American Heritage School (Florida)

American Heritage School (AHS, Heritage) is a private, college-preparatory, independent, nonsectarian, coeducational day school for grades Pre-K 3 through 12. Its two campuses accommodate approximately 4,200 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 5:1. The campuses are in Plantation, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale; and Delray Beach, Florida, a suburb of Boca Raton, in the United States.

American Heritage School
Coordinates26.121029°N 80.31086°W / 26.121029; -80.31086
TypeIndependent, college preparatory school
MottoKnowledge, Integrity, Compassion
FounderWilliam R. Laurie
PrincipalLana Buchalter
GradesPre-K 312
Color(s)Black & gold          and blue & grey
MascotPatriot & Stallion


AHS was established by William R. Laurie in 1965. It is a tuition-only school that neither asks for nor accepts donations. It is managed by educators and has no governing board. Children of faculty and staff receive full tuition.


American Heritage has two 40-acre (16 ha) campuses: the Plantation Campus in Plantation[1], and the Boca Delray Campus in Delray Beach.[2] Both house grades PK3-12. Their facilities include investigative science labs headed by Ph.D. research scientists, engineering and robotics labs, media centers, a mock courtroom, outdoor environmental classrooms with certified wildlife habitats, a Center for the Arts, a 25-yard short course pool, sports fields, and courtyards.


In Lower School, advanced courses are offered, including the Stanford University math program for accelerated math students in grades 4-6. Fifteen elective classes are integrated into all students' daily schedules. In Upper School, 133 honors courses and 29 Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered, as well as a Pre-Professional Program with Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Science Research Institute.

American Heritage hosts the Florida State Junior and Senior Thespians District Festivals and the High School Choral State Festival.

Notable alumni


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