Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy mascot logo.png
1903 North Niagara Street
Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan 48602
United States
Coordinates 43°25′58″N 83°56′41″W / 43.43281°N 83.94484°W / 43.43281; -83.94484Coordinates: 43°25′58″N 83°56′41″W / 43.43281°N 83.94484°W / 43.43281; -83.94484
Type Public magnet middle school and high school
Motto "Moving Futures Beyond."
Established 1981 (1981)[1]
Status Open
School district Saginaw Public School District
Superintendent Nathaniel McClain, Ph.D.
CEEB code 233282
NCES School ID 263039001171[2]
Principal Priscilla Arocha-Roby [3]
Teaching staff 29.30 (2012-13)[2]
Grades 6 to 12
Gender Co-ed
Number of students 621 (2012-13)[2]
 • Grade 6 103 (2012-13)[2]
 • Grade 7 102 (2012-13)[2]
 • Grade 8 131 (2012-13)[2]
 • Grade 9 97 (2012-13)[2]
 • Grade 10 74 (2012-13)[2]
 • Grade 11 63 (2012-13)[2]
 • Grade 12 51 (2012-13)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 21.19 (2012-13)[2]
Burgundy and Navy[4]
Athletics conference Michigan Summit League[4]
Mascot Dragons
Class C[4]
Formerly Center for the Arts and Sciences (CAS)[1]

Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, or SASA, is a small public high school and middle school in Saginaw Michigan for talented students and its founding in the early 1980s until 1999, it was known as the Center for the Arts & Sciences (CAS). During this period, it was a half-day school utilizing a concentration, or major, program to allow students to focus on specialized areas of study, while spending the other half of the day at their home school. In 1999, the name was changed, and SASA became a full day school, allowing students to take other required classes in addition to their concentration. As of the 2009-10 school year the enrollment is nearing 700 full and half day students. The previous principal of SASA is Melleretha Moses-Johnson who was, in turn, preceded by Janet Harris Nash.


The Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy is located in a building that originally housed a Montgomery Ward department store.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the CAS shared its building with the Ruben Daniels Center for Lifelong Education, an adult and alternative high school also run by the Saginaw School district. The CAS met with surprising success, and began drawing students from throughout the Saginaw-valley area, including Saginaw, Bay, and Midland counties.

In the late 1990s, a committee of students, parents, and teachers, led by Aurora Vanston, began a campaign to expand the school to include a full-day option. This committee took on the name "The River School Project", owing to the school's location on the banks of the Saginaw River near downtown Saginaw. Although the committee met with much doubt and resistance, support gradually built, and after several meetings the Saginaw School Board eventually unanimously approved plans to expand the school and change the name to the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy. In 1999, full-day programs were added for the 9th and 10th grade, with the 11th grade following in 2000, and the 12th grade in 2001. The school initially had far fewer full-day students than half-day, but since the early days of the full-day program, full-time enrollment has greatly expanded.

The Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy was recently renovated. It has received three new full science labs, an atrium, gymnasium, and a new performing arts center. These additions were opened at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school years.


  1. ^ a b "About Us". Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Saginaw Arts And Sciences Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Staff". Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  4. ^ a b c "MHSAA - Schools". Michigan High School Athletic Association. Retrieved March 22, 2015.

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