CAS Guidelines

CAS Guidelines Applying to both King Pre-IB and IB Diploma Program

  • Students must earn a total of 150 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.

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 Action 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
    • Elderly Citizen
    • Mentally/Physically Challenged Issues
    • Health Issues
    • Mentoring and Tutoring Students
    • Poverty and Environmental
  • Further clarification on these topics can be locate at:
  • 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.



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