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 August 1, 2016 Strategic Planning Retreat?

  • Scheduled six college tours
  • More transparency
  • Offering new career tech programs
  • Completed a satisfaction survey and we’re working on next steps in areas we need to improve as well as building on our strengths
  • Increased student use of videos
  • Increased student success stories on videos
  • Website
  • We offer a Health and Wellness Program for employees
  • Students do more recruiting than anyone else by word of mouth
  • SVAE brought a Stanford Science of Learning speaker to MetroED for all of our teachers
  • Ongoing effort with Sacramento legislators for Career Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education legislation
  • Completed a student needs survey
  • SVCTE moving forward on a new student information system (SIS)
  • Improved marketing
  • Stable Board
  • Our JPA school districts are attending SVCTE for meetings and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators
  • Formed a JPA Coalition with 14 other ROPs
  • SVAE improved visibility and communication between the Adult School and the colleges in our area
  • Bell schedule modification
  • Had a teacher receive a STEAM Teacher of the Year award
  • We will be hosting (on March 9) the SV Regional Dual Enrollment workshop
  • Collaboration with teachers continuing and expanding
  • New website will be released shortly
  • SVAE has done additional outreach to other agencies
  • Continuing our principal collaboration meetings to continue transparency at our sites
  • Went schoolwide for SkillsUSA and are hosting the SkillsUSA Regional s competition on February 11—increased participation from 100 students to approximately 300
  • Started a Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA)
  • Have had leadership development strengths training for the Leadership Team
  • SVAE added student services, including a Transition Specialist and a Learning Disabilities Specialist
  • Submitted four more courses for UC A-G approval
  • Addition of live projects on campus for students
  • SVAE successfully completed multiple trainings on how to use technology in the classroom for our adult education teachers
  • Tool kits have been started and will soon be in Vietnamese and Spanish
  • SVAE has opened classes in the downtown San Jose area
  • A new book for problem solving is being read by the Leadership Team (Turn This Ship Around)
  • More engaged at the high school programs we offer
  • Students are taking what they’ve learned at the Center and taking those skills back to their core high school classes
  • Expanded high school enrollment—at all districts now
  • We hired a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineer, Art and Math) specialist to work with teachers
  • SVAE is starting a Principals’ Collaborative that is going to Board for approval this month
  • Completed negotiations with all three bargaining units for year 2015-2016
  • SVAE has a staff lounge room designated just for staff
  • Big improvements in facilities (e.g., painting classrooms)
  • Board perceives more cooperation throughout MetroED
  • We have been exceeding expectations for California Career Pathway Trust—very positive meetings with a consortium
  • We have a four-year sequence with Santa Clara USD to integrate their classes and ours
  • We do have marketing materials in Vietnamese and Spanish
  • SVAE has begun the process of replacing outdated computers
  • We’re improving communication with the districts
  • We’re on target for holding quarterly meetings for curriculum and instruction
  • Our students are getting high-paying jobs upon graduation
  • Students are asking, “Why didn’t you get me to start MetroED sooner?”
  • Better recognition for the rigor in programs to the comprehensive schools
  • We are establishing partnerships with city colleges for dual enrollment (e.g., San Jose City College)
  • Hired Pilar, Director of Educational Services
  • Obtained a CTEIG (Career Technical Education Incentive Grant) for approximately +/- $200,000
  • Professional development survey given to staff with professional development given based on the results
  • Increased middle school tours for up to 1,500 students
  • Discover Your Future night on January 25
  • Manufacturing Expo on January 25
  • SVCTE teachers presenting at CTE conference
  • Revamping and tailoring focus on SVCTE Manufacturing for Engineering class