IB CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)
From its beginning, Eugene IHS has made experiential learning a part of our identity. We are committed to Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) as an aspect of an international studies curriculum, for it is one more way students gain confidence and knowledge in a broader world than home and school.
The CAS experience as a whole should show evidence of the eight CAS learning outcomes:
* increased awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
* undertaken new challenges
* planned and initiated activities
* worked collaboratively with others
* shown perseverance and commitment in activities
* engaged with issues of global importance
* considered the ethical implications associated with the activities
* developed new skills
CAS hours can start being earned towards the Eugene IHS CAS requirement after July 1st of the summer between sophomore and junior year. All CAS hours will be recorded in an on-line portfolio system to track student progress towards CAS. Students will be introduced to the online system at the end of sophomore year and/or the beginning of junior year and given their login information.
All students in Eugene IHS are expectied to fulfill the CAS requirments.
Creativity: Exploring or extending ideas related to an original or interpretive product or performance (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 8). Creativity in CAS provides students with the opportunity to explore their own sense of original thinking and expression. Creativity will come from the student’s talents, interests, passions, emotional responses, and imagination; the form of expression is limitless. This may include visual and performing arts, digital design, writing, film, culinary arts, crafts and composition. Students are encouraged to engage in creative endeavors that move them beyond the familiar, broadening their scope from conventional to unconventional thinking (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 18). In a student’s CAS program, creativity fosters an appreciation for the arts.
Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. The aim of the ‘Activity’ strand is to promote lifelong healthy habits related to physical well-being. Pursuits may include individual and team sports, aerobic exercise, dance, outdoor recreation, fitness training, and any other form of physical exertion that purposefully contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Students are encouraged to participate at an appropriate level and on a regular basis to provide a genuine challenge and benefit (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 19). In a student’s CAS program, activity focuses on the physical, and thus, mental, well being of the student.
Service: Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. The aim of the ‘Service’ strand is for students to understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Through service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions. Service is often seen as one of the most transforming elements of CAS by promoting students’ self-awareness, offering diverse occasions for interactions and experiences and opportunities for international-mindedness (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 20). In a student’s CAS program, service is an unpaid and voluntary community contribution and focuses on an endeavor beyond a student’s current experience.
Students in Eugene IHS will complete 150 hours of CAS activities over the course junior and senior years: at least 50 hours of service, 25 hours of creativity and 25 hours of activity and a reasonable balance between the remaining 50 hours. Hours must be concurrent over two years – that is, they should be spread out over the course of both junior and senior years – and should reflect an ongoing commitment to the principles of the CAS Learning Outcomes.
- French Immersion students must complete a minimum of 50 of the 150 required CAS hours in a setting where the French language is primarily used.
- Spanish Immersion students must complete a minimum of 50 of the 150 required CAS hours in a setting where the Spanish language is primarily used.
In addition to completing CAS hours students must participate in a student-initiated group project.
CAS Group Project Reflection Form (Includes information on the group project)
Click under the “Junior/Senior Seminar” tab for more specific information about CAS deadlines and see the CAS Handbook for more specific guidelines regarding CAS and the group project.