WHAT IS CAS?
An IB program that focuses on Creativity, Action, and Service. Students must serve 150 hours of volunteer service during their junior and senior years in order to fulfill that part of the requirement for the IB Diploma.
There are many opportunities to earn hours: volunteering at civic, church, school activities; participating in competitions for the school, etc. Creativity is concerned with the arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking. Action involves physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing the academic work elsewhere in the program. Service includes any unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student.
When students participate in any such event, they must get one of the CAS forms, fill it out and get the event/activity’s sponsor to sign it. Then the form is put into the student’s folder, to be counted and registered by the CAS Coordinator. In the spring of senior year, the coordinator will certify those students who have fulfilled this requirement, thus keeping them in IB Diploma status.
The advantages are many. First of all, all students who participate in one of these activities benefit from that participation. In addition, many colleges and universities are now adding a volunteer component to college coursework, so they recognize the benefit to students.
Students must select one activity and create a reflective portfolio of their experience, including photos, writings, videos, etc. This will be of particular benefit to students who are applying to an institution of higher learning that stresses this component of becoming well-rounded citizens of the world.
CAS is just for IB majors, but National Honor Society also has a service component, and seniors who fulfill this requirement get to wear the special NHS stole at graduation. For VPA majors who are not members of NHS, we have a CVW (CLASSEN VOLUNTEERS AT WORK) designation, to recognize those students who are giving back to their school, community, city, state, world.
CAS Sponsor – Marian Hulsey, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is CAS? – The process of applying what is learned in the classroom in the form of service:
applying science to the environment, applying technology to design devices to help people
who are disabled, or improve living conditions in a home or town or refugee camp.
Creativity — Includes creative thinking in the design of service projects: doing dance theatre, music, and visual art.
Action — Includes physical activity involved in carrying out creative and service projects:
expeditions, individual, and team sports and physical activities outside
Service — Includes interaction with a community, whether local or global, such as building links with
individuals or groups. It can be the most transforming element for the individual student.
What is not CAS? — Any class, activity, or project which is already part of the student’s Diploma
1. Anything in which the student is personally rewarded financially or with some other benefit;
2. Have no contact with people or actually do no service;
3. Passive pursuits;
4. All forms of duty within the family;
5. Religious devotion or proselytizing;
6. Work experience which only benefits the student;
7. Fund-raising with no clear end in sight;
8. Activities with no leader or responsible adult to evaluate or confirm performance;
9. Activities which cause division amongst different groups in community.
Questions to Guide You
1. Is it a real task that I am going to undertake?
2. Does it have real consequences for other people and for me?
3. What do I hope to learn from getting involved?
4. How can this activity benefit other people?
5. What can I reflect on during this activity?
Students are required to have a minimum of 150 hours divided evenly among the three areas:
creativity, action, and service.
Classen SAS with be involved with group activities as much as possible; students should
work cooperatively with each other whenever possible.
If you have any questions on appropriateness of CAS activity, you may e-mail Ms. Hulsey.
Juniors, you may officially begin working on CAS hours August 1, 2013. ENJOY!!!
We need volunteers willing to update CAS website and serve as mentors for both pre-IB and IB students.