American School Holds 74th Annual Scholarship Meeting

Today the American School is holding its 74th annual scholarship meeting.  Each year, our scholarship committee selects three graduates to receive $2000 scholarships and 15 other graduates to receive $1000 awards.  As usual, the selection committee had its work cut out for it.  This year's applicants ranged in age from 15 to 23.  More than a third of them had a perfect 4.0 GPA, and the average GPA of the group was 3.87.  Popular hobbies of this year's applicants included reading, cake decorating, rock climbing, hiking, horse training, and playing the piano, guitar or flute, and they lived in 21 states, from Alabama to Utah.  Winners will be notified shortly and will be profiled in an upcoming issue of the All American newsletter.  Since the program's inception, the American School has awarded nearly $800,000 in post-secondary scholarships to our graduates.  Information on entering next year's scholarship competition will be available later this year or in early 2013.

Anna Tatishvili’s Wimbledon Run Ends

American School student Anna Tatishvili dropped her second round match at Wimbledon to Camila Giorgi in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.  Anna may not have to wait till next year to compete again at Wimbledon, as she is in contention to represent her native country of Georgia at the 2012 London Olympics, whose tennis venue is Wimbledon.  If Anna does not compete in the Olympics, her next major tournament will be the U.S. Open this August in Flushing, New York.

Anna Tatishvili Competes at Wimbledon

American School student Anna Tatishvili is competing at Wimbledon this week.  On Monday, the first day of the fortnight, she beat Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-2.  We wish Anna all the best as she plays in the most famous of all tennis tournaments and invite you to keep checking this blog or our Facebook or Twitter pages for updates on her progress.

Today’s Special Occasion: Take Your Dog to Work Day

It's June 22, and the American School Blog is going to the dogs.  It's Take Your Dog to Work Day, and, while there aren't any four-legged friends present in our office today, all of us at the American School value the importance of finding a career that best suits your talents.  That's why our Planning Your Career course is required in both our General High School and College Preparatory diploma programs, and that's why we have included several career videos in the Online Student Center.  You can go here to learn more about Take Your Dog To Work Day, and be sure to come back to this blog next week.  After a couple days off, we'll be back on Wednesday to update you on an American School student who's competing at Wimbledon.

American School to Attend AdvancED International Summit

This weekend the American School is attending the AdvancED International Summit in Washington, DC.  Our delegation will meet with educational leaders from across the country and around the world and, in the process, learn the latest educational trends.  AdvancED is an organization dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide.  The North Central Association-Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI) is an accreditation division of AdvancED that has accredited the American School since 1974.  We are looking forward to this weekend's event and learning new things that will help us remain an accredited school for many years to come.

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Summer

It's June 20, and today is the first day of summer.  We feel it here at the American School since it's pushing 100 degrees outside today!  For most people, school is the last thing on their minds during summer, but there's really no better time than right now to begin your high school education.  Here's why.  Enrolling now gives you a couple months' jump on the next academic year.  When most of your peers go back to school in August or September, it's possible to have a course or two completed by that time.  Though we are open year-round, typically our exam volume is a bit lower in the summer, which means that you'll get even better service and receive your graded exams back faster than usual.  If you are currently enrolled in a public or private school, our Independent Study program can help you make up credits so that you can keep pace with your current graduating class.  If you enroll now, you could be caught up by the time your school year starts in a couple months.  Either way, visit our How to Enroll page to learn how we can help you with your educational needs this summer!    

Today’s Birthday: Garfield

It's June 19, and on this date in 1978, the comic strip Garfield first appeared in newspapers.  Therefore, today is Garfield's 34th birthday, and today's comic strip celebrates that occasion.  You can learn more about Garfield and see today's strip by going here, and if you like to draw cats and other creatures, consider taking our Art: Drawing Animals course.  We can't promise you'll have the giant commercial success Jim Davis has had while drawing Garfield, Jon and Odie, but we can assure you that you'll earn a half-unit of credit toward your high school diploma when you complete the course.  

American School to Attend ASCA Convention

The American School will exhibit at the ASCA Convention this weekend in Minneapolis.  This is the seventh consecutive year we have visited the American School Counselors Association, and we look forward to meeting many counselors who currently use our Independent Study program for credit recovery purposes, as well as those counselors who might be unfamiliar with how we can help their students graduate on time.  We will be in booth 427 of the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday, June 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and finally on Monday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  As usual, we'll have plenty of academic information, enrollment applications and giveaways, and we're confident this will be another very successful convention.

Today’s Anniversary: Bob Barker’s Retirement

It's June 15, and on this date 5 years ago, Bob Barker retired as host of The Price is Right.  Back in 2007, we did a whole series of blogs discussing how The Price is Right relates to the American School.  Those blogs, as well as every other blog entry made prior to March 23, 2012, can be found on our Blog Archive page.  We created an archive because the blog was getting too long, yet many blog entries are too important to delete altogether.  Visit the Blog Archive page often.  It's a good reference, and some of your questions may be answered there. 

American School Releases Environmental Science

The American School is pleased to add Environmental Science to its curriculum.  Environmental Science is the study of the interaction of people with their environment. This course covers a broad range of environmental topics and issues while at the same time giving students the background necessary to understand the basic science behind the issues. Students then apply what they have learned to new situations, which may involve researching on the Internet. Throughout the course, students collect information and data about two very different places as well as their own location as a basis for comparison of different biomes and to get a real-life understanding of the relationships between physical and ecological features. By the end of the course, students are reading and analyzing scientific texts and writing logical arguments on environmental topics.  There are 9 examinations in Environmental Science.