Winter Park High School

Pre-IB Programme


The Pre-IB Programme at Winter Park High School 
comprises a number of separate but connected strands which provide the essential building blocks required by students for successful preparation for the IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme.

Some of the core features of the curriculum consist of:
  • Pre-IB English
  • Pre-IB Bio
  • Pre-CAS
  • AP Human Geography
  • A Language Acquisition Course
  • Inquiry Skills

*The Winter Park High School Pre-IB Programme is designed by and for Winter Park High School and is not affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Apply for the WPHS IB Programmes Now!

The Online Application is now open.  Please click on the "Application" link to the left to complete the online application.  The application will close January 31st, 2019.


Rising Freshmen 
Winter Park High School IB Programmes 
Informational Meetings

If you want to learn more about the Winter Park High School IB Programmes and the benefits of our programmes, please come on out and see one of our WPHS IB Programme Informational presentations.  

We will hold 2 different meeting times and locations for your convenience:
Thursday, Jan 10th, 2019
6pm at the Winter Park Freshmen Center Auditorium

Monday, Jan 14th, 2019
6pm at the Glenridge Middle School Media Cente
Please come and learn about the benefits of the WPHS IB Programmes at one of our presentations.  

Don't forget, ask as many question as you want!  

See ya there! 


IB Connect

Join us as we connect faculty and parents to increase knowledge and student success in the Winter Park International Baccalaureate Programme

Previous Presentations

IB Class scheduling and registration - Jan 17th

IB Extended Essay and Reflective Project - Feb 7th

All IB Parent Connect Meetings will be held at the Winter Park High School Main Campus Media Center

All meetings will start at 6pm and consist of presentation and a Q&A session
Download a copy of the schedule in PDF format

FRESHMEN WP Pre-CAS Meeting Sign-ups

All Pre-IB students must participate in Pre-CAS.  Please bring your Pre-CAS Forms (filled out) with you to your appointment with Mrs. Cechman in Room 468.  To book the appointment, go to this link:

Pre-CAS Appointment Calendar

You may have to miss 15 minutes of a class in order to meet with Mrs. Cechman.  The teachers are aware of these Pre-CAS appointments, and I will give you a pass back to class.  I understand that some of you are at the Main Campus during lunch and 6th and 7th period, so maybe you can try to book an appointment before school. If you still can't make an appointment, please talk to me or email through Canvas and we will work something out.




Winter Park High School PRE-CAS Programme

Pre-IB Freshmen and Sophomores   


CAS stands for Creativity, Activity, and Service. 

The IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) students (juniors and seniors) must complete the Diploma Core component called CAS starting first day of junior year and continuing throughout senior year. The component's three strands (CAS), are often interwoven with particular activities, and are characterized as follows.


CAS Strands:

· Creativity - exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance

· Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle

· Service - collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need

The CAS process encourages student engagement in activities as individuals and as a part of a team that take place in local, national and international contexts. Creativity, activity, and service enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well as their social and civic development, through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP). It should be both challenging and enjoyable - a personal journey of self-discovery that recognizes each student's individual starting point.

As a means to give our WP Pre-IB students a taste of the Diploma Programme CAS component we are offering a WP Pre-CAS programme over their freshmen and sophomore year.  WP Pre-IB students will engage in Pre-CAS by completing approximately 20 hours SERVICE in both years, and completing approximately 5 to 10 hours CREATIVITY in one of the years and completing 5 to 10 hours of ACTIVITY in the other year.  This will provide the freshmen and sophomores the opportunity to experience all three CAS components (creativity-activity-service) over their freshmen and sophomore years.


What does the WP Pre-CAS Programme involve? 

· Real, purposeful activities, which meet one or more of the learning outcomes.

· Personal challenge --- tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope.

· Students use the WP Pre-CAS stages (planning, preparation, action, and reflection) to guide experiences and projects.

· Provide evidence and reflection on your experience and outcomes


Even though counting hours is not part of the Pre-CAS programme, logging hours is one of the more prominent pieces of evidence and a needed component of the State of Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship.  WP Pre-IB students are expected to log approximately 20 hours each year for a total of approximately 40 to 50 combined hours over their freshmen and sophomore years.


Possible Examples:

· Creativity - Items created/design by you, however not art/music assigned in class at school

· Activity – Sports or activities you participate in throughout the year

            · Service – Activities that help your local community (places you volunteer)



So now what?   

