IB Highlights: Running, Kayaking, Mixing Cement

September 20, 2021

CAS Experience Highlights: Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) experiences that Upper School Students posted this past week included the Freshman outback trip, running cross country, playing soccer, kayaking, helping David Demand mix cement, pouring cement for the fence posts, taking piano lessons, and the Harrison Lake trip.
IB Question of the Week:   What is the difference between a full Diploma candidate and a course candidate?  
A full Diploma Candidate is a candidate who is trying to earn the full IB Diploma and will complete all requirements to do so.  A courses candidate is a student who is enrolled in IB Diploma courses, but not all components of the full IB Diploma.  The course candidate takes the IB exams in May of senior year and hopes to gain college credits for specific courses by earning IB certificates.  The courses candidate has reduced CAS requirements and does not take TOK or complete the EE.  
Please refer to the International Baccalaureate page on the SGS website and to the IB Resources page in PowerSchool Learning for detailed IB information.  As an overview, the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE).  
• CAS Experiences: All of our Upper School students, pre-IB (grades 9-10), full diploma candidates and course candidates, complete CAS experiences with reflections.
• CAS Project: Our full diploma students complete CAS projects that follow an 18-month portfolio, full of reflections. 
• EE: Seniors spend a year researching and writing a 4000-word extended essay on a topic of their choice.