The Creativity, Activity and Service programme is the third element at the core of the full IB Diploma. All students who are seeking to qualify for the full IB Diploma must successfully participate in and fulfil the requirements of the CAS programme during 2 years of study.
CAS is a framework for experiential learning and is designed to involve students in new roles. The emphasis is on learning by doing real tasks with real consequences and reflecting on these experiences over time.
It is also an extra-curricular programme that is designed to challenge and extend a student. Students must engage in activities that include a balance of creativity, action and service.
- Creativity is interpreted as imaginatively as possible to cover a wide range of art and other activities.
- Activity does not restrict itself to expeditions, sport, or physical training, but may include carrying out creative or service projects.
- Service emphasises community or social service.
Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours: 50 hours for Creativity, 50 hours for Activity and 50 hours for Service. There must also be one self-initiated project (which can be done solo or as part of a small group) and one ongoing CAS experience that runs for at least 18 months out of the 2-year programme.
The IBO’s goal is to educate the whole person and foster responsible, compassionate citizens.The CAS programme encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others.
The aims of CAS are to:
Complement the academic side of the curriculum; challenge and extend the individual student by developing a spirit of self-discovery and self-reliance; encourage the development of a student’s individual skills and interests.
Students are expected to be involved in the equivalent of at least two hours a week of CAS over the two-year time period. IB students are encouraged to excel beyond the minimum 150 CAS hours required during their junior and senior years and make meaningful contributions through a broad range of activities.