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American Heritage Schools Receives Highest Number of National Merit Scholars

Updated: Oct 14, 2021



The prestigious American Heritage Schools, Broward Campus, is the No. 1 school in Florida and No. 2 private school in the nation for the highest number of National Merit Scholars Semifinalists. The schools’ Palm Beach County campus is the No. 1 in Palm Beach County, No. 2 in Florida and No. 5 private school in the nation for the highest number of National Merit Scholars Semifinalists. Their combined students from both campuses comprise 9% of all National Merit Scholars Semifinalists throughout the 2,227 public and private schools in Florida.

A combined total of 77 seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists out of the 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This marks the 12th consecutive year American Heritage Schools has had the highest number of National Merit Semifinalists in Florida. One in four students in the Class of 2022 scored in the top one percent of students in the nation.

“Achieving National Merit Scholar status is one of the most prestigious and honored academic distinctions a high school student can achieve,” said Dr. Doug Laurie, president of American Heritage Schools. “Many of the top universities in the nation covet applicants who are National Merit Scholars.”

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. In addition to the millions of dollars in possible scholarships, these bright students now have new opportunities for college and confidence about their futures.

“Becoming a National Merit Finalist was a stepping stone on my way to attending Dartmouth and ultimately Harvard Medical School,” said American Heritage Schools Class of 2014 alum Dylan 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 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.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program and American Heritage Schools, click here to register for its fall virtual open houses. Dates and times for the online events are as follows:

  • Broward Campus: October 23, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. for grades Pre-K3–6; 2:00 p.m. for grades 7–12.

  • Palm Beach Campus: October 19, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. for grades Pre-K3–5; October 23, 10:00 a.m. for grades 6–12.


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


By ML Staff. Image courtesy of AHS

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