American Heritage School (American Fork, Utah)
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|American Heritage School (www.american-heritage.org)|
|736 N 1100 E
American Fork, Utah, 84003
|School type||Private, Primary & Secondary|
|Grades||K - 12|
American Heritage School and Family Education Center (American Heritage Schools, Inc., also known as American Heritage or AHS) is an accredited private elementary, secondary school, and distance education program located in American Fork, Utah, that serves approximately 1,000 students in grades K-12. Incorporated in 1970, American Heritage School is a non-profit organization whose vision is to help families and children worldwide to maximize their divine potential. In 2009, the school completed a $5M building expansion to provide for capacity to complete high school grades as well as to accommodate growth in elementary and middle school grades. American Heritage School launched their accredited worldwide Home and Distance Education program in the Fall of 2010, which currently serves families in 30 states and around the world. In addition to its on-campus and distance education students, American Heritage also enrolls approximately 300 students in award-winning after-school orchestra and choir programs that are open to the community.
American Heritage was founded by Brigham Young University professors and parents who had children enrolled at the BYU Training School (BY High) when it closed in 1968. Though not legally affiliated with Brigham Young University or the LDS Church, significant aspects of American Heritage School's philosophy and methodologies were inherited from BY High and BY Academy. American Heritage was legally incorporated in 1970 with approximately 70 students at the time. For more on the history of American Heritage School, see the school's history page.
Family Education Center
American Heritage School also operates the Family Education Center (FEC), the community outreach arm of American Heritage School. The FEC's motto is "Education is a Family Affair" and the FEC's mission is to educate parents as they strive to become Christian teachers and learners in the home. The Family Education Center is responsible for the AHS Home and Distance Education programs, including The Family School and the Latter-day Learning Network, which were developed by American Heritage for LDS-oriented home schools.
American Heritage School has granted permission for the use of the name "American Heritage" by other "sister" schools, including "American Heritage Academy of Las Vegas," and "American Heritage School of South Jordan." While these separate entities are not legally affiliated with American Heritage Schools, Inc., and are not administered or directed by American Heritage School, they have modeled their schools' mission statements and curricula after that of American Heritage School.