American Heritage School (Plantation, Florida)

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American Heritage School
12200 West Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33325
Plantation and Delray Beach, Florida
United States
Coordinates 26°07′16″N 80°18′39″W / 26.121029°N 80.31086°W / 26.121029; -80.31086Coordinates: 26°07′16″N 80°18′39″W / 26.121029°N 80.31086°W / 26.121029; -80.31086
Type Independent, Coeducational, and College Preparatory School
Motto Knowledge, Integrity, Compassion
Established 1965
Founder William R. Laurie
Grades Pre-K 312
Gender coeducational
Color(s) Black & Gold          
Mascot Patriot (American Revolution)
Rival Pinecrest School
Affiliation non-sectarian

American Heritage School is a private, college preparatory, independent, nonsectarian, and co-educational day school for grades Pre-K 3 through 12 with approximately 2,800 students and a student/faculty ratio of 8:1. The campus is located in Plantation, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.


The school was first established by William R. Laurie in 1965. American Heritage is also known as AHS, or simply "Heritage". It is a tuition-only school which does not ask for nor accept donations. The school is completely managed by experienced educators, and has no governing board. Faculty and staff children receive full tuition at the school.

American Heritage Center for the Arts[edit]

The American Heritage Center for the Arts is recognized internationally. All students with all abilities in the arts are welcome to apply, and the low student to teacher ratio gives each student the chance to develop skills at his/her own pace. The fine arts teachers are masters in their fields and teach performance techniques and hands-on application, combined with theory in all disciplines of study. The Fine Arts Department encompasses all areas of the arts–visual arts, theatre, music, and dance. All students have various opportunities to display their talents, both on campus and throughout the region, country, and world. American Heritage hosts in their state of the art Fine Arts Building, the Junior and Senior Thespians District Festivals and the High School Choral State Festival. American Heritage Center for the Arts provides majors in Musical Theater, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Technical Theater, and Dance.


American Heritage offers a complete competitive sports program for boys and girls, with teams in all major sports. They have a "no cut" policy that allows every student who wants to participate an opportunity to play on the Patriot team of his or her choice regardless of past experiences or abilities in that sport. The coaches provide a high-quality level of instruction enabling students to further develop their skills and build good character, leadership, and respect for others. Awards evenings are held for athletes and parents at the conclusion of each sports season.

Patriot Post[edit]

American Heritage has a monthly newspaper published by students.


American Heritage has two campuses

American Academy[edit]

American Academy is a related, but separate, school located on the campus of American Heritage School. The Academy was founded as a college preparatory school for advanced students with mild learning differences. 100% of the students who graduate from American Academy are accepted into 4-year colleges and universities.


American Heritage School has a 40-acre campus in Plantation. Facilities include investigative science labs headed by Ph.D. research scientists, engineering and robotics labs, media centers, a mock courtroom, outdoor environmental classrooms with a certified wildlife habitat, a Center for the Arts, an Olympic-size pool, sports fields, and quiet courtyards.

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