"The Site Council:" How Student Governance Changed One Public School


Pittsfield Middle High School in New Hampshire was struggling academically 10 years ago. According to this video, the state reported Pittsfield as the fifth lowest in terms of achievement.

As a result, the school developed the site council, a mostly student-led organization that could meet with administrators, teachers, and community leaders and discuss improvements for the school.

Some of these improvements include student procedures and policies for the school that are not governed by the state or school board, according to site council co-chair Tucker, a 10th grader at Pittsfield.

Dean of Operations Derek Hamilton said this new assembly would "bring together this group of key stake-holders to be a part of the decision-making process."

Are there any ways you could do something similar to this? What changes would you want to make to your school? Post in the comments section and let us know!