The School Site Council is a small group of schoolteachers and parents who meet to help determine the school budget and other important administrative details. They are invaluable to the school and their choices truly guide the school's path. This is critical to ensure that the school reaches its academic goals for all students. In addition, the SSC discusses budget considerations. The voting participants include five community and five staff members, one of whom must be the principal. Members of the SSC are elected by their peers at the beginning of the year and serve for two years. All meetings are open to the public, but only its members may vote.
All schools in California are required to have an SSC, and it is independent of the PTA.