Superintendent's Message  Scot.Circle

Dear Parents & Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and interest in Saline Area Schools (SAS). All district stakeholders embrace our mission to instill in our students the desire for lifelong learning. This mission guides our ongoing improvement efforts as we seek to maximize the potential of each learner.  Our focus on each child drives our emphasis on student centered and personalized learning. We believe that each student has the ability to learn, grow, and succeed and that it is our job to engage each child in authentic and meaningful learning experiences. 

Our focus on the future requires that we consider the nature of our rapidly changing world which our graduates must be prepared to navigate when they leave us.  This means preparing graduates for 2020 as well as looking ahead to the needs of our kindergarten students who will walk out our doors in 2032!  Our efforts to prepare students for their future led us to develop a learner profile we call the “SAS Compass.” This profile is used in developmentally appropriate ways for all students to focus on the 4 Cs of Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication.

With the support of the Board of Education, our teachers, administrators, and support staff are committed to learning and improving as we take on the challenge of providing an innovative and progressive learning experience for our students.  This is evidenced by the nearly 10,000 hours of professional development completed by our staff over the past two summers. 

We are very fortunate to live in a community that is incredibly supportive of our schools. We are thankful for the resources provided, allowing us to offer a top-notch education for students, in addition to the high level of engagement we receive from our volunteers, mentors, and business partners. This kind of community support sends a powerful message to our students on the importance of education. We look forward to working with you - our students, families, and community - in the current school year and beyond as we embrace the challenge of meeting our mission to instill in our students the desire for lifelong learning.

As Bloomberg Business Week noted, Saline truly is the best place to raise kids in Michigan!  If you are new to the community or want to learn more about things to do in Saline - the following resources are a great place to start your research: 

City of Saline

Saline Main Street

Saline Area Chamber of Commerce 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me using Let's Talk. You can also contact me at 734-401-4001 or


Scot A. Graden


Saline Area Schools

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