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Leadership and Governance


HSC is proud to be a member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, a community of 95+ independent schools that embrace whole-school improvement by choosing to meet and exceed rigorous national standards.

Driven by a comprehensive accreditation process, CAIS schools go above and beyond provincial requirements, ensuring an unparalleled standard of excellence in education.

CAIS is the only Canadian accreditor for independent schools.
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We believe we are stronger when we come together to learn from and help one another.


We believe we have a responsibility to be bold – living our Vision of a courageous, compassionate world.


We believe learning is at the heart of all we do. Continual whole school improvement leads to better outcomes for students.


We believe looking beyond ourselves allows us to appreciate our differences and become stronger as a collective. We seek new ideas, promote diversity, and lead in a changing world.
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Expect The Best

Established in 1981, CAIS as a national network of member schools supporting collaborative initiatives in leadership, education, management, and governance. Today, CAIS is a community of over 90 independent schools who explore and pursue exemplary leadership training, research and international standards of educational excellence. 

Accreditation and Standards

The five-year accreditation cycle starts with the school developing its Self Study, which identifies both strengths and areas for improvement. 

In the following year, a team of peers from other CAIS Schools reviews the Self Study, conducts a four-day visit, and creates a report with commendations and recommendations.

This comprehensive process is the foundation for the School Improvement Action Plan, which becomes a roadmap for the future.
There are 12 Standards at the core of CAIS accreditation, grouped into three broad areas: strategic direction, education program, and school operations. Accredited schools meet or exceed these standards.
CAIS Standards are reviewed annually, based on current research and exceptional practices. The Standards Council of the CAIS Board reviews and approves all changes to the Accreditation Guidelines. 
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Nearly 100% of CAIS' 53,000 students are accepted at the university or college of their choice.
"Although each school has its own special value proposition, recent analysis of accreditation data confirms that schools in the CAIS network are well-governed and exceptional in supporting students’ growth and development through outstanding academics, student life, and leadership experiences."

Anand Mahadevan, Ed. D.
Executive Director, CAIS

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