Creativity, Activity, Service: IB Students Launch Into CAS

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a core component of the IB Diploma Programme. According to the IBO, CAS "enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience, provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, foster[s] a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work…[and] is an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the DP.”

Students complete and reflect on individual experiences within each of the 3 “strands” of CAS (creativity, activity, service). Furthermore, they complete a CAS project that is student-led and at least one month in length. 

Year 1 IB students attended informational sessions, played games, and collaborated with Year 2 students to overview the program. Many have already begun their involvement in service at the ISP 3k and at Camp Hope. All students are ready for successful engagement in the program. 

This readiness was supported by Year 2 students sharing their experiences. Senior Fernando S. shared that “it was nice to be able to share our experiences with CAS because it allowed us to reflect on the struggles we could have avoided if we had it to over again. It was important for the message to come from students because it feels more personal and believable.”

Fellow senior Natalia D. added that “The most important piece of advice I gave them was about not procrastinating and keeping up with deadlines. The IB is doable, but you have to make sure things don’t accumulate.” As for CAS, in particular, she noted that “I have always been involved in extracurriculars, and doing service and activities is important. Being able to reflect upon it in CAS can be a challenge, but it helps you to realize the importance and impact of what you’re doing.”

We thank the seniors for sharing their experiences and look forward to the many great accomplishments new students will make to the program.