Creativity, Action & Service

All CAS forms and further information can be found at: CAS Website


CAS, a quick summary …


What is CAS?    It’s an essential part of the IB Diploma programme and it focuses on your education outside of the classroom; it is generally regarded as non-academic

                           CAS has three parts:            Creativity,   Action,   and   Service


What is the purpose of CAS?  CAS activities broaden your education by helping you to develop a sense of responsibility to others as well as an increase in self-awareness and personal development.  Successful CAS activities enable you to experience new challenges and explore new roles, ideas and strategies.  Good CAS activities are challenging and enjoyable.


How much do I have to do?  Previously, candidates were expected to accumulate a total of 150 hours over the two years.  This number is now regarded as a “ballpark” figure. 


How is work for CAS recorded?  There are five forms to complete:  Activity Planning (should be completed before you begin); Activity Logs (one for short and one for long term activities); and the Journal (for your reflections, both during and after the activity).  You will also have to provide evidence of completion of the activities – these can be the signed Activity Logs or letters, certificates, documents, photos, etc.  Forms are available from the CAS Coordinator and, when completed, they must be filed along with the evidence in individual student CAS folders kept by the IB Coordinator.


Logs and journals are monitored for progress during the school year.  At the end of Year One, all folders are placed into storage and new folders supplied for Year Two.  In March of Year Two, your advisor will help you fill in the final form, the CAS Completion Form, which shows how you have achieved each of the Learning Outcomes.


What are CAS journals?  For each CAS activity, you are required to give a description of the activity and to comment on the experiences you have gained.  More than a diary, the journal is an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned.


Year-end Journal:  Near the end of Year Two, you are required to write an essay on the overall outcome of your CAS activities and what they mean to you.  This will be done in TOK classes.


What is NOT appropriate for a CAS activity?  Any activity for which you already receive credit, whether financial or academic, does NOT qualify.  Activities that are simply mindless chores (e.g. stacking boxes in a warehouse) and from which you gain no real learning experience does NOT qualify.  In general, passive activities, from which nothing of value can be attained or reflected upon, do not qualify.


The aim of all IB Programmes is to develop internationally-minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”                                                                                                                                                                                                IBO 2006

For further questions about CAS, contact your CAS Coordinators:  Mr. Clarke ( or Mr. Tereposky (