The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, founded in 1950, is a voluntary association of 93 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, a Recognized Accrediting Association in the State of Connecticut, and is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the members and staffed by three 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 The New England Teaching Seminars—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.

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 best practice for each aspect of school life.