About National Student Council

Since 1931, the goal of National Student Council (NatStuCo) has been to help all student councils become more effective organizations. NatStuCo represents middle level and high school councils nationwide. It seeks to provide a valuable leadership partnership between students and their school. It creates the opportunity for students to become effective leaders, thus encouraging and influencing a positive school climate.

NatStuCo is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and is located at the NASSP national office in Reston, VA.

NatStuCo is about:

  • Leadership—Supporting the development of student and adviser leadership skills and knowledge
  • Service—Helping build a climate of caring and tolerance through volunteerism and service to others
  • Student Voice—Promoting student council as the voice of the student body and giving every student an opportunity to be heard
  • Engagement—Encouraging students to become involved in school and community leadership and decision making

NatStuCo Vision Statement

NatStuCo promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower student leaders to serve their schools and communities.

We believe... 

  • Empowered students are vehicles for positive change in their school and community.
  • Student leaders have the responsibility to be positive role models.
  • Student councils play a vital role in preserving knowledge of and practice in the democratic process.
  • Leadership training programs are essential to allow developing leaders to achieve their full potential.
  • Involvement in state and national programs enhances the local school's leadership development program.
  • Student council programs are stronger when all students are encouraged to participate.
  • Every middle level and high school should have a student council.

Goals of NatStuCo

  • To support student council as a vital organization within the school and its community
  • To provide student council members and advisers with resources and support in all phases of student council activities
  • To assist all student councils in becoming more effective organizations within their school, community, state, and nation
  • To provide leadership training for student council members and advisers
  • To encourage the development of new student councils in high schools and middle level schools