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 K-2 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 K-2 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 second grade first, followed by first 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


"And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty achange in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do bevil, but to do good continually." Mosiah 5:2

Academic Concept: To learn to welcome, not fear. some of life’s many changes & transformations.
To better know that God has a special plan, and our growth, and changing, is a big part of that plan.
Description: We would discuss what kinds of growth and changes we will most likely encounter in this life. We will learn about the major, transformative changes that take place from caterpillar to butterfly. Then visit the Butterfly Pavilion in Lehi and attend their learning stations.
Gospel Principle: Similar to a butterfuly, as we grow and change in our efforts to become new creatures, more like Jesus Christ, we will naturally become people full of light, free from the ways of the world.

Teacher: Keisha Smith

Student Fee: $15

Student Cap: 15 students


"And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers." D&C 2:2

Academic Concept: To learn history of famous Utahns. 
Description: Have you ever wondered about those who lived here before you were born? Come visit the Salt Lake City Cemetery and discover the interesting stories of famous people buried there and maybe even some ghosts. Bring a sack lunch to eat at Lindsay gardens. Discover and share the history of one of your ancestors and create a paper doll of that person. (D&C 2)

Teacher: Sarah Fenn

Student Fee: $10

Student Cap: 12 students



"And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.." Genesis 1:25

Course Description: Experience the world of birds! Students will visit Tracy Aviary, home to over 300 birds from around the world, including many that are endangered or extinct in the wild. They will enjoy interactive bird shows, keeper demonstrations, roaming animal encounters, and over a dozen nature play opportunities.

Teacher: Thiago Lopes

Student Fee: $15

Student Cap: 12 students



"Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.." Proverbs 16:3

Course Description: Do you want to be a firefighter? Maybe a librarian? How about a chocolatier like Willy Wonks? We will explore what we want to be when we grow up. We will go on walking field trips to visit the fire station, library and Mrs. Cavenaugh’s. Bring you own sack lunch, a water bottle, backpack, and good walking shoes.
Gospel Principle: Everything good in your future and every blessing of eternal significance is possible because of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Teacher: Chris Moray

Student Fee: $10

Student Cap: 18 students



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

• Grade 2: Registration opens on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 pm

• Grade 1: Registration opens on Thursday, March 28 at 5:00 pm

 Kindergarten: 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.We