The only reliable way of deciding whether your idea is suitable for CAS, is to check it against the criteria.
What fits C, A and S?
The five main criteria to decide if an activity or project works for CAS are:
- Does it match the definitions of Creativity, Activity, Service?
(Watch our video for these definitions, or look them up here!)
- Do you want to do them out of keen personal interest?
Do you want to do them because you want to extend or deepen a skill?
Do you want to do them because you see an opportunity for growth?
- Does it avoid any overlap with any of your Diploma Requirements?
- Does it develop you in the areas of the IB learner profile?
- Would you gladly commit to do it on a Saturday?
Five times YES! means you have a good activity to consider for CAS!
What is not CAS?
CAS is not a points-scoring exercise. Generally, CAS is not taking place when the student is in a passive rather than an active role. There should be interaction.
Examples of inappropriate activities are listed below:
Any class, activity or project that is already part of the student’s Diploma Program course.
An activity for which a student is personally rewarded either financially or with some other benefit (unless this benefit is passed on in full to a worthy cause).
Doing simple, tedious and repetitive work, like returning school library books to the shelves.
Working in an old people’s or children’s home when the student:
- has no idea of how the home operates
- is just making sandwiches
- has no contact at all with the old people or children
- actually does no service for other people
A passive pursuit, such as a visit to a museum, the theatre, art exhibition, concert or sports event, unless it
- clearly inspires work in a related activity in which a student is already engaged.
Work experience that only benefits the students.
Fund-raising with no clearly defined end in sight.
All forms of duty in the family.