Academic Overview (Grades 9 - 12)
At our private high school, emphasis is placed on college preparation with required course offerings in English, math, social studies, history, science, foreign languages, the arts, computer education, and physical education. At the high school level, there is an added emphasis on higher level thinking skills, and students are challenged by required research, speech and writing assignments in all subject areas. Technology is included in all subject areas.
American Heritage boasts an extensive selection of over 200 course offerings. We offer 99 honors and 24 Advanced Placement classes. American Heritage private school also offers a Pre-Professional Program with Pre-Med, Pre-Law, and Pre-Engineering. Classes are taught daily by practicing physicians, surgeons, attorneys, circuit court judges, and engineers from Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County. The rich fabric of our curriculum provides the very best in critical thinking and college preparation in a private school setting by incorporating technology integration of relevant software and programs in dedicated computer labs.
Communication with parents and students is essential. The school's web portal provides daily access to individual student grades, and written progress reports are sent home every three weeks. Teachers maintain web pages that display class information, ranging from daily homework assignments to explanations of long-term projects.
Our instructors are some of the finest teachers throughout Palm Beach County. They are highly experienced, fully certified, and teach in their field of expertise. Over 60% of American Heritage School’s faculty hold advanced degrees. Many instructors are also advisors to clubs and activities or coach a sport. This provides the high school student the opportunity to work with teachers in a less structured environment. Our teachers are committed to the positive academic, emotional, physical and social development of each student. Instructors offer weekly help sessions to students who need extra reinforcement of skills and concepts to succeed.
American Heritage private school is committed to offering the latest technology to our students. Facilities include state-of-the-art computer labs and a computer graphics lab. In addition to our computer science classes, students are free to use the labs for research or reports before or after school. Our Library/Media Center houses over 150 computers; 4 technology integration labs, serving to incorporate technology into every upper school classroom; 12-foot tables, equipped with electric and data ports, for collaborative research and study, as well as similarly equipped, lighted carrels for individual study. Added features include wireless Internet access, a professionally staffed reference desk for optimum assistance, a separate station to monitor database progress and provide research guidance and a fully-automated circulation desk.
Welcome to the Guidance and College Planning Department at American Heritage School. Located on our private school campus in Palm Beach County in the Upper School Office, our guidance counselors provide a full range of services for all aspects of academic life and college planning. A Director of Guidance, Director of College Planning, Director of Academy Guidance, three high school Guidance Counselors/ College Advisors, a Junior High Counselor, and a Guidance Assistant/Registrar help students stay organized and make well-informed choices. The guidance process begins in middle school. Our staff monitors timely completion of requirements for graduation, college applications, and college scholarships, in addition to scheduling, academic advising, and academic monitoring.
The guidance counselors stay informed of current college admissions trends. They attend national and local conferences, tour college campuses, and make frequent contact with college admissions. Based on the latest information from college admissions, our counselors emphasize academic diligence and extracurricular involvement. Students are encouraged to take the initiative in their high school and college planning, to act on their emerging or established interests, to search for colleges and majors, and to prepare for tests (visitations, SAT, ACT, and AP).
American Heritage boasts over 170 individual university visitations each year to better inform our high school students to further enhance the college preparation experience. Five to six regional college tours are offered to our student body.
The College Corner in the library contains catalogs and DVDs on many colleges and universities. The reference section contains college guidebooks, career information, and SAT practice books. The Guidance Office also has a resource desk in the waiting area with information on current college events, SAT/ACT testing, college tours, and volunteering. We encourage students to make use of all the print and online resources available.
American Heritage School students have matriculated at top colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Ivy League and “Most Competitive” colleges according to Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges. Some of the colleges and universities American Heritage School graduates have attended in the last 5 years are: Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, MIT, University of Chicago, Duke, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, and University of California at Berkeley.
The extensive opportunities throughout Palm Beach County offered to our high school students at American Heritage School serve several purposes. Primarily, they assist in the growth and development of our students, but they also provide opportunities for leadership and excellence, which are increasingly required for college admission. Among the activities and clubs offered to students:
|National Honor Society||Student Council|
|Pre Med Society||Pre Law Society|
|Spanish/French Honor Society||Modern Language Club|
|Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club)||Yearbook|
|Tri M Music Honor Society||Chorus|
|Make a Wish||Quill and Scroll|