Duke of Edinburgh Award & CAS

Students in the Senior School are encouraged to take on experiences that help them to develop into fully engaged citizens of the world. The IB has enshrined this approach in the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme; the philosophy is also at the core of the Duke of Edinburgh programme. Our students participate in both.

CAS is the “active” component of a student’s education, beyond the classroom. The emphasis is on experiential learning, collaboration and personal growth. There are a number of opportunities available at The York School to help students develop their CAS portfolio, but students are expected to independently seek ‘beyond York’ experiences.

The Duke of Edinburgh is an international youth programme that operates in over 100 countries worldwide; it is designed to support the personal and social development of young people.

Students entering Grade 9 at The York School are automatically enrolled into the programme.

Duke of Edinburgh Award programme activities help students to develop new skills and interests, self-confidence, and leadership abilities. Students must show growth in the following four areas:

  • Service
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Skills
  • Physical Recreation

Students work toward fulfilling the Bronze, Silver and Gold award requirements, and by so doing, are also completing requirements for the IB Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme.


The service component in both programmes serves to fulfil the 40-hour community service requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.