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 31, 2017 Strategic Planning Retreat?

  • Increase in enrollment: 1953 high school students (about 15% more than this time last year); a 6.7% increase in adult students in academic year 2016-2017
  • A great team at CTE
  • New pathways; new programs
  • The Pharmacy Tech program just began a partnership with Walgreens; our students can intern there
  • Three classes went from part-time to full-time
  • New, experienced Fashion and Design teacher
  • New court reporting bridge class: SVAE- - West Valley College
  • Five high school Animation students participated in an international festival and three won
  • New Technology Manager
  • One of our teachers was awarded the County CTE Teacher of the Year for STEM
  • Helena Polanco is now authorized by the State of California Board of Pharmacy to sign off on student applications to become pharmacy technicians
  • Updated the ABE, HSE, Economics, US History, English 4A curriculum with Common Core and CCRS
  • Completed two class flyers and a Frequently Asked Questions flyer
  • Went to an online enrollment system
  • Conducted a satisfaction survey and identified five key factor to work on
  • Improved relationships with all the school districts
  • Equipped all teachers and staff with gmail accounts
  • Great new leadership at CTE
  • Cybersecurity was new
  • Mechatronics new for 2017-2018
  • Our classes are equipped with the latest technologies
  • Upgraded all adult education classrooms and office computers
  • New A-G approvals
  • New website
  • New Student Information System (SIS)
  • Ten teachers went to summer training (Professional Learning Community)
  • Implemented Teacher Peer Training
  • Greater enrollment in the SVCTE
  • SVAE hired a transition specialist
  • All CalWorks staff completed mental health first aid training
  • Revised and updated all the CTE course outlines integrating Common Core, Next Generation Science, and CTE Model Curriculum standards
  • Strength Training for the Leadership Team and SVAE office staff
  • We have provided Excel and Word classes for office staff
  • Started a Principals Collaborative at SVAE 4
  • MetroED leads in lobbying at the State level for increased funding
  • High school equivalency students walked for the first time
  • New classroom tables and chairs for SVAE
  • Increased Burlington English licenses from 150 to 333 per year and from one year to three years
  • Changed morning schedule from three hours to two hours at SVCTE
  • We’ve gotten all six school districts’ equivalency academic credit approvals
  • 51 schools participated in “Tour the Campus” visits; 10,000 students
  • Agreement to do high school online FuelEd
  • Trained our staff on the uses of Google Drive
  • New partnership with Strive Summer Internship Program; students participated in internships with the city
  • Summer internships with the Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Held an annual car show
  • We’ve built out classroom 709 and upgraded culinary classrooms
  • Increased regional testing for the community from four to five days
  • Increased number of referrals to community colleges
  • Middle School Cybersecurity Boot Camp in summer 2017
  • Formed a JPA for legislative advocacy and succeeded in getting commitments