School Support Organizations


Supporting Schools and Students

A School Support Organization is a parent-teacher association, parent-teacher organization, booster club, alumni group, etc. whose primary purpose is supporting the school district, an individual school, a school club, or any of a school's academic, athletic, arts, or social activities.Woman and student sitting on car tailgate. Woman dressed as pumpkin.

Active and engaged families are an integral part of our schools and make a true difference in the live of all students.

School Support Organizations in Tennessee are required by law to register as nonprofit organizations with the Tennessee Secretary of State office and file annually with that office and the school district.

School Support Organizations also are required to follow guidelines and policies as defined in the Tennessee Code Annotated (Title 4, Chapter 2, Part 6), the School Support Organization Financial Accountability Act of 2007, Tennessee Model Financial Policy Manual and Metro Schools' School Support Organization Policy.

To be an active School Support Organization with Metro Schools, your organization must be in good standing with the Tennessee Secretary of State and be approved to operate by both the principal of the affiliated school and by the Metro Schools district.

Register Your School Support Organization

New for 2023-2024: Givebacks and Communications Guidance

School Support Organizations have a new tool called Givebacks and requirements and guidance for websites and social media created by SSOs and partner organizations.  

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Givebacks and communications policy and procedure on topics such as:

  • PTA, PTO and partner websites
  • Social Media 
  • Publishing MNPS email addresses
  • Using Givebacks for fundraising