Utah County school with Mormon values aims to go worldwide online

by | Sep. 17, 2010

News from Utah

An American Fork private school designed around the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans Thursday to launch a distance education program that would make its curriculum available to students worldwide.

American Heritage School, 736 N. 1100 East, designed the program in response to inquiries from interested students across the seven continents, said Leland Anderson, assistant principal over distance education. The school serves about 600 students in grades kindergarten through 12th.

"We feel that it's important to be a worldwide resource for parents and families who want this kind of education," Anderson said. "There aren't many schools that do what we do. We were getting calls on a weekly basis from Africa, from China, from Canada asking, 'When are you going to build a school here?'"

The announcement comes at a time when many private schools in the country, feeling the effects of the recession, are downsizing. Largely due to its faith-centered approach to education, Leland said, American Heritage has continued to grow. In 2009, the school expanded to include 11th and 12th grades and kicked off an international student program that has, thus far, attracted 30 students from places as far away as Korea, France, India, Venezuela and Japan.

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