A community of independent schools, we explore and pursue exemplary leadership training, research and international standards of educational excellence.
The Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) was established in 1981 as a national network for member schools supporting collaborative initiatives in leadership, education, management and governance. Its key activities included organizing, co-ordinating, and facilitating conferences, benchmarking, senior management compensation surveys, and advocacy.
The Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI) was established in 1986 as an organization to develop and promote educational excellence and school improvement in independent schools. Its key activities were to establish national Standards/Best Practices and accreditation process, conducting 10 accreditation visits per year, and research and targeted Professional Development. Read our Policies.
In October 2009, votes were held at the Annual General Meetings for CAIS and CESI to create a new national organization, and after extensive consultation with membership, the organization changed its name to Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) in February 2011.
Today CAIS includes over 90 schools, all of which commit to undergoing a reflective and collaborative school improvement process, meet National Standards, and participate in research and professional development.
Parents of CAIS schools can expect the best.
As a community of independent schools, we explore and pursue exemplary leadership training, research and international standards of educational excellence.
April 9 - 11, 2017.
Register for the upcoming Spring and Summer Leadership Institute. Learn More & Register
Both the Catalytic Conversations on the Future of Education - Summary Report and the workshop material is now in CAIS Connect.
Access the Summary Report and Workshop Material
Read our December Newsletter
Anne-Marie speaks to moving forward with a new national PD model with the creation of one national conference. Watch the Video
Review the new CAIS Accreditation Guidelines that are being piloted this school year. We welcome your feedback!