Winter Park High School

Pre-IB Programme

 
The Pre-IB Programme at Winter Park High School comprises a number of separate but connected strands which provide the essential building blocks required by students for successful preperation for the IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme.
 
Some of the core features of the curriculum consist of:
  • Pre-IB English
  • Pre-IB Bio
  • Pre-CAS
  • AP Human Geography
  • A Language Acquisistion Course
  • Inquiry Skills

 

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 Winter Park High School PRE-CAS Programme
 
CAS stands for Creativity, Activity, and Service.  The IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) students (juniors and seniors) must complete a CAS component starting first day of junior year and continuing throughout senior year. The component's three strands (CAS), are often interwoven with particular activities, and are characterized as follows.
 
CAS Strands:
· Creativity - exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
· Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
· Service - collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need

The CAS process encourages student engagement in activities as individuals and as a part of a team that take place in local, national and international contexts. Creativity, activity, and service enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well as their social and civic development, through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP). It should be both challenging and enjoyable - a personal journey of self-discovery that recognizes each student's individual starting point.

CAS involves: 
· Real, purposeful activities, which meet one or more of the learning outcomes.
· Personal challenge --- tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope.
· Students use the CAS stages (investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration) to guide CAS experiences and projects.
· Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting (done on ManageBac).
· Evidence and reflection on outcomes and personal learning.
 
As a means to give our Pre-IB students a taste of the CAS component we are offering Pre-CAS.  Pre-IB students are introduced and will engage in the Pre-CAS component by choosing two of the three CAS strands.
 
Possible Examples:
· Creativity - Items created by you in a non-Pre-IB art or music class either taken at school or after school.
· Activity – Sports or activities you participate in throughout the year
· Service – Activities that help your local community (places you volunteer)
 
So now what?   
1.      Once you’ve chosen your strands, gather information on your selected activities for your initial Pre-CAS advisor meeting with Mr. Blackmon. (Sept/Oct)
2.      Participate or continue to participate in your chosen activities.
3.      Complete a brief reflection (DOWNLOAD REFLECTION SHEETS BELOW) on your chosen strands. Your reflection should include:
A.     Establish how you will initiate and plan for your Pre-CAS experience
B.     Identify your own strengths and areas where you need to improve
C.      Explain the commitment it takes to complete your Pre-CAS experience
4.      Turn in portfolio with evidence and reflections at final Pre-CAS Advisor meeting (April/May)

 

Pre-CAS Informational Sheet

Pre-CAS Planning Sheet

 

Pre-CAS Creativity Reflection Sheet

Pre-CAS Action Reflection Sheet

Pre-CAS Service Reflection Sheet