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PL National Merit 2021 Story, American Heritage School

141 Nationally Recognized Scholars

in the Class of 2021

American Heritage Is The #1 Private School in the Nation For 

Highest Number of Nationally Recognized Scholars

American Heritage Schools are proud to recognize 141 nationally recognized scholars in the Class of 2021. The students from both campuses comprise ten percent of all National Merit Scholars throughout the 2,227 public and private schools in Florida making the Broward campus the #1 private school in the United States and the #1 high school in Florida for the highest number of National Merit Scholars and the Palm Beach campus the #2 in National Merit Scholars out of all private schools in Florida.

Congratulations to the seniors named National Merit Scholars, including 74 Finalists, 77 Semifinalists, and 52 National Commended Scholars. This marks the 11th straight year American Heritage has had the highest number of National Merit Finalists in Florida. 

“I am so proud of these students for earning this extremely prestigious recognition,” said Dr. Douglas Laurie, President of American Heritage Schools. "Not only are they nationally recognized in the top one percent of all students in the country for academics, but they are also extremely well-rounded, excelling both in and out of the classroom in fine arts, sports, and community service,” Dr. Laurie added.

In addition, 12 seniors were recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars. The students are selected based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Over $126 million in scholarships have been offered to the Class of 2021 giving students new opportunities for college and confidence about their futures. According to the National Merit Scholarship organization, colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Vanderbilt enroll the greatest number of National Merit Scholars.

"Top ranked college preparatory school in the United States is ranked #1 in National Merit Scholars for 11 years"

American Heritage Class of 2014 alum, Dylan Cahill, reflects on the benefits of earning the merit-based award. “Becoming a National Merit Finalist was a stepping stone on my way to attending Dartmouth and ultimately Harvard Medical School,” said Cahill. “It gave me the tools to excel on future exams and the confidence as a student to propel me forward in my journey to medical school.”

American Heritage Schools is the #1 private school in Florida for nationally recognized scholars in math competition, science fair, mock trial, moot court, and speech and debate. American Heritage Schools alumni are notable leaders in their chosen fields who are generating positive differences in the world. American Heritage Schools is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school in South Florida serving grades PK3 to 12.
About American Heritage Schools: American Heritage Schools, founded in 1965, is a nationally-ranked private, nonsectarian, and co-educational college preparatory day school with two 40-acre campuses: one in Broward County, Florida, and one in Palm Beach County, Florida. Its campuses serve approximately 4,650 students in Pre-K3 through 12th grades; the student body represents over 60 different countries throughout the world. About 70 percent of the faculty hold postgraduate degrees.
American Heritage Schools is nationally and internationally accredited by the following associations: Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), Middle States Association (MSA-CESS), National Council for Private Schools. The Lower School includes advanced classes and 15 electives, and the Upper School offers over 300 courses with 138 honors classes, 28 Advanced Placement classes, and 75 fine arts classes. Pre-professional programs are offered in pre-med, pre-law, pre-engineering, biomedical engineering, and computer science that are taught daily by doctors, surgeons, lawyers, judges, engineers, and computer scientists currently practicing in their fields.
American Heritage Schools has, for 11 years, been ranked the # 1 high school in Florida for the highest number of National Merit Scholars, and the school is home to the # 1 math competition team out of all private schools in the U.S. The Model UN team is top 5 in the nation, and the Speech and Debate team is in the top 1% in the nation. It is ranked among the top private schools in Florida in STEM, according to Niche. Its Science Research Institute enables students to conduct research on real world problems, and its students have earned international recognition for their findings.
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