The American College of Sofia has developed an extracurricular program that endeavors to create a bridge between the scholastic world of ACS students and life outside campus. The ACS extracurricular program has been designed to strongly support the concept of a holistic education, one which prepares individuals for all aspects of their lives after the College.
The Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) Program was implemented at ACS in 2005 and serves as a model of organizing and encouraging students to participate in various extracurricular activities. The CAS Program provides an avenue for involvement and fosters growth in areas that challenge students to be creative thinkers and actively involved members of the community. Additionally, participation in the CAS Program promotes development of skills and characteristics which may not be directly addressed within academic courses. Through the CAS Program, students develop a strong sense of community and an understanding of how they may positively and effectively impact society.
CAS projects encompass a broad range of activities, and students can join projects according to their interests, be it dance, theater, art, sports, hiking, camping, peer tutoring, community service, etc. Some of the extracurricular activities are organized in the form of clubs which meet regularly after school. Each CAS Project and club has a faculty advisor who supports the students while offering them guidelines for further development.
As noted in the ACS Student Handbook, “All ACS students in grades 9-12 who receive the American Diploma must satisfactorily complete the yearly CAS requirements.” The yearly requirement for each student in Grade 9 to 12 is 75 hours. The requirements afford students an opportunity to display long-term commitment to helping others, and demonstrate skill in reflection and self-evaluation.
It is the hope of the American College of Sofia that active participation in CAS will, not only assist to prepare students to meet the most demanding criteria of any university, but also shape dynamic individuals who are fully prepared for success in their adult lives.
CAS Program Coordinators for School Year 2016-2017:
For Grade 9 Students – Tanya Bachvarova firstname.lastname@example.org
For Grade 10 Students, IB CAS – Sofia Gecheva email@example.com
For Grade 11 Students – Nikoleta Simeonova firstname.lastname@example.org
For Grade 12 Students – Teodora Todorova email@example.com