The Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) component occupies a central place in the IB Diploma Programme. It is one of the three essential elements of the learner curriculum.
The three components of the CAS program are often linked to specific experiences and can be characterized as follows:
Creativity : art and other activities involving creative thinking .
Activity: physical effort that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and complements schoolwork done in the other disciplines of the Diploma Programme.
Service: voluntary and unpaid, it is a beneficial exchange for the learner from a learning point of view.
CAS experiences underline the importance of life outside of the classroom.
They encourage learners to share their energy and talents with others : for example, taking part in a theatrical or musical production, in sporting activities or in community service.
The CAS experiences formally begin in the first year of the Diploma Programme andcontinues regularly for at least 18 months. A balance must be maintained between creativity, activity and service.
The CAS also requires that learners complete a CAS project for a minimum of one month duration. During this project, learners must demonstrate initiative, perseverance and develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making.
So that our learners can develop themselves, CAS includes:
- Concrete experiences and projects that have a specific goal and significant results.
- A personal challenge – tasks must motivate the learners to push their limits yet be attainable.
- Careful monitoring (planning, test of progress, report).
- A personal reflection on the CAS learning outcomes, the results achieved and what they learned.
CAS is conducive to the development of many qualities described in the IB learner profile. For this reason, the global objectives of the CAS experiences have been designed to highlight their links with the IB learner profile.
The IB diploma requires the successful completion of the CAS experiences by achieving the seven learning outcomes.