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Leadership Institute

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

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. Register for upcoming webinars here.

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!

Affiliate Associations


Currently, CAIS is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation.

The NAIS Commission on Accreditation is an international authority on independent school accreditation. The primary purpose of the Commission is to provide quality assurance and accountability for the accreditation programs of its state, regional, and international member associations. The Commission establishes and maintains criteria for effective accreditation and conducts formal evaluations of member association accreditation programs. The Commission also examines and assesses the evolving educational environment, and it acts as a catalyst in partnership with associations in navigating significant change, developing innovative practices, and promoting transformative leadership in the accreditation field. Ultimately, the work of the Commission strengthens independent school education and supports the ongoing improvement of individual schools, while enhancing the learning experiences of their students.

The NAIS Commission on Accreditation represents thousands of schools in over 100 countries, and our associations value a peer-review process that is collaborative, reflective, and data-driven; ultimately, our accreditation contributes to meaningful school improvement.

CAIS is the only association in Canada that has voluntarily agreed to abide by the Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices including submitting itself to a thorough ten-year evaluation of its accreditation procedures as defined by the Commission. This ten-year evaluation was completed in 2010 with CAIS meeting all criteria.

Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada

CAIS also abides by the Guidelines for Good Practice by the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada.

Associations and Online Programs

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