As an accredited high school, SVHS has the mandate to grant high school diplomas to our full-time students. As a student, you can transfer in to our program from your existing high school. Otherwise, if you are an adult, you can enroll in our full-time program to earn your diploma.

Open to All Ages, All Geographies

As an online school, we work with students from all geographies, and our programs are open to students of all ages–including adults wishing to complete their high school diplomas as well as teenage students.

Graduation Eligibility

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 through 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

Academic Advising

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 upon enrollment with SVHS from all other previous institutions attended for credit transfer evaluation.

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.

Full-Time 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:

Grade 9

  • English 9
  • Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1
  • Astronomy (or other science or elective course)
  • PE
  • Spanish 1 (or other elective)

Grade 10

  • English 10
  • Geometry or Integrated Math 2
  • Biology (or other science or elective course)
  • World History
  • PE
  • Spanish 2 (or other elective)

Grade 11

  • English 11
  • Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3
  • Chemistry (or other science or elective course)
  • US History
  • Intro to Programming (or other elective)

Grade 12

  • English 12
  • Money Math
  • Government
  • Economics
  • College and Career Exploration (or other elective)
  • Health (or other elective)
  • Living Green (or other elective)

Graduation Process

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

Students’ progress towards graduation will be monitored by the academic advisor at SHVS. Students will have access to a Progress Towards Graduation report with suggested course of study. Students are welcome and encouraged to meet with the academic advisor 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 advisor will conduct a final transcript review and send to principal for graduation confirmation. Upon confirmation of graduation, students will be sent 1 copy of their official transcript and a SVHS diploma.

Full-Time Enrollment

There are strict rules from the state and federal legislature requiring students to engage in full-time education.  Hence, to be enrolled as a full-time student, you must take at least four 5-credit courses (20 credits) in a semester (fall semester and spring semester), and you must successfully pass at least three of these courses (15 credits).  If you failed to earn at least 15 credits in the previous semester, you will be unable to enroll in a new semester as a full-time student. You will be able to enroll in supplemental courses as a part-time student. 

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