Frequently Asked Questions

What is Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE)?

We are a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) high school program offering 28 courses (21 of which are UC “a-g” approved) that prepare students for college and future careers.

The program is free for qualified 11th & 12th grade students who are curious about a specific career path. Classes are offered at an off-site campus with high tech classrooms and industry expert teachers. 

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When do students attend?

Students who enroll in the program must commit to a 2-hour morning (7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.) or 3-hour afternoon (12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) session Monday - Friday. The school year begins in August and finishes in June.

How do students get credits?

These elective classes are held for two or three hours per day, so students earn a total of 20-30 high school credits which are applied to their transcript.

Where is SVCTE located?

The campus is centrally located in San Jose near Capitol Expressway and Highway 87. The address is: 760 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose, CA 95136.

How do students get to SVCTE?

Free bus transportation is provided from the student’s home high school to SVCTE and back.

Who can attend SVCTE?

11th and 12th grade students from our district partners enroll through their home high school. Adults may enroll for classes on a space-available basis.

How do students enroll?

Students must meet with their home high school counselor and be approved. Interested students may fill out an online application. Adult enrollment is offered in person. Please call us for details: (408) 723-6400.

How does this program affect a student’s school schedule?

Daily students attend both schools and spend half a day at each site. A student takes their core classes at the high school and spends the remainder of their day at SVCTE in their elective class. Together this creates a full day schedule.