• What is Student Council?

    • By supporting and further developing democracy as a way of life 
    • By involving students in meaningful, purpose-oriented activities
    • By helping each student develop a sincere regard for law and order appropriate to this democratic society 
    • By leading each individual in developing a sense of personal responsibility and earned self-respect 
    • By example through teaching the processes and procedures of a democracy 
    • By encouraging desirable attitudes and the continuous upward development of valued patterns of good citizenship 
    • By providing a forum for student opinions, interests and desires so these may be understood by the entire student body, faculty, administration and community 
    • By honestly reflecting and interpreting the student viewpoint

    • By contributing to the total educational growth of all students in the school 
    • By encouraging highest standards of scholarship and positive student involvement in learning and thinking 
    • By providing experience in genuine problem-solving procedures 
    • By providing training and experiences in the skills and techniques of good citizenship and leadership to prepare articulate citizens and leaders for a progressing society

    • By providing young people with the power and right to speak and, especially, the power, right and privilege of being heard by those in authority
    • By avoiding the commercial or cultural exploitation of students
    • By providing coordination of school-sponsored student activities with constant evaluation in terms of the selected purposes
    • By promoting opportunities for leadership among student body members
    • By utilizing the ideas and support of students in solving relevant school problems

    • By helping create harmonious relationships among faculty, administration, student body and the community
    • By providing organized services to the school in the interest of the general welfare
    • By communicating purposes, activities and the other positive elements of school life through mass media to the entire community
    • By helping young people further realize the genius and dignity of each individual

    • By sparking school loyalty, pride, patriotism and individual student development
    • By providing real experiences in group development and human understandings
    • By helping students earn and protect individual rights and responsibilities
    • By selecting projects and activities which seek to achieve purposes which are significant in the life of the school community
    • By giving young people deeper reasons for attending school and the stimulus for developing commitments to worthy goals
    • By helping each student reach maximum educational growth and development


    Definition created by 2008-09 TASC State Officers and District Presidents