SIC - School Improvement Council

About SIC

SIC serves as an Advisory Committee to administration and the faculty. Councils are mandated by law to exist in every public school in South Carolina. SICs play a key role in the education of our state's children, bringing together parents, educators and community stakeholders to collaborate on the improvement of schools. Anyone who wants to see Forest Acres Elementary reach its fullest potential is qualified to serve on SIC!

Our SIC meets during the school year. Meetings are open to the public. Members serve two-year terms and include staff members, parents, grandparents, and local community and business partners. SIC works collaboratively with the school to develop and implement a school strategic plan. SIC monitors and evaluates our success in reaching goals, and writes an annual report to parents about the progress of the plan. SIC assists the principal in writing the narrative for the School Report Card. SIC advises on the use of school incentive awards and provides assistance as requested by the principal.

Annual School Improvement Council Calendar

August / September
• With the principal, plan SIC election procedures (unless Spring elections are held)
• Arrange training for new members and distribute SIC Handbook
• Elect SIC officers and make committee assignments based on the school's Five-Year School Improvement
Plan and the SIC's annual goals
• Begin collecting SIC membership and contact information for school staff to enter into state database (SC-SIC
Member Network) by November 15th deadline

• SIC elections completed by October 15th
• Committees identify areas of Five-Year Plan to be monitored and organize for work on goals
• SIC begins review of school data such as surveys, test scores, demographics, and budget
• Schedule and attend SIC training (if not already completed)
• Apply for annual SC-SIC Riley School Improvement Award

November / December
• Current year's SIC membership and contact information submitted by school staff to SC-SIC Member Network
by November 15th statutory reporting deadline
• Review data from annual School Report Card (as soon as it is available) and how it relates to Five-Year Plan
• Committees continue to monitor implementation of Plan strategies and SIC annual goals

January / February
• Share analysis of School Report Card data with parents and faculty
• Committees continue to monitor and report implementation progress of Plan strategies
• Identify SIC members to draft the SIC's annual Report to the Parents for current school year

March / April
• Review draft of the Report to the Parents; revise and finalize for publication
• Distribute Report to the Parents by April 30th to parents, community members and local SIC District Contact
• Attend annual state SIC conference and/or plan spring SIC training event
• Identify SIC members to work with the principal in drafting the narrative for the upcoming state School Report Card

May / June
• Summarize progress made on Five-Year Plan strategies and SIC annual goals
• Submit electronic copy of SIC's Report to the Parents to SC-SIC via SC-SIC Member Network by June 1st
• Finalize School Report Card narrative with the principal for submission mid-June
• Conduct SIC elections or begin planning elections process for Fall of the upcoming school year