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    CREATIVITY, ACTION, SERVICE  _______________________________________

    …if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act. Peterson (2003)

    Creativity, action, service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Program. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Program experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program. Each candidate must meet the CAS requirement in addition to the other mandatory components for the award of the diploma. A student's records along with the school and self-evaluations must clearly demonstrate quality, balanced content, and commitment for a student to meet the CAS requirement.

    The Academy of Richmond County will confirm with the regional office that all diploma candidates at the end of the two-year program have satisfactorily completed the CAS requirement. ARC will report unsatisfactory performance to the regional office. Failure to meet the requirements will result in no diploma being awarded. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.

    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.