IB CAS Guide

IB CAS Guide

Roles and Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the student

The relevant section of the IB Programme standards and practices document states that students should have opportunities to choose their own CAS activities and to undertake activities in a local and international context as appropriate. This means that, as far as possible, students should “own” their personal CAS programmes. With guidance from their mentors/advisers, students should choose activities for themselves, initiating new ones where appropriate.

Students are required to:

  • self‐review at the beginning of their CAS experience and set personal goals for what they hope to
    achieve through their CAS programme.
  • have an interview with their CAS Advisor to go over the self review and discuss their CAS plan.
  • find supervisors for all CAS activities.
  • plan, do and reflect (plan activities, carry them out and reflect on what they have learned).
  • undertake at least one interim review and a final review with their CAS adviser.
  • take part in a range of activities, including at least one project, some of which they have initiated themselves.
  • keep records of their activities and achievements, including a list of the principal activities undertaken.
  • show evidence of achievement of the eight CAS learning outcomes.
  • seek help when they have questions.

Evaluation

The most important aspect of evaluation is self-evaluation by the student.

Students will receive formative feedback on their progress and get guidance on future activities. The school also makes the final decision on completion, which is reported to the IB regional office. There is no other assessment of student performance in CAS.

Your reflections will not be evaluated on grammer, spelling, punctuation.

Your work will not be evaluated against other students.

Counting Hours

CAS is emphatically not about counting hours. Hour counting is the worst measure of a meaningful CAS program.  You should spend roughly 3-5 hours per week on CAS. This includes the time you spend actually undertaking activities, recording evidence of participation and on reflection.

CAS Coordinator – Mr. Daniel Muller

The coordinators role is to maintain oversight of every aspect of the school’s CAS programme. It includes:

  • developing and maintaining policy documents (ex. this web site).
  • providing leadership for staff involved in CAS
  • training activity supervisors
  • supervising the professional development of CAS advisers
  • ensuring that staff, parents and other students are kept informed about CAS
  • publicizing achievements
  • ensuring that students are prepared for the challenges they will face (actual preparation/training to be provided by an appropriate person)
  • reporting student achievement to the IB

CAS Advisor – Mr. Daniel Muller

The CAS advisors role is provide students with mentoring and advice. CAS advisers are involved in:

  • helping students to identify personal and social goals
  • monitoring the range and balance of activities undertaken by individual students
  • developing students’ powers of reflection through group discussion and individual consultation
  • supporting students in their consideration of ethical concerns
  • reading/responding to diaries/journals
  • helping students to make connections (for example, CAS activity to subject learning, local activity to global concerns) and to look for generalizable understandings.

CAS Activity Supervisor

All activities undertaken by students require a supervior. Supervisors are teachers but may also come outside the immediate school community. Activity supervisors’ responsibilities include:

  • monitoring attendance.
  • providing guidance and support related to the activity including setting meaningful goals.
  • alerting the CAS coordinator, administration or relevant CAS adviser to any problems.
  • reporting on student performance.