Principal’s Message

Wayt’k – welcome to Salmon Arm Secondary (SAS)!

Our school and community has a rich tradition of supporting excellence in academics, while encouraging and promoting outdoor pursuits, music and fine arts, along with sponsoring a wide variety of sports.  SAS has approximately 600 students in grades 11 and 12, servicing the communities of Salmon Arm, Anglemont, Scotch Creek, Celista, Sorrento, Blind Bay, Eagle Bay, White Lake, Tappen, Sunnybrae, Gleneden, Silver Creek, North Canoe, South Canoe, Ranchero, and Deep Creek.  Our school is located on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, with students attending from Adams Lake Indian Band, Little Shuswap Indian Band, and Neskonlith Indian Band.

At SAS, our motto of “Excellence  Respect  Responsibility” is a standard we collectively strive for on a daily basis.  We do this through our actions, as defined by our Purpose Statement: “We seek to develop thoughtful, articulate, creative, healthy and responsible individuals by engaging all learners in the pursuits of their potential”. 

SAS offers students a variety of program choices and opportunities.  Core Academics includes Math, English, Social Studies, Science and Physical & Health Education.  We have a French Immersion program, as well as a provincially recognized Careers Education department.  Elective opportunities include Business Education, Home Economics and Culinary Arts, Information and Computer Technology, Health and Human Services, Woodwork, Metalwork, Automotive Technology, Visual Arts, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Theatre, Dance, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Leadership.

We focus on providing a positive, welcoming environment that allows students the flexibility to design an educational program that meets their particular needs and interests.  Our wide range of courses and programs do an excellent job of preparing students for stepping into post-secondary education, transferring directly into the workforce or moving forward on a less traditional path.

I am proud of our staff.  The efforts, compassion, and wisdom provided to our students creates the conditions for authentic learning experiences and genuine relationships.  Our staff is passionate about the variety of programs and courses we offer students.  In turn, our students’ commitment and resiliency to their education, to their classmates, and to themselves makes our job a privilege and an honour.  Every day, our future leaders and change agents of tomorrow attend school, participate in worthy causes, and make a difference.  The community of Salmon Arm is incredibly fortunate.

My hope each school year is for staff and students to pursue passions, to work hard, to explore new opportunities, to be open to and accepting of differences, and to show gratitude.  Salmon Arm Secondary is a wonderful school because of our staff and students.


Mr. Rob Cadden