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Heads & Chairs Conference

The Conference includes workshops for new Heads and new Chairs, notable Guest Speakers, separate sessions for Heads and Chairs, and the CAIS Annual General Meeting. Several other presentations and workshops take place, which vary each year. Learn more & register here.

Leadership Institute

Prepare for senior leadership roles in independent schools with our Leadership Institute. Learn More

Online PD Webinars

Each year, we host webinars on national topics that are most relevant to our leaders. Access previously recorded webinars in CAIS Connect.

New PD model

Anne-Marie speaks to moving forward with a new national PD model with the creation of one national conference. Watch the Video

2015 CAIS Accreditation Guidelines

Review the new CAIS Accreditation Guidelines that are being piloted this school year. We welcome your feedback!


CAIS schools are widely regarded to be among the best in the world. To be accredited, schools must value ongoing improvement and commit to a voluntary assessment process that is rigorous and thorough.

Why should this matter to you as a parent?

We know all parents seek and expect the best for their children. You want your child to grow, learn and thrive, to be exposed to great teaching and learning opportunities, and to reach his/her potential in every area of academic and social development.

CAIS member schools meet the highest of National Standards – not just Ministry of Education requirements – in all aspects of program and operation.

CAIS schools are committed to unmatched educational experiences and an ongoing commitment to improvement in every aspect of school life. A CAIS review is holistic, comprehensive and rigorous. CAIS accreditation is a peer-reviewed, exhaustive process that examines school operations from every angle.

No other Canadian accreditation or standards organization in education is as thorough.

How does CAIS impact your child directly?

In addition to school accreditation, CAIS offers a wide variety of programs including National Student Leadership Conferences at both the Middle and Senior School levels; National Sports Tournaments; Professional Development for teachers and school administrators and much more.

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Choosing a Boarding school

CAIS Boarding Schools meet the highest international standards of educational excellence. Our 28 boarding schools offer a wide range of academic, athletic and co-curricular activities in a close-knit, inclusive and supportive community.

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