What is CAS?

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is one of the three core components the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program prides itself on. It is a framework for experiential learning designed to involve students in new roles. The emphasis is on learning through performing a broad range of activities with meaningful contributions and then reflecting on these experiences over time.

Students are expected to be continually involved with this program throughout a 18-month time period. Creativity is interpreted as imaginatively as possible to cover a wide range of arts and other activities. Activity does not restrict itself to expeditions, sports, or physical training, but may include carrying out creative activities or service projects. Service emphasizes community or social service. Activities that lead to academic credit or for which the student is paid may not be included in CAS.

Students undertake a CAS project of at least one month’s duration that challenges students to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making. The CAS project can address any single strand of CAS, or combine two or all three strands​

What is not CAS?

Routine, required, repetitive or passive activities! CAS is not a point exercise. It should be an interesting variety of activities that you find intrinsically worthwhile, rewarding, and which is mutually beneficialto you and to your community. Generally, CAS should not be passive; instead, take on an active role. CAS should include interaction. Examples of inappropriate CAS activities include, but are not limited to:

  •  Any class, activity, or project that is already part of a student’s diploma program.

  •  An activity for which the student is rewarded financially or with some other benefit (unless this benefit is passed on in full to a worthy cause).

  •  Doing simple, tedious, and repetitive work.

  •  All forms of duty within the family.

  •  Fund-raising attempts with no clearly defined purpose.

  •  Work experience which only benefits the student.

  •  Any activity where there is no leader or supervisor to evaluate and validate the student’s performance.

Why CAS?

CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students' personal and interpersonal learning from the PYP and MYP. (p. 8, Creativity, Activity, Service guide; IBO, 2015) CAS at Taipei Kuei Shan School, is experiential learning designed to involve students on learning by doing real tasks that have real consequences and then reflecting on these experience over time. The vision at Kuei Shan is to inspire students to impact the world to reach their greatest promise. The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who would recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As Peterson (2003) declared: "...if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act." (p. 8, Creativity, Activity, Service guide; IBO, 2015) CAS at Kuei Shan also provides a counterbalance to the school curriculum by seriously takes the importance of life outside the academic world. Not only is it a requirement to full diploma students, but also to certificate and non-examination students. CAS at Kuei Shan provides student the opportunity to become scholars, effective communicators, reflective learners, virtuous leaders, and enthusiastic stewards.

Aims of CAS

CAS aims to complement the academic disciplines of the curriculum and to counterbalance the academics, to challenge the individual student by developing a spirit of self-discovery and self-reliance. CAS aims to develop students who:

  •  enjoy and find significance in a range of CAS experiences

  •  purposefully reflect upon their experiences

  •  identify goals, develop strategies and determine further actions for personal growth

  •  explore new possibilities, embrace new challenges and adapt to new roles

  •  actively participate in planned, sustained, and collaborative CAS projects

  •  understand they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment

For more information about Taipei Kuei Shan School's CAS Program, Kindly download the handbook below