ACCREDITED ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA PROGRAM
As a private accredited online high school, SVHS awards high school diplomas. Students of all ages, from all geographies are welcome to register in our high school diploma program at any time. Teenage students can transfer in to SVHS after completing middle school or from an existing high school. Adult students can register with us to complete their high school diploma at any age.
All Online—All the Time
Unlike most high schools, our classes are all online, all our administrators and support staff are online and there’s no need to visit a physical classroom.
Open to Everyone, Everywhere
Although your diploma will be granted from SVHS, a California accredited online high school, it’s not necessary for our students to live in California, or ever have to visit California. Our courses are open to everyone, everywhere. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen in order to earn your high school diploma from SVHS. You can register and earn a high school diploma from anywhere in the world. More information for international (non-US) students is available on this page.
Many students prefer watching videos to reading textbooks and we use video wherever we can in our courses. Where they’re available, we select videos that are fun to watch and keep students entertained. If you’re taking a course like English, you’re going to have to read a book, but each unit of each course usually includes a video, a quiz, some reading material, and an assignment. We do try to make the assignments as well as the videos as interesting and entertaining as possible.
Because our courses are all self-paced, it means you can study on your own schedule. We’ve been somewhat surprised that, given the freedom to set their own schedule, students choose to study at all hours of the day or night. Some students are night owls and others are early birds. They certainly don’t all work traditional school hours.
All our courses are supported by experienced, credentialed teachers who answer questions, grade assignments and provide guidance and feedback online. When you enroll in a course, you’ll get a message from your teacher. Your teacher is not a bot or some artificial intelligence machine—it’s a real-life person, a credentialed teacher, who, like you is working on a computer. You can ask a question at any time, by submitting an online form. The teacher receives an email with your question and responds quickly, usually within 24 hours (can take longer at weekends and holidays).
When you submit your assignment, it is graded by the teacher. Together with your grade, the teacher gives you some positive feedback and guidance.
With this arrangement, it’s not necessary to be online at the same time as the teacher, and that’s how we can make our courses entirely self-paced. Having said that, for some language courses, like Spanish, where you occasionally have to actually speak to a teacher through video-conference, you’ll need to coordinate your schedule with the teachers’—to make sure you’re both able to meet up online.
$250 Registration fee, $1,000 a Semester and $300 Graduation Fee
Through automation and efficiency, you’ll see that we slashed the cost of private high school education without compromising on quality. There’s an Enrollment Fee of $250, which covers the cost of transferring credits from your previous high school and setting up your records and accounts with SVHS, then there’s the $1,000 per semester tuition fees (for each of the spring and fall semesters), and finally, the graduation fee is $300, which covers the cost of verifying that you have completed all the required courses and completing the graduation process.
Full-Time or Part-Time
Adult students are free to register and take courses on a part-time basis, however, students aged 18 or under, are required by law to attend school full-time, which means taking and passing a certain number of courses each semester.
You Can Accelerate Through to High School Graduation
A minimum of 210 credits are required to earn a diploma. The maximum number of courses you can take in a semester is 8, and you can take 2 semesters each year, plus 8 supplemental courses in the summer break, so that means if you really (really) wanted to complete your high school education quickly you could take 24 courses, or 120 units in a calendar year. You could graduate and earn your high school diploma very quickly at that rate.
Registration is Open 24 Hours a Day—365 Days a Year
You can register as a full-time student with SVHS at any time, from any school district, state or country. Registration is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We Accept Credits from other Schools
We will accept qualifying credits from other schools or colleges in the United States for courses matching those in our curriculum, but as an accredited online high school, you must complete at least 25% of your courses with SVHS to earn your diploma from SVHS.
You're Never Too Old
If you’re an adult looking to get your high school diploma, that’s fine by us. We will accept your credits earned from your previous accredited high schools. It doesn’t concern us whether you’re 17 or 70 years old. However, the minimum age for admission to our diploma program is 13 years of age.
Of course, paperwork is required to enroll a student on our diploma program, but we keep it as simple as possible. Click the “How to Register” button at the top of the page for more information.