American Heritage School of Boca/Delray is an independent non-sectarian and co-educational college preparatory day school for grades Pre-K3 through 12 with approximately 900 students. The Upper School, grades 9-12, has a student population of 385.
The school serves the rapidly growing areas of South and Central Palm Beach Counties, as well as North Broward County. It is located on a beautifully landscaped parcel of land (40 acres) located between Military Trail and Jog Road on Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach, Florida. The campus includes eighteen buildings, which house classrooms and other instructional programs, an administrative building, an aquatics complex, six tennis courts, a baseball field, a softball field, a multipurpose field, and a gymnasium. The average class size is 16.
There are approximately 65 teachers and administrators within the Upper School, and 55% hold a Masters or Doctoral Degree. Many of the faculty members have over 20 years of teaching experience and have distinguished themselves academically and professionally in their fields of expertise. Teachers of AP courses keep up-to-date by attending workshops in their field. The low student-teacher ratio maximizes teachers' opportunity to share their broad knowledge of the subjects they teach.
Teachers are encouraged and supported in the pursuit of their professional development, and there is frequent communication between faculty and administration to ensure optimum efficiency and results in the classroom. Our faculty is considered to be professional, competent, and caring by our students and their parents. Our faculty includes professionals, including a practicing neurologist and attorney. This brings resources and points of view, uncommon to many high schools. Faculty turnover is minimal.
We endeavor to offer a curriculum that will help students enhance and develop their strengths and passions that will lead them to reach higher academic goals. Faculty, staff, and students alike strive to model behavior that reflects honesty and strong moral principles in campus life. American Heritage students' compassion is developed and demonstrated through community involvement and a wide variety of service activities.
American Heritage School seeks to develop the full potential of each child to be an active, intelligent, creative, and contributing member of the 21st-century society. To achieve this end:
We provide the average to the gifted student, a college preparatory program with a significant emphasis on developing intellectual skills and mastery of content areas. Our academic objectives include the development of effective oral and written communications, mastery of mathematical concepts, an understanding of the events and contributions of history, essential communication in a foreign language, a knowledge of scientific facts and methodology, and an appreciation of the arts.
We seek to teach our students computer uses and applications as tools for research, problem-solving, design, and communication. Our goal is to send our students into this rapidly changing world, prepared and enthusiastic for the technological changes to come in their lifetimes.
We provide opportunities beyond traditional academic studies to develop talents and abilities in fully implemented fine arts and athletic programs. We welcome and encourage all students into these programs using a "no-cut" policy, which allows all interested students to participate. We believe that students need these outlets and opportunities for participation in their developmental years and will use these experiences and interests to add balance to their adult lives. We encourage involvement in our whole school community through clubs and activities, as well as arts and athletics, so that a child may learn to know him/herself and develop confidence in his/her ability to contribute to his/her efforts.
We believe that these goals are best carried out in an environment of mutual trust and caring where competition with one's peers is respected but not required. Effective discipline means learning to take responsibility for one's actions and because there are, after all, consequences in this world. We believe that to be complete, the sense of family fostered on our campus must include parents. To this end, we maintain active and frequent oral and written communications and an "open door" policy. We believe that American Heritage shares with the parents the responsibility for instilling positive values in our students.
We believe that as a unit school (PK3-12), we have a unique opportunity to provide our youngest students with positive role models. This continuity of 15 grades provides us with both the privilege and the obligation of getting to know our students and parents to serve best the interests of every child entrusted to our care.