Welcome to American Heritage Charter Schools, where flexible educational options set your student up for success in a community of excellence and camaraderie.
Since 1996 American Heritage Charter Schools have offered free, public education with a small school experience in Escondido. We offer a range of programs for Kindergarten through twelfth grade students, including dynamic classroom learning, personalized and one on one instruction, and flexible hybrid options at all grade levels. Our full-time educators are experts in their fields and are committed to connecting with students to ensure their success.
All of our learning options prepare students for college and provide them with meaningful career preparation. The educational philosophy of American Heritage Charter Schools builds on the classical model, where learning focuses on important values and traditions from the past in order to discover a new understanding of the present and future. This is not only a mental exercise, but also a character-building experience that brings young people into a conversation with the most significant books, art, and thinkers in history. As a result, students learn critical thinking skills and understand the relevance of and real-world connections to what happens in the classroom.
Athletic teams and arts programs promote character development and personal growth, individually and as a member of a team. Our educators work to equip young people to become active and engaged citizens who participate in our democracy and improve the world around them, starting here in Escondido.
American Heritage Charter Schools believe that you are your child’s first and most important teacher, and we come alongside to support families in the process to create a safe and caring learning environment in which your child can grow and thrive.
We are always innovating and looking for ways to enhance student learning and your family’s Charter Experience. Future plans include broadcast journalism, expanded arts and music programs, community events, and recreational sports for the entire family.
Would your family like to be part of American Heritage Charter Schools? You can learn more or even begin the enrollment process today.
The purpose of our Great Books program is to move students from a place of mental chaos to mental order. In other words, we want to ground students in the wisdom and tradition of the past so that they will become strong and confident thinkers despite being surrounded by conflicting messages in the world today.
What if we could get authors like Plato and Aristotle, Dante and Aquinas into a room and get them talking to each other about the most fundamental and important questions in our lives? And what if we could be in that room so we could listen to the conversation, ask questions, even engage in the conversation? This is what our Great Books program is doing. Those brilliant and wise thinkers are the real teachers of our program. Our role as teachers is to introduce the students to the great minds in that room, guide them through the conversation, and give them the skills they need to engage. We believe that such an education can profoundly change a student’s life.
There are three skills that students must have to effectively engage in that great conversation, and we seek to train students in these three skills: reading well, thinking well, and communicating well.
First, we want students to read well because the great conversation is going on through books, and so a student must be able to read well to engage.
Second, we want students to think well. We want them to be able to discern between wisdom and foolishness, a skill that is so necessary today.
Finally, we want students to communicate well. We want students to grow in wisdom, and then have the ability to effectively lead their family in wisdom, to lead their community in wisdom, to lead their nation in wisdom. To train students to communicate well, we have made seminar discussion and writing foundational parts of the Great Books classroom. Through the continual repetition of these foundational practices, students become skilled communicators, and so capable leaders.