SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
According to the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, each school in the state is to have a School Advisory Council. The Council consists of principal (as co-chair), three teacher representatives (elected by teachers in the school), four parent representatives (elected by the parent body under the auspices of the P.T.A.), and two to four community representatives. In Belmont, council members serve for staggered two-year terms, with election of new members in the early fall (from among all those interested in being on the "ballot"). The role of the Council is to assist the principal in identifying the educational needs of students, adopting educational goals for the school, reviewing the annual budget, and formulating the annual School Improvement Plan (which is subject to review by the School Committee).
In addition to students who reside in the Winn Brook district, there are also some Boston students who attend Winn Brook. Belmont Public Schools has participated for over 25 years in the state-funded METCO program, an urban-suburban exchange program in which students are bused from Boston to Belmont each day. Each Boston family is paired with a Belmont family as "family friends".
BELMONT SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (Belmont SEPAC)
The Belmont Special Education Advisory Council welcomes parents with similar interests. In addition, parents are involved in the review of curriculum and are often asked to serve on a curriculum steering committee.