In August 2022, American Heritage School will open a second campus in Salt Lake City.
The new campus will be located at 142 West 200 North in a soon-to-be-vacated church meetinghouse. The school will lease the property from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Following are a few frequently asked questions and answers:
Q: Why should my children enroll at AHS?
A: Effective education reaches the heart and mind of each student. American Heritage School teaches principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ while students learn subject matter. This produces a transformational experience that educates the whole child. Our parents appreciate the support our teachers provide. Teachers reinforce foundational values and concepts—a unified home and school working together. Moreover, students lift each other and strive to overcome challenges, as they seek to realize divine potential.
Q: Who can apply to attend AHS?
A: All students are welcome to apply. Students attending the school are not required to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, all students are expected to adhere to the school’s standards and embody ideals of Christian civility and kindness. American Heritage School’s curriculum and Honor Code create a learning atmosphere consistent with the values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. American Heritage School does not discriminate against any employee, student, employee applicant, or student applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical and/or mental disability.
Q: What will the tuition be?
A: Tuition will be approximately the same as tuition at the American Fork Campus. Official tuition pricing for the 2022–2023 school year will be announced in December 2021.
Q: How can I enroll?
A: Interested families should review the school’s admission process, which begins by making a formal inquiry online. Instructions are emailed to you automatically when you make a formal inquiry. Interviews will begin in October 2021. Academic evaluations will begin in November 2021.
Q: Will scholarships and financial aid be available?
A: Yes; significant need-based scholarships and financial aid will be available to ensure access for mission-aligned families from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Information about how to apply for scholarships and financial aid will be announced in December 2021.
Q: Who will be the Head of School?
A: Grant Beckwith is the Head of School and supervises the operations at American Heritage School’s three campuses, including the American Fork campus, the Salt Lake City campus, and the American Heritage Worldwide programs that support thousands of children in homeschools and family education groups in all 50 states and dozens of countries. Mr. Beckwith has been guiding the school and its growth initiatives since 2005. See Mr. Beckwith’s bio here.
Q: Who will be the Principal of the Salt Lake City campus?
A: Leland Anderson will be the new principal of the Salt Lake City American Heritage School campus. He and his family recently returned from Shenzhen, China, where Leland was the Head of School at Shenzhen RDF International School. Prior to his employment in China, Leland worked for American Heritage School in American Fork, Utah, as a high school principal, assistant principal, and a co-director of American Heritage’s worldwide distance education programs. Leland graduated from Harvard University with a Master of School Leadership. He taught English at Oak Canyon Junior High School in Utah. He also holds a Bachelor of English Teaching from Brigham Young University. Leland and his wife, Gina, are the parents of six children. “I am grateful that American Heritage School celebrates the truths of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ while also pursuing excellence in languages, history, science, and the arts,” Mr. Anderson says. “Salt Lake Valley was my boyhood home. I feel enthusiasm whenever I think about helping to establish an American Heritage School in Salt Lake City. The school’s culture is one of unity in the principles of kindness, liberty, and scholarship. I am glad my children and our family have been blessed by the faculty, administration, staff, and programs of this exceptional school.”
Q: What courses will be offered?
A: Initially, the new Salt Lake City campus will enroll up to 250 students in grades K–8 in the following subjects:
- English Language
- Computer Science
- Drama (e.g. Patriotic Program, Shakespeare Play)
More information about programs and course offerings will be announced in October 2021.
Q: Will extracurricular activities be available?
A: Extracurricular activities will begin in Summer or Fall 2022 and will include:
- Constitutional studies
- Electronics and robotics
- Family history
- Moot court (mock trial procedure)
- Online courses / independent study / study hall
- Pre-ACT 8/9, ACT/SAT Preparation
- Social dance Student government
Q: Will extracurricular orchestra will be available?
A: Orchestra is expected to begin in Summer 2022 for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in grades K–12. Students in grades 8–12 will also be eligible to audition to participate in the school’s annual Lyceum Music Festival and other summer orchestra offerings.
Q: Will extracurricular choir will be available?
A: Choir will begin Summer or Fall 2022 for K–12 students. Students in grades 8–12 who participate in the extracurricular choirs will also be able to participate in the annual AHS summer choir tours.
Q: What extracurricular academic competitions will be offered?
A: The school plans to facilitate these competitions, and others:
- FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- National Geographic GeoBee
- Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
- Math Competitions, such as State of Utah Math Competition, University of Waterloo Math Competitions (e.g. Gauss, Fryer, Galois, Hypatia), and American Math Competition 8
- Scripps National Spelling Bee
Q: Will uniforms be required?
A: Yes; the uniform requirements that apply to the Salt Lake City campus are the same as at the American Fork campus.
Q: What employment opportunities are available and how can I apply?
A: The school will hire full-time teachers for each grade level. The school will also hire subject teachers of computer science, art, music, and PE. Teacher employment will begin in Summer 2022. Staff positions will include administrative support, IT, and custodial / security roles. Staff employment will begin in Spring or Summer 2022, depending on the position. Employment applications are managed online through American Heritage School’s employment system. Interested candidates are invited to sign up for job alerts.
Q: How can I participate in a survey or focus group?
A: Please complete this survey if you are possibly interested in enrolling at the Salt Lake City campus. Focus groups will take place in August and September 2021, and participants will be drawn from among those who complete the survey.