American Heritage Tops In Florida For National Merit Semifinalists

American Heritage Schools’ 2024 National Merit Scholars from the Palm Beach Campus.

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 69th annual 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 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 has had the highest number of National Merit Semifinalists in Florida. For 10 consecutive years, American Heritage has been the No. 1 or No. 2 private school in the nation with the highest number of 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 with 1 in 6 students from American Heritage in the Class of 2024 named a National Merit Scholar. In addition, 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, the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt have embraced and enrolled the greatest number of National Merit Scholars.

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

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, and the Palm Beach campus is located in Delray Beach. Its campuses serve approximately 4,800 students in PK3 through grade 12.

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