CAS- Creativity, Activity, and Service

CAS is a required component of the the IB curriculum. There are separate requirements for the underclassmen (9th/10th grade) and the upper classmen (11th/12th grade).

Please see the appropriate sections below for information. 

CAS Coordinator: 

Ms. Coen- jessica.coen@okaloosaschools.com- Room 2B09 

Why CAS? 

Historically, CAS became a part of the IB program due to the belief that many students learn best, and all benefit from, direct experience. Cognitive growth in both physical and social activities helps to build character. More specifically, CAS helps to encourage student growth in key attributes of the IB learner profile such as: reflective, balanced, principled, caring, open-minded, and risk takers. IB students additionally benefit from CAS as it gives them the opportunity to more directly pursue their passions within the program, challenge themselves in new areas, and overall helps them to become more well-rounded individuals.

9th/10th Grade Requirements

As underclassmen, Pre-IB students are required to complete and log 75 hours of CAS experiences. These experiences must be evenly divided between the three strands: 25 hours (or more) of creative experiences, 25 hours (or more) of activity experiences, and 25 hours (or more) of service based experiences. For a complete description of "what counts for what" students are advised to refer to their blue CAS booklets, and extra copies can be found in the guidance office. In addition to their completed log book, showcasing all hours of experiences, students must also turn in a completed portfolio which should house evidence of their various experiences (pictures, memos from supervisors, sign-in sheets, etc.) as well as a 1-3 paragraph reflection for each strand. Sample portfolios may be viewed in Ms. Coen's room.

For additional detail on CAS Experiences, please click here.

For the portfolio/log book rubric, please click here.

 

COMPLETED PORTFOLIO AND LOG BOOK WILL BE DUE AT THE END OF THE 10TH GRADE AND COUNT AS A MAJOR TEST GRADE IN THE STUDENTS' ENGLISH CLASS

 

11th/12th Grade Requirements:

Upperclassmen are required to demonstrate 18 months of consecutive engagement in CAS experiences. This time frame begins when they are first recognized as Juniors by the school. Hours and experiences do NOT roll over from their underclassmen years. At Choctaw, we define "consecutive engagement" as participation in at least one CAS experience each week of the 18 month period. This could be a club meeting, team practice, service based, hours spent working on a project, etc. Students will use choctaw.managebac.com to document their experiences. Log-in's will be given to students by Ms. White, Choctaw's IB/AP Counselor and Program Coordinator. Ms. White may be reached at katherine.white@okalosoaschools.com. To properly log their experiences on this website, students must also include evidence as well as a reflection PER EXPERIENCE as opposed to per strand.

As upperclassmen, the students are also required to complete at least one CAS Project. A CAS project is a self-initiated experience (meaning that the student must be the one who developed the idea and who is in charge) that covers two out of the three strands, requires a minimum of one month of work/meetings, and is complex enough that students need help to complete the project (we want to see them acting as leaders within the project).

For additional information on the CAS Requirements for IB students within the Diploma Program, please click here.

For additional information on the CAS Project, please click here.

For complete CAS instructions and rubric, pleas click here.

ALL CAS REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN SPRING BREAK OF STUDENTS' SENIOR YEAR