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Catholic School Council

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

Membership:

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; 

  • school principal;

  • 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

    Presenter George Couros.

    ​George Couros speaking with Parents as part of a PRO (Parent Reaching Out) grant funded session held last February in Kingston​.



  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.