What is CAS?

Creativity, action, service (CAS)

The “Core” of the IB Diploma program

ALL THREE ELEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO EARN AN INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA

Creativity, 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:

  1. 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)
  2. Be involved in CAS activities an average of 2-3 hours a week
  3. Show evidence of all 7 learning outcomes and a good balance of Creativity,  Activity, and Service at the end of the two years
  4. Reflect in a meaningful way on a regular basis that shows the student’s growth

The 7 Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
  2. Demonstrate that new challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
  3. Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
  4. Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
  5. Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
  6. Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
  7. 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

Reflecting on ManageBac

What is a C.A.S. Experience?

C.A.S. experiences should

The C.A.S. areas of endeavor may be better understood as

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: