A Catholic School Council is a legally constituted advisory group of elected parents, staff, students, parish representatives, and appointed community members dedicated to fostering effective Catholic schools, promoting Catholic education, and enhancing student achievement. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board recognizes the importance of parental engagement in the education of their children. In keeping with Catholic teaching, we affirm that parents are the primary educators of their children and we welcome their participation as active members of Catholic School Councils.
The "purpose of school councils is, through the active participation of parents, to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. A school council's primary means of achieving its purpose is by making recommendations in accordance with the Regulation to the principal of the school and the board that establishes a council". O.Reg 612/00 s.2
Catholic School Councils are required in all Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
For more information on the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education, please visit: OAPCE
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board Parent Involvement Committee By-Laws.pdf
ALCDSB Catholic School Council Administrative Procedures.pdf
A council is composed of the following members and holds a minimum of four meetings per year, promoting the best interests of Catholic education locally, and provincially:
parents and guardians of students enrolled in the school;
one teaching representative;
one non-teaching representative;
one student (in elementary schools, at the discretion of the Principal and Council, mandatory in secondary schools);
parish priest or designate (parish representative) in accordance with by-laws;
one community representative appointed by the other members of the Council and,
one person appointed by the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education
George Couros speaking with Parents as part of a PRO (Parent Reaching Out) grant funded
session held last February in Kingston.