School Advisory Council & Student Success Planning


School Advisory Council

A school advisory council (SAC) is a legally recognized body composed of the principal and representatives of teachers and support staff, students, parents, and community members who work together in an advisory capacity to increase the quality of the school’s learning environment.  The fundamental purpose of the school advisory council is to engage all partners in an ongoing process of shared discussion, planning and development for school improvement.

Student Success Planning

Under the leadership of the principal, the school community is responsible for developing the school’s improvement plan.  Student success planning (SSP) will continue to rely on effective distributed leadership between and among teachers, and shared commitment of support staff, school advisory council, parents/guardians, students and community members.  Student success planning begins with a review of student evidence to help determine where the school appears to be effective and where improvements are needed. This evidence is used to determine student achievement goals in literacy, numeracy and safe and inclusive learning environment. Schools collaborate to develop strategies around each goal which are reflected in a school plan (November) and a concise annual report (June).

DEECD School Advisory Councils (Handbook, Spending Guidelines, Questions….)

Nova Scotia Education Act (October 2018) SAC sections 21, 22 & 100

Ministerial Education Act Regulations made under Section 97 of the Education Act S.N.S. 2018, c. 1, Schedule A N.S. Reg. 59/2018 (effective April 1, 2018) amended to N.S. Reg. 186/2018 (effective October 22, 2018) – Sections 69-75


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Dave Buckland

Coordinator of Monitoring and Evaluation & Principal Support


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