CAS stands for Creativity, Activity, and Service. It is another component of the IB Core mentioned above. CAS is an avenue for experiential learning. Emphasis is placed on learning by doing and then reflecting on the experiences over time. CAS is a fundamental requirement of the Diploma Program and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies. It is a requirement for those pursuing an IB Diploma. CAS involves students in experiential learning through a range of artistic, physical and service experiences. Students will participate in a minimum of 150 CAS hours that are reasonably divided between the CAS Strands: Creativity-Activity-Service. Your CAS experiences can address any single strand of CAS, or combine two or all three strands and the CAS Stages. It is important to note that the value of CAS isnâ€™t in the hours collected; rather it is found in the quality of the experience.
- Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of arts experiences as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects. Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance.
- Activity includes individual/team sports or physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Also, taking part in expeditions and local or international projects. Activity does not necessarily restrict itself to expeditions or sports, but may also include carrying out creative and service projects, as well as training for service.
- Service encompasses a host of community and social service experiences. Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.
Many students can attest to the fact that CAS seems more daunting than it actually is. Completing 150 hours over the course of two years is relatively simple when sports, clubs, and volunteering experiences are taken into account.
In addition to completing the hours, each student must create a CAS project that challenges students to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making.
For more information about CAS, visit the CAS Handbook that is a comprehensive guide for current Diploma students.