Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS)
The CAS is at the heart of the DP. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning from the PYP and MYP. A meaningful CAS program is a journey of discovery of self and others. The program lasts for 18 months and aims to develop students who:
- enjoy and find significance in a range of CAS experiences
- purposefully reflect upon their experiences
- identify goals, develop strategies and determine further actions for personal growth
- explore new possibilities, embrace new challenges and adapt to new roles
- actively participate in planned, sustained and collaborative CAS projects
- understand they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
What is CAS?
Creativity: Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretative product or performance.
Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.
Service: A collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. 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 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
The Seven Learning Outcomes
There are specific goals for the CAS program that are important to the development of young adults. As a CAS participant, you must document your activities and provide evidence that, through them, you have achieved seven key learning outcomes. Through their CAS portfolio, students provide the school with evidence demonstrating achievement of each learning outcome:
- Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
- Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
- Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
- Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively
- Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
- Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions
Responsibilities of the student
As far as possible, students should 'own' their personal CAS programs. With guidance, from their mentors/advisers, students should choose activities for themselves, initiating new ones where appropriate.
Detailed information about the CAS program to find here: DP Guide 2017-2019.