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CAS: Creativity, Activity, and Service

CAS Coordinator: Mrs. Christine Graham


Creativity, activity, and service (CAS) are at the heart of the IB diploma program.  CAS 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 in the diploma program.  The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven in particular activities, are characterized as follows:


Creativity:  arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.  Examples could include activities in music, theater, fine arts, design, or creating a lesson or project.


Activity: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the diploma program.  Examples would include participation in any sport (school sports included), karate, jogging, etc.


Service:  an unpaid and voluntary community contribution that has a learning benefit for the student.


Diploma Students at Long Beach High School are expected to complete 150 hours of CAS activities over the course of their 11th and 12th grades.  There should be balance between creativity, action, and service. 


CAS Program Requirements


The CAS experience is personal and should meet the needs of each individual student. The CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable for the students involved.  The experiences will be real and purposeful, challenging, require thoughtful and well planned activities, and provide opportunities for reflection and growth as an individual. There are certain program requirements set out by IB that must be met. CAS students are required to:


  • self-review at the beginning of the CAS experience and set personal goals for what is hoped to be achieved through the CAS program
  • plan, do, and reflect (plan activities and projects, carry them out, and then reflect on what the student has learned in the process)
  • communicate with a CAS advisor at the beginning, the mid-point, and the end of the CAS experience to discuss plans and progress
  • take part in a range of activities, including at least one project, some of which has been initiated by the CAS student.  One project must include at least two of the three CAS components (creativity, action, service)
  • keep records of CAS activities and achievements, including a list of the principle activities undertaken
  • show evidence of achievement of the eight CAS learning outcomes.


Learning Outcomes


The CAS experience as a whole should show evidence of the eight CAS learning outcomes:


  • increased awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • undertaken new challenges
  • planned and initiated activities
  • worked collaboratively with others
  • shown perseverance and commitment in activities
  • engaged with issues of global importance
  • considered the ethical implications associated with the activities
  • developed new skills

Evidence for Completion of CAS


Diploma candidates must complete and submit all of the following evidence for CAS:


All service projects will be recorded and reported as part of 11th and 12th IB requirements.  Diploma candidates must report all creativity and action projects to the CAS Coordinator.  Students must report on their planning, implementation, and outcome of each project.  All reporting must be completed by April 1 of their senior year.


CAS: Pre-Program Reflection and Goal-Setting.  IB Diploma Candidates must fill out this form at the start of their CAS program to set goals for the creativity and action projects they plan to complete during junior year.  Candidates must complete their plan and submit it to the CAS Coordinator by November 1 of their junior year.


CAS Mid-Program Reflection.  The CAS Coordinator meets with senior diploma candidates the first week of classes in the fall. Students will be asked to submit their junior activities and completed CAS log.  The CAS coordinator will collect these completed forms and hold them in the IB office along with other CAS evidence submitted by each candidate.


CAS Completion Form. IB requires that CAS students show evidence of having achieved the eight learning outcomes.  The CAS Completion Form will summarize how each candidate has fulfilled this requirement.  Since candidates can be called upon to produce their evidence of completion, we ask students to keep a record of the evidence they have and where that evidence is stored.  Please note: Some of your evidence will be included as part of your junior and senior projects.  This evidence should also be recorded on your CAS Completion Form.  The CAS Completion Form should be submitted to the IB Coordinator upon completion of the program.  Copies are available online and in the LBHS IB office (Room 239).


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