Community Service Requirements
Community service is an important part of who we are at Blair. All students in grades 6-10 must complete community service as part of our International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme. Requirements for 11th and 12th graders vary according to the different academies' and IB Diploma Program requirements. Our Blair JROTC cadets in particular are outstanding in devoting so many hours in serving our community.
The new district graduation requirements also require community service hours. This begins with the Class of 2019.
IB Middle Years Programme Community Service Requirements
The following hours need to be completed in each grade level as part of the IB Middle Years Programme requirements. Students need to complete a service log and reflection for each activity.
# of Required Hours
Students may complete service activities at school, home, or in the community as long as credit or payment is not received.
The school district revised graduation requirements begin with the Class of 2019, and now include community service hours. Students at Blair completing Blair required community service will more than meet the new district requirement.
The community service log form is a standard form for all students in the district and refers to the minimum number of hours required by the district for graduation.
IB Diploma Program
Creativity Action Service Requirements
Creativity Action Service (CAS) is required for IB students in pursuit of the IB Diploma. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) will not award the diploma to any student not completing the CAS requirement.
IB Diploma candidates are required to complete 150 CAS hours. These hours must be distributed in each of the three areas below. Projects may include two to three aspects and these projects are the most beneficial to students. The 150 hours are completed during the two years in the program, 11th and 12th grade.
This aspect covers a wide range of arts and other activities outside the normal curriculum which include creative thinking in the design and carrying out of service projects. This could involve doing dance, theatre, music and art, for example. Students should be engaged in group activities, and especially in new roles, wherever possible. Individual commitment to learning an art form is allowed, as long as goals are set and the student reflects on the process.
This aspect can include participation in expeditions, individual and team sports, and physical activities outside the normal curriculum. It also includes physical activity involved in carrying out creative service projects. Action may involve participation in sport or other activities requiring physical exertion- such as expeditions and camping trips, or digging trenches to lay water pipes to bring fresh water to a village.
Both creativity and action can be enhanced by incorporating the service element. Students involved in the arts and in physical activities might consider coaching young children, seniors in residential homes and so on.
Service involves interaction, such as the building of links with individuals or groups in the community. The community may be the school, the local district, or it may exist on national and international levels (such as undertaking projects of assistance in a developing country). Service activities should not only involve doing things for others but also doing things with others and developing a real commitment with them.