Becoming a Member

In order to ensure excellence and leadership among our member schools, they must meet or exceed the following vigorous membership criteria upon entry:

Academic Standards

The school provides an academic program of study that qualifies students for entrance to university, including junior schools that qualify students for entrance to university preparatory schools. Members must be registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education.


The governing body and the administration of the school must be at arm's length from each other. At least 80 per cent of governing-body members may not be associated with the administration. Full details may be requested.

Financial Stability

The school has demonstrated operating capability with reasonable financial and academic-program stability.


The school has an established reputation for excellence and integrity and is generally recognized by the membership of CIS Ontario and the public.


The school is committed to continuous school improvement in its programs and operations and seeks to implement best practices in education. The school actively participates in CIS Ontario programs.

Interested in CIS Ontario membership?

Learn about the Application Process.