The School Site Council (SSC) is a school community’s representative body, made up of school staff, parents/community members, and at the secondary level, students. The primary responsibility of the SSC is to participate in the development of the School Development and Improvement Plan (SDIP) also known as the Single Plan for Student Achievement, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs by monitoring the use of Title I and other supplemental funding available to the school site.
All elementary and middle schools have decided to participate in the School Based Coordinated Program (SBCP) using School Improvement Program funds; therefore, they are REQURIED to have School Site Councils. (Some high schools have school site councils to administer other programs and funds. The bylaws of these councils govern their activities.) Half of the Council members are school staff; the majority of this group must be classroom teachers.
California Education Code 52852 states:
A Schoolsite council shall be established at each school which participates in school-based program coordination. The council shall be composed of the principal and representatives of: teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by other school personnel at the school; parents of pupils attending the school selected by such parents; and, in secondary schools, pupils selected by pupils attending the school.