Creativity Action Service

Creativity, action, service (CAS) is an intrinsic element of the IB Diploma as one of the three essential

Elements in every student’s Diploma Programme experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. The three strands of CAS are:

Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.

Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.

Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and connection with their wider community. It provides balance to academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme. A good CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable, a personal journey of self-discovery. Each individual student has a different starting point, and therefore different goals and needs, but for many their CAS activities include experiences that are profound and life-changing.

For student development to occur, CAS should involve:

  • Real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
  • Personal challenge - tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope
  • Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
  • Reflection on outcomes and personal learning.

All proposed CAS activities need to meet these four criteria.

CAS activities continue over 18 months with students engaging in areas to build skills in things like canoeing, snowboarding, guitar and singing. The service component builds on student’s empathy and may include volunteering, coaching and mentoring

Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB diploma. A school’s CAS programme is regularly monitored by the relevant regional office.

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