Canadian Independent School Organization Changes Name

TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The national organization representing Canada's most acclaimed independent schools announced today that it has changed its name from Standards in Excellence and Learning (SEAL Canada) to Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS)

"After an extensive consultation process with our 92 members, the overwhelming consensus is to change our name to CAIS, which accurately reflects who we are and what we stand for," explained Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director.

"We were formed less than two years ago," she continued, "when two previous national organizations - The Canadian Association of Independent Schools and The Canadian Educational Standards Institute - joined forces to become the voice of excellence in learning and leadership in Canadian education. Whether through the accreditation process, ongoing professional development or new ways of collaborating, our schools help shape the future of education. We are committed to building on this solid foundation to support our member schools and continue to make an important contribution from coast to coast to coast." The name change represents the core purpose of the organization: A community of independent schools, we explore and pursue exemplary leadership, training, research and international standards of educational excellence. The 12 National Standards that schools must meet in order to be accredited by CAIS represent current best practice research from around the world.

"We are about defining excellence in education and pursuing continual improvement for the benefit of 44,000 students across Canada who attend our member schools," added Ms. Kee.  "A member in good standing in our organization gives parents the confidence that they are dealing with the best there is."

"It's been a fascinating journey and one from which we've all learned a great deal," stated Jeff Paikin, volunteer Co-Chair of the Board of CAIS.  "I'm proud that the Board showed leadership in allowing this change process to come to such a successful conclusion, and I congratulate management for doing a tremendous job bringing this diverse, smart and passionate group of highly respected school Heads together. This successful conclusion is testimony to the cohesion of an organization whose members can debate and come together for the greater good.  I think that bodes well for the children in their care."

The name change to Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) takes place immediately and the new URL is www.cais.ca.  The previous URL, www.seal.edu will remain active for the next few weeks while the transition takes effect. 

For further information:

Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director
akee@cais.ca
905-684-5658