Creativity Activity Service (CAS) is an experiential learning component of the Diploma Program in the 11th and 12th grades, totaling 150 hours of action and service. All students complete a wide variety of extracurricular, community service, and athletic options as individuals and as part of a team, enabling them to enhance their personal, interpersonal, social and civic development.
How is CAS structured?
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:
- Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
- Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
- Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
In order to demonstrate these concepts, students are required to undertake a CAS Project. The project challenges students to:
- show initiative
- demonstrate perseverance
- develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making
Requirements for CAS projects
CAS requires students to take part in a range of activities and projects. These should always involve:
- real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
- personal challenge
- thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
- reflection on outcomes and personal learning.
The IB doesn’t prescribe specific projects or activities to students. However, the IB does recommend that students take part in at least one project involving teamwork. All students should be involved in activities they’ve initiated themselves.
For details about the 7 learning outcomes and for additional information about reflections, please view the full CAS Guide (for the Class of 2017 onwards).