Canadian Accredited Independent Schools

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Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) is a national organization for independent schools in Canada. It was formed in October 2009, as the result of a merger between the Canadian Educational Standards Institute and the Canadian Association of Independent Schools.[1] Until February 2011, the organization went by the name of Standards in Excellence and Learning (SEAL Canada).[2]

Canadian Association of Independent Schools[edit]

Canadian Association of Independent Schools was an association for independent schools that operate within Canada or offer a curriculum leading to a Canadian diploma in a location outside of the country. Member schools were non-profit institutions with volunteer Boards of Governors responsible for hiring a Head to manage the daily operation of the school. Membership was available to schools offering an academic program that would prepare students for entrance to institutions of higher education.

In October 2009, the Association and the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI) formed a new national organization, SEAL Canada (Standards in Excellence and Learning in Canada).

CAIS Accredited Schools[edit]

CAIS encompasses 95 accredited independent schools, and its aim is to collaborate in the pursuit of leadership, training, research and innovation, and application of international standards. The stated vision of the organization is to be "the voice of excellence in learning and leadership, we shape the future of education in Canada and the world."[3]

CAIS accredited independent schools
Location Gender School Day/Boarding Grades Diploma Year Established
OntarioBelleville, Ontario Co-ed Albert College Both K-12 Provincial 1857
OntarioOakville, Ontario Co-ed Appleby College Both 7-12 Provincial 1911
OntarioOttawa, Ontario Co-ed Ashbury College Both 4-12 Provincial 1891
SaskatchewanWilcox, Saskatchewan Co-ed Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Both 9-12 Provincial 1920
ManitobaWinnipeg, Manitoba Girls Balmoral Hall School Both K-12 Provincial 1901
OntarioToronto, Ontario Girls Bishop Strachan School Both K-12 Provincial 1867
QuebecSherbrooke, Quebec Co-ed Bishop's College School Both 7-12 Provincial 1836
OntarioToronto, Ontario Girls Branksome Hall Both K-12 Provincial 1903
British ColumbiaMill Bay, British Columbia Co-ed Brentwood College School Both 9-12 Provincial 1923
OntarioToronto, Ontario Girls Havergal College Both K-12 Provincial 1894
Nova ScotiaWindsor, Nova Scotia Co-ed King's-Edgehill School Both 6-12 Provincial 1788
OntarioLakefield, Ontario Co-ed Lakefield College School Both 9-12 Provincial 1879
SaskatchewanRegina, Saskatchewan Co-ed Luther College Both 9-12 Provincial 1913
OntarioNewmarket, Ontario Co-ed Pickering College Both K-12 Provincial 1842
British ColumbiaDuncan, British Columbia Co-ed Queen Margaret's School Both K-12 Provincial 1921
OntarioSt. Catharines, Ontario Co-ed Ridley College Both K-12 Provincial 1889
OntarioRosseau, Ontario Co-ed Rosseau Lake College Both 7-12 Provincial 1967
New BrunswickRothesay, New Brunswick Co-ed Rothesay Netherwood School Both 6-12 Provincial 1877
British ColumbiaShawnigan Lake, British Columbia Co-ed Shawnigan Lake School Both 8-12 Provincial 1916
OntarioAurora, Ontario Boys St. Andrew's College Both 5-12 Provincial 1899
British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia Boys St. George's School Both 1-12 Provincial 1930
ManitobaWinnipeg, Manitoba Co-ed St. John's-Ravenscourt School Both K-12 Provincial 1820
British ColumbiaVictoria, British Columbia Girls St. Margaret's School Both K-12 Provincial 1908
British ColumbiaVictoria, British Columbia Co-ed St. Michaels University School Both K-12 Provincial 1906
