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Ranked #1 School in Florida For The Highest Number of National Merit Scholars for the class of 2023

86 National Merit Scholars Semifinalists & 72 National Commended Scholars

Our seniors have done it again with the Broward campus being the #1 school in Florida and #2 private school in the nation and the Palm Beach campus being #2 in Florida and #5 private school in the nation with the highest number of National Merit Scholars Semifinalists. The students from both campuses comprise 10% of all semifinalists throughout the 2,227 public and private high schools in Florida. 

  • 86 Seniors (55 - Broward campus; 31- Palm Beach campus) were named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
  • 10% of all National Merit Scholars in the state of Florida are from American Heritage Schools
  • 1 in 6 students in the Class of 2023 are National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
  • 13th consecutive year with the highest number of National Merit Semifinalists in Florida

A combined total of 86 seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists out of the 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Additionally, 72 seniors received National Commended Scholar status. Furthermore, 88 seniors were recognized under the National Recognition Program, which recognized students who are African American, Hispanic, or Indigenous. 

“I am so proud of these students for earning this extremely prestigious award,” said Dr. Douglas Laurie, president of American Heritage Schools. “Not only are they recognized nationally as the top one percent academically, but they are also extremely well-rounded, excelling both in and out of the classroom in fine arts, sports, and community service,” Laurie added.
In addition to the millions of dollars in possible scholarships, these bright students now have 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.


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