GHS receives another national award
for being a top school!
Click below right on the U.S. News & Report logo.
Winter break runs December 22-January 4. School resumes on Monday, January 5, 2015.


"Growing to Greatness"

          ~ Serving the Educational Needs of the Community Since 1876 ~

Click on the photo to view
our CASD Video.

Crawford AuSable School District

1135 North Old U.S. 27, Grayling, MI 49738
Phone 989-344-3500 or 344-3501 ~ Fax 989-348-6822
Joe Powers, Superintendent
Class B ~ Lake Michigan Conference
The Crawford AuSable School District, in partnership with our community, educates students in a safe, challenging, and supportive environment to become successful citizens in a global society.

School closing and emergency information is available 24 hours a day
by calling 989-344-3530. For radio and TV stations, please
click here.          


Board of Education
Board of Education Schools
Schools Departments
Extra-curricular Calendar
CASD District Calendar
Staff Directory
Schools of Choice
CASD Video Gallery
New Student Information
Student E-mail
Excellence in Education
Health Information
School Records
SkyWard Teacher Access
SkyWard Family Access
SkyWard Mobile Link
Employment Opportunities
Substituting for CASD
Sub Placement
2014-2015 School Year
CASD Curriculum
CASD Achievement Scores

Alumni Hall of Fame

Alumni Page
Military Hall of Honor
Annual Report Documents
Area Links
Building Use by Outside Groups

Safety Training

Maintenance Requests
CASD Library Catalog

Staff Email

Technology & Bus Bond Issue


Our students continued to outperform students in this region, and our schools were rated as some of the highest schools by the Michigan Department of Education.

The State of Michigan ranks all of the nearly 4,000 schools in a "Top to Bottom" list. CASD was again named a top performing district in the region with all of our schools earning a high ranking. Grayling High School led the way, ranking in the 82nd percentile, which is near the top among high schools in the North

Both Grayling High and Grayling Middle were recognized last year as “Reward Schools” by the Michigan Department of Education -- its highest honor.

Both Grayling Middle and Grayling Elementary were honored in the past by the Michigan Department of Education as being "Beating the Odds" schools. This honor is for the highest academic achievement in the state as compared with their peers.

Last year, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its report cards for schools:

• Grayling High School received an "A" rating:
93.9th percentile state ranking.
• Grayling Middle School received an “A” rating:
97th percentile state ranking.
• Grayling Elementary School received an “A” rating:
94th percentile state ranking.

The Center for Michigan, a non-affiliated, non-profit public policy group, ranks all school districts in the State: It ranked the Crawford AuSable School District as the BEST traditional school district in Michigan.  CASD is #1 in the state of Michigan.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Grayling High as one of the top high schools in the nation again. GHS earned a silver medal for the second straight year and was a medalist for the fourth year.

Newsweek ranked Grayling High as one of the top high schools in the nation.

Newsweek ranked Grayling High as one of the top high schools in the nation, and Education Week identified CASD as one of the most productive school districts in the nation. 

The Michigan Department of Education honored Crawford AuSable School District last year as one of the top performing districts in the state.

The prestigious College Board honored Grayling High as one of only 539 high schools in the nation on its honor roll for Advanced Placement courses.

Each year, our graduating seniors attend some of the top universities in the nation. The 2014 graduates earned a record number of scholarships last spring -- and over $800,000 in scholarships -- as they left to go on success in college and post-secondary training.

We can be proud that CASD students receive a first-class education that allows them to compete with students throughout the world.

As our local, state and national economies have struggled, so have our schools. Although our funding has been drastically reduced by our state legislature, CASD still has a great staff, great programs and great academic achievement by our students, and we expect another great year in 2014-2015.     
Even though our state legislature has removed a tremendous amount of K-12 funding over the past few years, our CASD Board of Education is committed to providing the best academic program with low class sizes.
We want to educate students with the use of a variety of technologies to solve real world problems: 

• All high school students receive an iPad to use 24/7. 
• All 8th graders will use a Chromebook.
• The remainder of the grade levels is near a 1 to 1 ratio with desktops, netbooks, laptops and iPads. 

Our teachers have had iPads since summer 2012 and have been provided with professional development in using technology to enhance learning. We hope to add more technology options so that student learning can become even more customized and individualized.

Board of Education's
Educational Strategic Plan
The Crawford AuSable Board of Education is wholly committed to providing an excellent education to all students in CASD. The board strives for excellence in every facet of our educational program. With district values of integrity, teamwork and accountability, significant learning will occur to follow our district motto, "Growing to Greatness"!

By securing and applying adequate resources, the district will provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum, taught by a highly qualified and effective staff who are engaged and exhibit ownership in our educational program. Educational excellence is demonstrated through HIGH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT and higher educational accomplishments by our students as they progress on to their next phase of life.

Ultimately, teaching success is symbiotic to learning success. It is our responsibility as a school district to work with our students and our families to assist students to be successful.

Click here to view the 2013 CASD Strategic Plan.

                          - Joe Powers, Superintendent


In 2014, GHS was ranked 10th on a list of the best district-led high schools in Michigan -- placing in the 96th percentile and earning an "A" letter grade -- by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which ranks high schools every other year. The rankings are based on the 2010-2013 CAP scores.

GHS was named one of the best high schools in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek magazines in 2014.
Click here for more information.

