Guidance and College Planning
Welcome to the Guidance and College Planning Department. Our mission at American Heritage School is to “graduate students who are prepared in mind, body and spirit to meet the requirements of the colleges of their choice.” The Guidance and College Planning department seeks to guide students along this path by providing a full range of services for all aspects of academic life and college planning. In order to help students stay organized and make well-informed choices, we provide counseling for all levels of the Upper School experience.
In addition to guiding the student through the course selection and scheduling process, Counselors coordinate academic accommodations for students with learning difficulties, enroll new students, and monitor academic progress. Most importantly, The Guidance & College Planning Office is a place students can come when they are having difficulty either emotionally or academically during the course of the school year.
Current American Heritage families are encouraged to visit Guidance & College Planning on The AHS Portal for the latest information including timelines, guides and forms.
"College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."-Frank Sachs
College Planning at American Heritage is a long-term process. Guidance Counselors for grades 6-10 are well versed in the requirements for college admissions, and academic requirements are tracked carefully. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue extra-curricular activities both within the school community and throughout the South Florida area. Overall, the goal is to help students get a good sense of who they are, how they learn and where their talents lie.
Starting in their junior year, students are assigned a College Advisor. Heritage College Advisors have collectively visited over 300 schools across the country. They attend national and local conferences to ensure that they stay on top of the latest admissions trends. The college planning process is comprehensive and supportive. In this nurturing environment, students learn to identify their goals and interests, to manage a complex and stressful process, and to make healthy and confident decisions about higher education. Fundamentally, we believe that each student should control the self-evaluation, research, and application writing that is essential to good college selection.
- Evening Programs
- Family Connection
- SAT Preparation
- Interview Specialist
- Colleges On Campus
- College Fair/Tours
- College Corner
Family Connection is a web-based resource that links the counselor’s office to course, career, and college planning. On Family Connection, students are able to share plans, complete surveys, and research and compare colleges. Students may also complete college profiles and resumes, and manage their applications during senior year.
As a college preparatory school, we feel we are entrusted with the responsibility of preparing all of our students for the standardized test often required for college admission. Research has shown that steady and consistent test preparation over time is the best way to increase scores on standardized tests. At American Heritage, all students receive SAT preparation as part of their math and English curriculum. In addition, a course is offered(for an additional fee )as an elective to all high school students who want to prepare for the SAT or ACT, or to improve scores. Online test preparation is also available to all students in grades 9-12 through Family Connection.
Students who apply to competitive schools benefit from the help of an interview specialist who meets individually with students and conducts a mock interview. She then provides feedback to the students and advises them on their preparation for and participation in interviews at their selected colleges.
Admissions representatives from various colleges are invited to our campus to share the latest information with students. Colleges and universities, such as Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Emory, The George Washington University, Brandeis, Yale, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida and University of Miami visit annually. On average, 60-70 individual colleges send representatives for scheduled visits throughout the year.
Each fall and spring, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from both American Heritage campuses come together at the Plantation Campus in the fall and the Boca/Delray Campus in the spring to participate in the annual College Fair which features more than 100 colleges. Students gather information from admissions representatives to help in the college decision-making process. College Tours are offered each year to various areas of the country, such as New England, Pennsylvania, California, and the southeastern U.S. Students spend three to four days visiting campuses and gathering information on specific schools. Staff members of the American Heritage Guidance and College Planning Department chaperone these tours.
The department’s Scholarship Specialist researches funds available nationally, locally and at individual colleges and universities to effectively match each family’s needs with monies available for their college-bound student. Collectively, our recent graduating classes (05 - 10) have been awarded scholarships totaling over 100 million dollars.
The Middle School Guidance Curriculum focuses on helping students develop good organizational and study habits. Focus is also placed on interpersonal behaviors including bullying and self-esteem. A career fair is held annually to introduce students to career options. Evening programs for parents introduce the college admissions process and assist with high school planning.
The focus in 9th grade is on the transition to high school. Students complete the Learning Style Inventory that helps them to discover how they learn best so that they can be as successful as possible during their high school career. Students are encouraged to think towards their future goals. To this end, the 9th Grade Guidance Counselor works with students and parents to develop a four-year academic plan. An evening program in the fall for parents provides a comprehensive view of the high school years, including curriculum options, graduation requirements and the college admissions process.
By the time students reach grade ten, they have a good understanding of what it takes to be a successful high school student. During the first quarter, students are encouraged to push themselves academically through a presentation on study skills. All sophomores will take the PSAT in October. They will then complete the Career Interest Profiler and are guided to discover what careers might suit their skills and interests. In the spring, students are introduced to their College Advisor and guided through their first online college search. An evening career program for parents takes place in the Spring.
Colleges and Financial Aid
Use the computer to find colleges that match specific interests and needs:
Use the computer for information on scholarships and financial aid:
Funding Your Education
Student Guide for Federal Aid
Wired Scholar (scholarship and financial aid)
Don't forget to contact the college of choice directly for their various scholarship and financial aid opportunities!
On the increasingly competitive college landscape, standardized test scores bear more weight than ever in admissions decisions. The logic behind this holds that the SAT places applicants on a level playing field. The fact stands, though, that students with test preparation have tremendous advantage over those without. To ensure that our students have the competitive edge they need to get into the universities of their choice, we have partnered with the top SAT preparation company, Ray Dass Test Prep, to offer the services below.
New England Prep: This proven program, designed specifically for American Heritage School, utilizes SAT preparation in the classroom. Students in grades 9 – 11 spend 80 minutes per month (an average of 20 minutes per week) in both their English and math classes mastering Ray Dass’s proven SAT strategies.
