The American Heritage School, Plantation and Boca Delray, Florida


American Heritage School is an independent, nonsectarian, and co-educational day school for grades Pre-K through 12 with approximately 2,400 students. The high school, grades 9 through 12, has a student population of 1450 students. The school was founded in 1965 to serve the fast-developing residential communities west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The wooded 40-acre campus and colonial style complex includes our award fine arts program that is housed in a 100, 000 sq ft facility which contains a 1000 seat Proscenium Theatre, black box theatre and spacious studios for all areas of the arts, sports fields, Olympic- sized pool, and quiet courtyard areas. Our media center is a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art structure housing 4 interactive classrooms, 150 computers, and 60,000 volumes of books and reference materials. We also have four brand new technology integration labs in the Lower School. American Heritage offers financial aid, scholarships, and faculty tuition benefits to approximately 21% of the student body for tuition expenses.

The college preparatory curriculum at American Heritage serves students of bright average to gifted intelligence and aims to develop critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and lifelong learning. We believe that our students should develop aspects of themselves in addition to academics. There are over 50 student clubs and organizations, and multiple service opportunities on and off campus.

At American Academy, we believe that each student's educational experience should provide for his or her academic needs and for the full development of the student's intellectual and creative potential. It is also our belief that acquiring the skills for learning is essential in preparing our students to become productive members of today's technological society.

The Academy provides a structured, supportive learning environment in which we nurture the growth of self-esteem, motivation and self-confidence. We help our students overcome their frustrations and fear of learning by developing the ability to learn effectively. We believe the development of academic skills in this supportive atmosphere is the key to a student's future success in school and in life.

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Study at the American Heritage School

Our curriculum is guided by questions that encourage students to analyze information, formulate ideas and express themselves clearly. It is our goal that when each student graduates from American Heritage or American Academy, he/she is able to answer the school wide Essential Questions: 

How can Knowledge, Integrity, and Compassion help me reach my full potential as a contributing member of a global society?

High School/Senior High (Grades 9 - 12) Academic Overview

At our high school level, emphasis is placed on college preparation with required course offerings in English, math, social studies, history, science, foreign languages, the arts, computer education and physical education. At the high school level, there is an added emphasis on higher level thinking skills, and students are challenged by required research, speech and writing assignments in all subject areas. Technology is included in all subject areas.

American Heritage boasts an extensive selection of almost 300 course offerings. Courses vary from college prep, honors and 24 advance placement courses. American Heritage's preprofessional programs (pre med, pre law, biomedical engineering and engineering) offer unique courses that are only taught by Doctors, Attorneys or Engineers. The rich fabric of our curriculum provides the very best in critical thinking and college preparation by incorporating technology integration of relevant software and programs in dedicated computer labs.

Junior High (Grades 7 & 8) Academic Overview

Math, reading, grammar, literature, social studies and science are the core subjects of the junior high curriculum. Through structured learning experiences, we strengthen and expand basic skills and advance the knowledge of science and social studies. Critical thinking skills become increasingly important at this level of study. Our goal is to thoroughly prepare our students for the four years of high school that lie ahead.

Students in seventh and eighth grades take two language arts classes each day. One class focuses on reading and literature, the other on written and oral communications. Writing skills are emphasized across the curriculum. We believe that this emphasis on language arts will help our students to become literate and articulate thinkers and writers. Our state-of-the-art computer labs and the library /media center are available for research. A full time research assistant is available to guide students through the Internet to valuable sources of information. Students who qualify may elect to take honors English classes.