Virginia Student Councils Association

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About the Virginia Student Councils Association

The Virginia Student Councils Association (VSCA) is a leadership learning organization for student leaders from private and public schools throughout the Commonwealth. VSCA provides learning experiences in leadership and opportunities to practice the citizenship skills necessary for effective participation in our democratic society. VSCA encourages the formation, development, and expansion of student councils in all schools (K-12) in Virginia.

The principal goals of the Virginia Student Councils Association are to:

The VSCA sponsors several training activities statewide throughout the year to promote leadership in schools. VSCA gives both students and advisers the opportunity for training, networking, social interaction, and the transaction of student council business. They represent major efforts to assist student councils throughout Virginia.

What can the VSCA do for advisers?

All student council advisers can benefit from support offered on a statewide level. VSCA is not just a leadership learning organization for students. It offers specialized workshops for advisers during the school year, and at the summer leadership workshops, annual convention, and regional meetings. Information on upcoming events, project ideas, state forms for elections and awards, and calendars of events go to all VSCA-member school advisers in monthly mailings.

What can the VSCA do for Virginia schools?

VSCA Governance

The VSCA is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. The VSCA is governed by an advisory board of elected student council leaders and advisers and the VASSP Board of Directors. The VSCA Advisory Board consists of twenty-five (25) voting members: four elected student officers, nine elected student representatives (one from each region), eight elected adult directors (one from each region), two VASSP representatives (appointed by the VASSP Board of Directors), and the Adviser Coordinator elected at large.

The students officers of the VSCA are President, Vice-President/Spirit Coordinator, and Secretary. The student officers are elected for a term of one year and serve until their successors are elected at the Annual Convention.

National Affiliation

In addition to regional and state leadership opportunities, VSCA is an affiliated member of the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). The national association is made up of eight regions. Virginia is one of six states in Region III, along with Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. VSCA provides funds for the state president and an adviser to attend the NASC National Conference each June, and funds for all student officers to attend the National Leadership Camps sponsored by NASC.

Becoming A Member

Any K-12 school in Virginia, public or private, is eligible to join the VSCA. The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31. For more information and an application for membership, please contact the VSCA at or visit the VSCA online at

Frequently Used Forms and Other VSCA information is at this website: