CAS FAQs

How do I ‘respect the spirit’ of the CAS requirement?

Follow the rules and guidelines in this document closely. In addition, design your CAS projects so that your completing them satisfies IB’s recommended “learning outcomes” for CAS, listed here:

  • Increase your awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth
  • Undertake new challenges
  • Plan and initiate activities
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Show perseverance and commitment in your activities
  • Engage in issues of global importance
  • Consider the ethical implications of your actions
  • Develop new skills

What are the CAS Guidelines?

  • Students may begin CAS projects the summer after 10th grade. We recommend that students complete 10 to 50 hours that summer.
  • We strongly recommend that students complete 75 hours junior year, and 75 hours senior year.
  • Service learning hours may also support work toward the 4J Honors Diploma and National Honor Society service requirements.
  • CAS activities could be combined. For instance, a student could earn creativity, action, and service hours at once in a project by coaching a youngsters’ sports camp if the student is creating the activities and participating with the youngsters. (Remember that 150 hours total must be completed.)