CISAA Athletics


With a full roster of sports opportunities, kicking off mid-September each academic year, the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) boasts 26 sports, 159 leagues and over 1,400+ teams playing almost 4000 games each school year, far exceeding the provincial average. (Despite the acronym, it bears repeating that CISAA is indeed the athletic division of CIS Ontario and membership is required for participation.)

Supported by expert coaches, and cheered on by a committed parent community, our member-school athletes are motivated to perform at the very top of their game.

It’s never just about winning … The CISAA mandate is to provide exciting athletic opportunities and challenging competitive experiences. However, a positive attitude and respect for others is both taught and demanded.


  • Four of the oldest independent schools in Canada formed the original conference members, titled “Little Big Four”
  • These original conference rivals are St. Andrew’s College, Aurora, Ridley College, St. Catharines, Upper Canada College, Toronto and Trinity College School, Port Hope
  • The CISAA is a member of the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Associations (OFSAA)
  • Many CISAA teams have great success competing in both OFSAA provincial championships and national independent school tournaments.


School sport is a core educational program and the resulting life skills learned during years of participation are critical to young people developing into concerned citizens able to contribute to the betterment of society as a whole.

Tim White, CISAA Director

CISAA Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association


Tim White
CISAA Director

Tim White, CISAA Director

National Post Special Report on Private Education, January 2020

National Post Special Report on Private Education