education while driving down the cost.
operated by Silicon Valley High School Inc., a Corporation incorporated in the state of
Delaware with headquarters in California. For the purposes of this
Agreement, we refer to Silicon Valley High School Inc. as ‘SVHS’,
‘us’ or ‘we’. Similarly, this Agreement may refer to you as ‘you’,
‘member’, 'student", ‘user’, or ‘viewer’.
You must read, agree with and accept all of the terms and conditions
terms and conditions expressly set out below and those incorporated
by reference, before you may become a member or access this Site.
SVHS had adopted various policies that guide how the school operates today and in the future.
In order to pass an SVHS course, you must gain a passing score in the online course test for such course. If you are unable to earn a passing score, you will be deemed to fail that particular course. You can "Pass with Credit" or you can "Pass with Distinction" if you earn a score in excess of the passing score in the course test, and if you participate in class discussions.
The Grading Policy is as follows:
- Tests constitute 65% of the course total.
- The final exam constitute 35% of the course total.
- Chapter assignments are at the discretion of the supervising teacher, guardian, parent.
- Pass with Distinction—Equivalent to an "A" grade and a 90-100% score.
- Pass with Credit—Equivalent to a "B" grade and a 80-89% score.
- Pass with a "C" grade is equivalent to a 70-79% score.
- Pass with a "D" grade is equivalent to a 60-69% score.
- Fail—Equivalent to an "F" grade and score of less than 60%.
If you wish to transfer credits from SVHS to another institution where you may wish to continue your studies, the transferability of credits you earn at SVHS is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits, certificate, or degree you earn with SVHS is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, certificate, or degree you earn at SVHS are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of the coursework you completed at SVHS, at that institution. For this reason, you are advised to make certain that your attendance at SVHS will meet your educational goals, and to check if SVHS credits will be accepted by the institution to which you may seek to transfer.
has not entered into any articulation or transfer agreements with any other
college or university, and does not accept credits from other educational institutions. If you have been studying at another institution, your studies there may have helped prepare you for the course tests that you are required to pass in order to complete your course at SVHS. However, you will be required to earn a passing score in the SVHS course tests in order to complete your course. Passing scores in courses from other institutions will not eliminate the necessity of taking and passing the SVHS course tests.
The courses are online and self-paced, so you are not required to attend any particular session at any particular time. However, you are required to complete each section of each course and pass each of the quiz tests in order to qualify for graduation.
If you complete part of a course, but are unable to continue with the course, you can withdraw from the course and trigger the Refund Procedures.
A student found beyond reasonable doubt to be responsible for one or more acts
of Academic Dishonesty will be dismissed and unenrolled from the entire program.
Dismissal will act as notice of cancellation and withdrawal from such course and
will trigger the SVHS Refund Procedures.
A student that disrupts a class, to the extent that other students are prevented from pursuing their studies,
the disruptive student will be placed on probation, and a subsequent repeat of such disruption will lead to the student being unenrolled from the course or the entire program. Dismissal will act as notice of cancellation and withdrawal from such course and will trigger the SVHS Refund Procedures.
In order to access all SVHS course materials you will create a log-in account with your own unique username and a secure password containing special characters. Each time you log in to the SVHS learning management system, you will be required to use these username/password login credentials.
Your progress through the SVHS courses, and your scores in the course tests, are tracked to your login credentials. Keep your password under strict security. Under no circumstances, should you share your login credentials with another student or anyone else.
Because we are providing you with a certificate of completion when you complete this course, we need to authenticate that you are taking the course yourself. Our courses are online, and we don’t see you face to face, but we still we need to check that you are who you say you are. The way you type is unique. You will be required to authenticate via our Typed Signature biometric authentication system which studies your typing pattern to verify your identity before you take quizzes, tests and finals.
SVHS does not provide or arrange financial aid for students. SVHS programs
are priced at such a point that students are expected to arrange their own
Student records are kept in digital format and are retained by SVHS for a period of at least ten years. Transcripts are issued by SVHS upon the student's request when submitted by email to info@SVHS.co. SVHS can provide oral or written confirmation of registration, enrollment, or degree status.
SVHS is committed to the privacy and security of our students. The SVHS Student Records Policy complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) - sometimes called the Buckley Amendment - which establishes students’ rights and institutions’ responsibilities regarding the privacy of education records. It provides guidelines for maintaining the confidentiality of education records and monitoring the release of information from those records.
As a current or former university student, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords you certain rights regarding your education records. They are:
Except as provided in FERPA (see below) or other applicable law, SVHS will not disclose personally identifiable information from your education records unless you provide a written release containing:
- The right to inspect and review your records. You may request to review your records by submitting a written request to the University Registrar or other school official having custody of such records.
- The right to seek amendment of your records which you believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights. Requests for amendment of records must be in writing and must describe the specific portions of specific records that you wish to have amended, text or instructions as to the change desired, and the reasons why the change is justified.
- The right to restrict the disclosure of Directory Information.
- The right to file a complaint with the Department of Education's Family Policy Compliance Office concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
- What information is to be released.
- To whom the information is to be released.
- The purpose for which it is to be released.
- Your signature and the date signed.
Faculty and staff are responsible for protecting the identity of students and keeping student grades confidential. Grades or evaluations linked to personal identifiers (names, UO ID numbers, or social security numbers) may not be publicly disclosed. Grades or evaluations may be posted only by using randomly generated codes or numbers. The return of graded papers or other assignments must also be accomplished in a manner that protects your identity.
Some records created and maintained by SVHS, although not covered by FERPA, may be subject to other federal and state laws or regulations regarding disclosure.
The exceptions under FERPA which allow SVHS to disclose personally identifiable information from your education record are stated in the full text of the SVHS Student Records Policy, available at the web address given below. The most common exceptions to disclosure restrictions are disclosures to university faculty or staff – “School Officials” - with a legitimate educational interest, or disclosure of personally identifiable information designated as Directory Information.
Directory information includes:
- Your full name.
- Mailing and permanent address(es) and telephone number(s).
- E-mail address.
- The fact that you are or ever were enrolled.
- Enrollment status (e.g., full-time, half-time or less than half-time).
- Class level and majors/minors.
- Dates of attendance.
- Degrees, honors or awards received.
- Cumulative credit hours.
- Participation in officially recognized activities.
- Your status as a graduate teaching fellow and your teaching assignment, if applicable.
SVHS does not offer or provide any job placement services to students.
All SVHS courses are less than four months in duration and students are required to pay for each course upon enrollment. Payment is tendered online via Paypal.
Upon timely notice and cancellation a course, depending on how much of the course has been completed you are possibly eligible for a pro-rata refund from SVHS. Notice is considered timely when received by SVBS within 30 days of your initial enrollment in the course. If you provide notice of cancellation of the course and a request for refund within 30 days of enrollment, depending on how far you have progressed through the course, you may be eligible for a refund. Your right to cancel and claim a refund expires 30 days after the initial course enrollment.
If you wish to withdraw from a course, please send an email to info@SVHS.co informing SVHS that you request immediate withdrawal from such course. Your notice of cancellation and withdrawal from such course will be effective when you successfully transmit this email message. SVHS administration staff will unenroll you from such course and you will no longer have access to the course materials online.
related to a student maintained by SVHS or by a party acting for SVHS.
Version: August 27th, 2015
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