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International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

As Part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program, Baccalaureate students complete several assignments similar to components of the graduation project. Yet, unlike the graduation project, these assignments are not related to each other. Therefore, meeting the requirements of the IB Diploma program does not necessarily equate to completion of a NC Graduation Project. IB Diploma program directors and teachers are encouraged to explore ways to help students build one or more of the assignments below into a culminating experience that fulfills the NC Graduation Project guidelines.

IB Extended Essay
(40 hours of research and writing are expected)

  • 4000 words (10-12 pages)
  • A researched argument on one of 26 topics
Student is assigned a mentor from the faculty

Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Essay on a prescribed title

  • Generic questions about knowledge; cross-disciplinary in nature
  • 1,200-1,600 words
  • ToK teacher evaluates essay and then sends it to an IB examiner.

Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) Requirement
(150 hours divided equally among the three)

  •  Creativity involves learning over time where students are mastering something new.
  • Action involves either a sport or interaction with the community.
  • Service involves helping others in the community.

English Al Presentation
Students are evaluated on a required presentation of literary criticism (10-15 minutes).


Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
Students are evaluated on a required presentation on topics relevant to ToK. (10 minute minimum). Students prepare a written self-evaluation report.


Group 4 Project
Students work collaboratively on a science project and present their findings in a presentation (5-10 minutes).


The areas given here, along with thoughtful reflection, planning, and guidance from parents, teachers, and other advisors can potentially emerge into a project topic, thereby satisfying the graduation project requirements.


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