American Heritage School—an LDS-based, K-12, independent school located next to
the LDS Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah—has been refining its curriculum
for more than four decades and is launching a distance education program to support
families and home educators around the world.
A principle- and LDS-based approach to education—with interactive mentoring for parents and students, and affordable pricing—awaits you and your family in the accredited K-12 course offerings provided by American Heritage School.
At American Heritage School—both on campus and in the distance education courses—the Word of God provides the foundation for all that is taught. Poems, short stories, novels, historical texts, math problem sets, science experiments—all illustrate God’s marvelous plans for his children. AHS teachers and students together strive to emulate the Master Teacher; they faithfully and carefully search the scriptures together with course materials to learn to cultivate and magnify their divine potential, which is the fundamental goal of education at American Heritage School. This approach of placing Christ’s Words at the foundation of all we learn and teach is called the “Principle Approach” and is as true of distance education courses as it is of on-campus classes.
At American Heritage School, teachers focus their curriculum around “primary sources” including scripture. This means that students read, discuss, and write about the words of historical figures and authors often, rather than solely what others have written about them. American Heritage School makes many primary sources available to students in their course packets or online. Some resources must be purchased.
All American Heritage School curricula is taught through the 4R methodology, which stands for Research, Reason, Relate, Record:
AHS students use the 4-R methodology daily. This methodology helps students gather and process information, relating it to themselves and to doctrinal foundations in meaningful and heartfelt ways.
Sir Francis Bacon has been quoted as saying, “Reading maketh a man full; conference a ready man; and writing maketh him exact.” In distance education courses, as with on-campus classes, students diligently keep notebooks to make an exact record of their learning. This methodology helps students impress the knowledge on both their minds and their hearts. The notebook method can serve as a basis of their learning for years to come.
After enrolling in a course, students receive personal login information to access American Heritage School’s online learning management system, which provides access to classes, grades, course objectives, and electronic curricular materials (which have been enriched with audio and visual enhancements). Students submit assignments and receive grade information through the learning management system. This system makes our curriculum accessible at any time, and from most internet connections, and the audio and visual enhancements assist students of many learning styles. In most courses, students receive printed curricular materials by mail. In some courses, as indicated in the course catalog, selected books or materials must be purchased separately.
In addition to—and part of—the Principle Approach, American Heritage School teachers practice what is called “the tutorial approach.” This tutorial approach recognizes the central value of each parent, student, and teacher in magnifying the teaching and learning that occurs. American Heritage School distance education teachers provide students with consistent, interactive mentoring. The terms mentoring, tutoring, and consulting are used interchangeably and refer to real-time interaction between a teacher and student. Interactive mentoring may also occurs in conferences with parents. American Heritage School Distance Education mentoring and curriculum are adaptable to the meet the desires and needs of parents and students. The frequency and kinds of mentoring provided vary, depending on the grade-level in which a student enrolls—our next topic.
In grades K through 2, American Heritage School provides paper-based curriculum and consumable student materials that complement online audio and visual resources, which help children and parents learn together. The home is the classroom, and parents serve as the primary teachers. An American Heritage School teacher contacts families to set up optional parent-teacher conferences a several times per year to answer questions and offer assistance, review student work (if desired), and describe to the parent their observations about the students progress in our learning management system. Parents may also contact the teacher to ask for assistance. These are called Consulted courses, though the consultations are optional.
In grades 3 through 6, a parent remains the primary teacher. The curriculum, however,
offers increasing numbers of teacher-graded writing assignments and personalized
written and audio feedback. There are also increasing numbers of computer-measured
quizzes and activities.
In grades 3-6, teachers hold frequent parent-teacher or student-teacher conferences, often once per month, except in math, in which case tutorials or conferences may occur more frequently. Parents may contact the teacher to ask for assistance. All conferences are held only in consultation with, or at the discretion of, parents. During these meetings teachers review student work (with the parent or student), discuss teaching and learning strategies, answer questions, offer assistance, and describe observations about their students’ progress in our learning management system.
In grades 7 through 12, American Heritage School works to make three varieties of distance education available to meet your needs: Live, Consulted, and Independent Study Courses.
In Live courses, teachers and groups of student use school-provided screen-sharing
software to meet together online at regularly scheduled times and engage in discussions
and presentations based on the 4 R’s: researching, reasoning, relating, and recording.
In addition to online presentations and discussions, students receive course materials,
which are mailed directly to the student and paid for by the student’s tuition.
Students also receive access to online audio and visual resources, which supplement
the printed materials.
Additionally, teachers and students meet together during weekly consulting sessions to review written assignments and discuss questions or topics of interest to the student. Students receive written and oral feedback from teachers on frequent writing assignments, in addition to computer-generated feedback on other exercises.
Students who enroll in Consulted courses explore curricular materials and pre-recorded presentations at their own pace, and must finish a course on a semester schedule. Although they are not required to attend class at a particular time, students are strongly encouraged to meet online with the instructor for weekly consulting sessions to review written assignments, discuss assignments, and discuss other questions or topics of interest to the student. Attending these consultations is encouraged, but not strictly required. Students receive written and oral feedback from teachers on frequent writing assignments, in addition to computer-generated feedback on other exercises.
All students enrolling in Independent Study courses receive access to American Heritage School's online or print curricula which are provided for family use. They also receive written and recorded oral feedback from teachers on weekly writing assignments, in addition to computer-generated feedback on other exercises.
All students enrolling in Homeschool courses receive access to American Heritage School's online or print curricula which are provided for family use.
The time required to complete each course varies. Kindergarten Art, for example,
is designed to involve a student for 30 minutes per week, for 30 consecutive weeks—a
total of 15 hours.
Each 1.0 credit in middle or high school course offers at least 120 hours of curriculum. In other words, during a typical the course of 30 weeks, a student would spend at least 4 hours per week to participate in readings, lessons, and assignments. Consulted and Live courses include additional weekly mentoring focused on writing assignments and Q&A to this time requirement. Consultations are typically spread over 30 weeks, and occurs in sessions of 20-minutes per week. These interactive consultation sessions have been rewarding and effective for distance education students.
"Live" classes will be held online at regularly scheduled times. Most "Live" classes will be taught in the afternoons between 12 noon and 4 p.m. and will not overlap with other "Live" classes.
Students need high speed internet, microphone, and Microsoft Office 2003 or later to participate in AHS distance education courses. Tuition does not include these "set-up" costs.
Tuition for each course is published online in our course catalogue. Courses are purchased individually. The pricing and flexible formats of American Heritage School’s distance education courses are competitive, and we are hopeful that the quality is such that students will want to return, as well as recommend American Heritage School to their friends. use.
Need-based scholarships are available. Contact the Director of Distance Education to apply.
Need-based scholarships are available. Contact the Director of Distance Education to apply.To register for courses, please visit our online catalog. You may also call (801) 642-0055 or 1 (800) 921-8752 (toll free) for assistance.