The School Site Council (SSC) is a committee composed of parents, teachers, and staff, with the primary responsibility for "identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices that result in both strengthening the core academic program and ensuring that students have access to and success in that program" (West SSC bylaws). Each public school in California has a local SSC. The 2014-2015 West SSC membership with contact information is available here

The basic principle of the SSC is that those individuals who are most affected by the operations of their schools should have a major role in the decisions regarding how the school functions. The primary SSC tool is the development of the 3-year Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) for the school. The purpose of the SPSA is to raise the academic performance of all students to the level of state achievement standards. Based on our State’s Educational Code (Sections 415074157264001) and the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) each school must combine all plans involving state and federal funding into one comprehensive school plan, the SPSA.

The California Education Code (Sections 52852-52863) requires School Site Councils to:
  1. Measure effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school.

  2. Seek input from school advisory committees.
  3. Reaffirm or revise school goals.
  4. Revise improvement strategies and expenditures.
  5. Recommend the approved single plan for student achievement (SPSA) to the governing board.
  6. Monitor implementation of the SPSA.

SSC meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome. The SSC meets at 3:15pm in the West School library, usually once a month on a Wednesday. This year's calendar is here. An agenda for each meeting will be published on this web site prior to each meeting, and minutes from each meeting are approved at the subsequent meeting. Both agendas and minutes are posted here