CAS Resources and The Extended Essay

  • CAS Resources

    Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Program. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Program experience.  CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as unique individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program. Beginning in their junior year and continuing for 18 months, students will engage in CAS experiences which are single events or a series of events that fit one or more of the CAS strands (Creativity, Activity and/or Service).  They will also ensure that they meet the seven learning outcomes required by CAS.

    - From the IB CAS guide (for students graduating in 2017 and thereafter)


    The Extended Essay

    IB Diploma Candidates who would like to attain the IB Diploma are required to undertake original research and write an extended essay of 4,000 words (maximum). This essay offers the student the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and to become acquainted with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. The IBO recommends that a student devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay.

    Students will begin the Extended Essay process in the spring of their 11th grade year.  Mr. Anderson, I.B. Diploma Program Coordinator, will in-service students about the process and conduct an Extended Essay Workshop for all Anticipated Diploma Candidates in May.  Students will also begin working with an Extended Essay Supervisor, an IB Teacher in the subject area of their Extended Essay, that will help guide and be available for the students as a resource.