The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, founded in 1950, is a voluntary association of 95 non-profit independent schools serving over 30,000 students from all Connecticut towns and many other states and countries. CAIS is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, affiliated with NAIS and NEASC, and a Recognized Accrediting Association in the State of Connecticut. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the members and staffed by 3 full time employees, three retained consultants, and 150 volunteers. CAIS brings professional development events to several thousand teachers, administrators trustees and students each year including Beginning Teacher Institutes, now replicated across the country, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century programs, and the CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools’ annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Web site (www.caisct.org).
It is the mission of CAIS to serve both independent education and the children and families of Connecticut by:
- working to foster independence and freedom of choice in education
- giving leadership and support to member schools in their pursuit of excellence, access, diversity and accountability
- fostering collaboration among member schools, and cooperation with other educational organizations and the public sphere
- providing appropriate services in keeping with models of practice for each aspect of school life.
Membership in CAIS
Membership is open to any elementary or secondary school that is not-for-profit, nondiscriminatory, fiscally sound and has an appropriate system of governance that ensures the school stays true to its mission. Schools that are Members of CAIS must be accredited by either CAIS or the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Independent Schools. Both organizations are approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Accreditation by CAIS is overseen by the Commission on Membership and Accreditation (CMA).