Need-based Financial Aid (available to students K–12): The vast majority of financial aid awarded by the school is based upon demonstrated financial need. The application is found online and requires disclosure of family financial information as well as a cover letter explaining the need. The level of need to qualify for financial aid is not fixed by formula and will vary from year to year depending upon the number of applicants in that year, funds available, and the relative circumstances of other applicants in the pool. The level of need does not need to be “poverty level” (federal free-and-reduced-lunch level) to qualify for financial aid, and can be significantly higher depending upon various factors, such as the number of children a family is enrolling at the school, short-term need-based circumstances, availability of seats in a class, and the overall mission-fit of the student and family applicant.
Merit-based Scholarships (available to high school only; grades 9–12): Merit-based scholarships are awarded based upon two primary criteria: (1) mission-fitness of the student and family (demonstrated desire by the student/family to be at the school for its unique faith-oriented culture; consistently demonstrated respect by the student/family for the school’s Honor Code, including willingness to support and serve teachers and staff); and (2) demonstrated academic excellence (top 3–5% of class, depending upon availability of funds). Applications for merit-based scholarships are submitted after the student has been with the school for at least one semester, and typically are not awarded until faculty and administration have had a full year’s cycle of performance to observe. Merit-based scholarships for full-time enrollment are not currently available based exclusively upon athletic or performing arts ability; however, special skills and experience in specific non-academic disciplines (athletics, dance, music, art, etc.) may be taken into consideration in connection with a need-based or merit-based financial aid application where primary consideration is given by the school to mission fitness and academic excellence.
Non-discrimination Notice: 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. American Heritage School adheres to this non-discrimination policy with respect to all of its policies and programs, including educational programs, employment and admission programs, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. In keeping with the school’s religious orientation and purpose, as well as with the school’s desire to respect the dignity and diversity of individuals, the school affords equal opportunity in employment and admission on the basis of sexual orientation, but not on the basis of conduct. All members of the school community are required to comply with the American Heritage School Honor Code, which requires chastity outside of marriage, and fidelity in marriage, as further defined in The Family, A Proclamation to the World (“The Family Proclamation”), issued by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The school affirms the centrality of doctrines in The Family Proclamation relating to human sexuality and gender, as well as the sanctity and significance of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The school, as is permitted by accreditation standards and regulations, prefers faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in employment. American Heritage School also affirms that all people are equally beloved children of God and deserve to be treated with love and respect, and we recognize the critical importance of a safe campus environment for all students and employees.