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AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL

KNOWLEDGE, INTEGRITY , COMPASSION 

SCHOOL PROFILE 2018 - 2019

Highlights of Recognitions

The students at American Heritage School are well prepared to be leaders of the 21st century who possess knowledge, integrity, and compassion. Each year, students attend prestigious competitions and earn exceptional awards. Here are some of their recent achievements.

  • #1 high school in Palm Beach County for nationally recognized scholars;1 in 4 students in the Class of 2019 is a nationally recognized scholar
  • $21 million in college scholarships offered to the Class of 2018
  • 89% passing rate on all Advanced Placement exams (52% passing rate in Florida; 41% passing rate globally); AP average test score: 4
  • #1 high school in Palm Beach County in Math competition; #2 private school in the U.S. in national math competition
  • #1 private high school in Palm Beach County at Science Fair competition
  • Finalists at the 2018 Robotics World Championship
  • #1 Mock Trial Team in Palm Beach County and FSU competition
  • #1 Moot Court team in Florida for 4 consecutive years
  • 23 First Place ribbons earned by French language students at the Congres de la Culture Francaise
  • All Florida award for Perspectives literary and art magazine from the Florida Scholastic Press Association
  • 6 Critics’ Choice Awards and 24 Superior ratings at District 10 Thespian Festival
  • 7 Platinum First Place awards at “Showstoppers” national Dance competition
  • FHSAA 2017-2018 State Championships: Boys Soccer, Girls Lacrosse

Our School

American Heritage School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school for grades PK3 through 12 with approximately 1,500 students. The high school, grades 9-12, has a student population of 800 students. Our student to faculty ratio is 5:1. American Heritage School is a tuition-only school where, in an effort to make all families equal, we do not ask for or accept donations. We are managed by veteran educators, and we have no governing board. It is paramount that all our staff have a vested interest in American Heritage; therefore, faculty and staff children receive full tuition to our school.

College Prep Experience

Our school resembles a small college in size and design with facilities and labs similar to those on a college campus. American Heritage School gives its students a rigorous, traditional education in a forward-thinking, technologically advanced, well-rounded environment.  Our elite students, 100% of whom are accepted into 4-year universities, are prepared to be leaders of the 21st century, who possess knowledge, integrity, and compassion. We strive to offer a challenging college preparatory curriculum and aim to develop critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and lifelong learning. American Heritage offers financial aid, as well as academic and fine arts scholarships.

School Community

We believe that in addition to academics, arts, and athletics, students should develop a strong sense of social responsibility. We offer over 60 student clubs and activities, created and headed by students and each supervised by a faculty adviser. We celebrate diversity and welcome students of all religions, nationalities, ethnicities, and races. Our focus is to create a community of scholars who respect individual and group differences and who seek to become responsible citizens.

Faculty

The students of American Heritage School are served by 276 instructors, counselors, and administrators, of whom 60% hold Masters or Doctoral degrees. In addition to having AP readers on our staff, our pre-professional courses are taught by prominent doctors, judges, attorneys, and engineers, who are currently practicing in their fields and dedicated to the students and their success. Faculty turnover is minimal. To foster educational best practices and a love of learning, all our teachers participate in professional development throughout the year. Parents and students respect our dedicated, professional, competent, and caring faculty.

Fine Arts

Our Fine Arts Department is recognized internationally. We welcome students with all abilities in the arts, and our low student to teacher ratio gives each student the chance to develop skills at his/her own pace. We believe a student should be well-rounded; we teach performance techniques and hands-on application, combined with theory, in all disciplines of study. We give all students various opportunities to display their talents, both on campus and throughout the region, country, and world. We are also proud to host, in our state of the art Fine Arts Building, the Junior and Senior Thespians District Festivals and the High School Choral State Festival.

Athletics

American Heritage offers a complete competitive sports program for boys and girls, with teams in all major sports. We have a "no cut" policy that allows every student who wants to participate an opportunity to play on the Patriot team of his or her choice. Our coaches provide a high-quality level of instruction enabling students to further develop their skills and build good character, leadership, and respect for others. Awards evenings are held for athletes and parents at the conclusion of the season.

Nationally Recognized Scholars

Class of 2019-
Total Students: 211
National Merit Semifinalists
National Merit Commended Scholars
National Hispanic Scholars
Presidential Scholar Candidates
(Class of 2018)
24 
12
7
4

AP Scholar Awards

AP Scholars
AP Scholars with Honors
AP Scholars with Distinction
National AP Scholars
17
10
27
5

AP Test Scores

  • Average AP Exam score:  4
  • Passing Rate: 89% with scores of 3 or higher
  • American Heritage Passing Rate 89%
  • Florida Passing Rate 52%
  • Global Passing Rate 41%

SAT Score Distribution

RANKING Reading/Writing Math
Top 5%
Top 10%
Top 20%
Top 30%
Median
750
750
720
700
630
800
790
760
740
660
SAT Subject Test Scores
SUBJECT Mean
Biology - Ecology
Biology - Molecular
Chemistry
English Literature
Math Level I
Math Level II
Physics
Spanish
U.S. History
World History
700
770
710
630
680
720
680
770
600
660

ACT Score Distribution

Top 5%
Top 10%
Top 20%
Top 30%
Median
35
34
33
32
29

Graduation Requirements

American Heritage has two (2) semesters per year, and credits are granted at the end of each semester. In addition, all students are required to complete 120 hours of community service. All classes are 49 minutes long and meet five (5) times each week. To graduate, a student must have earned a total of 24 credits (Carnegie units). The graduation requirements are as follows:

English

4 Credits

Math

4 Credits
(One Year Beyond Algebra II)

Science

3 Credits
including Biology, Chemistry,
or Physics
(4 recommended)

Social Studies 3 Credits
including World History,
American History, Economics,
or American Government
(4 recommended)
Foreign Language 2 Credits
(in Grades 9 - 12)
(3 recommended)
Fine Arts 0.5 Credit
Physical Education 0.5 Credit
Additional Courses 7 Credits
(of student's choice)
TOTAL 24 Credits

College Acceptances

100% of American Heritage graduates were accepted to four-year colleges and attend a wide variety of selective colleges and universities. In the past three years, 65% of our students have matriculated to some of these out-of-state schools.

  • American University
  • Boston College
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colgate University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Stanford University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • U.S. Military Academy - West Point
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University
  • Yale University

School Accreditations and Memberships

Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF)

Middle States Association (MSA-CESS)

National Council for Private Schools Association (NCPSA)

Accreditation International (Ai)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED (SACS)

National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)

Southern Association of College Admissions Counseling (SACAC)

College Board