Creativity, Activity and Service
What is CAS?
CAS is the heart of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning
The three strands: creativity, activity and service are defined 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.
What is a CAS Experience?
A CAS experience is a specific event in which the student engages with one or more of the three CAS strands. It can be a single event or an extended series of events. A CAS project is a collaborative series of sequential CAS experiences lasting at least one month. Typically, a student’s CAS programme combines planned/unplanned singular and ongoing experiences. All are valuable and may lead to personal development. However, a meaningful CAS programme must be more than just a series of unplanned/singular experiences. Students must be involved in at least one CAS project during the programme.
The requirements of an experience:
• fit within one or more of the CAS strands
• be based on a personal interest, skill, talent or opportunity for growth
• provide opportunities to develop the attributes of the IB learner profile
• not be used or included in the student’s DP course requirements.
Completion of CAS is based on student achievement of the seven CAS learning outcomes.
- Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
- Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
- Show commitment to, and perseverance in, CAS experiences
- Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
- Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
- Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions