What is CAS?
Creativity, activity, service (CAS) enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well as their social and civic development, through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic rigor of the IB Diploma Program.
CAS stands for creativity, activity and service.
All IB students pursuing the full diploma must complete a CAS program which can be documented as early as the first day of junior year and continues throughout senior year for a minimum of 18 months with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity and service.
The CAS program includes documented evidence of participation in various experiences and at least one CAS project.
Completion of the program is determined by fulfilling the criteria above and demonstrating growth through the seven learning outcomes.
The three strands of CAS are characterized as follows:
- Creativity - exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
- Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
- Service - collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
CAS Frequently Asked Questions
Does CAS count towards the full diploma?
CAS is part of the Diploma Programme "core" with Theory of Knowledge(TOK) and Extended Essay(EE). Completion of CAS is required for the full diploma to be awarded but there are no points earned for the completion. On June 1st of the graduation year, we are required to identify each CAS portfolio as complete or incomplete.
Is there someone who oversees my child in the CAS program?
Yes! At the MLC, Mrs. Rowe serves as the CAS Coordinator for all of the DP Candidates. She reviews portfolios, approves experiences and supports students towards developing a personally fulfilling program.
Drop an email to Mrs. Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org
How many hours are needed for CAS?
CAS is NOT counted by the number of hours. Completion is awarded after a student has met the seven learning outcomes. Student meet these outcomes through experiences related to creativity, activity and service in a program extending a minimum of 18 months in duration, including one CAS project.
When does the CAS program begin?
CAS is introduced at the end of the sophomore year. Work in CAS cannot begin until the first day of junior year and must extend a minimum of 18 months through the spring of senior year.
Can I complete all of the CAS work over the summer?
No! Students are given explicit guidance on developing a PLAN in the first month of the school year to span involvement over the 18 months. The IB values a well-rounded student who thinks and acts creatively, shows care and concern for their community and places an importance on health and physical wellness.
A successful CAS plan is balanced and reflects the individual students desire for growth.
Does religious activity count towards CAS
CAS encourages students to be involved in activities as individuals and as part of a team that take place in local, national and international contexts.
Creativity, activity and service enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well as their social and civic development, through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the IB Diploma Program.
CAS should be both challenging and enjoyable - a personal journey of self-discovery that recognizes each student's individual starting point.