CAS Expectations

  • CAS activities may not be for pay or for credit.
  • Each CAS project must be pre-approved by an NIHS 11th or 12th grade teacher. Students complete and get a signature on the “NIHS CAS Project Plan & Approval” form before beginning the project.
  • Each CAS project requires that the student have a mentor to monitor the student’s progress and to evaluate his or her performance.
  • CAS mentors must be over 21 and may not be a relative of the student.
  • CAS is meant to be an enriching accompaniment to academic work; therefore, “to attempt to count the same work for both a subject or extended essay [sr. project] and CAS would constitute malpractice.”
  • Students who join NIHS after the beginning of 11th grade will have their CAS requirement pro-rated for the time remaining until graduation. For example, a student who joins NIHS at the beginning of 12th grade will be required to complete only 75 hours of CAS.
  • Students may submit no more than three (3) projects per CAS category. This requirement ensures that students will have enough time working on every project to make it a quality experience. It also ensures that students will not need to write more than nine (9) 300+ word reflections on CAS projects.
  • IB states: “The general rule is that religious devotion, and any activity that can be interpreted as proselytizing, does not count as CAS.”
  • No student may claim more than 8 hours per day for any CAS activity.
  • Travel time to and from a CAS project site does not count.
  • At least half (25) of all service learning hours must be completed outside of and unrelated to school.