American Heritage Leads Florida In Presidential Scholar Candidates

The 23 Presidential Scholar nominees from American Heritage Schools.

American Heritage Schools recently announced that 23 students from the Class of 2023 — 16 from the Broward campus and seven from the Palm Beach campus — have been nominated for the Presidential Scholars award.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program is the nation’s most prestigious recognition for distinguished graduating high school seniors. The two campuses of American Heritage Schools account for 11 percent of all Presidential Scholar candidates in the state. The Palm Beach campus is the No. 1 school in Palm Beach County and the No. 2 private school in Florida with the highest number of Presidential Scholar candidates, right behind American Heritage’s Broward campus.

“Being a Presidential Scholar is one of the highest academic honors a student can achieve, and we couldn’t be more proud of our students who have achieved this incredible honor,” said Dr. Doug Laurie, president of American Heritage Schools.

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Approximately 650 candidates will be named semifinalists and forwarded to the commission for further review. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars will review the applications and select 161 outstanding students to receive the nation’s highest scholastic honor.

To learn more about the Presidential Scholars Program at American Heritage, visit