Extended Essay

The Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Program 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 for full Diploma Candidates.

Taking on the Extended Essay provides Newman students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor who works with students to establish best research practices, pro-active scholarship and self-directed learning.

Formal Presentation and Delivery

The culmination of the Extended Essay requirement in Newman School’s IB program is the presentation of a significant essay piece of formally presented, structured writing of no more than 4,000 words.  In it, ideas and findings must be communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen and is assessed against common criteria, interpreted in ways appropriate to each subject.

Development of Argument

The learning and understanding developed through the Extended Essay and other crucial requirements of Newman’s IB Diploma program act as a foundation for students as they approach higher education and their adult lives.  The ability to develop rational, well-researched writing provides an irreplaceable platform of skills and tools for our students to progress toward their own futures.