In the Diploma Program, Grades 11 and 12,
students complete approximately three hours per week devoted to a balance of creativity, action and service (CAS).
- Creativity includes a wide range of arts activities, as well as the creativity students demonstrate in their service projects.
- Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
- Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities. Some examples include helping children with special needs, visiting hospitals and working with refugees or homeless people.
Reflecting and Growing
Perhaps more important than the time commitment, each student is asked to address and reflect upon the following areas of their own learning and personal growth:
- Increasing your awareness of your strengths and areas for growth
- Undertaking new challenges
- Planning and initiating activities
- Working collaboratively with others
- Showing perseverance and commitment in your activities
- Engaging with issues of global importance
- Considering the ethical implications of your actions
- Developing new skills
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements
Every student must complete at least 40 hours of community service for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This can be done at any time during their secondary school program. These requirements are stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999 (OSS). Students completing the CAS requirements of the IB Diploma will meet and exceed these requirements.