School Site Council (SSC)


The School Site Council (SSC) is a decision-making group that provides oversight on matters dealing with Federal and State funded programs.

School Site Councils provide oversight of the academic planning and budgeting process associated with the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) in order to meet the needs of all students. SSCs provide meaningful consultation with the principal to oversee the implementation, monitoring, and revision of the SPSA, including reviewing and analyzing data; consulting with advisory groups; evaluating programs and activities; and allocating the expenditure of funds available to the school through categorical programs

The SSC is required at all schools in the San Diego Unified School District.


School Site Councils are comprised of parents, community members, staff, and students at secondary schools, who are selected by each of their constituent groups.

At the secondary level (high schools), the minimum number of members on the SSC is twelve. Membership is comprised of one quarter students, one quarter parents and community members; and half school personnel, with classroom teachers in the majority, and one other staff member (not a classroom teacher).

The principal is an ex-officio member of the SSC. A School Site Council may have more members, as long as the correct configuration for secondary schools is maintained.

Education Code 52852 requires that the SSC be configured as follows:

High Schools
Secondary Model - Minimum of 12 members

25% Parents/Community Members

  • Parents must have a child currently enrolled in the school.
  • Parents/community members may not be employed at the school site.

25% Students

Students must be currently enrolled in the school

  • Nomination forms will be made available to students. All students nominated by their peers MUST accept the nomination prior to their name being placed on the official ballot.
  • Once the official ballot has been created, the currently enrolled students will vote for the student members. The three (3) students who receive the most votes will be the student members; the student receiving the fourth highest number of votes will be the student alternate.

50% School Personnel

  • Principal (automatic member)
  • Minimum of three (3) Classroom Teachers
  • Minimum of one (1) Other School Representative*
  • Classroom teachers must be in the majority.

*Other School Representative is defined as follows: At least one staff member who is not a classroom teacher must be included on the SSC. The SSC shall design and conduct elections for these staff members to elect their representative. Examples: ELST, office staff, resource teachers, custodian.~


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