What is CAS? - CAS and EE

CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning.
It's organized around three strands: Creativity, Activity and Service:



 CAS Advisors and CAS Team 
The IB CAS Adviser team Mr. Carella, Ms. Hayes, TOK teachers and Mr. Buettner make sure all students complete Creativity, Activity, Service experiences and a CAS Project required in order to receive the IB Diploma.

As your CAS advisers, the LHS CAS team can help as a mentor, motivator, resource person and evaluator who will approve your proposed CAS experiences.

The CAS Adviser team works also with other faculty, community members and organizations to advise, approve, and somtimes help arrange potential CAS activitites.

All on the CAS team are available to help students as CAS advisers-Mr. Carella is available each day after / before school to help with a CAS question or project idea. Just drop by room 228.

 CAS Supervisors 
CAS Supervisors are adults related to and qualified to oversee the CAS experience you've chosen.

Any LHS teacher, coach, community member, or adult you select (except parents-family members) can be your CAS supervisor or mentor overseeing your CAS experiences and activities.

Your CAS supervisor does not need to be with you all the time, but they they are aware of your participaiton and must document your actually completing your activity by submitting a supervisor review to your CAS team adviser.

Stduents can always consult with a favorite teacher, coach, community member, or any sponsoring organization near or far from LHS about a CAS experience you are arranging.

This website contains all the information needed to get started, so it's up to you to review information here and get involved creatively, actively, and in service.

 More on CAS Supervisors 
The CAS Supervisor is the adult coach, director, seminar or institute teacher/ leader / counselor, who administers , supervises, or oversess the CAS activity you are engaged in. CAS supervisors could be your varsity or competivie / community coach, the director or head of the United Way agency you are volunteering for, or any adult in charge of what, how, and who you are volunteering for or participating within the capacity of your CAS activity. IB specifically states that parents and family members can not serve as IB CAS supervisors.

WHAT CAS IS NOT:

CAS is not simply counting hours. CAS is not taking place when:


From IBO.org

CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile and enhance their personal and interpersonal development.
Students develop skills, attitudes and dispositions through individual and group experiences that provide opportunities to explore their interests and express their passions, personalities and perspectives.
CAS complements a challenging academic program, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.
CAS should be meaningful and can be profound and life-changing. Each student will have a different starting point with different needs and goals.
CAS is individualized according to student’s interests, skills, values and background.
Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma.
Students reflect on their CAS experiences and provide evidence in their CAS portfolios of achieving the seven learning outcomes.
CAS continues regularly for at least 18 months with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity, and service.
All CAS students are expected to maintain and complete a CAS portfolio which is a collection of evidence and reflections on CAS experiences.
The student CAS portfolio provides evidence of achievement of each CAS learning outcome. Students engage in CAS experiences involving one or more of the three CAS strands.
A CAS experience can be a single event or may be an extended series of events.
Students undertake a CAS 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.
The CAS project can address any single strand of CAS, or combine two or all three strands.
CAS emphasizes reflection which enhances students’ learning and growth by allowing students to explore ideas, skills, strengths, limitations and areas for further development and consider how they may use prior learning in new contexts.


All students are required to:


Questions to ask when deciding on CAS activities:


Students are encouraged to not only find but create your own activities (this would clearly satisfy the creativity requirement).
Ultimately it is up to each student to choose and / or define their own CAS activities from the very broad array of existing endeavors that already exist at LHS, in our community, and in the U.S. and world at large. 
The key is for each student to get involved. If you need help, the CAS advisors will assist you with ideas and contacts---many of which are already listed on this website.
However as you learn more about CAS, you will probably realize that you already have been doing CAS all along.
The main difference simply may be that beginning summer (now) Junior year you will need to document your activities and accomplishments.