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Incredibly OT - American Heritage and Freedom Prep

posted Mar 07, 2017 21:33:04 by David.Clark
For people in any around the Utah valley area:

I know this is off topic, but my wife and I are looking for a school for three of our children for next year. We're looking at American Heritage in American Fork or Freedom Prep in Provo. Not being from the area, I was hoping someone who is in the area could give me an idea about the schools beyond what is available online. Also, if we lived Provo, what would the commute from Provo to American Fork be like? Thank you !!
Formerly known as Alabama LDS
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LoryVanValkenbur said Mar 07, 2017 22:21:18
About 20 minutes.
American Heritage
SusanMalone said Mar 08, 2017 01:20:38
We live in Provo and the commute time to American Heritage depends upon the time of day. But getting a child to school there would take about 25 minutes (from our house in west Provo) to the school in average traffic (according to Google Maps)- might be a little longer in the morning because I can think of a couple of areas along the road from the freeway up to the school that will bottleneck that time of day. Probably plan on 1/2 hour each way. We live in NE Provo, almost to the Orem line. If you lived in South Provo the time would be longer, and it would also be longer if you lived in NE Provo since you would either have to come the long way (west to the freeway then north) or take State street with lots of lights and traffic.

Quite a few people in my ward have their kids attending Freedom and they like it a lot. I personally don't know anyone who attended American Heritage but rumor is it is a great school :-)

If you are planning to live in Provo I would probably move Freedom to the top of the list. I think it helps kids a lot to know kids at school and church. I think there is a lot to be said for not having a long commute to get kids to and from school. I always worried about "what if an emergency happened" (like an earthquake)- could I get to my child, would I want them that far away. If you think you would prefer AH then perhaps you should consider living in AF as well. Just a thought.

Personally- we love living here in Provo (on the west side). The Lord brought us here 4 years ago (from NM). It is pretty wonderful to live in a city with 2 temples, both only a few minutes away. In addition we love the lake and the river trail. I am not foolish- we have always been preppers, and I am well aware that this area could be flooded in an earthquake, and there would be liquifaction happening in my part of town. But the Lord wanted us here, so we will love it while we can. Up on the bench near Timp Temple and American Heritage is much more stable ground (bedrock) and would fare better in an earthquake and flooding.

As long as you go where the Lord wants you to it will all work out. I trust you will do that just fine.
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David.Clark said Mar 08, 2017 03:01:00
Thank you, Lory!

Susan, thank you! You have been a wealth of knowledge!
Formerly known as Alabama LDS
JenniferJones said Mar 08, 2017 03:01:01
We live in Highland which is just north of American Fork. WE have a few friend who's children attended American Heritage and loved it. I almost put my child in, but didn't because of several reasons, and regret that I listened to those ridiculous reasons. It's an excellent school. I'm not familiar with the other schools, so I couldn't compare. From what I understand, AH was founded by Cleon Skousen and is rich in American History and the gospel.
ElishaJones said Mar 08, 2017 03:49:29
There is also the Liahona Preparatory Academy in Pleasant Grove. It is an LDS based private school. My children did the online for a little while and enjoyed it.
NormJohnson said Mar 08, 2017 04:11:30
Susan, you must live near me if you are in NE Prove. I am in the Edgemont Stake. Since I didn't see you in the Stake directory I presume you are in the Edgemont North.
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