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A: The new campus will be located at 142 West 200 North in Downtown Salt Lake City. It is walking distance from Historic Temple Square and easily accessible using public transportation.
A: American Heritage School excels in all areas of academics. In addition, we provide many opportunities for well-rounded growth through our extra-curricular programs. A diverse group of teachers from around the globe partner with parents to ensure that students come to realize their full potential.
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 as explained in our Honor Code. 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.
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.
A: Leland Anderson is the 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.”
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 the coming months.
A: Extracurricular activities will begin in Fall 2022 and will be based on student interest. We are excited to welcome the award-winning Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra to our Salt Lake City Campus. Additional, music, art and sports programs will be offered and information on these programs is forthcoming.
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
A: Just as we dress up for special occasions to signify the importance of the event or place (wearing our “Sunday best” to church), we require high standards for our students when it comes to how they dress for school. This teaches them that school is a special place that is to be respected. We do not have dress-down days at AHS, but dress-up days when students and faculty go even further by putting on a tie or suite coat. We believe that the uniform fosters unity among our students and a focus on learning.