i. About Us

At Silicon Valley Academy, we foster a nurturing environment to uplift and empower our students with the tools to contribute to the modern world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to respect, foster and value every child’s cognitive development; cultural diversity; social, physical and emotional growth by providing a safe and nurturing learning environment

Our History

At SVA, we have a history of empowering our students with the cognitive development they need while building a culture that aims to serve society. Silicon Valley Academy is a full-time private school located in Sunnyvale, California. SVA was established in 1996. In 2018, SVA celebrated its twenty-third-year anniversary of providing quality education. SVA offers four educational programs: pre-kindergarten for ages 2 ½ to 5 years who are fully potty trained, elementary program for grades kindergarten through five, middle school program for grades six through eight, and an accelerated high school program. SVA is registered with California Department of Education, Private School Affidavit CDS # 43696906205074.

SVA is a non-profit school which serves 150 students (non-profit tax #EIN 86-1113567). Our student population represents various cultural, social and economic backgrounds. SVA does not discriminate on the basis of color, ethnic background, national origin, race, religion, or gender. We are looking forward to an exciting year of exploration; physical sports activities, field trips, arts, cooking, scientific discoveries and more at SVA.

In honor of our Middle School Students graduating in 2017, we created this music video called "Make A Change".

We hope our students continue to serve society and this video is a showcase of the enthusiasm and spirit that we strive to cultivate.


SVA Goals:

  • Design an academic program that is suited to each child’s individual developmental stage
  • Provide hands-on learning that inspires the hearts and minds of students
  • Promote assimilation and practice of values such as cooperation, generosity, self-discipline, consideration and responsibility
  • Build a sense of community through students’ involvement in community service projects
  • Integrate into the curriculum, a variety of technologies for use in a rapidly changing society
  • Extend respect of the child, family, community to the natural environment

Our Team

All of our teachers are GLAD certified. SVA also has more GLAD certified elite trainers in the country. Our staff alone has trained over 6,000 public & private school teachers and administrators!

Mona Nezzar - Principal
Lina Arab - Vice Principal
Mona Gonzales - Director Academic Instruction
Azzah Izzeldin - Academic Dean
Dr. Zakiyyah Hyatt - School Psychologist
Sonia Lejmi - Arabic and Quran Curriculum Developer
Blanca Hernandez - Office Manager

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors is a team of dedicated individuals who have a vision to support SVA. Each board member brings a skill set that SVA values. This team also creates checks and balances for any parental concerns as well as making sure our staff, parents & volunteers are all represented fairly.

Atif Siddiqi - VP Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, Board President.
Rashid Hussain - Sales Executive, Board Treasurer.
Belal Helal - Ph.D (MIT, EECS) Design Engineer, Board Secretary.
Heba El-Haddad - Psychologist at Khalil Center, Stanford & Kaiser Permanente, Board Member.
Aylin Sucu - Be GLAD trainer, Board Member.

Advisory Board Members

Sr. Habebe Husain
Sr. Noshaba Afzal
Sr. Mariam Jamil
Sr. Carrie Jamil
Dr. Zakiyyah Hyatt
Dr. Rebecca James
Imam Tahir Anwar
Br. Ishrat Hussain
Br. Jabbar Beig
Sheikh Alauddin AlBakri