The Extended Essay
, or EE, is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen by the IB student when he or she is in 11th grade. The student normally writes his EE in one of his six chosen IB subjects, or a subject in which he has experience, knowledge, or interest. The EE is intended to promote academic research and teaches the student to create a thoughtful question, engage with learning about the topic, communicate clearly, and then develop his/her argument in the essay.
Dr. LaRell Bissett is our EE coordinator, and students choose an EE mentor with whom they work as they write their essay during 11th and 12th grades.
Students conduct research for their EE during their junior year and then produce a 4,000-word piece of formally presented, structured writing in which their ideas and findings are communicated clearly. The EE is due on the first day of a student's senior year but is polished and then formally submitted to the IB later in the year.
Examples of excellent extended essays can be found here