Issues & Solutions Re: Courses Taken Online from SVHS

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We have been made aware of a possible issue with transferring credits from courses taken online from Silicon Valley High School (SVHS). The Counseling Dept. has worked hard to bring clarity to the situation and to provide options for students that will not negatively impact their schooling. As a matter of course, we strongly discourage Tech students from enrolling in any online program without the approval of a counselor and administrator.  

How Did We Get Here?

Some students and parents did their own research and brought the SVHS option to counselors. Other students were informed of this option before we conducted a full investigation of the program. Counselors then reviewed UC Doorways to verify that the courses requested are UC-approved. (UC Doorways is the website used to verify which courses are approved for “a-g” designation. These approved courses are what high school students must complete to satisfy admission requirements for UC’s and CSU’s.)  

What We Learned

UC Doorways Re: SVHS: “These courses are “a-g” approved for schools and districts to adopt onto their “a-g” approved courses lists and to teach at their local school sites. These courses are not “a-g” approved for individual students to directly enroll in or to complete through this online publisher.”

SVHS Website: SVHS provides online courses that schools incorporate into their own curricula. SVHS is not accredited. They are not NCAA approved. SVHS courses must be adopted onto Tech’s doorway page to be accepted for credit by one of the colleges in the University of California system. Many SVHS courses have been approved by the University of California under the “a-g” program.

Next Steps

For Students Who Took a SVHS Math Course:

  1. Students can receive elective credits for the course, using a non “a-g” course number, which will be reflected on their Oakland Tech transcripts.
  2. Students can take the Math course’s end-of-year test with Tech’s Math Dept. head. Students who receive a “B” or higher can earn Math credit from Tech.

For Students Who Took the SVHS Spanish 2 Course:

  1. Students can receive elective credits for the course, using a non “a-g” course number, which will be reflected on their Oakland Tech transcripts.
  2. Students can take the Spanish 2 end-of-year test with Tech’s Dept. head. Students who receive a “B” or higher can then earn Spanish 2 credit from Tech.
  3. Students can take Spanish 3 and pass with “C” or higher, which is equivalent to 3 years of language other than English (LOTE) for CSU/UC.

If you have questions or need any further assistance, please contact your student’s counselor.

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