HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA ONLINE PROGRAM—DETAILS
As an accredited high school, SVHS has the mandate to grant a high school diploma online to qualifying students. We take students transferring in from other schools, and we take adult students looking to complete their high school diploma online.
Open to Everyone, Everywhere
Although your diploma will be granted from SVHS, an accredited California 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 online from SVHS. You can register and earn a high school diploma online from anywhere in the world.
Open to Everyone, Everywhere.. All the Time
Our courses are self-paced, and they’re available around the clock, so you can take courses with SVHS from any time zone, at any time of day (or night).
Consistent with requirements of the California Department of Education, In order to graduate and receive a diploma from Silicon Valley High School, students must complete a minimum of 210 credits.
To be eligible to graduate from and receive a diploma from SVHS, the student must complete at least 25% of the credits required for graduation with SVHS, and must have been continuously enrolled as a full-time student for at least one full semester. At least one quarter of the credits required for graduation must have been earned by taking SVHS courses.
All students must at minimum complete the following courses:
- 3 years of English
- 2 years of Math, at least 1 year of Algebra 1 or higher
- 2 years of science, including a life science and a physical science
- 1 year of World History
- 1 year of US History
- 1 semester of Government
- 1 semester of Economics
- 2 years of PE
- 1 year of either: VAPA: Visual Performing Arts, LOTE: Language Other Than English, or CTE: Career Technical Education
- Money Math
- Additional Electives
We provide credentialed, experienced academic advisers to help full-time students navigate through the program so they can meet all the requirements for graduation eligibility.
Continuous Enrollment Policy/Requirement
For a student to remain continuously enrolled in the diploma program at SVHS, each semester, students must be enrolled in courses carrying a minimum of 20 credits (such as four 5-credit courses) and successfully complete at least ten credits (such as two 5-credit courses) every semester window (extension may be considered in the case of extenuating circumstances).
Students in the adult diploma program should work with the SVHS academic advising staff to create a plan for course completion. Adult students may enroll as a full-time student, paying a flat rate tuition with access to up to 8 courses carrying 40 credits (such as eight 5-unit courses) per semester. Otherwise, accommodations may be made for adult students to enroll part-time and pay a tuition fee.
Incoming Credit Transfer Policy
SVHS will consider acceptance of credits earned from other accredited instructions. Students must submit official transcripts from previous schools upon registration. The SVHS team will the evaluate the transcripts and apply credits where appropriate.
SVHS students may participate in concurrent enrollment with their local community college. Credits will be evaluated for transfer upon submission of official transcripts at the completion of a college course. Students taking concurrent enrollment courses will still need to follow the continuous enrollment policy and may take up to 2 college courses per semester.
Diploma Students: Recommended Course of Study
The following recommended course of study is meant to provide guidance for a student towards successful completion of the requirements for graduation with a diploma from SVHS:
- English 9
- Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1
- Astronomy (or other science or elective course)
- Spanish 1 (or other elective)
- English 10
- Geometry or Integrated Math 2
- Biology (or other science or elective course)
- World History
- Spanish 2 (or other elective)
- English 11
- Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3
- Chemistry (or other science or elective course)
- US History
- Intro to Programming (or other elective)
- English 12
- Money Math
- College and Career Exploration (or other elective)
- Health (or other elective)
- Living Green (or other elective)
Students will be assigned a grade level based on credit completion:
- 9th grade 0-40 credits
- 10th grade Minimum of 40 credits completed
- 11th grade Minimum of 90 credits completed
- 12th grade Minimum of 140 credits completed
A students’ progress towards graduation will be monitored by the student’s SVHS academic adviser. Students will have access to a “Progress Towards Graduation Report” with a suggested program of study. Students are welcome and encouraged to meet with the academic adviser throughout their enrollment at SVHS to monitor progress towards graduation and for post-high school planning purposes.
Upon completion of all required courses, the academic adviser will conduct a final transcript review which will be sent to the principal for graduation confirmation. Upon confirmation of graduation, students will be sent 1 copy of their official transcript and an SVHS diploma.
Adults are free to register as part-time students, however, students aged 18 or under, are required by U.S. law to attend school full-time, which means taking courses representing at least 20 credits in a semester, and earning 15 credits in that semester. So a student taking four courses of 5 credits each will take 20 credits, and that student will qualify as a full-time student if at least 3 courses are passed so that 15 credits are earned in the semester. A student that takes less than 20 credits or earns less than 15 credits will not qualify to register for the next semester as a full-time student with SVHS. The student can register as a part-time student, but this may not comply with the law if the student is not over the age of 18.
If you are interested in registering for our Diploma Program, please contact us by by clicking on the Chat box below.