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School Site Council

Each SFUSD school must have an elected School Site Council (SSC) to represent parents, students, community members, and school staff in the school governance process.  The SSC has a number of important responsibilities, including:  Reviewing and analyzing student achievement data, gathering community input, helping develop the Academic Plan and the school site budget, and monitoring the implementation of the plan and budget. 
In addition to the SSC, some schools are required to have other elected advisory committees, depending on the characteristics of their student populations.  These advisory committees help underrepresented students and their families play a larger role in school governance:  

  • SAC:  A school receiving state categorical funding to support compensatory education programs for educationally disadvantaged students must set up a School Advisory Committee (SAC).  The SAC advises the principal and the SSC on the design and implementation of the compensatory education program.  Members of the SAC are elected by the parents of students participating in the compensatory education program. 
  • ELAC:  A school with 21 or more students designated as Limited English Proficient must set up an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).  The ELAC advises the principal and the SSC on bilingual programs and services for English learners.  Members of the ELAC are elected by the parents of English learners.

The SSC, SAC, and ELAC can bring diverse ideas to the table, and help the school craft a shared plan for improvement.  The most effective councils and committees are able to focus on the big picture, make a concerted effort to achieve authentic participation of staff and families, diagnose problems, develop innovative and effective solutions, and work collaboratively to monitor progress. 
Each January, SSC members from all district schools are invited to attend the School Site Council Summit.  At the Summit, SSC members can learn about new district policies, review projected budget allocations for the following school year, and collaborate and share best practices.  

From this page, we strive to provide useful information and resources to members of SSCs and advisory committees.  Click on the Resources link on the right to access the SSC Document Library, which includes:

  • Academic Planning tools for the school year, including the Academic Planning and Site-Based Budgeting Guide.
  • The School Governance training course, developed in partnership with Parents for Public Schools, and delivered at the School Site Council Summit held on January 26, 2008 (available in English, Spanish, and Chinese).
  • FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about SSC, SAC, and ELAC.
  • Election guidelines and sample ballots.
  • Sample SSC documents and templates.
  • An archive of School Site Council support tools and resources from previous years.

Please visit www.sfusd.edu for more information.  Assistance is also available from the Department of State and Federal Programs:  415-355-7669.