Expect The Best

Announcements

Register for the CAIS National Leaders Conference

Register today to join us virtually on April 12-16 for the 2021 National Leaders Conference: Positive Transformation: Reframing our Relevance.

This year we are offering two distinct conference experiences - one for Academic leaders and one for Operations leaders - all for one school fee with unlimited attendees! Find out more here.

COVID-19 Resources & School Samples

CAIS members can view up to date COVID-19 resources and school samples here.

Fit - Choosing the Right School

There is no more important consideration when investigating the independent school option than finding the right fit for your child. No two children are the same – even from the same family. ‘Fit’ means aligning the school’s mission and values with your own, as well as taking stock of the temperament, interests, intellectual ambition and personality of your child as they relate to the school you’re considering.



THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING YOUR SEARCH




Is the school accredited by CAIS?


What is the curriculum approach [eg. A.P., I.B., Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Montessori] and will the learning environment support the needs of my child?


What are the advantages to single sex vs co-educational?


What are the options for boarding?


What will I be expected to pay, beyond tuition, for the options I’m seeking?


What is the size of the school and the student-teacher ratio?


What co-curricular and leadership options are available?


What is the philosophy or vision of the school, and what are its values?


Is there anything different or unique about the faculty? What are their qualifications?


What is the campus like and what kinds of facilities are available?


Does the school offer the latest technology?


Does the school have the kind of atmosphere and style that suits your child (ie. Competitive, nurturing, sporty, academic, progressive, traditional, etc.)



SEARCH OUR CAIS SCHOOL DIRECTORY FOR MORE INFORMATION



Find a School