Policies for Full-Time/Diploma Students - Silicon Valley High School


These policies and disclosures are specific to our full-time diploma students and act as a supplement to the policies available here.  

Full-Time/Diploma Students: School Calendar

The dates for each semester are as follows:

  • Fall Semester – Sep 1 to Jan 14
  • Spring Semester – Jan 15 to May 31
  • Summer Semester – Jun 1 to Aug 31

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Graduation Eligibility Policy

Consistent with requirements of the Nevada Department of Education, in order to graduate and receive a diploma from Silicon Valley High School, students must complete a minimum of 230 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 two full semesters. 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:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math, including at least 1 Algebra 1 & Geometry (or Integrated Math 1 & 2) (Note: A 4th year of math in Precalculus or higher may be taken in lieu of the 3rd year of science)
  • 3 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
  • 1 Semester of Health
  • 2 years of PE
  • 1 year of either: VAPA: Visual Performing Arts, LOTE: Language Other Than English, or CTE: Career Technical Education, or Humanities
  • Computers & Information Technology
  • Money Math
  • Additional Electives

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Continuous Enrollment Policy/Requirement

Full-time students must take at least 5 courses each semester, passing at least 3 courses and earning at least 15 credits each semester (“Minimum Requirement”). Please refer to the Academic Probation Policy for the consequences if the Minimum Requirement is not met. The maximum number of courses a student is able to enroll in at the beginning of a semester is 6 courses. However, if the student completes these 6 courses before the semester-end, the student is eligible to request enrollment in up to two additional courses in that semester. For avoidance of doubt, a student must enroll in either 5 or 6 courses each semester and successfully pass at least 3 of those courses during that semester.

Where high school students are required, by law, to undertake a minimum number of courses each academic semester, this is not the case for adult students. Students in the adult diploma program are not required to take a minimum number of courses each semester.  Adult students 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.

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Attendance Policy

A student is considered absentee when the student fails to log in and make progress with his/her courses for a period of one week during a semester in which the student is required to be continuously enrolled.

Repeated, unremedied, unexcused absentee behavior will result in the student being declared truant, dismissed and disenrolled from the school. Refunds are not available to students that have been disenrolled as a result of truancy.

Before declaring a student truant and disenrolling the student from the school, the student will be provided with reasonable time to remedy the truancy and SVHS will undertake the following actions:

  • SVHS will send absentee notices to the student and parent/guardian.
  • SVHS will send notices requiring response to the student and parent/guardian.
  • SVHS will schedule conference calls with the school registrar and/or the principal.

Valid excuses for absentee behavior include illness of the student, an appearance in court and attendance at a funeral service of an immediate family member.

The student and parent/guardian have the right to appeal the truancy and dismissal. Such appeal will be considered by the SVHS CEO.

Full-Time/Diploma Students: 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.

Repeat Courses Policy

Students who have taken courses with other schools, can take a course on the same topic with SVHS.  When a course has been repeated, the original course and grade stay on the transcript, but the credits for that course are indicated to be zero and the original grade for that course is excluded from the GPA calculation.  The repeated course is shown on the transcript with an “R” to indicate it was a repeat. The credits earned from the repeated course were assigned to that course and that grade factored into the GPA calculation. Students are not able to retake an SVHS course.

Full-Time/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:

Grade 9

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

Grade 10

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

Grade 11

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

Grade 12

  • English 12
  • Money Math
  • American Government
  • Economics
  • College and Career Exploration (or other elective)
  • Health
  • Environmental Science (or other elective)

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Academic Probation Policy

If you fail to meet the Minimum Requirement, or are not demonstrating adequate progress in your courses, you will be placed on Academic Probation. If you fail to complete at least 80% of your assigned work, according to the pacing guide set with your supervising teacher following two progress checks, you will be placed on Academic Probation for the remainder of the school year.

When you are on Academic Probation, you will be required to do the following:

  • Attend regular bi-weekly videoconference meetings your supervising teacher.
  • Stay on track with assigned pacing with a minimum 80% completion rate at each progress check.
  • Undertake additional tutoring with SVHS tutoring teachers, as prescribed by your supervising teacher. This will be charged at the regular tutoring rates as published on the SVHS tutoring web page.
  • Limit your enrollment to 25 credits (5 courses) while you are under Academic Probation.  Note: this may delay graduation plans.
  • Complete and pass at least at least 80% of the courses you are enrolled in by the end of each semester. “Completed” means all coursework, including the final exams, must have been completed and a final passing grade issued by SVHS.
  • If you do not complete any courses during the semester, these courses must be Completed before the end of the summer term.

You will be withdrawn from the school if you are placed on Academic Probation and you fail to comply with these requirements.

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Minimum Age

The minimum age for admission to our diploma program is 13 years of age.

Work Permits for Full-Time/Diploma Students

Any student under the age of 18 needs to have a valid Work Permit in order to work at any time, during the school year and/or vacations & holidays. Silicon Valley High School, in addition, upholds the policy that students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and be current in their courses in order to be issued a work permit. At any time a school retains the right to refuse or take away a permit to work if it deems it necessary for the well being of the student.

Revoking a Work Permit
Yes, the work permit can be canceled and taken away at any time by a high school administrator. In addition, a work permit can be canceled at a parent’s request for good reason. Good reasons for canceling a work permit include: job does not fit legal requirements for minors, hours scheduled create a truancy or absence problem for the student, or demands of the job are causing the student to fail classes at school.

