Creativity, Action and Service or CAS
Often referred to as the community service requirement, the CAS component of the IB curriculum is intended to encourage each student to develop individual skills and interests, provide a well-rounded balance to the demands of academic scholarship and to challenge the student to become aware of their responsibility to contribute to their community in a meaningful way. Students are required to complete their CAS hours over two years (their junior and senior year).
Creativity includes a wide range of artistic endeavors (art, dance, music, drama, etc.), including the creativity a student employs in designing and completing service projects.
Action involves physical activities such as sports and athletic training and also includes the physical activities required to implement creative or service projects such as building, planting or coaching.
Service is voluntary (not paid monetarily nor for school credit) community or social service, including environmental or international projects.
As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:
- increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
- undertaken new challenges
- planned and initiated activities
- worked collaboratively with others
- shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
- engaged with issues of global importance
- considered the ethical implications of their actions
- developed new skills
All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS requirement. Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires only that there is some evidence for every outcome. This focus on learning outcomes emphasizes that it is the quality of a CAS activity (its contribution to the student's development) that is of most importance. While "hour counting" is not required, the guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity is approximately equivalent to half a day per school week (three to four hours per week).