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American Heritage Academy

Private | PK-12 & ungraded | 250 students

We are best known for high academics.

 
 

Living in Las Vegas

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $95,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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5 stars

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2011:
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Posted June 2, 2014

My sister taught in the Las Vegas School system at a title 1 school. Too many horror stories and their large classes allow the kids to get lost in the system. I am so very thankful that we found this school. The kids get an outstanding education, along with christian values. I'm not a Mormon, and have never seen the school teach anything other than basic christian values. The academy values are outstanding, and our 1st grader is reading at a 4th grade level. AHA" AHA's IOWA test rankings are outstanding. I really want to thank all of the teachers and staff for their great work and dedication.


Posted May 31, 2014

I don't know why so much emphasis is placed on "everyone is Mormon." First of all, everyone is not, including my children and they love it. The values shown may be Mormon, but my family agrees with these so we don't have an issue. The school has high academics, loving teachers, and a fun yet challenging atmosphere. We are happy with our choice. As for the fundraising, all private schools do this. AHA at least does not make it mandatory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

My daughter went to American Heritage last year. Only for 4 months. We were disappointed. Her teacher would always misspell words. The school presents itself as a Christian school but everyone there is mormon. We felt deceived. They always try to raise money by doing fundraisers and asking for donations from parents. You'd think for the price of the tuition they would have enough funds to cover the students needs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

My two kids go to American Heritage Academy, and I could not be more happy with the school, the teachers, the administration, the curriculum - you name it. Even better; my kids could not be more happy. Not a week goes by that I am not surprised at how much they are learning, and how well they are learning it. They are receiving a complete education. Both their minds and their souls are enriched every day. For any parents out there, please check out the school. I promise you will like what you see. At this point, I cannot imagine a better place for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

I can't imagine my kids attending any other school again!! They are so happy at AHA. It's priceless to find a place like this. The environment is filled with teachers and staff who care about each child. The small class sizes make it so that everyone knows my child's name. Having the personal attention from teachers is so rare. I can talk to or text them anytime I need to. I can visit the classroom and help out in the school. The other parents want the same things for their kids so we are like a family. My children are being taught to love their country and to love where they came from. Having an education based on fundamental Christian values is so rare. Starting everyday off with a prayer invites the Lord into their learning. Knowing the teachers are prayerful and asking for guidance everyday is so special. You can feel the special spirit in the building when you walk in the door. Being taught the way the founding fathers intended for our children to be taught is the best way to learn. They use classical literature that teachers morals and values. I am so happy with my choice to put my kids at this amazing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

This school is great, and it's mostly Mormon. The class sizes are small as you get to the higher grades, when i went there were about 20 high schoolers. Their classes are fast paced and challenging, I do wish they have honors and regulars classes, but they just have honors


Posted February 7, 2012

We are new this year to American Heritage Academy my boys have been in private education since kindergarten I wish I found this school from day one. AHA has instilled LEADERSHIP,PATRIOSM,and FAITH in my children I want to thank the administration and faculty from the bottom of our hearts. Your mission,philosophy and results prove themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

American Heritage Academy in Las Vegas is an incredible school! Their strong academics coupled a nurturing environment while encouraging best performance and independence. My boys love this school as do my husband and I. It broke our hearts to leave; however, our job situation required relocating outside the state. Initially we had some concerns that our different denomination might be an issue, it absolutely was not, and our boys have grown both spiritually and academically at this institution. My children relish school, yet, when they went from private to public it was a disaster. Our bright boys began to feel unintelligent and unable to learn. They grew to hate school; the halting public school paradigm was rendering its emblematic stain. AHA turned that around very quickly and it was sheer pleasure to watch our children not only fly but soar; each day brings new revelations as to depth of what they learned from American Heritage Academy. It is our fondest prayer to return back to Las Vegas and put our children back in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

To say that American Heritage Academy is a "great" school would be like saying that Mother Teresa was a good person.At times I find myself trying to explain the feelings I have when I see the way my daughters (1st &5th) have grown not only as scholars, but as human beings,AHA has given them the tools to be confident students and little girls full of joy,respect but mostly it has allowed them to KNOW that there is great pride to be had in the heritage of this great country that they blessed to be born in, my children feel the know the fore fathers of this great nation,because of all the rich history that is taught at AHA, I feel such pride to see my children participate in weekly devotionals as well as daily prayer, I am thankful to all the dedicated teachers and support staff that make AHA the wonderful education facility that it is. The one thing I would change if I could, would be that many more families had the opportunity to enjoy this learning institution as my children have, all children deserve a safe, loving and spiritual education. At AHA all these elements come together in seemingly perfect harmony. AND Mr.S is the biggest plus, he is a gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

