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CAS Creativity, Activity, Service

Creativity, action, service (CAS) is at the heart of the DP, involving students
in a range of activities that take place alongside their academic
studies. The component’s three strands, often interwoven with particular
activities, are characterized as follows:
Creativity —exploring and extending ideas leading to an original
or interpretive product or performance. This may include visual
and performing arts, digital design, writing, film, culinary arts and
Action —physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Pursuits
may include individual and team sports, dance, outdoor recreation,
fitness training, and any other form of physical exertion
that purposefully contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
Service —collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the
community in response to an authentic need. Through Service,
students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life
situations involving decision-making, problem solving, initiative,
responsibility, and accountability for their actions.

Within the DP, CAS provides the main opportunity to develop many of the attributes described in the IB learner profile. For this reason, the aims of CAS have been written in a form that highlights their connections with the IB learner profile. The CAS programme aims to develop students who:

Enjoy and find significance in a range of CAS experiences involving intellectual, physical, creative, emotional and fun elements

Meaningfully reflect upon their experiences

Identify goals, develop strategies and initiate further actions for personal growth

Explore new possibilities, embrace new challenges and adapt to new roles

Actively participate in planned, sustained, and collaborative CAS Projects

Understand that they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.

Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB diploma. CAS is not formally assessed but students need to document their activities and provide evidence that they have achieved all eight key learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes are differentiated from assessment objectives because they are not rated on a scale. The completion decision for the school in relation to each student is, simply, “Have these outcomes been achieved?” This focus on learning outcomes emphasizes that it is the activity’s contribution to the student’s development that is most important. The guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity is 150 hours, with a reasonable balance between creativity, action and service.

  • The three strands of CAS are now named Creativity, Activity and Service
  • There is no set hour requirement, rather an 18 month commitment for all students
  • All students are expected to keep a portfolio of their project, reflections and CAS experience
  • You should use the five stages in carrying out your CAS experience( investigation, preparation, action, reflection, demonstration)
  • All students must meet the seven learning outcomes at least once during the Diploma program.  This should be included in your portfolio


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