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Counseling Overview


Academic Program


Venture’s  curriculum meets UC and CSU requirements and mirrors the course of study offered at the district’s four outstanding comprehensive high schools. Many of our students concurrently enroll at their home high schools and community colleges to take advantage of courses not offered at Venture, like Honors and AP courses. Venture does not offer AP or Honors courses, but some of our students do take these courses at other district high schools.

Graduation Requirements: Aligned with SRVUSD Standards






(including Algebra)


Visual and Performing Arts/World Language/

Technology (10 credits in  2 fields)


Social Studies








Physical Education


Total Credits Required:


  • 5 Credits per class - Must pass with a D- or higher for graduation or C or higher for college admission
  • 6 Classes per semester  
  • 60 Credits per year (Grades 11 and 12 have the option to take 5 classes)
  • 220 Credit for SRVUSD High School Diploma

Grading System:                Based on 4.0 Scale - (Rank/Decile in class is not computed by District Policy)

Venture’s independent study program provides students with the opportunity to personalize their education with the freedom to pursue opportunities with the extra time that independent study allows. Students work with a primary teacher who provides and oversees a program of study to match their grade level, interests, and aspirations.  Through this process, Venture students master academic skills while developing the independence, initiative, time management and organizational capabilities necessary for future success.




In 1998, Venture was the first school in California to receive the Governor’s Quality Award, which was based upon the Federal Malcolm Baldridge Award recognizing organizations for achieving the highest level of excellence in their field. This honor was followed by the Prospector Award in 2002. Venture was also selected as an Independent Study Demonstration School by the National Alternative Education Association and as an “Outstanding Independent Study School” by the California Department of Education and California Consortium for Independent Study.

Since 2011, Venture graduates have included a gold medalist in the 51st International Mathematical Olympiad and the winner of the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search, as well as National Merit Scholarship finalist and semi-finalists. Because Venture provides education to student athletes who compete at the national level and to students employed as actors and models, other recent graduates are pursuing their professional careers in sports, in modeling and acting, and as dancers with the San Francisco and Joffrey Ballet companies.


The Academy of Art – San Francisco

Arizona State University Berklee College of  Music

California College of the Arts

California Lutheran University

California Maritime Academy

California State Universities –

Bakersfield, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, San Louis Obispo, San Jose, Sonoma

DePaul University

Dominican University of California

Fashion Institute of Design

and Merchandising

Fordham; Georgia Institute

of Technology


Harvard University

Hiwassee College

Judson College

Juilliard School

London School of Fashion

Loyola University, Chicago

Mills College

Oklahoma State University

Pacific Union College

Northern Arizona University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Saint Mary’s College

Santa Clara University

Sweet Briar College

University of Arizona

Universities of California-

Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles,

Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz

University of C, Colorado       Springs

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Missouri Columbia

University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of the Pacific

University of Portland

University of Rhode Island

University of San Francisco

University of Washington

Warren Wilson College

Western Washington University

Westminster University


Class of 2020 College Placement: 69.0% enrolled in 2-4 yr college/university (33% = 4-year, 47% = 2-year)

31% have continued working, Gap Year, Technical School, or Military branches.