School councils were established in 1995, to increase parent and community involvement in the education of children in Alberta. Public schools, including charter schools, are required to attempt to establish school councils.
Each school council must include the following members:
- school principal
- parents of students enrolled in the school
- student(s) (high schools only)
Parents must form the majority of members. Individual school councils may also decide to include as members one or more persons who are not parents of students enrolled in the school and/or one or more persons who are parents of children enrolled in an Early Childhood Services program at the school.
The School Councils Regulation (113/2007) has been revised to provide more clarity and flexibility for establishing school councils to accommodate local circumstances. The revision more accurately reflects what happens in existing school councils and identifies opportunities for involving parents in meaningful activities that relate to school. In addition, a new section (s.13) of the School Councils Regulation identifies the responsibilities of school boards in relation to school councils.
Find the School Councils Regulation (113/2007) on the Queen's Printer website. (Search Tip: enter 113/2007 in the Catalogue Search box found at the top right of the QP website.
Through school councils, Albertans have the opportunity to advise the principal and the school board respecting any matter relating to the school. For more information, visit Alberta School Councils' Association.
Alberta School Council Resource Manual (revised 2007)
The Alberta School Council Resource Manual provides information on the operation of school councils and on key topics of importance to school councils and other education stakeholders. This manual reflects the revisions to the School Councils Regulation (113/2007).
Alberta School Council Effectiveness: Summary and Findings of the Provincial Consultation (2004)
This review provides direction for an ongoing review process on the role and the effectiveness of school councils in Alberta.