The Extended Essay and the NIS Senior Project


The Extended Essay and the NIS High School Diploma Senior Essay


Katie Ham



What is the Extended Essay?

The extended essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects—normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for the IB diploma.

It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.

What is the NIS High School Diploma Senior Essay?

This is an option open to all non-IB Diploma students at NIS.

The Senior Essay requirement for the NIS High School diploma is the completion of an assignment that meets the criteria set out below (see Senior Essay and Project – Further Information). This task can be completed as either as a 2,000 word essay, or a project. The minimum grade required in order to pass the Senior Essay for the High School Diploma is a D.


Class of 2019

Introduction to Extended Essay and Senior Project – Class of 2019

EE Guide

Time frame for EE and Senior Project – Class of 2019

Formal Reflection Requirements and Due Dates

Senior Essay and Project – Further Information


Criteria for Extended Essay and Senior Project Semester Grades – Class of 2019

Geography and Business Management


Languages A (Literature; Language and Literature)

Language Acquisition (Language B)



Sciences (Biology / Chemistry / Physics)

Senior Project

Theatre Studies

Visual Arts

World Studies


Class of 2018

Introduction to the EE Class of 2018

EE Guide 2018

Timeline for Completion: Extended Essay and NIS Senior Essay Class of 2018 (updated)

Criteria for Semester Grades Class of 2018

Completing your reflections – Class of 2018

Requirements for Final Submission – Class of 2018


NIS Students and Parents:

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