School Advisory Councils (SAC)

School Advisory Councils (SAC)

An infographic explaining SACs roles

School Advisory Councils play an important role in supporting student success at the school community level.

A School Advisory Council is an advisory body to the school principal, Regional Centre for Education, and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial on a range of issues related to the school and the school system.

Membership can vary, but generally consists of the school principal, parents, teachers, and other community members.

Click here to learn more about School Advisory Councils, including how the role changed in 2018.

Click here to see the Nova Scotia School Advisory Council Handbook. See below for more important SAC documents.

For more information, visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website.


Effective communication is a crucial component to ensure the success of SAC. The SAC and the school principal work closely to maintain effective communication with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD), Regional Centres of Education, and school communities.

Most communication between the SAC, Regional Centres and EECD flows through school principals. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal. 

After speaking with the school principal, the next point of contact would be the School Supervisor. 

Policy Consultation

SACs are responsible for advising principals and Regional Centres (or the CSAP) on various matters, such as the development of policies that promote student achievement and safe and inclusive schools, communication with parents and the school community, and any other matters referred to the SAC by the principal, RCE, CSAP, or the Minister.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view a document of commonly asked questions and answers related to SACs.

Important Documents

  • May 24, 2024 - Invitation to Provide Local Voice from SAC Perspective on an Important Topic (Provincial Code of Conduct Policy Review)
  • April 24, 2024 - Invitation to Provide Local Voice from SAC Perspective on an Important Topic (Cell Phone Use in Schools)
  • February 15, 2024 - Strengthening Local Voice - School Advisory Council (SAC) Innovation Fund Application Process  
  • December 18, 2023 - NSISP Presentation
  • December 15, 2023 - School Food and Nutrition Policy SAC Survey Report
  • December 5, 2023 - School Advisory Council Annual Survey
  • December 1, 2023 - Update on Local Voice for SACs from the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • November 16, 2023 - Professional Learning Sessions
  • November 10, 2023 - Information on Spending Guidelines
  • September 18, 2023 - 2022-23 Annual Report Summary