Class Selection
Each student is required to select three standard level (SL) classes and three higher level (HL) classes in order to sit for the full IB Diploma.  Should a student wish, he or she may select more that three SL classes; however, this will disqualify him or her from the full IB Diploma.  A student may also elect to choose four HL classes and two SL classes; however, this requires prior approval from the DP Academic Counselor and the DP Coordinator.  
Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge 
Students must complete an extended essay for the full IB Diploma and for graduation from LVA.  All students are required to take theory of knowledge, regardless of whether or not they will sit for the full IB Diploma.  Should a student sit for the full IB Diploma, he or she must obtain a minimum score of a "D" in theory of knowledge AND the extended essay.  Failing either of these components, is an automatic failing condition for the full IB Diploma.  Please see the points matrix for further clarification.   Diploma Points Matrix
Creativity, Activity, and Service

All students must complete CAS, regardless of their examination status.  Please see the CAS Handbook for more information.  Students sitting for the full IB Diploma must successfully complete their CAS program.  

Earning the IB Diploma

The following are the 
failing conditions for the IB Diploma:
  1. CAS requirements have not been met.
  2. Candidate's total points are fewer than 24.
  3. An N has been given for theory of knowledge, extended essay, or for a contributing subject.
  4. A grade E has been awarded for one or both of theory of knowledge and the extended essay.
  5. There is a grade 1 awarded in a subject/level.
  6. Grade 2 has been awarded three or more times (HL or SL).
  7. Grade 3 or below has been awarded four or more times (HL or SL).
  8. Candidate has gained fewer than 12 points on HL subjects (for candidates who register for four subjects, the three highest grades count).
  9. Candidate has gained fewer than 9 points on SL subjects (candidates who register for two SL subjects must gain at least 5 points at SL).