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Following Your Child’s Passion to Find the Right School

Lower school student playing guitar
 
Choosing a school for your child can feel like one of the biggest challenges since the day you took your baby home from the hospital. There are so many things to consider, especially once your child gets into middle and high school. The academics, curriculum, the staff, and the overall teaching philosophy are all important.
 
However, other considerations should also be on your checklist. You want to choose a school that will allow your child to explore his or her passions. You need to think beyond kindergarten or first grade and consider your child’s life past high school. What will your son’s life and career look like in the future? What are your daughter’s goals and dreams beyond simply getting a job?
 
We look at some of the programs you want in a good school and explain why American Heritage Schools should be a top choice for your child.
 
STEM-focused education
 
A STEM education is one that integrates the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math into every class and subject. It is a student-centered philosophy that encourages students to learn about the world around them in a different way.
 
According to the Florida Department of Education, students are taught to “investigate and engineer solutions to problems, and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena with a focus on a student’s social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through shared contributions of schools, families, and community partners.”
 
The ultimate goal of this type of education is to prepare students for careers in STEM fields, which will be in high demand. Whether working in the medical field or analyzing data, the opportunities in STEM fields will be plenty and well-paying.
 
However, your child can only pursue one of these STEM paths and needs to start preparing now.
 
Bringing fine arts into the equation
 
While a STEM-based education is ideal, this model often leaves out an important component in a student’s academic, personal, and emotional growth. It is easy to dismiss the fine arts as something your child does just for fun. However, there are several ways that students can discover a passion for acting, singing, sculpting, playing an instrument, dancing, or creating cool graphics on a computer. Many then go on to carve out successful careers in these fields.
 
Even if your child does not pursue a career in an artistic field, there are many benefits to studying the arts. Students who participate in the arts (music, drama, art, dance, and graphic arts) see a direct impact on academic achievement. Participating in the arts develops critical thinking skills, communication skills, and creativity. It can also benefit personal and emotional growth, improving both self-esteem and empathy.
 
American Heritage Schools offers an excellent Fine Arts Program that includes music, theatre arts, visual arts, and dance. We employ the arts as a teaching method, starting in preschool and continuing through high school.
 
Pre-professional programs
 
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
 
Most of us were asked this question as children. Those dreams might have included being a trapeze artist or rock star. As we get older, those career dreams generally morph into something a little more concrete, such as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, computer programmer, or entrepreneur.
 
If your child dreams of a career in a particular field, he or she needs to start preparing today. The competition to get into the right university or college program is tough. Anything you can do to create an advantage and enhance college applications is a plus.
 
That’s why the Pre-Professional Programs at American Heritage Schools can make such a difference to your child’s future career.
 

Admissions at American Heritage Schools

We encourage families who are interested in enrolling in our school to visit our campus for a tour. If we are the right fit for you and your child, you can create an account on our website to fill out our online application to get started.

Once the application is complete, you can upload your child’s academic records right to your account and proceed to schedule their test. After your child has completed the test, you will hear from one of our Admissions Directors about any next steps.

American Heritage Schools is a leader in private education, academic excellence, and innovation. With two 40 acre campuses, one in Broward County and the other in Palm Beach County, Florida, we serve 4,600 students grades Pre-K 3 through 12. American Heritage Schools was recently named the #1 Private School for academic success with the highest number of National Merit Scholars of all private schools in the nation. For over 55 years, our mission of knowledge, integrity, and compassion through developing the full potential of each child to be an active, intelligent, creative, and contributing member of society. Contact an admissions director for more information or sign up for a campus tour.