American Heritage School

Guidance and College Planning

Welcome to the Guidance and College Planning Department. Our mission at American Heritage School is to “graduate students who are prepared in mind, body and spirit to meet the requirements of the colleges of their choice.” The Guidance and College Planning department seeks to guide students along this path by providing a full range of services for all aspects of academic life and college planning. In order to help students stay organized and make well-informed choices, we provide counseling for all levels of the Upper School experience.

In addition to guiding the student through the course selection and scheduling process, Counselors coordinate academic accommodations for students with learning difficulties, enroll new students, and monitor academic progress. Most importantly, The Guidance & College Planning Office is a place students can come when they are having difficulty either emotionally or academically during the course of the school year.

Current American Heritage families are encouraged to visit Guidance & College Planning on the AH Portal for the latest information including timelines, guides and forms.

College Acceptances for the Class of 2017

Adelphi University
Florida Southern College
Agnes Scott College
Florida State University
American University
Fordham University
Amherst College
Furman University
Arizona State University
Gardner-Webb University
Auburn University
George Mason University
Augsburg College
Georgetown University
Averett University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Babson College
Georgia State University
Barry University
Goucher College
Bentley University
Hampton University
Bethany College
Harding University
Bethune-Cookman College
Harvard University
Bloomfield College
Hendrix College
Boston College
High Point University
Boston University
Hofstra University
Bowdoin College
Indiana State University
Broward College
Indiana University at Bloomington
Brown University
Ithaca College
California College of the Arts
Jackson State University
Cedar Crest College
Jacksonville University
Chatham College
John Cabot University
Chestnut Hill College
Johns Hopkins University
Chicago State University
Johnson & Wales University
Chowan University
Lasell College
Clemson University
Lehigh University
College of Charleston
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Colorado State University
Liberty University
Columbia College
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Columbia University
Louisiana State University
Connecticut College
Loyola University Chicago
Cornell University
Loyola University New Orleans
Dartmouth College
Lynn University
Davidson College
Marian College
Drew University
Marymount Manhattan College
Duke University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Duquesne University
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Eckerd College
McDaniel College
Elon University
Mercer University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Methodist University
Emerson College
Miami Dade College
Emory University
Miami International University of Art & Design
FAU Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Morehouse College
Fisher College
Muhlenberg College
Florida A&M University
New York University
Florida Atlantic University
North Carolina State University
Florida Gulf Coast University
The College of New Jersey
Florida Institute of Technology
The George Washington University
Florida International University
The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Northeastern University
The University of Alabama
Northwestern University
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Northwood University, Florida
The University of Arizona
Nova Southeastern University
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Occidental College
The University of Tampa
Oglethorpe University
The University of Texas, Austin

College Planning

"College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."-Frank Sachs

College Planning at American Heritage is a long-term process. Guidance Counselors for grades 7-10 are well versed in the requirements for college admissions, and academic requirements are tracked carefully. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue extra-curricular activities both within the school community and throughout the South Florida area. Overall, the goal is to help students get a good sense of who they are, how they learn and where their talents lie.

Starting in their junior year, students are assigned a College Advisor. Heritage College Advisors have collectively visited over 300 schools across the country. They attend national and local conferences to ensure that they stay on top of the latest admissions trends. The college planning process is comprehensive and supportive. In this nurturing environment, students learn to identify their goals and interests, to manage a complex and stressful process, and to make healthy and confident decisions about higher education. Fundamentally, we believe that each student should control the self-evaluation, research, and application writing that is essential to good college selection.

Evening Programs

  • Athletic Recruiting 101 (with follow-up workshops)
  • Sophomore College Night
  • Junior Workshop on College Admissions Part I
  • Junior Workshop on College Admissions Part II
  • Application Nuts and Bolts (for seniors & parents)
  • Making Financial Aid Count

Family Connection
Family Connection is a web-based resource that links the counselor’s office to course, career, and college planning. On Family Connection, students are able to share plans, complete surveys, and research and compare colleges. Students may also complete college profiles and resumes, and manage their applications during senior year.

SAT Preparation
As a college preparatory school, we feel we are entrusted with the responsibility of preparing all of our students for the standardized test often required for college admission. Research has shown that steady and consistent test preparation over time is the best way to increase scores on standardized tests. At American Heritage, all students receive SAT preparation as part of their math and English curriculum. In addition, a course is offered(for an additional fee )as an elective to all high school students who want to prepare for the SAT or ACT, or to improve scores. Online test preparation is also available to all students in grades 9-12 through Family Connection.

