Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
CAS complements the challenging academic IB programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment. CAS is organised around the three strands of creativity, activity (sport) and service. CAS initiatives should pursue personal growth and skill, and involve reflection. They need to be a challenge and a source of learning.
Creativity involves exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. Examples are music, theatre, film, design technology, visual arts, dance, fashion and experiences that involve creative thinking (eg. joining a choir or doing fashion design).
Activity refers to physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Examples include taking on a new sport or extending your ability in a sport already practised (eg. football, yoga, dance, biking or hiking).
This activity must benefit others and improve their existing situation. It is a social, unpaid service. Examples include: volunteering at a senior citizen home, tutoring, scouting, IT assistance for elderly people, helping handicapped people, helping with projects in less developed countries, joining an NGO for some time during a holiday, etc.
Ø Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma.
Ø The CAS programme begins at the start of the DP and continues regularly for at least 18 months with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity and service.
Ø Completion of CAS is based on achievement of the following seven CAS learning outcomes:
1. Identify strengths and develop areas for growth
2. Demonstrate that 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. Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions
Ø A CAS Portfolio - a collection of evidence that showcases experiences and reflections, using an electronic platform called ManageBac to manage this documentation.
Ø Engaging in CAS experiences involving one or more of the 3 CAS strands. A CAS experience can be a single event or may be an extended series of events.
Ø Undertaking a CAS Project of at least one month’s duration that shows initiative, demonstrates perseverance, and develops skills such as collaboration, problem-solving and decision-making.