The Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) is a community of independent schools who choose to meet and exceed rigorous National Standards that inspire continuous whole school improvement.

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CAIS Professional Learning

CAIS Professional Learning programs are designed to provide Heads, Chairs and School Leaders with the tools necessary to continually improve educational quality and enhance student outcomes. Our programs also allow participants to connect with and learn from each other in an inspiring environment. 

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Governance Guide

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS is strongly committed to continuing its efforts to enhance effective governance in CAIS Schools. The work of CAIS toward this goal includes: inclusion of an updated Governance Standard in the 2021 National Standards, ongoing research and data collection/dissemination, professional learning for Board leaders through webinars and the Heads & Chairs conference, orientation for new Board Chairs and the ongoing development of supporting resources and tools.

CAIS Students

National Student Leadership Opportunities

Students at CAIS Schools are changing the schools they learn in, communities they live in, and the world around them.

Register for the upcoming Middle School Leadership Camp and learn more about the Senior Student Leadership Conference.

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CAIS Connect

CAIS is committed to sharing resources to help our schools continuously improve, meet the National Standards, and ensure educational excellence.

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Boarding Schools

Canada is home to many of the best schools in the world, and our 27 CAIS Boarding Schools represent the best of the best.

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