The Extended Essay and the NIS Senior Essay

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The Extended Essay and the NIS 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.T

The Senior Essay requirement for the NIS High School diploma the completion of an assignment that meets the criteria set out below. 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 2019

Timeframe for Extended Essay and Senior Project 2019

Criteria for Extended Essay Semester Grades – Class of 2019 (coming soon)

Further Information and Criteria: Senior Essay and Project

Class of 2018

Introduction to the EE Class of 2018

EE Guide 2018

Timeframe for Extended Essay 2018

Criteria for Semester Grades Class of 2018

NIS Students and Parents:

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