American Heritage Leads Florida In National Merit Semifinalists

National Merit Scholar semifinalists and Commended Scholars from the Palm Beach campus.

The prestigious American Heritage Schools is proud to announce that 86 seniors — 55 from the Broward campus and 31 from the Palm Beach campus — were named National Merit Scholar semifinalists. The Broward Campus is the No. 1 school in Florida and No. 2 private school in the nation for the highest number of National Merit Scholar semifinalists. The Palm Beach campus is No. 2 in National Merit Scholar semifinalists out of all schools in Florida and the No. 5 private school in the nation.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a national academic competition and the most prestigious award a senior can receive. The Class of 2023 continues the tradition recognizing American Heritage Schools as the top school in Florida with a combined total of 86 seniors who were named National Merit semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This marks the 13th consecutive year that American Heritage Schools has had the highest number of National Merit semifinalists in Florida. In addition, 72 seniors were recognized as National Commended Scholars.

The combined students from both campuses comprise 10 percent of all National Merit Scholar semifinalists throughout the 2,227 public and private schools in Florida. One of six students from American Heritage Schools in the Class of 2023 is a National Merit Scholar.

“I am so proud of these students for earning this extremely prestigious award,” said Dr. Douglas Laurie, president of American Heritage Schools. “Not only are they nationally recognized as the top one percent academically, but they are also extremely well-rounded, excelling both in and out of the classroom in fine arts, sports and community service.”

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

American Heritage Schools is also excited to announce that 94 percent of the students passed their Advanced Placement exams with a score of 3 or higher, compared to 59 percent in Florida and 65 percent globally. This places American Heritage Schools with the highest AP passing rate out of all private or public schools in South Florida, making American Heritage Schools one of the leading college preparatory schools in the nation.

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. It has two 40-acre campuses: one in Plantation and one in Delray Beach. For more information about American Heritage Schools, visit