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AHS is the No. 1 School in Florida for the Highest Number of National Merit Scholars Semifinalists

The prestigious American Heritage Schools is proud to announce that 94 seniors (54 from the Broward Campus; 40 from the Palm Beach Campus) from the class of 2024 were named National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalists in the 69thannual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Broward Campus is the No. 1 school in Florida and the No. 2 private school in the U.S. for the highest number of National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. The Schools’ Palm Beach Campus is No. 2 out of all schools in Florida, and the No. 3 private school in the U.S.

This marks the 14th consecutive year that American Heritage Schools has had the highest number of National Merit Semifinalists in Florida. For 10 consecutive years, American Heritage Schools has been the No. 1 or No. 2 private school in the nation with the highest number of National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists.

The combined students from both campuses comprise 10 percent of all National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists throughout the 2,227 public and private high schools in Florida. 1 in 6 students from American Heritage Schools in the Class of 2024 is a National Merit Scholar. 74 seniors were also recognized as National Commended Scholars.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a national academic competition and the most prestigious award a senior can receive.

"I am overflowing with pride for these exceptional students who have rightfully earned the esteemed National Merit Scholar award," said Dr. Douglas Laurie, president of American Heritage Schools. "In garnering this prestigious recognition, they not only stand as shining examples within the top echelon of academic achievement, encompassing the nation's top one percent; but they also radiate excellence through their remarkable dedication and well-rounded pursuits. Their brilliance extends far beyond the classroom, showcasing a truly extraordinary commitment that inspires us all."

In addition to the millions of dollars in possible scholarships, these 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 have embraced and enrolled the greatest number of National Merit Scholars.

American Heritage Schools is also pleased to announce that 93% of the students passed the AP (Advanced Placement) exams with a score of 3 or higher, compared to 61% in Florida and 66% globally. This accomplishment solidifies American Heritage Schools as a leading institution for college preparation nationwide.

American Heritage Schools is the No. 1 private school in Florida for nationally recognized scholars in math competition, science fair, mock trial, moot court, and speech and debate. 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 Pre-K3 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: the Broward Campus is located in Plantation, Florida, and the Palm Beach Campus is located in Delray Beach, Florida. Its campuses serve approximately 4,800 students in PK3 through 12th grades, and the student body represents over 60 different countries throughout the world. Approximately 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), and 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, business & entrepreneurship, and computer science with classes taught daily by doctors, surgeons, lawyers, judges, engineers, and computer scientists currently practicing in their fields. For 14 years, American Heritage Schools has been ranked the No. 1 high school in Florida for the highest number of National Merit Scholars, and the school is home to the No. 1 math competition team out of all private schools in the U.S. The Model UN team is top 3 in the nation, and the Speech and Debate team is in the top 1% in the nation. American Heritage Schools is ranked among the top private schools in Florida in STEM, according to Niche.

For more information about American Heritage Schools, visit its website at

Broward Campus: (954) 472-0022 ext. 1 or email

Palm Beach Campus: (561) 495-7272 ext. 1 or email

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of American Heritage Schools


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