Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Summary:

Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy is a high-performing public school serving grades 6-12 in the diverse city of Saginaw, Michigan. With a student population that is 50.63% White, 24.56% African American, 6.77% Hispanic, and 14.54% Asian, the school has consistently ranked among the top high schools in the state, earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy significantly outperforms the Saginaw School District and the state of Michigan in academic assessments, with 77.8% of 6th graders and 79% of 7th graders proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to just 18.8% and 26.1% for the district, respectively. In math, 62.2% of 6th graders and 80.6% of 7th graders were proficient or better, compared to 10.5% and 20% for the district. The school also maintains a high 97.4% four-year graduation rate and a low 2.5% dropout rate, far exceeding the district's average of 6.2% at Saginaw High School.

Despite having a significant percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds (46.62% free/reduced lunch recipients), Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy outperforms nearby schools like Arthur Hill High School and Saginaw High School, which have significantly lower academic performance, higher dropout rates, and higher chronic absenteeism. The school's higher spending per student ($19,065 in 2022-2023) compared to the district's average ($16,143 at Arthur Hill High School) may contribute to its exceptional academic outcomes and support services for students.


Detail:

Public 6-12

 1903 N Niagara St
       Saginaw, MI  48602-5561


(989) 399-5500

District: Saginaw School District of the City of

SchoolDigger Rank:
2nd of 735 Michigan High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,065 Help


Feeder schools for Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy:

Elementary:    Chester F Miller School
    Herig School
    Jessie Loomis School
    Jessie Rouse School
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Middle:    Thompson Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  399

Racial breakdown:

White:
50.6%
African American:
24.6%
Asian:
14.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  46.6% Help


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Compare Details Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy ranks better than 99% of middle schools in Michigan. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.12. (See more...)
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Compare Details Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy ranks better than 99.7% of high schools in Michigan. It also ranks first among 3 ranked high schools in the Saginaw School District of the City of! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.81. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (50.6%), African American (24.6%), Asian (14.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 46.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy is 15.3. 2 high schools in the Saginaw School District of the City of have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy is $19,065. 2 high schools in the Saginaw School District of the City of spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy 9th of 883 Michigan public middle schools. (See Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy 2nd of 735 Michigan public high schools. (See Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy in the ranking list.)

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Saginaw School District of the City of:

SchoolDigger ranks Saginaw School District of the City of 484th of 606 Michigan school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 94.61 3rd 806 99.6%
2007 92.07 7th 823 99.1%
2008 92.82 4th 839 99.5%
2009 92.92 2nd 847 99.8%
2010 91.00 3rd 851 99.6%
2011 91.94 2nd 858 99.8%
2012 95.66 17th 900 98.1%
2013 96.65 12th 919 98.7%
2014 96.58 7th 921 99.2%
2015 98.64 3rd 919 99.7%
2016 98.33 6th 894 99.3%
2017 97.67 11th 821 98.7%
2018 98.77 5th 838 99.4%
2019 99.48 1st 792 99.9%
2021 97.42 11th 675 98.4%
2022 99.08 2nd 776 99.7%
2023 98.12 9th 883 99.0%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.22 3rd 815 99.6%
2019 99.97 1st 672 99.9%
2021 98.76 5th 523 99.0%
2022 99.72 1st 691 99.9%
2023 99.36 3rd 825 99.6%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.74 9th 794 98.9%
2019 98.49 1st 658 99.8%
2021 95.30 15th 521 97.1%
2022 97.03 10th 657 98.5%
2023 97.81 5th 770 99.4%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.42 2nd 797 99.7%
2019 99.54 1st 639 99.8%
2021 97.74 7th 540 98.7%
2022 98.27 3rd 658 99.5%
2023 96.70 15th 776 98.1%
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Rank History for middle school Asian students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 86.69 6th 104 94.2%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.45 3rd 366 99.2%
2019 98.85 3rd 196 98.5%
2021 89.51 3rd 77 96.1%
2023 93.89 12th 310 96.1%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 99.62 1st 678 99.9%
2019 99.64 1st 624 99.8%
2021 95.21 14th 577 97.6%
2022 99.05 3rd 638 99.5%
2023 98.14 2nd 688 99.7%
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Data source: test scores: Michigan Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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Rank History for all high school students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 97.34 4th 705 99.4%
2007 97.31 3rd 767 99.6%
2008 92.29 23rd 750 96.9%
2009 96.82 3rd 754 99.6%
2010 95.65 3rd 765 99.6%
2011 95.38 5th 784 99.4%
2012 98.42 5th 773 99.4%
2013 96.18 21st 805 97.4%
2014 98.16 7th 799 99.1%
2015 97.55 14th 832 98.3%
2016 98.47 5th 852 99.4%
2017 99.01 4th 835 99.5%
2018 93.45 40th 824 95.1%
2019 99.15 2nd 666 99.7%
2021 96.17 23rd 561 95.9%
2022 99.29 2nd 531 99.6%
2023 99.81 2nd 735 99.7%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.69 10th 755 98.7%
2019 99.66 3rd 532 99.4%
2023 99.43 5th 614 99.2%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.67 75th 710 89.4%
2019 98.39 3rd 554 99.5%
2021 86.02 46th 462 90.0%
2023 98.68 3rd 611 99.5%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.49 5th 707 99.3%
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Rank History for high school African American students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.86 6th 254 97.6%
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Rank History for high school White students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools MI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.62 4th 708 99.4%
2021 97.15 16th 516 96.9%
2023 99.73 3rd 647 99.5%
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Data source: test scores: Michigan Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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by a parent
Friday, April 5, 2019

