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National Leaders Conference

The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS values the constant and deliberate quest for excellence, and we recognize the vital leadership role that governors play, in partnership with Heads, in the success of our schools. We want all of our schools to have strong Heads who focus on supporting the students of the present, but we also want strong Boards that focus on supporting the students of the future.

The Governance Guide include new learning on a number of areas, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Head Transitions, and Consent Agendas.

CAIS members and non-members can purchase a hard copy here. And CAIS members can also view the full PDF in CAIS Connect here.

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