In 2014, The Center for Michigan named CASD the top traditional school district in Michigan. Click here to read the press release.

GHS, GMS and GES received an "A" rating by the Mackinac Center for Public Performance.

In 2013, The Center for Michigan ranked CASD the 2nd best traditional school district in Michigan.

Grayling High School was named to the 2012 AP National Honor Roll -- one of only 539 U.S. school districts to be recognized by the College Board.

Grayling High School was one of the top ten schools in Michigan to demonstrate improvement on the spring 2012 ACT/MME test.

 GHS was again named a REWARD School by the Michigan DOE in August 2013 for being a "High Progress and Beating the Odds School" in the Top to Bottom Schools ranking.
The Michigan DOE recognized the CASD as a high-performing  school district and recognized

Grayling Middle School

as a "Beating the Odds School."

Grayling High School was named one of the best high schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek magazines in 2010 -- one of only 75 Michigan high schools to receive that honor.

The CASD elementary music program, under instructor Jim Brown, was named a School of Excellence by the Michigan Association of School Boards in 2010.



This page last updated December 16, 2014

To make comments regarding this site, please e-mail the administrator

Hit Counter

Back to the top





GHS Alumni Hall of Fame Nomination Form
Military Hall of Honor
Schools in Touch Access!






CASD School Closings
School closing and emergency information is available 24 hours a day on the district school closing and emergency hotline, which can be reached by calling 344-3530.

The District uses the following television and radio stations
to inform parents of school closings, delays or unforeseen circumstances:

TV Stations

WPBN TV 7 & 4

WWTV TV 9 & 10


Radio Stations

WBYC 1240 AM Big Country Gold (Traverse City)
WKLT 98.9 FM Rock (Kalkaska)
WQON Decades 100 101.1 FM (Grayling)
WGRY 100.3 AM Country (Grayling)
  WMJZ 101.5 FM Oldies (Gaylord)
WGFM 105.1 FM Real Rock (Cheboygan)
WLJZ FM 94.5 The Bear, Classic Rock (Mackinaw CIty)
WAVC FM 93.9 The Bear, Classic Rock (Mio)
WGFN FM 98.1 The Bear, Classic Rock (Glen Arbor/Traverse City)
WJZJ FM 95.5 Real Rock (Glen Arbor/Traverse City)
WUPS FM 98.5 (Houghton Lake)
WTCM FM 103.5 Country (Traverse City)
WPHN 90.5 FM The Promise (Gaylord)
WMKC FM 102.9 Big Country Hits (Indian River)

Back to the top



























Crawford AuSable School District is #1 in Michigan
CASD is getting more out of its students
than almost every other school district in the state!

Bridge Magazine named Crawford AuSable School District (CASD) as the top traditional school district in the entire state of Michigan. CASD, located in northern lower Michigan in the town of Grayling, took top honors out of 540 traditional public school districts in the state and ranked 3rd overall behind two magnet charter schools that draw students across traditional district boundaries. CASD was also ranked number one in the state among rural schools.

“On behalf of our students, staff and communities, I want to say that CASD is very happy to be recognized as the top school in the state. The best reason is for our students. Their educational achievement benefits them, and this is our purpose,” stated Superintendent Joe Powers. “We get better than expected student achievement through a lot of hard work and because our staff truly cares about kids.”

This is the third year of the Academic State Champs report of the best public schools across the state – conducted by the Center for Michigan, a public policy group, and Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing research firm. The formula, based on test scores and family income levels, was developed to determine the state’s best schools – those that get more out of their students than comparable schools across the state.

Five-hundred forty-five traditional and public K-12 schools were included in the study, which assessed student test scores in 4th, 8th and 11th grades over the last three years. The report is published in Bridge Magazine:

 All three schools that comprise the CASD were ranked high: Grayling Elementary was ranked 21st in the state among elementary schools; Grayling Middle ranked 12th; and Grayling High was ranked 7th. These high rankings in all CASD schools propelled the school district to its top-ranked traditional school status. 

Last year, CASD was ranked as the 2nd best traditional school in the Academic State Champs report.

“Our staff is very dedicated. Over many years of hard work, they have been committed to improving student achievement, one student at a time,” said Superintendent Powers. “Our kids deserve the best we can give them.”


Contact information: 
Crawford AuSable School District:  989-344-3500
Superintendent Joe Powers:  989-344-3750



igh School Context and Performance (CAP) Report Card by the Mackinac Center for Public Performance.




Parents/Guardians: We Need Your Help
to Create a School-Based Health Center!


The Crawford AuSable School District is working in partnership with District Health Department #10 in Crawford County on a grant to get funding to open a School-Based Health Center in one of our buildings. The clinic would provide physical health and mental health services for our students right at the school.

It is important that the grant funders understand what the health needs are for our students and families. If you will, please take a few minutes and go to this link: 

Then click on the yellow "take surveys now" button.

This anonymous survey for parents and guardians must be completed by Saturday, September 20. It will only take a few minutes of your time, but it will help students for years to come.

Students will also be given a similar anonymous survey in the first few weeks of school, giving them the opportunity to express what their health needs are.
Thank so much for your help!

Back to the top









 Parents/Guardians: We Need Your Help by Sept. 20


 Parents/Guardians: We Need Your Help by Sept. 20