Just as MCDS has always encouraged the arts, athletics, and community service, the IB CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) program recognizes the importance of learning outside of the classroom and, as such, encourages students to participate in, and even initiate, a variety of extracurricular experiences during their 11th and 12th grade years. Such experiences involve “creativity” (exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance), “activity” (physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle), and “service” (collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need).
While not formally assessed, students create portfolios consisting of reflections on their CAS experiences and evidence of achieving seven learning outcomes. CAS culminates in a 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.
Through this program of experiential learning, CAS aims to help students:
- increase self-awareness and a sense of identity by encouraging them to explore their interests and express their passions, personalities, and perspectives
- extend themselves beyond their comfort zones and develop a spirit of open-mindedness, life-long learning, discovery, and perseverance
- improve their understanding of academic disciplines through real-life application
- recognize and carefully consider the ethics of their choices and actions
- recognize their role in relation to others and improve international-mindedness