About Silicon Valley Adult Education

Silicon Valley Adult Education
(SVAE) is part of the Metropolitan Education District (MetroED) and offers adult education classes free of charge or at a low cost to adults 18 years or older. SVAE is a comprehensive adult school offering entry-level and advanced courses in health, technology, and careers in the trades. We also offer free English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation for GED and HiSET tests, and High School Diploma (HSD) subject courses. We also have a variety of Career Technical Education courses and Online Courses with affordable registration fees. SVAE is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Silicon Valley Adult Education offers free assessment tests to enter ESL, ABE, HSE, and HSD courses, along with academic and career counseling. The Regional Testing Center, located at the Hillsdale main campus, offers state and national tests such as GED, HiSET, CBEST, CSET, CPACE, among many others for the convenience of our students and community.

Services to Businesses

Businesses may contract with Silicon Valley Adult Education to provide customized computer training and retraining for their employees, English Language Workplace Literacy training, and business operations support services.

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Set Goals: Students will formulate and monitor their educational and career objectives.
  • Achieve Skills: Students will be able to access and utilize current technology.
  • Demonstrate Learning: Students will use English to communicate effectively and transition to the next step on their career and academic pathway.


The Metropolitan Education District programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation affirms quality of instruction and assures that coursework taken at this school for credit will be accepted by the other institutions, including colleges and universities.

Strategic Planning

What are the strengths and major accomplishments of MetroED since the July 2017 Strategic Planning Retreat?

  • Increase in charter school enrollment
  • Our guiding leadership is accessible and approachable—we have been able to get so much done because they are right there
  • New marketing materials
  • Completed an Advisors Handbook for counselors
  • New appliances and air flow system in the cafeteria
  • Received the status of UC A-G on three courses (Dental Assisting, Medical Science Health Career, Mechatronics)
  • Have a Counseling Department Pacing Calendar
  • Several great new teachers at SVCTE
  • Updated our website
  • Better connected to social media
  • Created a vision statement for our Technology Department
  • Have a new DC/AC Theory teacher
  • Cohesive support of the School Board
  • Improved communication with our JPA partners
  • Data and research performed for 6 JPA partners on school profile reports
  • The Board is very involved in giving accolades to the success of the students
  • Hosting Skills USA and a Solar Summer Academy
  • New dual enrollment courses
  • Successfully transitioned to a two-hour program in the morning
  • Increase in the number of referrals to learning disability specialists
  • SVAE Information Kits completed
  • Career Solutions Plus instructional tool account access for all teachers
  • Did a SVAE Open Door Campaign with radio, TV and a new website
  • SVCTE visited more than 15 high schools
  • Have a SVCTE report for recruitment of students
  • Allocated some additional funds to programs from CTEIG
  • The Consortium that oversees CCPT dollars planned and requested a no-cost extension for FY 2018-2019
  • We are offering two bridge courses from West Valley—Stenography Basic Building and Water Treatment and Operation
  • Started Online High School Diploma Program for distance learning
  • We are registered G-suite domain
  • Added a new ESL class
  • Implemented a new SIS system
  • There is clarity to the enrollment process
  • Clarified the grading schedule
  • Training of instructors for the new SIS system
  • Identified teachers willing to build capacity as leaders
  • Professional Development Plan developed for the year for SVCTE
  • Teachers have been supported to obtain training outside of school—at SVCTE and SVAE
  • SVAE Transition Specialist doing handoffs of students to community colleges
  • We celebrated our centennial
  • Brand new principal at CTE
  • Campus is receiving new electrical switch gear to ensure electricity long-term
  • Improved the attendance process to be more efficient
  • Finished CTE three-hour course outlines
  • Improved employee recognition through clubs
  • Submitted facilities grants applications for Prop 51
  • Our SVAE enrollment surpassed our goal of 1500—we are now well over 1600
  • The Ambassador Program participants are visiting classrooms and holding field trips
  • Strength-based Institute training bas been initiated and is ongoing
  • We held three Parent Information Nights (CTE)
  • We held Parent Orientation at CTE
  • MOU has been processed to open the way for San Jose State student Counselor Interns
  • Established a Culture Club
  • We met with the Governor regarding CTE funding
  • We received recognition from the Mayor and several legislators for our programs
  • We created two drafts for management evaluations
  • We had two successful staff meetings
  • We had professional development for staff for Google Suites
  • There is more recognition—our Career Center is prosperous
  • Additional work-based learning opportunities for students