CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) 

CAS: Creativity, Activity, Service 

CAS is one of the three core requirements and is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme.  In order to qualify for the IB Diploma students must complete a CAS portfolio outlining the activities they have done over the 2 years. Students coming into 11th Grade are required to begin an experiential programme to complement their regular classes and encourage the growth of the 'whole person'. When well carried out, CAS should build self-esteem, self-confidence, autonomy and self-reliance. 

CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout their final two years of school. It enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the academic programme. 

CAS represents our commitment to helping students become responsible local and global citizens through Creativity, Activity and Service. 

As the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme’s mission in action, CAS: 

·         Tests student ability to engage in critical reflection

·         Offers sophisticated opportunities to analyze thought, effort & performance

·         Teaches how to set challenging goals

·         Develops the commitment and perseverance to achieve those goals 

CAS is organized around the three strands of Creativity, Activity and Service defined as follows: 

Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance

Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle

Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need  

Students are required to keep a journal (which is housed in ManageBac) and engage in activities until the spring of Grade 12. The guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity is approximately three-four hours per week with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity and service. Participation in each of the three areas is required each year. Each student develops a program in consultation with the CAS coordinator and a record of work done must be maintained. Students usually fulfill these requirements by combining participation in extracurricular activities offered either in or outside the school and service to the school community or outside community. 

Students and families should never assume that participation in any activity, even one sponsored or organized by the school, will fulfill the IB’s CAS requirements.  Students should never undertake participation in any activity for CAS credit without first obtaining formal approval from the CAS coordinator. 

Please direct your questions about the CAS program at AAS to the CAS Coordinator, Ms. Natalia Golovanova, at        


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