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.