At the core of the IB program is the Creativity, Action, and Service component which aims to engage students in meaningful and transforming life experiences and exchanges. From exploring untapped areas of creativity to embracing new challenges to getting involved in concerns other than your own, CAS truly is the core of real education.
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. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme. A good CAS experience 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.
As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, all eight of the following outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS requirement:
increased awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
undertaken new challenges
planned and initiated activities
worked collaboratively with others
shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
engaged with issues of global importance
considered the ethical implications of their actions
developed new skills
Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB diploma. CAS is not formally assessed but students need to document their activities and provide evidence that they have achieved eight key learning outcomes. CAS is also a requirement for SMN graduation.