National Merit Prep: At American Heritage School, students in grades 9 – 11 are required to take the PSAT. Junior-year PSAT scores serve to qualify students for National Merit recognition, one of the most prestigious distinctions available to high school students. Tenth grade students with exceptionally high PSAT scores are invited to participate in the intensive after-school National Merit Prep program. This program holds classes from March – May during grade 10 and from August – October during grade 11. Since its inception, students who have successfully completed this program have made individual score improvements of 60+ points (equivalent to 600-point SAT score increases), culminating in 2013 with 13 students reaching National Merit status. The National Merit Prep program is provided at no cost to American Heritage School students who qualify and are dedicated to becoming National Merit Scholars.
SAT Essentials: We encourage all of our students to build on the strategies they learn in class by taking an SAT Essentials elective course, available on campus at a discounted rate. Courses run for one quarter and are taught by Ray Dass Test Prep expert instructors. This course has helped students raise their SAT scores, on average, by 200+ points. To register, students MUST contact their guidance counselor to have this class added to their schedule.
Paired, Small Group, or One-on-One Tutoring: If the courses offered on campus are not convenient for your schedule, or if you feel you would benefit from a smaller group or one-on-one environment, you may contact Ray Dass Test Prep directly to arrange for private or small group tutoring.
For more information about Ray Dass Test Prep, or to arrange for private tutoring:
Ray Dass Test Prep Contacts
College Acceptances for the class of 2015
|Adelphi University||Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies|
|Alabama A&M University||Averett University|
|American University||Auburn University|
|Arizona State University||Babson College|
|Baldwin-Wallace College||Bard College|
|Barry University||Baylor University|
|Bates College||Bentley College|
|Berklee College of Music||Bethune-Cookman College|
|Bluefield College||Boston Conservatory|
|Boston College||Boston University|
|Brandeis University||Brigham Young University|
|Barton College||Brown University|
|California Baptist University||California State University|
|Campbell University||Case Western Reserve University|
|Charleston Southern University||Citadel, The|
|Clemson University||College of Charleston|
|College of New Jersey||College of South Carolina, The|
|College of William and Mary||Columbia University|
|Coppin State University||Cornell University|
|Covenant College||Curry College|
|Dartmouth College||Darton College|
|DePauw University||Drexel University|
|Duke University||Earlham College|
|East Carolina University||Eastern Illinois University|
|Elon University||Emerson College|
|Emory University||Erskine College|
|Fairfield University||Fashion Inst. of Design & Merch.|
|Ferrum College||Florida State University|
|Fordham University||George Washington University|
|George Mason University||Georgetown University|
|Goucher College||Gustavus Adolphus College|
|Hamilton College||Harvard University|
|Hobart and William Smith Colleges||Hofstra University|
|Indiana University||Indiana University-Bloomington|
|Ithaca College||Johns Hopkins University|
|Johnson & Wales University||Kentucky State University|
|Kettering University||Lafayette College|
|Lambuth University||Lees-McRae College|
|Louisiana State University||Lynn University|
|Mars Hill College||Marymount Manhattan College|
|Maryville College||McDaniel College|
|McGill University||Mercer University-Macon|
|Merrimack College||Michigan State University|
|Missouri Valley College||Monmouth University|
|Moorehouse College||Mount Ida College|
|Muskingum College||Newbury College|
|New York University||Nova Southeastern University|
|Northeastern University||North Carolina State University|
|Norwich University||Northwestern University|
|Ohio Northern University||Oglethorpe University|
|Old Dominion University||Ohio State University|
|Penn State University-University Park|
|Pennsylvania State University||Philadelphia University|
|Pratt Institute||Princeton University|
|Providence College||Purdue University|
|Quinnipiac University||Randolph-Macon College|
|Rensselaer Polytec. Inst. & State Univ.||Rhodes College|
|Ringling School of Art and Design||Rochester Institute of Technology|
|Rollins College||Rutgers University|
|Saint Leo University||Savannah College of Art & Design|
|School of The Art Institute of Chicago||Southern Methodist University|
|Southwestern University||St. Leo University|
|St. Louis University||Stamford University|
|Stetson University||Stevens Institute of Technology|
|Syracuse University||Texas Christian University|
|Temple University||Trinity University|
|Tufts University||Tulane University|
|Union College-Schenectady||United States Naval Academy|
|University of Alabama-Huntsville||University of Bridgeport|
|University of Central Florida||University of Charleston|
|University of Cincinnati||University of Colorado-Boulder|
|University of Colorado-Col. Springs||University of Connecticut|
|University of Delaware||University of Denver|
|University of Florida||University of Holy Cross|
|University of Indianapolis||University of Maryland-College Park|
|University of Massachusetts||University of Massachusetts-Amherst|
|University of Massachusetts-Boston||University of Miami|
|University of Michigan||University of Missouri|
|University of Missouri-Columbia||University of N. Carolina-Chapel Hill|
|University of Notre Dame||University of Oregon|
|University of Pennsylvania||University of Pittsburgh|
|University of Rhode Island||University of San Diego|
|University of South Alabama||University of S. Carolina-Columbia|
|University of South Florida|
|University of Southern California||University of The Arts|
|University of Virginia||University of Wisconsin|
|Villanova University||Virginia Military Institute|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute||Wake Forest University|
|Washington and Lee University||Washington College|
|Washington University||Wellesley College|
|Wesleyan University||West Point U.S. Military Academy|
|West Virginia Wesleyan College||Wisconsin Lutheran College|