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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!


Guidelines & Fees

All members must always meet the following requirements




The Board of Governors is elected and structured to oversee the mission, vision, values, and strategy of the school. The school’s day-to-day operations are managed by the school’s senior administration that reports to the Board of governors (usually through the Head of School).


Heads and Chairs* attend the annual Heads and Chairs Conference during which an Annual General Meeting is held. (*New Chairs should attend; Experienced Chairs may appoint another member of the Board)


The School meets the National Standards and supports CAIS’ vision, mission, and values.


The School undergoes an accreditation process every seven years.


The Head of School participates in an accreditation review at least every seven years and supports accreditation by regularly offering school leaders for Visiting Committee reviews.


The School participates in annual Research Projects: Benchmarking and Compensation Surveys.


The School pays the annual fee before the AGM.


The School submits an Annual Membership Report.


The School adheres to CAIS Policies.




All members are encouraged to support the following programs and services:


  1. CAIS leaders attend the annual CAIS National Leaders Conference.
  2. The School supports joint projects that are endorsed by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Specific projects include the following:
    • Student Leadership Conferences for Middle and Senior School students
    • Collaborative Boarding Project
    • Athletic tournaments
    • Leadership Institute
    • Additional research projects (available to participating schools only)



*Any material failure by a school to meet the above requirements will be reviewed by the CAIS Board of Directors and could, at the CAIS Board’s discretion, lead to suspension or revocation of the school’s membership.





Membership fees


The membership fees for CAIS are based on the number of students enrolled in your school and attendance at the annual Heads and Chairs Conference and AGM.

Note: The Application Fee of $1000 is payable at the time of the application. Applicant schools also cover the travel costs associated with the Candidate Review Visit.

Application Fee $1000

Annual Fee per student $19.00 (Minimum fee of $3200)

Annual registration for the Head and Chair/Board member to attend the Annual Conference and AGM.

Accreditation Visit Expenses (charged in the year of the accreditation visit)




Candidate schools


Further information regarding the application for CAIS membership can be found in the CAIS Membership Application. Please contact the CAIS office if you require the application package in Word format.


Candidate Schools are required to meet all of the Criteria as well as the Membership Guidelines


Candidate Schools have up to three years to complete the full accreditation process, including the Visiting Committee review


Candidate Schools must meet all CAIS Standards prior to becoming an Accredited Member.


Candidate Schools who hold Candidate status do not vote at the Annual General Meeting


Annual membership fees begin upon acceptance as a Candidate School and are pro-rated on a calendar basis


Candidate Schools are required to meet the CAIS Policy on Usage of Logo.



Contact Information

  • CAIS Office
  • 264 Welland Avenue
  • 2nd Floor, Suite P
  • St. Catherines, ON L2R 2P8
  • (905) 684 5658
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