CAS Guidelines

CAS Guidelines Applying To Both Pre-IB And IB Diploma Program

  • Students must earn a total of 200 hours over the 4 years
  • Students may begin earning CAS hours as early as the summer prior to 9th grade entry. Each activity MUST be pre-approved.
  • Only activities completed during non-school hours may count.
  • Supervision by parents, “self administered” programs, or “family supervision” of activities are not acceptable; therefore, a student’s parent or friend may not verify an activity.
  • Prior to earning any hours, the activity must be pre-approved by a parent/guardian and then a student’s homeroom teacher, who is also the CAS advisor.
  • Hours earned will not be counted if the form and all activity logs are not submitted within thirty days of completion of the activity.
  • It is recommended that students consistently participate in CAS activities over the course of their high school career, i.e., accumulate hours over the course of the IB Diploma Program.
  • Students are not to include travel time as part of the CAS activity.
  • Completion of CAS is required for high school graduation.
  • The Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars Award requires all students to earn 100 service hours. All IB Diploma recipients are eligible.

Pre-IB Guidelines For Freshmen and Sophomores

  • Students must earn 50 CAS hours and completed as follows:
  • 25 Service hours
  • 10 Creativity hours
  • 10 Activity hours
  • 5 additional hours in any category, as long as the minimums above are met.
  • Students may begin these hours the day after they complete 8th grade, and have until April of 10th grade to complete the 50 hours (23 months).
  • These hours are essential in developing students’ CAS activities so they may build strong foundations for the DP hours. Failure to complete the Pre-IB CAS  requirement may result in the student’s removal from the IB Programme.

IB Diploma Program Guidelines for Juniors and Seniors

  • Students must earn 150 CAS hours (including a CAS project) completed as follows:
  • 75 Service hours
  • 25 Creativity hours
  • 25 Activity hours
  • 25  can be a combination of any of the above, so long as the minimums have been met.
  • CAS project – a collaborative, well-considered series of sequential CAS experiences, lasting at least one month, engaging students in one or more of the CAS strands of creativity, activity, and service. CAS students must be involved in at least one CAS project during their CAS programme.
  • The timeline for the IB DP CAS hours may not begin until the junior year, and the
    hours are due in April of the student’s senior year (20 Months). Failure to complete may result in not earning the IB diploma.

Guidelines For Creative Hours

  • Definition: Activities involving creative thinking, which the student plans or designs with a definite goal or outcome.
  • Examples: creating a sculpture, painting a picture, participating in a musical performance, planning practice drills for a sport and then overseeing the practice.
  • Not acceptable: Passive activities such as visiting museums or attending performances.

Guidelines For Activity Hours 

  • Definition: Activities which promote physical fitness or require physical effort.
  • Examples: dance class, organized sports, karate classes or organized fitness classes, building homes via Habitat for Humanity, participating in a walk-a-thon, marching band.

Guidelines For Service Hours

  • Definition: An unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student and includes human interaction.
  • No more than 3 social issues must be designated, which could include the following: Abuse/Violence, Animal Rights, Elderly Citizen, Mentally/Physically Challenged Issues, Health Issues, Mentoring and Tutoring Students, Poverty and Environmental. Further clarification on these topics can be located on page 6 of the KHS CAS Handbook located under CAS on the menu bar.
  • Examples: Service club projects, fundraising for specific non-profit organizations or charities; church youth group activity to raise money for the homeless, tutoring at your neighborhood school, community or beach clean-up.