The Diploma Programme Core: Creativity, Activity, Service
CAS involves students in a range of enjoyable and significant experiences, including clubs, activities, athletics and community service.
With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to create balance within a strenuous program, emphasizing there is more to learning and growth than what is found in the classroom.
CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service:
- Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
- Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
- Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
The CAS program formally begins at the start of the Diploma Programme (11th grade) and continues regularly through 12th grade.
- All CAS students are expected to maintain and complete a CAS portfolio as evidence of their engagement with CAS. The CAS portfolio is a collection of evidence that showcases CAS experiences and for student reflections.
- Completion of CAS is based on student achievement of the seven CAS learning outcomes. Through their CAS portfolio, students provide the school with evidence demonstrating achievement of each learning outcome.
- Further, students undertake a CAS project of at least one month’s duration that challenges students to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making. The CAS project can address any single strand of CAS, or combine two or all three strands.
- Students use the CAS stages (investigation, preparation, action, reflection and demonstration) as a framework for CAS experiences and the CAS project.
- CAS emphasizes reflection, as reflection is essential in informing students’ learning and growth by allowing them to explore ideas, skills, strengths, limitations and areas for further development and consider how they may use prior learning in new contexts.
Click here for more information about CAS.