Forbes "30 Under 30" Alum Dan Maren, '11, Discusses Creativity, Service, and Action (CAS) at Dwight and How it Changed his Perspective on Helping the World
Dwight is committed to leadership training, service learning, and community service. Through academic, civic, team, and individual exploration, students develop valuable leadership skills and perform local and global community service that will help them succeed in the next phase of their lives as students, community members, and world leaders.
Each year, Dwight students are involved in dozens of different community service projects, including WISER (Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research). Dwight was selected as one of three Lead Partner Schools for this non-profit organization, which built the first girls’ boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. Leadership through service is woven into nearly every aspect of a Dwight education.
CAS and Service & Action
Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to engage in meaningful community service, participate in physical activities, and explore their creativity. Dwight School believes that these are important components of an IB education and personal development. In keeping with our mission and the IB curriculum, we have a Service & Action (community service) requirement for all students in grades 9 and 10, and a CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) requirement for all students in grades 11 and 12.
- Kindergarten and Lower School (Grades K-5)
- Middle School (Grades 6-8)
- Upper School (Grades 9 & 10)
- Upper School (Grades 11 & 12)
Students in grades 9 and 10 are required to complete at least one service experience per trimester, documenting evidence and reflections of their activities on their ManageBac accounts.
Service experiences performed the summer before entering grade 9 may be credited toward the requirement. Participation in activities, events, and service trips may be initiated by Dwight or by organizations not affiliated with the school. There are several Dwight after-school activity service clubs to help students meet their requirements.
Diploma candidates must also initiate a collaborative project with at least one other diploma candidate that includes at least one of the three core areas of CAS and is ongoing for at least one month.
DP candidates are required to plan, set personal goals, show evidence of what they have accomplished, document their progress, and reflect on each activity and on their CAS project in their ManageBac account. To be eligible for an IB diploma, DP candidates entering Dwight in grade 12 are required to complete the entire CAS program.