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Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) is an association of the best independent schools in Canada all of which meet the highest international standards of educational excellence.

CAIS is a national organization for independent schools and is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in education and whole school improvement. 

All schools undergo a rigorous CAIS National Standards accreditation process, which ensures that all accredited independent schools pursue best practices in every major area of program and operation. CAIS represents the best boarding schools in Canada and has a worldwide reputation for providing students with the essential skills required to be successful in today’s shifting global economy.

Whether they are large or small, located in a city or the countryside, all CAIS schools provide students with an elementary and secondary school education recognized for its superior quality by the best colleges and universities around the globe.

Differences between Private Schools and Independent Schools

The main differences between Canadian Private Schools and Independent Schools are management of school and management of finances.

Private Schools are understood to be for-profit organizations. Private Schools are owned and managed by an owner(s) or a corporation. It is that owner or corporation that decides on where funding goes and/or is used.

Independent Schools are understood to be not-for-profit organizations. Independent Schools are lead by a Head of School and overseen by a Board of Directors. School tuition fees are required for the daily operations of the school.

In Canada, depending on the province in which an independent school is located, they may receive some funding from their provincial government. Oftentimes they are also affiliated with an accrediting body.

95 Independent Schools in Canada are members of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools.

Both Canadian Private Schools and Independent Schools are alternatives to Public Schools.

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Browse the 29 schools to learn more about the best boarding schools in Canada and to explore their diverse and extensive list of offerings. Discover which dynamic school is the perfect fit for you.

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