Organizing A New PTA

Welcome! We are excited that you have taken the first step towards becoming a PTA.

This guide is designed to walk you through the process of organizing your new local unit. Should you have any questions as you read through this material, please contact:

  • Your District Director information in the cover letter with this package or... Go to and look under district listing.
  • Your Extension Committee
  • Your VAPTA state office at or (866) 482-5437/ (866) 4VA-KIDS

You have chosen to be a part of something great. The PTA has almost 5 million members nationally and over 300,000 members in Virginia alone. We offer an extensive support network to assist local units. Anyone may take the first step toward organizing a local unit. When you take the initiative in organizing a PTA, you should always enlist the support of the school principal or superintendent, several teachers and even community leaders. It is important that all people involved are committed to the mission, objectives, basic policies, and guiding principles PTA.

Organizing a new unit is not as complicated as you may think. There are a few basic rules that need to be followed, but beyond that, fun and excitement is the key. Enjoy the process. You are creating the start of something wonderful for your community.

You will probably need at least two meetings to get your new unit off the ground. Schedule them with plenty of advanced notice so that you can maximize attendance. The meetings should follow in this order.

  • Meeting 1 or Informational/Planning Meeting: A planning meeting with the people requesting to start a PTA, the principal, and/or an administrator to lay groundwork and to get started on your paperwork
  • Meeting 2 or Organizational Meeting: An organizational meeting with all parents to explain the concept of PTA, ratify the PTA, approve bylaws, select officers, collect dues, and set a plan of work for the coming year.