I enrolled my son into this school and pulled him out after 2 months. This school misrepresented itself from day one. Also, the principal and staff are very disorganized and made promises that proved to be untrue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

American Heritage Academy goes above and beyond. After attending several of the schools productions and events I feel deprived of not receiving a classical education. What they do with their students or "scholars" is truly an amazing sight to see them develop their character. That's what's lacking in our schools is accountability and God. I truly see the power of relying on a foundation that is solid and withstands time. The scholars here know more about our country than I do with a degree in Political Science. There is truly something to be said when you can see the results of excellent education in the process.


Posted July 20, 2011

I am very happy with American Heritage Academy. My children love going to school and learning. The academics are challenging and the teachers all have outstanding teaching skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

American Heritage Academy is the best private school in Las Vegas. The teachers really care about their students and talk to me often about how my children are progressing. I am happy because their test scores have improved and they are learning a lot. I have looked at many other expensive private schools and American Heritage Academy offers more with the small class sizes, the fine arts program and the advanced curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

American Heritage Academy continues to grow in achievements, we couldn't be happier. 4 years ago we moved into Las Vegas. We had been attending one of the best private schools in the western US. We were concerned we would never be able to replace the education our child had grown to love. After attending Cornerstone Christian Academy we were frustrated, Our children, who loved school, were beginning to complain about having to attend. We were unhappy after the first few months and began to look around. This Small school, with limited funds, had a big vision. I can honestly say, American Heritage Academy is best faith based school in Las Vegas and our children love attending. The curriculum is outstanding and challenging. Our children are excelling and learning well beyond their years..I recommend this school enthusiastically! I honestly feel we now have the best Education for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

American Heritage Academy is wonderful! My child started within a few days of turning five. I was amazed to see what her was learning and the dedication of the staff. Due to the economy and the loss of my job, I was forced to move to Utah. I cannot tell you how much I miss the staff and American Heritage. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is concerned with the quality of education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2009

American Heritage is a fantastic school! My kids just completed their first year at AHA and we couldn't be more impressed, not to mention it's a lot more affordable than most other private schools. It's also growing and recently added a preschool. Check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

Our boys love American Heritage Academy! They are able to excel at their own pace and not the pace of the classroom. There is an environment of love and comraderie amongst the children that we did not see in other schools. The teacher-per-child ratio allows teachers to develop strong relationships with each child and be involved with their individual development. We love the focus on faith, patriotism and leadership. Where else can children get that today? As parents, we marvel at how much our sons are excelling academically; how their self-confidence grows; how much they are learning about our founding fathers; how much they enjoy school and more important to us, how much they are growing in their faith. We highly recommend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

This is my sons third year at AHA and what a blessing. I have 4 children that have attended CCSD and I have watch the deterioration of the public school system. I was looking for an enviroment that would invite a love of learning. The small class sizes and inspiring teachers have help my son have confidence that he can improve in any area of his schooling because he can govern himself. It is worth the time and energy to visit our school so that you can find out for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

My second grader loves this school, this is the quality educationthat all children deserve
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

Finally! This school is doing education right. They teach moral responsibility, they insist on modesty in dress (uniforms are required - the kids respond well because of pride in appearance) and modesty in word (there is a ban on egotism, and no child is treated as 'hands off'), The entire staff speaks politely, and respectfully, and uses proper English. The students are learning in a polite, respectful and well-spoken environment, which is priceless, regardless of cost. Got AHA? Not yet? Why not? The price can be adjusted for you, the curriculum is based on our American heritage, thus the name of the school, and the school makes our children thrive, not simply survive! This is a very down-to-earth school, and they have kept the distractions of cell phones, video games, television, movies, distracting and provocative clothing, disturbing and inappropriate music, all if this out of the children's way. God Bless AHA.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 37%
Black 9% 10%
Two or more races 9% 5%
Hispanic 5% 40%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Rosetta Stone
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Laurel Beckstead
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Fax number
  • (702) 949-0273

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Rosetta Stone
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
Girls sports
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Service Opportunities
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our scholars test two to five grade levels higher than the national average. All of our class sizes have 20 scholars or less. Our teachers are highly trained in our curriculum and educational philosophy.
School leaders can update this information here.

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6126 South Sandhill Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120
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Phone: (702) 949-5614

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