Interview Specialist
Students who apply to competitive schools benefit from the help of an interview specialist who meets individually with students and conducts a mock interview. She then provides feedback to the students and advises them on their preparation for and participation in interviews at their selected colleges.

Colleges On Campus
Admissions representatives from various colleges are invited to our campus to share the latest information with students. Colleges and universities, such as Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Emory, The George Washington University, Brandeis, Yale, Johns Hopkins, University of Florida and University of Miami visit annually. On average, 60-70 individual colleges send representatives for scheduled visits throughout the year.

College Fair/Tours

Each fall and spring, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from both American Heritage campuses come together at the Plantation Campus in the fall and the Boca/Delray Campus in the spring to participate in the annual College Fair which features more than 100 colleges. Students gather information from admissions representatives to help in the college decision-making process. College Tours are offered each year to various areas of the country, such as New England, Pennsylvania, California, and the southeastern U.S. Students spend three to four days visiting campuses and gathering information on specific schools. Staff members of the American Heritage Guidance and College Planning Department chaperone these tours.

College Corner
The Upper School Library/Media center features a “College Corner” where students can research universities through brochures and DVD’s, and meet with college representatives. College and scholarship guidebooks are available and are updated annually.

The department’s Scholarship Specialist researches funds available nationally, locally and at individual colleges and universities to effectively match each family’s needs with monies available for their college-bound student. Collectively, our recent graduating classes (05 - 10) have been awarded scholarships totaling over 100 million dollars.


7th & 8th Grade: Charting Your Course
The Junior High School Guidance Curriculum focuses on helping students develop good organizational and study habits. Focus is also placed on interpersonal behaviors including bullying and self-esteem. A career fair is held annually to introduce students to career options. Evening programs for parents introduce the college admissions process and assist with high school planning.

9th Grade: Getting On Track
The focus in 9th grade is on the transition to high school. Students complete the Learning Style Inventory that helps them to discover how they learn best so that they can be as successful as possible during their high school career. Students are encouraged to think towards their future goals. To this end, the 9th Grade Guidance Counselor works with students and parents to develop a four-year academic plan. An evening program in the fall for parents provides a comprehensive view of the high school years, including curriculum options, graduation requirements and the college admissions process.

10th Grade: Staying on Course
By the time students reach grade ten, they have a good understanding of what it takes to be a successful high school student. During the first quarter, students are encouraged to push themselves academically through a presentation on study skills. All sophomores will take the PSAT in October. They will then complete the Career Interest Profiler and are guided to discover what careers might suit their skills and interests. In the spring, students are introduced to their College Advisor and guided through their first online college search. An evening career program for parents takes place in the Spring.

SAT Prep

Like it or not, standardized tests are often a factor in college admissions decisions. Research has shown that students who are familiar with test format and strategies do better on standardized tests. We know that students with test preparation have tremendous advantage over those without. We are excited to be partnered with the top SAT preparation company, Ray Dass Test Prep, to give our students a competitive advantage in the college admissions process. Here is a breakdown of our SAT Preparation Program:

SAT Preparation in the Classroom:

Students grades 9-11 spend 80 minutes per month (an average of 20 minutes per week) in their English and math classrooms honing specific test preparation strategies. We use the proven New England Prep program designed specially for American Heritage School.

SAT Essentials: This course has helped students raise their SAT scores by 200+ points. We encourage all of our students to build on the strategies they learn in class by taking an SAT Essentials elective course, available on campus at a discounted rate. Courses run for one quarter, and is offered 8th period, 9th period, and after school. To register, students MUST contact their guidance counselor.

SAT Foundations: This American Academy prep course is designed to build students’ foundations in the SAT and ACT subject areas and to strengthen overall test-taking abilities. American Academy students receive this offering at a discounted rate. The course runs for one semester, and offered 8th period and 9th period.

Summer SAT Preparation On-Campus: Ray Dass Test Prep offers a course on the American Heritage Campus over the summer. This course is available only to American Heritage students and is offered at a special rate.

Private or Small Group Tutoring: If the courses offered on campus are not convenient for your schedule, or if you feel you would benefit from a smaller group or one-on-one environment, you may contact Ray Dass Test Prep directly to arrange for private or small group tutoring. For more information regarding tutoring, please contact Michele Hemedinger. Office Manager at 954-415-6352 or via