QuebecStanstead, Quebec Co-ed Stanstead College Both 7-12 Provincial 1872
OntarioWhitby, Ontario Girls Trafalgar Castle School Both 5-12 Provincial 1874
OntarioPort Hope, Ontario Co-ed Trinity College School Both 5-12 Provincial 1865
OntarioToronto, Ontario Boys Upper Canada College Both K-12 Provincial 1829
AlbertaCalgary, Alberta Co-ed Calgary French and International School Day 9-12 Provincial 1969
AlbertaCalgary, Alberta Co-ed Calgary Jewish Academy Day PreK-9 Provincial 1987
AlbertaCalgary, Alberta Co-ed Lycée Louis Pasteur Day K-12 Provincial 1966
AlbertaCalgary, Alberta Co-ed Rundle College Day PreK-12 Provincial 1985
AlbertaOkotoks, Alberta Co-ed Strathcona Tweedsmuir School Day 1-12 Provincial 1971
AlbertaCalgary, Alberta Co-ed West Island College Day 7-12 Provincial 1974
British ColumbiaWest Vancouver, British Columbia Co-ed Collingwood School Day JK-12 Provincial 1984
British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia Co-ed Fraser Academy Day 1-12 Provincial 1982
British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia Co-ed King David High School Day 8-12 Provincial 1986
British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia Co-ed Vancouver Talmud Torah Day PreK-7 Provincial 1934
British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia Co-ed West Point Grey Academy Day JK-12 Provincial 1996
British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia Girls York House School Day JK-12 Provincial 1932
ManitobaWinnipeg, Manitoba Co-ed Gray Academy of Jewish Education Day K-12 Provincial 1902
Dominion of NewfoundlandSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Co-ed Lakecrest St. John's Independent School Day K-12 Provincial 1993
Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia Co-ed Armbrae Academy Day PreK-12 Provincial 1887
Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia Co-ed Halifax Grammar School Day JK-12 Provincial 1958
Nova ScotiaHalifax, Nova Scotia Boys;Girls Sacred Heart School of Halifax Day JK-12 Provincial 1849
OntarioToronto, Ontario Co-ed Bayview Glen School Day K-12 Provincial 1962
OntarioRichmond Hill, Ontario Co-ed Holy Trinity School Day JK-12 Provincial 1981
OntarioToronto, Ontario Boys Royal St. George's College Day 3-12 Provincial 1964
OntarioToronto, Ontario Girls St. Clement's School Day 1-12 Provincial 1901
OntarioKing City, Ontario Co-ed The Country Day School Day JK-12 Provincial 1972
OntarioToronto, Ontario Boys The Sterling Hall School Day JK-8 Provincial 1987
OntarioRichmond Hill, Ontario Co-ed TMS School Day K-12 Provincial 1961
OntarioToronto, Ontario Co-ed Toronto Waldorf School Day K-12 Provincial 1968
OntarioToronto, Ontario Co-ed The York School Day K-12 Provincial 1965
QuebecMontreal, Quebec Co-ed Académie Solomon Schechter Day PreK-6 Provincial 1969
QuebecCôte-Saint-Luc, Quebec Co-ed Académie Yeshiva Yavne Day K-12 Provincial 1960
QuebecWestmount, Quebec Co-ed Akiva School Day K-6 Provincial 1968
QuebecOutremont, Quebec Girls Beth Jacobs Day K-12 Provincial 1969
QuebecMontreal, Quebec Co-ed Centennial Academy Day 7-CEGEP Provincial 1969
QuebecSaint-Laurent, Quebec Co-ed École Maimonide Day K-12 Provincial 1969
QuebecCôte-Saint-Luc, Quebec Co-ed Hebrew Academy Day K-11 Provincial 1967
QuebecMontreal, Quebec Co-ed Lower Canada College Day K-12 Provincial 1909
QuebecWestmount, Quebec Girls The Study Day K-12 Provincial 1915


  1. ^ "The merger of two venerable Canadian educational associations has created a new national voice in independent education". Canada Newswire. 30 Oct 2009. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Independent School Organization Changes Name". Canada Newswire. 22 Feb 2011. 
  3. ^ Mission, Vision and Values, CAIS website.

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