What is CAS?
Creativity, action, service (CAS)
The “Core” of the IB Diploma program
- Theory of Knowledge (T.O.K.)
- Extended Essay (E.E.)
- Creativity, Activity and Service (C.A.S.)
ALL THREE ELEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO EARN AN INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMACreativity, Activity and Service is part of the “Core” of the IB Curriculum that emphasizes participation in meaningful experiences outside of the classroom. To be eligible for the IB Diploma, students must successfully complete the C.A.S program. The other two parts of the IB “Core” include the Theory of Knowledge class and the Extended Essay.
The “Big 4” elements that a Sturgis student must do to meet C.A.S. requirements:
- Participate in at least one ongoing collaborative project (at least one month) that features at least one of the CAS strands: creativity, activity and service, and shows initiative (CAS Project)
- Be involved in CAS activities an average of 2-3 hours a week
- Show evidence of all 7 learning outcomes and a good balance of Creativity, Activity, and Service at the end of the two years
- Reflect in a meaningful way on a regular basis that shows the student’s growth
The 7 Learning Outcomes
- Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
- Demonstrate that new 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
C.A.S. Aims and Objectives
The C.A.S. program aims to develop students who are
- Reflective thinkers—they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth.
- Willing to accept new challenges and new roles.
- Aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.
- Active participants in sustained, collaborative projects.
- Balanced—they enjoy and find significance in a range of experiences involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.
Reflecting on ManageBac
- To begin an experience, students make a proposal including: a summary of the experience, supervisor contact information, specified learning outcomes, and planning in the form of a response to the C.A.S. planning questions.
- We suggest students reflect on their growth in C.A.S. experiences at least once every two weeks. Reflection may take the form of: written reflections, photographs with captions addressing the learning outcomes, videos, audio reflections, in-person interviews, group reflection, etc.
- At the conclusion of each activity, students must complete the final CAS question and submit the experience to their supervisor for review.
What is a C.A.S. Experience?
C.A.S. experiences should
- Be real and purposeful, with significant outcomes.
- Involve personal challenge that extends the student and is achievable in scope.
- Provide opportunities to develop the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.
- Satisfy at least one of the three strands of Creativity, Activity, and Service, and at least one of the seven learning outcomes
The C.A.S. areas of endeavor may be better understood as
- 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.
C.A.S. opportunities are advertised through daily announcements, on the activities board, and through the annual fall C.A.S. clubs and activities fair and spring C.A.S. Showcase. Students are guided through the two-year C.A.S. experience through lessons in TOK, electronic conversations via ManageBac, and personal interviews with their C.A.S. Coordinator. A Pass/Fail grade will be awarded on each Progress Report and Report Card.
Ultimately, a student’s C.A.S. experience should be meaningful to them. It is therefore important that students understand that the emphasis of CAS is on experiential learning: learning by doing real tasks that have meaningful consequences and then reflecting on these experiences over time. It is anticipated that about 150 hours will be needed to properly meet the requirements of the program over the two year course.
C.A.S. experiences may not contain any element of the following:
- Academic credit
- Financial or material reward
- Familial duty
- Religious devotion
- Work experience
- Unsupervised activity