American Heritage Again Leads The State In National Merit Scholars

American Heritage School Palm Beach campus National Merit commended students.

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.

The combined students from both American Heritage campuses comprise 9 percent 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 that 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, the 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,” American Heritage Schools Class of 2014 alum Dylan Cahill said. “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.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program and American Heritage Schools, visit to register for its fall virtual open houses. A Palm Beach campus open house event for grades six through 12 will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.

American Heritage Schools, founded in 1965, is a nationally ranked private, nonsectarian and co-educational college preparatory day school with two 40-acre campuses: one in Plantation and one in Delray Beach. Its campuses serve approximately 4,650 students in Pre-K3 through 12th grades. The student body represents more than 60 different countries throughout the world. Approximately 70 percent of the faculty hold postgraduate degrees.

American Heritage Schools is nationally and internationally accredited. The Lower School includes advanced classes and 15 electives, and the Upper School offers more than 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 and computer science.

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