(Federal & State Labor Codes)

Ages 14-15:
School in session:

  • 3 hours maximum per day/day before a school day
  • 8 hours maximum per day/day before a non-school day
  • 18 hours maximum per week
  • Range of hours: 7:00am – 7:00pm any day

Summer (June 15 – Labor Day):

  • 8 hours maximum per day/any day
  • 40 hours maximum per week
  • Range of hours: 7:00 am-9:00 pm any day

Ages 16-17:
School in session:

  • 4 hours maximum per day/day before a school day
  • 8 hours maximum per day/day before a non-school day
  • 28 hours total per week
  • Range of hours: 5:00am – 10:00pm
  • 5:00 am – 12:30 am (if no school next day)

Summer (June 15 – Labor Day):

  • 8 hours maximum per day/any day
  • 40 hours maximum per week
  • Range of hours: 5:00 am-12:30 am any day

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Graduation Ceremonies

As an online school with students in disperse geographical locations, it is not practical for SVHS to hold graduation ceremonies.  There are some aspects of the traditional high school experience that cannot be replicated online. SVHS can’t offer graduation ceremonies and suggest students hold their own events to celebrate graduation.

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Registration Process

The registration process for Full-Time/Diploma Students starts with the payment of the registration fee. Then the student provides all the required information to SVHS. Much of this registration information is mandated by state and federal law, so it’s important that the information is provided to SVHS before the student is enrolled. SVHS provides a student information system for collection of the registration information. After the registration information has been submitted into the SVHS student information system, the student enters into an enrollment agreement with SVHS. If the student is under the age of majority, the agreement must be countersigned by the student’s parent or guardian. The final step of the enrollment process is the payment of tuition fees.  Once the registration and tuition fees have been paid, the registration information provided and the enrollment agreement has been signed, the student can be confirmed as being enrolled as a full-time student at Silicon Valley High School.

Full-Time/Diploma Students: 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/Diploma Students: Full-Time Enrollment Policy

There are strict rules from the state and federal legislature requiring students to engage in full-time education.  Hence, if you fail to meet the Minimum Requirement, you will be unable to enroll in a new semester as a full-time student with SVHS.

Full-Time/Diploma Students: Sequential Courses

If you are a full-time/diploma student taking sequential courses with SVHS, such as Algebra 1 Part 1 and Algebra 1 Part 2, you should complete the first course before you take the subsequent course. In our example, you are free to research the Algebra 1 Part 2 course while you’re taking Algebra 1 Part 1, but you should complete Algebra 1 Part 1 before you embark on Algebra 1 Part 2.

Full Time Student Attendance: Missed Meeting Policy

Silicon Valley High School students who are absent from four mandatory school meetings with a Supervising Teacher within the same school year will be dropped from the school and will require the Administrator’s approval to re-enroll. Please note that the missed meetings within one school year do not have to be consecutive. Any meeting for which a student is more than 10 minutes late will be considered a missed meeting.

First Missed Meeting

Supervising Teacher will send an email notifying student and parent of the missed meeting and notify of the makeup meeting date and time.

Second Missed Meeting

Supervising Teacher will send an email notifying student and parent of the missed meeting and include the Academic Advisor.  Supervising Teacher will notify parent and student of the makeup meeting date and time.

Third Missed Meeting

Supervising Teacher will send an email notifying student and parent of the missed meeting and include the Chief Academic Officer/Academic Advisor.  Supervising Teacher will notify parent and student of the next month’s meeting date and time.

Fourth Missed Meeting

Supervising Teacher will send an email to the Academic Advisor notifying Chief Academic Officer/Academic Advisor of the fourth missed meeting.  Email must outline each date and time of prior missed meetings.  All communication between Supervising Teacher, Parent, and Student should be documented in Freshsales.  Chief Academic Officer/Academic Advisor will send an email to student and parent notifying them of their dismissal from SVHS.

A full time student dismissed from SVHS may continue to take classes through the part-time program, but will not be considered for re-enrollment in the full time program within the same school year.  Student must reapply for re-enrollment consideration.


If you are unsure of any of the terms used to describe our programs, please contact us. We will be happy to clarify.
“$”—Unless otherwise stated, all prices are in US dollars.
“Credit”—refers to an SVHS academic unit. The credits for a course are calculated by estimating the number of hours of self-paced study.
“Academic Dishonesty”—refers to any immoral way of achieving a goal associated with an SVHS course or program. Examples of academic dishonesty include: Plagiarism: The adoption or reproduction of original creations of another author (person, collective, organization, community or other type of author, including anonymous authors) without due acknowledgment; Fabrication: The falsification of data, information, or citations in any formal academic exercise; Deception: Providing false information to an instructor concerning a formal academic exercise—e.g., giving a false excuse for missing a deadline or falsely claiming to have submitted work; Cheating: Any attempt to give or obtain assistance in a formal academic exercise (like an examination) without due acknowledgment; Bribery: or paid services; Giving assignment answers or test answers for money; Sabotage: Acting to prevent others from completing their work; Professorial misconduct: Professorial acts that are academically fraudulent equate to academic fraud and/or grade fraud; Impersonation: assuming a student’s identity with intent to provide an advantage for the student.
“Education records”—refers to records directly related to a student maintained by SVHS or by a party acting for SVHS.

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