CAS is performing, building, cleaning, helping, learning, growing, exploring, leading, following, collaborating, reflecting... being a global citizen while helping the person next door.
The emphasis of CAS is on experiential learning, designed to involve students in new roles. Students are expected to be involved in the equivalent of at least one to two hours a week over their freshman and sophomore years and three to four hours a week over their junior and senior years in either a balanced range of different activities or several long term projects.
Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.
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.
The most meaningful CAS experience comes from spending time with others to build relationships and develop the self-worth of both server and served. The emphasis of CAS is on learning by doing real tasks that have real consequences and then reflecting on these experiences over time.
For more information on CAS around the world visit the I.B.O Website