International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is offered at Cayman International School to students in Grades 11 and 12. Not all students will choose to participate in the program. However, the IB Diploma Program provides highly motivated students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous liberal arts type curriculum. Students who participate in the IB Diploma Program will be extremely well prepared for the rigors of university courses. The course requirements for the IB Diploma are equivalent to those of most universities.

The IB Diploma Program Advantages:

  • Challenging classes that focus on writing, thinking and communicating
  • Understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of learning
  • Rigorous and comprehensive education based on a global perspective
  • Opportunities for community involvement, leading to a well-rounded, compassionate person
  • High teaching standards
  • Advanced course placement at colleges and universities around the world
  • Eased transition into university level courses

Students not following the full IB Diploma Program may take an individual course for an IB certificate. IB courses require two years of study, followed by externally graded exams.

Students and parents who are interested in learning more about the IB Program at CIS are encouraged to view our informative brochure and are welcome to contact the school.

CAS

What is CAS?

Creativity, action, service, better known as CAS, is at the heart of the Diploma Program. It is one of the core requirements in the Diploma Program experience, along with Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program.

Creativity: arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking.

Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program.

Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

Objectives

There are 8 learning objectives that students will fulfill through their CAS activities:

◦ Increase awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth

◦ Undertake new challenges

◦ Plan and initiate activities

◦ Work collaboratively with others

◦ Show perseverance and commitment in their activities

◦ Engage with issues of global importance

◦ Consider the ethical implications of their actions

◦ Develop new skills

Requirements

The CAS project is a self-initiated project that all CAS students will complete this year. The project’s objective is to design a real, purposeful activity with significant outcomes involving creativity, action and service. The project should be a personal challenge for all students, as well as a way for them to demonstrate and improve their planning, execution and reflection skills.

Along with the CAS project, students will also be participating in other CAS activities. These may include athletics, the arts, school service, or community service. These activities must be an extension of normal activities. Students use the CAS Activity Reflection Form to document their CAS activities.

The range of activities and one self-initiated project will continue for at least 18 months and add up to approximately 150 hours. The ultimate goal is for students to reach all 8 learning objectives during that time.

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