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Helping Students Find Success and Stay In School

The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan has been a voice for students since 1975. SAC works to assist our most vulnerable students stay in school, realize their rights to a quality public education, and experience success. Our services include education advocacy and support, education mentoring (Check and Connect), youth voice, and family support. We have a special focus on school discipline, students in foster care or experiencing homelessness, and students with mental illness or other disabilities. Every day we are fighting what is often called the “school-to-prison pipeline.” We believe that public education is a human right and necessary for a thriving democracy. We believe all students — students in poverty, students of color, students with mental illness, students with disabilities, students with no stable living situation — deserve a quality public education and that educators deserve the resources, respect and support to make that happen. Learn more about us » Please use this site as a resource to help students experience more success in school. Special features include pages on the rights of specific populations (including students in foster care, facing school discipline, homeless) and our Create-A-Letter resource, providing examples on how to request a special education evaluation and much more. There are also ways for you to get involved in advocating for policy change in Michigan. We are always looking for ways to improve our site and welcome your feedback at


Approximately how many secondary students with disabilities are suspended each year?

  1. 1 in 3
  2. 1 in 4
  3. 1 in 5
  4. 1 in 8


Mark Your Calendar

Telling Tales Out Of School

April 17, 2015

Doors open at 7 p.m., stories start at 7:30 p.m.

Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor.

Tickets are on sale now!

Learn more here and see stories from previous years here.


General Education

Student Advocacy Center assists general education students, especially students facing school discipline and students identified as at-risk for dropping out of school.


Special Education

Student Advocacy Center can assist families with requesting special education evaluations, obtaining special education services, and improving existing special education services.


Foster Care

Student Advocacy Center has a long-standing history of working with youth in foster care. Our Foster Care Advocate helps youth with school enrollment, transportation, special education services, and reducing other barriers to school success.

That’s Not All!
We help students of all kinds, see more examples to the right:

Our Latest Videos

Our latest videos are now available on the web. See more videos »



View our sample letters to help you craft letters to your child's school. View our Create-A-Letter Page »

Our Programs

Photo of student writing on a whiteboard.

We have a variety of programs to help students, including: Education Advocacy, Check and Connect, and more. View our Programs »