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CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)

1.DESCRIPTION AND STRANDS: Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is essential for DP. It has a holistic approach and it helps to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning.

CAS has 3 strands:

A. Creativity: experiences involving imagination, creative thinking, expression and arts.  
B. Activity: physical effort, activities in which students use their initiative and contribute to their healthy life,
C. Service: unpaid, voluntary and collaborative serving for an authentic need.

2.AIMS OF CAS: CAS provides students with various opportunities to develop the traits described in the IB Learner profile. Therefore, we aim to have students who are:

  • reflective thinkers-they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise startegies for personal growth
  • willing to accept new challenges and new roles
  • aware of themselves as members of communties with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
  • active participants in sustained, collaborative projects
  • balanced- they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physcial, creative and emotional experience.

A CAS experince: an event marking participation in one or more of the CAS strands.

A CAS Project:  your involvement in a CAS experience lasting at least one month, addressing any single CAS strand or a combination of strands, and involving the student in planning and implementing the project. It requires collaboration between students or a with wider community.

3.LEARNING OUTCOMES: Completion of CAS is based on student achievement of the seven learning outcomes. Through their CAS portfolio students present evidence demonstrating achievement of each learning outcome.

4.PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The CAS programme officially begins at the start of the DP and continuse for at least18 months . There needs to be a reasonable balance between creativity, activity and service. Each CAS experience must follow Investigation, preparation,action and reflection stages.

CAS activities must involve:

  • Meaningful, real activities with remarkable outcomes
  • Challenge for students
  • Attentive analysis of the stages
  • Reflection on the process, outcomes and personal development

CAS students have guidance at the school level through a variety of resources including the school’s CAS handbook, information sessions and meetings. In addition, students have three formal interviews with the school’s CAS coordinator/advisor.  

All CAS students are expected to maintain and complete a CAS portfolio as evidence of their engagement with CAS. CAS portfolio means a collection of evidence and reflections. It is not formally assessed.


Creativity Ideas:

  • Learn an especially challenging piece of music/ dance routine 
  • Design a website for a school/non-profit/charity organization.  

Activity Ideas:

  • Team sport (on-campus or off-campus)
  • Individual sport (bowling, golfing, surfing, swimming, mountain biking, running etc.)
  • Yoga, Pilates, dancing

Service Ideas:

  • Tutor at a local  state elementary school
  • Volunteer to help at local orphanage
  • Visit the hospital/ old people’s house and teach them a new craft/skill
  • Campaign the local government on an issue you feel strongly about
  • Become certified in First Aid