In Canada, education is provincially mandated, and CAIS Schools are required to meet Ministry requirements. However, CAIS schools provide more. Our National Standards and Procedures are congruent with the internationally accepted criteria and model core standards adopted by the NAIS International Commission on Accreditation and updated annually based on current research and exceptional practices. The Standards Council of the Board reviews and approves all changes to the Accreditation Guidelines.
The process includes an Internal Evaluation conducted by all members of the school itself; this process contributes to the school’s commitment to excellence and on-going improvement. The essence of this process is that the school examines all aspects of its programs and operations, seeking to discover its strengths, weaknesses, and future strategic plans, examining how well its program fulfils its mission, and measuring itself against the Standards.
A Visiting Committee, working from the school’s Internal Evaluation, spends four days in the school meeting with the entire community including students, staff, parents and Board members. The Visiting Committee observes classes and all other activities of the school. This is a peer-review process, which means that the Visiting Committee Members are from schools with similar missions and values. The team challenges the school to reflect on how they can make improvements, for CAIS values a commitment to excellence.
The CAIS Board makes all accreditation decisions. The accreditation process ensures an arm’s length evaluation of the school and enables each school to be more accountable to all of its constituents.
Schools which have completed a CAIS Evaluation invariably find that the processes of school improvement and the setting of strategic goals and directions are greatly enhanced by accreditation.
Click here for the 2011 Accreditation Overview presentation.
Click here to view "Snapshot" a slideshow of RNS' Accreditation.