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Newport-Mesa USD |  BP  0420  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

School Plans/Site Councils   

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The Board of Education believes that comprehensive planning that is aligned with the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is necessary at each school, in order to focus school improvement efforts on student academic achievement and facilitate the effective use of available resources. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that school plans provide clear direction and identify cohesive strategies aligned with school and district goals.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0400 - Comprehensive Plans)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

Each district school shall establish a school site council in accordance with Education Code 52852 and the accompanying administrative regulation to develop, review, and approve school plans.

School Plan for Student Achievement

For any school that participates in specified state and/or federal programs, the school site council or other schoolwide advisory committee shall consolidate the plans required for those programs into a School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). (Education Code 64001)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 1431 - Waivers)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

Whenever feasible, any other school plan may be incorporated into the SPSA.

The Superintendent or designee shall review each school's SPSA and ensure that it has been developed and approved by a properly constituted school site council, meets the content requirements for all programs included, is based on an analysis of current practices and student academic performance, and reasonably links improvement strategies to identified needs of the school and students. He/she shall submit to the Board of Education his/her recommendations for plan approval or recommendations regarding any subsequent material revisions of the plan.

The Board shall review and approve each school's SPSA at a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board also shall review and approve any subsequent revisions that include material changes affecting the academic programs for students participating in these state and/or federal programs. The Board shall certify that, to the extent allowable under federal law, the plan is consistent with comprehensive district plans required as a condition of receiving state and/or federal funding. (Education Code 64001)

Whenever the Board does not approve a school's SPSA, it shall communicate its specific reasons for disapproval of the plan to the school site council or committee. The school site council or committee shall then revise and resubmit the SPSA to the Board for its approval. (Education Code 52855)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that principals and members of each site council receive training on the roles and responsibilities of the site council. To the extent necessary,

he/she shall ensure that site councils receive the resources necessary in order to perform their role effectively.

Legal Reference:


52-53 Designation of schools

33133 Information guide for school site councils

35147 Open meeting laws exceptions

41540-41544 Targeted instructional improvement block grants

52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan

52176 Advisory committees

52852 School site councils

54425 Advisory committees (compensatory education)

56000-56867 Special education

64000 Categorical programs included in consolidated application

64001 Single school plan for student achievement, consolidated application programs


3930-3937 Compliance plans


6311 State plan

6312-6319 Title I programs; plans

6421-6472 Programs for neglected, delinquent, and at-risk children and youth

6601-6651 Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment program

6801-7014 Limited English proficient and immigrant students

7101-7165 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities

7341-7355c Rural Education Initiative

Management Resources:

A Guide for Developing the Single Plan for Student Achievement: A Resource for the School Site Council, February 2014


California Healthy Kids Survey

California School Climate Survey


California Department of Education, Single Plan for Student Achievement:

U.S. Department of Education:



adopted: November 13, 2018 Costa Mesa, California