  1. Each year you will complete approximately 20 hours of service.
  2. In addition, you will pick to complete 5 to 10 hours of CREATVITY OR ACTION your freshmen year, and then complete the other one your sophomore year.
  3. This gives you the opportunity to experience all three CAS components over 2 years.
  4. You begin by gathering information on your selected activities and use the WP Pre-CAS Planning Sheet to plan your events and identify the possible evidence you can use to demonstrate the WP Pre-CAS Learning Outcomes during your events.
  5. Present your proposed WP Pre-CAS Planning Sheet at your initial WP Pre-CAS Advisor meeting (Sept/Oct).
    1. Freshmen will meet with - Ms. Rowland-Cechman
    2. Sophomores will meet and/or turn in their paperwork to Mr. Blackmon or Ms. Close.
  6. Spend the school year (August to August) on your 2 Pre-CAS strands
  7. Log approximately 20 hours of service and approximately 5 to 10 hours in the other strand (Creativity or Activity).
  8. At the conclusion of your event strands, you will complete a reflection on the chosen strands. Your reflection should:
    1. Establish how you will initiate and plan for your Pre-CAS experience
    2. Identify your own strengths and areas where you need to improve
    3. Explain the commitment it takes to complete your Pre-CAS experience
    4. PLEASE use the specific reflection sheet for each Pre-CAS strand.You can download these from the WPHS Pre-IB website.WPHS Homepage=> Academics=> IB=> Pre-IB
  9. When you are done for the school year you must turn in:

    1. planning sheet entry for each event/strand
    2. hours log for each event/strand
    3. One piece of evidence meeting one WP Pre-CAS Learning Outcomes for each event/strand
    4. A reflection sheet for each event/strand
    5. Finally, when you are all done for the year, you will turn in a final summary sheet for the year.


* WP Pre-CAS should never affect your classes and school work


**In school/class activities, assignments and products cannot be used for WP Pre-CAS, especially Creativity


Service can address one or more of the following social concerns and should be part of a non-profit organization.

  • SERVICE TO YOUTH: Provide leadership, guidance, and activities for the youth in your community. Ex: collect toys for holidays, volunteer at hospitals.
  • QUALITY OF LIFE: Work towards improving the standard of living for the residents of your community. Ex: food collection drives, Humane Society dog wash, animal food collection.
  • SERVICE TO SENIOR CITIZENS: Provide opportunities for senior citizens to enhance independent living or assist with promoting a quality life. Ex: assist with reading and writing letters, provide entertainment like BINGO games, food collection, grocery shopping.
  • HEALTH/SAFETY: Volunteer services to promote the health, welfare and safety of the residents of your community. Ex: Relay for Life, March of Dimes, and disaster relief.
  • DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED AND/OR PHYSICALLY DISABLED: Volunteer your services in an effort to improve and enrich the lives of the mentally and physically disabled. Ex: Special Olympics, assist in group homes, collect toys, art supplies.
  • ENVIRONMENT/HISTORICAL PRESERVATION: Volunteer your services to promote and encourage the preservation of the environment and/or the protection of historical sites. Ex: community beautification projects, beach clean-up, museums, historical research.
  • ARTS/CULTURE: Volunteer your services to encourage the growth of the arts in your community. Ex: help with gallery exhibitions, auctions, creative art camp, usher at fundraising performances.


SOME SUGGESTED SERVICE PROJECTS: • A Gift for Teaching • Horses for the Handicapped • American Cancer Society/Relay for Life • Hospitals • American Red Cross • Humane Society • Assisted Living Facilities • Love Letters Care • Best Buddies • Orlando Science Center • BETA • Ronald McDonald house • Boys Club/Girls Club • Russell Home • Clean Up the World • Salvation Army • Volunteer bands/orch/chorus • ESPN Wide World of Sports • Soup Kitchens • Second Harvest Food Bank • Habitat for Humanity (check with your counselor FIRST for approval) • • Hospice


EXAMPLES OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES (That DO NOT count as service learning): • Washing your elderly neighbor’s car or mowing his lawn • School or club group car washes and fund raisers • Babysitting for your neighbor • Working in your parent’s store or business • Helping your pastor at your church with personal errands • Church activities that benefit only the members of the church • Volunteer band/orch/chorus practices (could possibly count as creativity or activity [marching band])


WP Pre-CAS Informational  Sheet

WP Pre-CAS Planning Sheet

WP Pre-CAS Hours Log


WP Pre-CAS Creativity Reflection Sheet

WP Pre-CAS  Activity Reflection Sheet

WP Pre-CAS Service Reflection Sheet

WP Pre-CAS End of Year Summary Sheet

Below, is the Presentation for our WPHS Freshmen Pre-IB Parent Orientation Meeting from Thursday, Aug-23 2018.  Information on this document is subject to change and not set in stone: 2018 WPHS Freshmen Pre-IB Parent Orientation Presentation

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