School Advisory Council

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Success for every student is a top priority in Nova Scotia's public schools. Principals, teachers, students, parents/guardians, school support staff, communities, regional centres for education (RCEs), the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) must work together to reach this goal and create opportunities for meaningful involvement in decision-making. Together, as partners, they can focus on improving student achievement and school performance.

School advisory councils (SACs) are one way to bring together school stakeholders and individuals from local communities who share an interest in promoting student success in their school. SACs are volunteer organizations that receive their authority from the Education Act (2018). The establishment of SACs and their roles and responsibilities are set out in the Education Act and the Ministerial Education Act Regulations.

SACs are an integral part of Nova Scotia's public schools. They provide parents/guardians, school staff, community members, and, when appropriate, students, with a voice to influence decisions that impact student learning. As advisory bodies, SACs bring partners together to provide principals and RCEs with advice that reflects the best interests of students from the point of view of the school community.

SACs are active participants in the school improvement planning process, also known as the Student Success Planning process. The provincial school improvement planning process ensures SACs have a role in the ongoing efforts of schools to improve student achievement and well-being. The school improvement plan is developed under the leadership of the principal to set goals and strategies to improve student achievement and well-being. The process begins by reviewing available evidence to determine how the students are doing and where improvements are needed.

SACs work in collaboration with principals and participate in efforts to improve student achievement and well-being by regularly receiving information on the school improvement plan and monitoring progress. SACs determine spending priorities for the provincial funds allocated to support their mandate, including student achievement, according to the terms of their SAC Agreement.

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