C reativity A ction S ervice. Q: When & how much ?.
The guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity is approximately the equivalent of half a day per school week (three to four hours per week), or approximately 150 hours in total, with a reasonable balance between creativity, action and service.
ie from September of DP1 to March of DP2
A minimum of 150 hours well spent in three categories of CAS is required by the IB.
However, just as important as hours, if not more so, is the attitude with which you approach your CAS activities, and the variety of activities since CAS emphasizes more on sharing your talents and working together.
The hours are important, but they are not everything….
• you should try to limit yourself to about 20 hours for any single individual activity such as playing basketball or folding paper cranes. Abrupt withdrawal from any activity only because of the time spent will be considered as major malpractice and therefore face the danger of failing CAS.
• practicing without focus is not CAS.
Competitive matches, organizing tournaments, coaching others will count.
• Some projects will consist of all three elements of CAS, keep in mind your “limit”
Creativity Action Service
Therefore, over your two DP years, you should undertake at least two long term projects as well as other minor activities to fulfil the requirement of 150 hours
• Ideally, at least two-thirds of your CAS requirement should be fulfilled by the start of DP2
Q:“Well whose gonna plan my CAS for me ?”
A:“You do !”
All students should be involved in CAS activities that they have initiated themselves.
Other CAS activities may be initiated by the school. Activities should vary in length and in the amount of commitment required from the student, but none should be trivial. Some schools have ongoing relationships with local organizations that offer challenging opportunities for service activities that may also incorporate elements of creativity and/or action. Other schools undertake major, concentrated, one‑off activities that may involve considerable planning and fund‑raising (for example, expeditions or building projects).
considered the ethical implications of their actions there should be evidence that students have:
Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.
developed new skills
As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area. All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS requirement. Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires only that there is some evidence for every outcome.
Any class, activity or project which is already part of the Diploma Programme
Any activity which is divisive, this could be political or religious
An activity where there is no responsible adult on site to evaluate your performance
Students are required to:
plan activities, carry them out and reflect on what they have learned