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AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL

KNOWLEDGE, INTEGRITY , COMPASSION 

SCHOOL PROFILE 2019 - 2020

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 Florida for highest number of nationally recognized scholars for 10th consecutive year; 1 in 4 students in the Class of 2020 is a nationally recognized scholar                                

  • 44 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists (highest number in Florida)
  • 40 National Merit Commended Scholars
  • 31 National Hispanic Scholars

•  #1 high school in Florida with 11 Presidential Scholar Candidates

•  $94 million in college scholarships offered to the Class of 2019

•  95% passing rate on all Advanced Placement exams (58% passing rate in Florida; 64% passing rate globally); AP average test score: 4

•  #1 private school in the U.S. in national Math competition

•  #1 high school in Florida at state Science Fair competition

•  Finalists at Regional Robotics competition; Semifinalists at 2019 Robotics World championship

•  Top 5 team in the U.S. in Model U.N.

•  #1 Mock Trial and Moot Court teams in Florida

•  Top 1% in the nation in Speech & Debate competition

•  4 Student Production Awards for WAHS Broadcast in Public Service Announcement, On-Camera Talent, and Photography from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter

•  1st place for Patriot Post newspaper and Expressions literary art magazine; Gold with Special Distinction for Spotlight yearbook from the National, American, and Florida Scholastic Press Associations

•  11 Cappie Award nominations including Best Musical for Chicago

•  Superior ratings for Thespians, Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Guitar

•  4 national medals from the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

•  FHSAA State Championships: Girls Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Basketball

Our School

American Heritage School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school for grades PK3 through 12 with approximately 2,800 students. The high school, grades 9-12, has a student population of 1,650 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

American Heritage resembles a small college in size and design with facilities and labs similar to those on a college campus. Our school gives 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, problem solving, 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 85 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 Upper School students are served by 365 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 Thespians District Festival 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 an opportunity for every student to participate on the Patriot team of his or her choice. Many of our coaches are former professional athletes. They provide high-quality instruction enabling students to further develop their skills and build good character, leadership, and respect for others.

Ethnic & International Diversity

Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)
Foreign Born   
Latin/Hispanic
Black/African American
Asian/Asian American 
Other
Native American
48%
33%
23%
10%
10%
5%
4%

Nationally Recognized Scholars

Class of 2020-
Total Students: 373
National Merit Semifinalists
National Merit Commended Scholars
National Hispanic Scholars
Presidential Scholar Candidates
(Class of 2019)
44 
40
31
11

AP Scholar Awards

  2019 2018
AP Scholars
AP Scholars with Honors
AP Scholars with Distinction
National AP Scholars
109
52
190
86
76
48
190
86

AP Test Scores

  • Average AP Exam score:  4
  • Passing Rate: 95% with scores of 3 or higher
  • American Heritage Passing Rate 95%
  • Florida Passing Rate 58%
  • Global Passing Rate 64%

SAT Score Distribution

RANKING EBRW -
Evidence Based 
Reading & Writing
M-Math
Top 5%
Top 10%
Top 20%
Top 30%
Median
790
785
770
760
680
800
800
790
780
690
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
685
745
727
674
650
740
733
686
667
681

ACT Score Distribution

Top 5%
Top 10%
Top 20%
Top 30%
Median
36
36
35
35
34

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
  • Amherst College
  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Case Western Reserve
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Juilliard School
  • King’s College (London)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice University
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oxford in England
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Andrews in Scotland
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Williams College
  • 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

Broward County Non-Public School Association