Creativity, Activity & Service
Service as Action (SA) is a requirement of the MYP. According to the IB, it helps students to build authentic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. Since service becomes more meaningful when the underlying issues are understood, SA experiences are naturally linked within the MYP curriculum. These links may be initiated by the teacher or students, depending on the context and the age of the children (i.e. students in younger grades will need more guidance than their older peers). Each grade level will have at least one SA link built into its curriculum.
In addition to the SA program at DIS, which is imbedded within the curriculum, the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) is extra-curricular and must be successfully completed to pass each grade level and to gain graduation from the MYP in Grade 10. Indeed, students take part in a great variety of activities during their education and CAS aims to give credit for these activities. Moreover, it aims to foster and reinforce a value for community service among the students and teachers alike.
At DIS, the CAS program is monitored by advisory teachers. Students will use the online ManageBac system, which is also used by the IB Diploma students in grades 11 & 12.