Accreditation and Associations

Accredited by Standards in Excellence and LearningSt. Michaels University School was the first boarding school in Western Canada to be accredited by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), the national accrediting body of Canadian independent schools.

SMUS was first accredited in 2000 when CAIS was known as the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI). SMUS completed a second accreditation evaluation in 2008, a demanding process that CAIS requires its accredited schools to undertake every seven years. The full evaluation is a two-part process. First, a self-evaluation requires the school to examine its practices rigorously in key areas, which cover everything from the learning environment and curriculum to the school’s financial and operational capabilities. 

The second part of the evaluation is a peer review, which is conducted by a visiting team of colleagues from independent schools across Canada. Made up of individuals in roles including heads of school and finance directors, the Visiting Committee spends several days observing classes and talking to faculty, staff, parents and students. The committee issues a report and makes a series of recommendations that will help the school in its goal of continuous improvement.

Read a letter from the Executive Director of CAIS:

Read more about accreditation:

Read more about our experiences with accreditation:

SMUS is also a member of the following organizations:

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