CAS Requirements

For the Class of 2017, IB has implemented changes in the CAS program. Please read through these CAS pages and the IB Manual to ensure that you meet all requirements. Please see Mrs. Barnhouse if you have further questions.

CAS Requirements:

  • CAS Experiences: Students must engage in CAS experiences involving one or more of the three CAS strands. A CAS experience can be a single event or an extended series of events. 5-8 experiences are required. CAS experiences must met all learning outcomes at least once. CAS students are required to submit evidence of their experiences to ManageBAC.
  • CAS Stages: Investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration. Students must use these stages as the framework for CAS experiences and the CAS Project.

1. Investigation: Students identify their interests, skills and talents to be used in considering opportunities for CAS experiences, as well as areas for personal growth and development. Students investigate what they want to do and determine the purpose for their CAS experience. In the case of service, students identify a need they want to address.

2. Preparation: Students clarify roles and responsibilities, develop a plan of actions to be taken, identify specified resources and timelines, and acquire any skills as needed to engage in the CAS experience.

3. Action: Students implement their idea or plan. This often requires decision-making and problem solving. Students may work individually, with partners, or in groups.

4. Reflection: Students describe what happened, express feelings, generate ideas, and raise questions. Reflection can occur at any time during CAS to further understanding, to assist with revising plans, to learn from the experience, and to make explicit connections between their growth, accomplishments, and the learning outcomes for personal awareness. Reflection may lead to new action.

5. Demonstration: Students make explicit what and how they learned and what they have accomplished, for example, by sharing their CAS experience through their CAS portfolio or with others in an informal or formal manner. Through demonstration and communication, students solidify their understanding and evoke response from others.

  • Reflection: There is a strong emphasis on reflection. It is central to building a deep and rich experience in CAS. (See the CAS Reflections page)
  • CAS Project (Please see page on CAS Project). 

CAS Learning Outcomes:

The project and other experiences must show evidence in each of the seven learning outcomes which are as follows:

  1. Identify own strengths and develop areas of growth
  2. Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills
  3. Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
  4. Show commitment to and preseverance in CAS experience
  5. Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
  6. Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
  7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions

Logging CAS Experiences:

  • Activities logged must be completed during Junior & Senior year
  • Must record activities and submit detailed reflections through Managebac.

* A parent, guardian, or family member cannot be listed as a supervisor for any activity or project.