Today’s Special Occasion: The National Spelling Bee

It's May 31, and the finals of the National Spelling Bee air on live television tonight.  Over the years, homeschooled students have done well in this competition, but this year, a certain homeschooled contestant made news not because of the word she spelled (which was dirigible) but because of her age.  Lori Ann Madison is just six years old and is believed to be the youngest participant in the history of the bee.  We hope she'll be one of our students a few years from now.  Earlier this week the National Geographic Bee aired on many public television stations, and tomorrow night the National History Bee is scheduled to air.  It's not unusual for homeschooled students to do well in these competitions too.   

Anna Tatishvili Competes in French Open

American School student Anna Tatishvili competed in the women's singles event at the French Open in Paris.  Although Anna lost a hotly-contested 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 match to American Alexa Glatch, she heads into Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open later this summer as a player to watch.  In addition, Anna upheld the long tradition of American School students and alumni participating in the French Open.  Andre Agassi and Mary Pierce each won the tournament and made additional appearances in championship matches during the 1990s and 2000s.  We hope Anna will do the same in the 2010s!   

American School Releases Writing 2

The American School is pleased to release Writing 2 (Units 1-4), a first half of a full year course which builds on the writing skills developed in Writing 1 (formerly Build Your Writing Skills 1).  Writing 2 (Units 1-4) fosters a student’s ability to write grammatically correct, unified, coherent extended essays that are well-researched and that use varied syntax.  In the process, students analyze various types of texts for their central ideas and claims, reliability and possible ambiguity.  Proper citation and avoidance of plagiarism is stressed.  There are 4 examinations in Writing 2 (Units 1-4).

Today’s Anniversary: The Brooklyn Bridge

It's May 24, and on this date in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic for the first time.  Since then, countless people and vehicles have crossed over the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan or vice versa by using one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.  In one sense, the American School is a bridge for our students.  When they enroll, they often know what they want to do after high school.  Some of them plan to go to a certain college or university and then pursue their dream career.  Others aspire to join the workforce shortly after graduating.  Either way, they can't get to where they want to go without earning a high school diploma.  We can do the same for you.  Let us be the bridge that takes you where you want to go.  Enroll today!

American School Nominated for Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards

The American School has been nominated for several 2012 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards.  We were grateful to receive two awards last year and are hoping for even better results this year.  Click here to cast your ballot by June 1.  Thank you! 

American School to Attend California Homeschool Convention

Yesterday this blog spoke about the FPEA Convention this weekend in Kissimmee, but that's not the only convention on our calendar.  We'll be attending the California Homeschool Convention in Long Beach Thursday through Saturday.  Visit us in booth 713 at the Long Beach Convention Center.  We'll be there from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday.  As usual, we'll have tons of information about our programs and fabulous giveaways.  We look forward to having you spend part of your Memorial Day weekend with us, either on the Atlantic Ocean in Florida or on the Pacific Ocean in California.  From coast to coast, no one offers the combination of quality high school education and affordable tuition that is yours only from the American School. 

American School to Attend FPEA Convention

The American School is pleased to attend the Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Convention this weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee.  We'll be in booth 306 all weekend long, so stop by and see us!  The exhibit hall is open on Thursday, May 24, from 5-9 p.m.; Friday, May 25, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  The FPEA Convention was a great success last year, and we are hoping to meet more current or prospective students this year.  Read this blog tomorrow to learn where else we're headed this Memorial Day weekend!

Today’s Special Occasion: The NATO Summit

It's May 21, and the NATO Summit is wrapping up today in Chicago.  If the American School was still headquartered in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, where we were based for more than 90 years, then our employees may have had difficulty getting to work this morning since many roads around Chicagoland are closed for security reasons.  Fortunately, our offices are in the far south suburbs, and so we're free of any NATO restrictions.  With so many foreign leaders gathering less than an hour from our office, today is a great occasion to say a few words about our students who reside in foreign countries.  You might think that the American School only serves American students or that distance learning doesn't extend great distances into other continents, but that's not the case.  We have many, many students who reside in foreign countries but choose to study with us.  For them, we are grateful.  Within the next couple weeks, we're making it easier than ever for students residing in foreign countries to apply for American School courses.  They will be able to access their own, separate enrollment applications right from this Web site.  Students who wish to earn our diploma will be able to download a printable application or fill out an online enrollment application.  Students who need to make up credits will be able to fill out an online enrollment application.  We hope these additions will benefit students residing in foreign countries and look forward to enrolling hundreds of domestic and foreign students in the weeks to come. 

Today’s Birthday: Perry Como

It's May 18, and on this date a century ago, singer Perry Como was born.  We realize most of you have no idea who Perry Como is because he performed way before your time, but he deserves to be mentioned on what would have been his 100th birthday.  To give you some idea of his singing style, think of Michael Buble.  He's a current performer who's a crooner like Perry was.  Back in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Perry Como was a huge star both on the radio and on television, and one of his biggest hits was "It's Impossible."  You might think that earning your high school diploma is impossible.  Maybe you've had difficulty in a local public or private high school.  Maybe you're apprehensive about earning a diploma through distance learning.  Maybe you think you're too young or old.  You may have a thousand reasons why you think earning your diploma is impossible, but the American School is here to show and tell you that it's very possible.  In our 115 years of existence, we have heard countless success stories of students who faltered in public school only to have great success with us.  We've also gotten letters from students and graduates who studied with us well into their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.  They didn't let age get in the way of earning a high school diploma, and neither should you.  Visit our enrollment pages for information on how you can get started today!    

Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date a little while back, the American School Blogger graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, though, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our Web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding $21,000 in scholarships to 18 graduates.  You'll be able to read them and their future plans in the coming weeks after we announce this year's winners.  Perhaps one of them will go on to attend the alma mater of your Blogger!