Students zoned to attend MVHS may enroll in the full IB Diploma Program or they may elect to take IB courses in just those subjects in which they have a particular interest and ability. Students who transfer from another SCPS high school zone to MVHS for IB must enroll in the full IB Diploma Program (may not transfer for individual IB courses).
'Full' IB Diploma Program Participation
Students who pursue the IB Diploma (IBDP) are working towards earning their VA Advanced Studies Diploma as well as an International Baccalaureate Diploma, simultaneously. When they have succeeded, they will hold two diplomas.
9th and 10th graders intending to pursue the IBDP are considered full MV pre-IB students and take honors courses in all of their academic subjects, as well as taking a world language. Freshman and sophomore students in the MV pre-IB program may alter their program of study up until registering for their 11th grade courses; at that time, the IBDP commences.
11th and 12th graders pursuing the IBDP are considered IB Diploma candidates. They take IB courses in the 4 core areas (English, math, science, social studies) as well as an IB course in a world language and an IB elective course. In addition to these academic requirements, IBDP juniors and seniors complete 3 additional IB core requirements (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, Creativity-Activity-Service) in order to earn the IB Diploma.
The IBDP Coordinator monitors the progress of full pre-IB and IB students from 9th through 12th grade, offering support and guidance regarding the students’ program of study.
IBDP students have some summer assignments between 11th and 12th grade, including the Extended Essay and possibly some readings.
'Partial' IB Program Participation
Students who elect not to pursue the IB Diploma may still pursue IB scores in individual subjects. They may mix-and-match these courses with AP and Dual Enrollment courses at MVHS. We often refer in an unofficial way to this as “partial” IB Program participation (indicating that the student is not committed to the full IBDP). Students who complete individual IB courses are working toward earning a Certificate of Results for each subject they complete. They do not complete the core requirements required of full IBDP students.
9th and 10th grade students who want to take individual IB courses will take honors courses in those subjects, as available.
Students pursuing IB Certificates of Results in individual subjects may begin their IB coursework in 11th grade.
The IBDP Coordinator does not monitor the progress of students pursuing individual IB subjects. These students work with their counselors to ensure that the correct sequence of course for each subject is being followed; however, the IBDP Coordinator works closely with the counselors to ensure that students are supported for success in individual IB subjects.