previously Canadian Association of Independent Schools

2 Ridley Rd
St. Catharine
Ontario-L2R 7C3



About Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), Canada

The Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) was established in 1981 as a national network for member schools supporting collaborative initiatives in leadership, education, management and governance. Its key activities included organizing, co-ordinating, and facilitating conferences, benchmarking, senior management compensation surveys, and advocacy.

The Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI) was established in 1986 as an organization to develop and promote educational excellence and school improvement in independent schools. Its key activities were to establish national Standards/Best Practices and accreditation process, conducting 10 accreditation visits per year, and research and targeted Professional Development. To view our policies you can do so here.

In October 2009, votes were held at the Annual General Meetings for CAIS and CESI to create a new national organization, and after extensive consultation with membership, the organization changed its name to Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) in February 2011.

As of September 2013, CAIS includes over 90 schools in Canada, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, and Switzerland.  All CAIS schools commit to undergoing a reflective and collaborative school improvement process, meet National Standards, and participate in research and professional development.