Program Overview

APRIL 25, 2024

What is Experiential Learning?

Elementary School Experiential Learning is a one-day course of study devoted to a single subject. During Experiential Learning, regular classes in grades 3–5 are suspended and replaced with project-based and place-based learning experiences in academic fields of interest to AHS students, under the mentorship of experienced AHS instructors, professionals, guest presenters, and practitioners. Experiential Learning courses may include classes at school, educational field trips and/or guest presenters. Students and parents choose from a list of offerings provided below.

Who is eligible to participate, and what expectations must students meet to participate?

AHS students in grades 3-5 are eligible to enroll in Experiential Learning courses. Enrollment is a privilege that will be extended to students who meet basic academic requirements and demonstrate self-government in adherence to the Honor Code. Students must understand that this is not a break from studies; rather it is an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest. The dress code during Experiential Learning Day will consist of the school’s regular uniform, dress uniform (typically for a field learning experience), or spirit apparel, as specified by the instructor.

Are students required to participate? Can they choose any option? 

All full-time students are expected to participate. Not all Experiential Learning options will be available to every student every year. Some options may not ultimately carry based upon low enrollment interest, and some students may not be able to register for courses that are already full (priority registration begins with fifth grade first, followed by fourth grade, etc.). 

What is the cost of this program? How will Experiential Learning Week affect AHS tuition? 

AHS tuition will not be affected by Experiential Learning. Most Experiential Learning courses have an associated fee. However, in no case should the participation fee discourage a family or student from participating. Please contact an administrator if financial assistance is desired.

Courses Offered


"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance." Psalms 89:15

Course Description: Isn’t it wonderful to hear? We listen to family and friends. We listen to various sources of media. We hear animals calling.  In this class, we will explore: What does a human ear look like inside? How does a brain process sound? Are some people more sensitive to sounds than others? How does sound effect my daily life? What choices can I make to have the type of sounds I want to have in my life? How do I work with ones I don’t control? What is it like when sound doesn’t echo? We will look at audiobooks, music and the sounds around us on the street as well as hearing the voice of the Holy Ghost when it speaks to us.
Gospel Principle: My Heavenly Father loves me so he gave me my ears that I might hear the magical sound of things. 

Teacher: John Sowa

Student Fee: $15

Student Cap: 12 students



"If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving." D&C 136:29

Academic Concept: Keeping our bodies healthy allows for a happier life. Dance is a form of fitness while opening the mind to the fine arts.
Course Description: This will be an intro to clogging course. Students will learn about finding the rhythm in music, specifically for clogging. Basic *clogging steps will be taught. We will learn a short basic clogging dance. We will learn about what folk dance is and how we use it to praise God.
Gospel Principle: If you take care of your body, you “shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.”
*Students are encouraged, but not required to buy/rent clogging shoes. This course can be done in regular tennis shoes. However, it is easier (and more fun) to do it in clogging shoes. Some clogging shoes will be available to borrow, but sizing is limited. Socks are required.

Teacher: Lakyn Lee

Student Fee: $10

Student Cap: 15 students


"And again, let all the records be had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my holy temple, to be held in remembrance from generation to generation, saith the Lord of Hosts." D&C 127:9

Journaling flexes critical thinking and problem-solving muscles and builds writing skills. Let’s face it: Kids love having space to write down their thoughts, dreams, and worries.
We will learn several different types of journaling, including:
• Dot Journaling
• Creative Journaling
• Planning Journaling
• Goal setting
• Vision boards
• And more…
“Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and of leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity.” Spencer W. Kimbal

Teacher: Kristie Frampton

Student Fee: $30

Student Cap: 18 students



"And again, let all the records be had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my holy temple, to be held in remembrance from generation to generation, saith the Lord of Hosts." D&C 127:9

Build a plastic model of a WWII battleship. Requires students that can focus on tasks. need hand coordination and can follow instruction as required to assemble, paint, and glue together a plastic model involving assembly from a kit. Excellent way to begin understanding 3D diagrams and visualize a finished project from start to finish.

Teacher: Jared Cornell

Student Fee: $30

Student Cap: 12 students



Registration opens on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 depending on seniority as follows: 

• Grade 5: Registration opens on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 pm

• Grade 4: Registration opens on Thursday, March 28 at 5:00 pm

 Grade 3: Registration opens on Friday, March 29 at 5:00 pm 

Registration closes Monday, April 8, at midnight for all students. 

Administration will review and approve all course registrations. If a student registers for a course that administration determines the student does not qualify for, administration will notify the student and help the student to enroll in a different course. 

For technical questions or support issues please contact Ricardo Costa at rcosta@ahsmail.com. For questions about individual courses, please contact the instructor directly. 

For questions about the Experiential Learning Program in general, please contact Leland Anderson at landerson@ahsmail.com or Caroline McNiven at cmcniven@ahsmail.com.