The Extended Essay and the NIS Senior Project


The Extended Essay and the NIS High School Diploma Senior Essay/Project


Minza Usman & Amanda Lenk

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What is the Extended Essay (EE)?

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 2020 – These are IMPORTANT documents and resources you need for engaging in the IBDP EE.  

G11 Subject Specific Criteria for Extended Essay & Senior Project 2nd Semester Grades – Class of 2020

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


NIS Students and Parents:

  • To access specific assignments set by the EE supervisors, please log in to your Veracross portal.

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