Open Quote My granddaughter went to SASA, IT WAS A GREAT SCHOOL. I thank the teachers for being tough on her and teaching her all she needed to be successful in college. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Open Quote My daughter is in the Math/Science concentration at SASA and she loves the school! The parent communication is excellent. I receive emails from the principal, the parent committee, and her skyward grade updates weekly. The academics at SASA can't be beat, and I'm so glad my daughter has the opportunity to attend this school. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Open Quote The Saginaw Arts and Sciences academy is ranked FIFTH in the STATE of MI for student achievement as measured by state processes tied to the MEAP (grades 6-9) and MME/ACT (grades 11-12). It is small in size, but BIG on results!! I sent both of my kids here from grades 6-12 and never looked back -- a private school quality education at a public school cost -- because it's tuition-FREE!

Teachers are mostly Master's Degree level educated, and are exceptionally strong, creative, driven and committed -- and amazingly so are the vast majority of students! These kids come from families that care about education. This is an application-based public school that serves families from more than 3 local counties and nearly every community located in them. The student population is a terrific mix of cultures, religions, economic levels and races, and the kids respect each others' differences.

You can arrange to have your child visit for a day to shadow a student to see if you/he/she likes it -- they also schedule personal tours. You won't be disappointed if you make this school your child's home for preparing for an educational future. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, February 1, 2010

Open Quote My grandson is a sixth grader at SASA. In the 5 short months he has attended SASA, his attitude towards his school work and his future has improved immensely. His goals as an elementary student have matured into future ambitions, that he is willing to work hard at and achieve, thanks to the dedicated and intelligent staff members at SASA. Saginaw children are very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a great school like SASA. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Open Quote This is one amazing school. The students are mature, responsible, and nurtured to become incredibly successful individuals and most go on to top colleges and universities in the country. The rigorous programming and the high expectations have turned out citizens who will become the future leaders of our community, state and nation. I wouldn't want to send my students ANYWHERE else! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 179 37 20 23 2 n/a n/a 0 261
2001 187 35 28 24 1 n/a n/a 0 275
2002 244 49 34 30 1 n/a n/a 0 358
2003 244 49 34 30 1 n/a n/a 0 358
2004 238 58 34 30 1 n/a n/a 0 361
2005 256 100 44 44 1 n/a n/a 0 445
2006 262 115 42 38 2 n/a n/a 0 459
2007 253 143 41 45 3 n/a n/a 0 485
2008 272 148 43 46 3 n/a n/a 0 512
2009 295 150 51 39 3 n/a n/a 0 538
2010 334 223 67 66 3 n/a n/a 0 693
2011 305 195 76 61 1 1 0 0 639
2012 318 239 77 73 1 0 1 0 709
2013 299 188 72 61 0 0 1 0 621
2014 300 193 68 65 0 1 1 0 628
2015 317 193 79 59 1 1 1 0 651
2016 291 191 66 51 1 3 2 0 605
2017 263 194 62 52 4 3 2 0 580
2018 263 167 52 41 4 3 0 0 530
2019 253 171 53 34 4 3 1 0 519
2020 250 123 51 34 1 2 4 0 465
2021 219 108 61 28 1 2 6 0 425
2022 210 102 64 30 0 2 4 0 412
2023 202 98 58 27 0 1 13 0 399

