Under the IBDP programme, an intricate interwoven focused program known as the Creativity, Action, Service (C.A.S), is at the heart of the Diploma Program. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Program experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program. The three strands of CAS, which are often interlaced with particular activities, are characterized as follows.
Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program.
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 Program. A good program should be both challenging and enjoyable and, 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.
CAS assessment criteria (all proposed CAS activities need to meet these four criteria):
1.Real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
2.Personal challenge—tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope
3.Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
4.Reflection on outcomes and personal learning.
Learning outcomes of CAS:
1.Increased awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
2.Undertaken new challenges
3.Planned and initiated activities
4.Worked collaboratively with others
5.Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
6.Engaged with issues of global importance
7.Considered the ethical implications of their actions
8.Developed new skills