CAS: Creativity, Action and Service
Students design a program of participation in creative, active, and community service pursuits, fostering students' awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. Students are required to participate in CAS during the entire two years of the Diploma program. Students submit evidence of, and reflections about, their experiences in a personally designed portfolio.
Creativity: arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking which have a definite goal or outcome.
Action: physical exertions contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work in the Diploma Program and provide a significant challenge.
Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the students, where the rights, dignity and autonomy of all involved are respected. Political and religious activities may be included only if the goals promote the well-being of all people, regardless of affiliation. (Click here for community service opportunities.)
CAS Handbook (pdf)
All you need to know about CAS
CAS Checklist of Essentals
- Getting hours “out of the way” over the summer defeats the purpose of learning the value of a balanced and integrated lifestyle. While summer projects are not excluded from your portfolio of activities, C.A.S. learning should be concurrent with academic learning.
- The extent of reflection should match the significance of the activity. There is no point in writing lengthy accounts about relatively routine experiences.
- Use significant learning experiences to help others. Promote the organizations and activities that you think would be valuable for other students. This is taking initiative! It is also authentically relevant to making the world (starting right here in our school community) “a better and more peaceful” place.
DEADLINE: All CAS Projects must be completed on ManageBac by Spring Break of your senior year.
For more information, please contact Cleveland's IB Coordinator, Jennifer Wiandt, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-916-5120.