Community, Action, Service @ City High Middle


Involvement at City High Middle School includes Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).

Click here for Grades 6-10 CAS Form

Click here for Grades 11-12 CAS Form

"The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the programme and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies."

At the 11th and 12th grade levels it is important for students to complete their hours over a two-year span, so although they may work on hours over the summer it is important that they plan to continue gathering those hours throughout the school year and into the next. Students in grades 6-10 may work on their hours starting in May of the prior school year.  There are three deadlines throughout the school year, which are used as check points to facilitate that students are on track for completing their hours.

Each category is defined below with examples of activities that could be placed in each.

Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Examples: Working on the school sustainability musical, sketching and drawing, Learning the cello, piano lessons.

Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program.
Examples: Sports teams (GRPS or non-GRPS), yoga class, personal fitness plan, swimming lessons, hiking, rope course

Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student.
Examples: Tutoring, reading books to kids, river bank clean-up, serving food at a soup kitchen, Cutting your neighbor’s grass

Hour Requirements by Grade Level
Grade six students – 5 hours Creativity, 5 hours Action, and 5 hours of Service
Grade seven students – 5 hours Creativity, 5 hours Action, and 5 hours of Service
Grade eight students – 10 hours Creativity, 10 hours Action, and 10 hours of Service
Grade nine students – 15 hours Creativity, 15 hours Action, and 15 hours of Service
Grade ten students – 20 hours Creativity, 20 hours Action, and 20 hours of Service
Grade eleven students – 25 hours Creativity, 25 hours Action, and 25 hours of Service
Grade twelve students – 25 hours Creativity, 25 hours Action, and 25 hours of Service

If you need more ideas for CAS, please check the volunteer bulletin board (located next to the Main Office).  This board will display up-to-date service opportunities, so check it often.

Also, check the City PTSA website “CityViews” at www.cityptsa.com under Message Center, then Community Service for more opportunities.

Lastly, you can consult the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Nonprofit Directory

(*City High Middle School and the Grand Rapids Public Schools do not endorse speciifc non-profit organizations)

PLEASE BE SURE TO FILL OUT THE FORM COMPLETELY. Parent’s signatures are accepted for the areas of Creativity and Action only.  CAS forms are available outside the office or by using the links at the top of the page.

  • If in doubt whether something qualifies as creativity, action, or service, or if you have additional questions regarding CAS, please contact Mrs. Dawn McCumber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (grades 7 - 10) or Mrs. VanderVliet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Grades 11 & 12)
  • Turn in completed CAS forms to City's main office.
  • Students may check their CAS hour total by filling out a CAS inquiry form in the main office.