Our Story

A Foundation Built On Vision


Draper 1 2003 Ribbon CuttingThe American Prep story began in 2002 with a small group of dedicated parents who wanted better opportunities for their children.  20 years later, American Preparatory Academy has become an award-winning public charter school, now serving over 5,000 students at six campuses in Utah.

2023 marks our 20th year as a tuition-free public charter school with Draper, Salem, and two Title 1 campuses in West Valley City.  Click here to see the timeline of our school expansion.

Draper 1 – K-6 students        WVC 1 – K-6 students

Draper 2 – K-6 students      WVC 2 – K-12 students

Salem – K-9 students             Draper 3 – 7 – 12 students

Our Philosophy
American Prep is a classical-liberal arts school with an aim to educate both the minds and hearts of our students. Human flourishing is the goal of classical education. Our program strongly focuses on rigorous academics, virtuous character development, and college preparation. Click here to learn more about the APA Philosophy and what makes an APA education so important. (more…)

Our Mission


Our school’s mission is to provide a classical, liberal arts education through an orderly, safe and nurturing learning environment wherein content-rich, efficient curriculum and research-based instructional methodologies are utilized to ensure that every student achieves academic success and develops good character based on concrete measurements.

Executive Team

American Preparatory Schools

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