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 261 22.0 11.9 0
2001 275 24.0 11.5 0
2002 358 25.0 14.3 n/a
2003 358 25.0 14.3 n/a
2004 361 24.0 15.0 n/a
2005 445 25.0 17.8 25.6
2006 459 27.0 17.0 26.8
2007 485 27.0 18.0 26.4
2008 512 26.0 19.7 25
2009 538 28.0 19.2 29.6
2010 693 28.0 24.7 31
2011 639 22.0 29.0 30.7
2012 709 28.0 25.3 41.7
2013 621 29.3 21.1 39
2014 628 28.5 22.0 42.5
2015 651 27.0 24.1 18.4
2016 605 26.0 23.2 26.6
2017 580 25.6 22.6 32.2
2018 530 27.0 19.6 40
2019 519 28.0 18.5 42
2020 465 27.0 17.2 41.1
2021 425 27.0 15.7 40.9
2022 412 29.0 14.2 36.9
2023 399 26.0 15.3 46.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 261 22.0 11.9 0
2001 275 24.0 11.5 0
2002 358 25.0 14.3 n/a
2003 358 25.0 14.3 n/a
2004 361 24.0 15.0 n/a
2005 445 25.0 17.8 25.6
2006 459 27.0 17.0 26.8
2007 485 27.0 18.0 26.4
2008 512 26.0 19.7 25
2009 538 28.0 19.2 29.6
2010 693 28.0 24.7 31
2011 639 22.0 29.0 30.7
2012 709 28.0 25.3 41.7
2013 621 29.3 21.1 39
2014 628 28.5 22.0 42.5
2015 651 27.0 24.1 18.4
2016 605 26.0 23.2 26.6
2017 580 25.6 22.6 32.2
2018 530 27.0 19.6 40
2019 519 28.0 18.5 42
2020 465 27.0 17.2 41.1
2021 425 27.0 15.7 40.9
2022 412 29.0 14.2 36.9
2023 399 26.0 15.3 46.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,140 (11.2%) $9,069 (88.8%) $10,209
2020 $1,013 (8.5%) $10,918 (91.5%) $11,931
2021 $1,787 (13.4%) $11,515 (86.6%) $13,302
2022 $7,951 (48.5%) $8,458 (51.5%) $16,409
2023 $9,808 (51.4%) $9,257 (48.6%) $19,065

Data source: Michigan Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1st of 792 Middle schoolsRanks 9th of 883 Middle schools
 0.9%
Ranks 2nd of 666 High schoolsRanks 2nd of 735 High schools
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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)83.777.8
 5.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Saginaw School District of the City of)31.318.8
 12.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)41.737.5
 4.2%
6th Grade Math (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)84.862.2
 22.6%
   6th Grade Math (Saginaw School District of the City of)25.710.5
 15.2%
   6th Grade Math (Michigan)35.129.6
 5.5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)80.579
 1.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Saginaw School District of the City of)30.126.1
 4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Michigan)42.736.9
 5.8%
7th Grade Math (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)81.580.6
 0.9%
   7th Grade Math (Saginaw School District of the City of)24.920
 4.9%
   7th Grade Math (Michigan)35.731
 4.7%
8th Grade Social Studies (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)62.753.7
 9%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Saginaw School District of the City of)16.614.6
 2%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Michigan)2826.7
 1.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)90.479.1
 11.3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Saginaw School District of the City of)27.720.7
 7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Michigan)41.436.3
 5.1%
11th Grade Social Studies (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)80.476.8
 3.6%
   11th Grade Social Studies (Saginaw School District of the City of)17.920.1
 2.2%
   11th Grade Social Studies (Michigan)46.636.1
 10.5%
11th Grade Mathematics (Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy)83.975
 8.9%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Saginaw School District of the City of)18.816.7
 2.1%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Michigan)36.329.9
 6.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students519399
 23.1%
African American17198
 42.7%
American Indian40
 100%
Asian5358
 9.4%
Hispanic3427
 20.6%
Pacific Islander31
 66.7%
White253202
 20.2%
Two or More Races113
 1200%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients42%46.6%
 4.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy

In the 2022-23 school year, 399 students attended Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy.

Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Chester F Miller School
Elementary : Herig School
Elementary : Jessie Loomis School
Elementary : Jessie Rouse School
Elementary : Kempton Elementary School
Elementary : Merrill Park Elementary School
Elementary : Stone School
Elementary : Zilwaukee K8 School
Middle : Thompson Middle School

Students at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy are 51% White, 25% African American, 15% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races.

Yes! Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 2nd of 735 Michigan high schools.


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