Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a mandatory core component of the IB Diploma Programme. It aims to provide a 'counterbalance' to the academic rigour of the educational programme. CAS has to be undertaken by every student in the IBDP program. The Student has to actively participate in CAS on a weekly basis. It is mandatory for the students to undertake activities in all the 3 strands and have a healthy balance between them. Students are required to reflect on their CAS experiences as part of the DP, and provide evidence of achieving the seven learning outcomes for CAS.
How is CAS
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:
- Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
- Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
- 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.