Membership

What is PTA?

Given the longevity and universal name recognition of our organization, it’s easy to understand how “PTA” is commonly used to describe all parent groups, whether or not they are actually affiliated with PTA. Parents, teachers, and even administrators are frequently confused or even unaware of the differences between PTA and other parent organizations.

Simply put, PTA is the nation’s original parent group in schools, influencing millions of parents, past and present, to get involved in their children’s education. We are a national, nonprofit organization; neither the organization nor its leaders receive any financial benefit from PTA activities. We are composed of 5.5 million volunteers in 23,094 local units. We are run by volunteers and led by volunteers, and we are accountable to parents and schools. We give parents what they want—a way to help their children succeed.

Who can join the PTSA?

PTSA is an inclusive organization that is open to all adults who care about children and schools.

We have learned that the main thing parents want from schools is to help their child succeed academically, emotionally, and personally. PTSA bridges the connection between homes and schools. By getting involved with PTSA, the child who benefits most is one’s own.

We reach out to diverse communities to allow parents to more fully integrate their children into the life of a school. We actively invite all parents to be involved in their children’s education through participation in PTSA. We work hard to bring mothers, fathers, teachers, school administrators, grandparents, mentors, foster parents, other caregivers, and community leaders into the association.

The number one reason to join our Parent Teacher Student Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTSA advantages:
  • Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
  • Discover Great Resources. The PTSA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
  • Tap into a Network. PTSA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
  • Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with your PTSA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.
  • Speak Up. PTSA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
  • Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTSAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events.
  • Be a Role ModelBy becoming a PTSA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
  • Enjoy Substantial Benefits. Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTSA membership including discounts and offers from benefit providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.  To see a full list of benefit providers,click here to go to the National PTA website.

Become a PTSA member and join more than 5 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities are invited to join our not-for-profit parent association. JOIN TODAY! The $5 membership fee covers the entire school year.