The Extended Essay (EE) is a prerequisite for receiving the IB Diploma and the St. Stephen's Diploma.  It involves independent research on a topic chosen by the student within the confines of the course of study in the IB Program. Students select their topics in one subject area, in cooperation with a faculty supervisor, who offers guidance in finding a useful research question, as well as assistance with suggesting source material.   The research is presented as a formal piece of scholarship of about 4,000 words, and represents 40 hours of work on the part of the student.

In order to emphasize the acquisition of research skills and to underline the essential nature of the Extended Essay in the core of the IB curriculum, substantial work in research and writing is conducted in Year 1, with a final deadline at the beginning of Year 2.

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