American School Celebrates College Colors Day

It's August 31, the day before the first Saturday of college football, and the American School is once again participating in College Colors Day.  Many of our employees are wearing apparel featuring the colors or logos of their favorite college or alma mater.  Some of the schools spotted around the office so far include Notre Dame, Michigan State, Purdue, Pittsburgh and many others.  We know that choosing the right college is important to our students.  Our guidance office can help, and when it comes time to take the ACT or SAT, you can do two things.  First, you can enroll for those exams directly from our Online Student Center.  Second, you can prepare for your exam through our partnership with Method Test Prep.  We hope you find those things useful as you determine which college to attend and which college to support on future College Colors Days!

Anna Tatishvili Fights Back, Advances to 3rd Round

Anna Tatishvili lost an up-and-down first set yesterday but bounced back big time in the second and third sets to defeat Sorana Cirstea, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 and advance to the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time in her career.  In fact, it's the first time she has advanced to the round of 32 in any Grand Slam event.  She'll play Mandy Minella of Luxembourg tomorrow for a berth in the final 16, and as always this blog and our Facebook page will keep you posted.  Anna's success in this tournament got us thinking about other American School students who have participated in various U.S. Open events.  We've mentioned Andre Agassi, Mary Pierce and Anna Kournikova several times, but Phillip Simmonds lost to a young Andy Murray in the 2003 boys' singles tournament, and Ally Baker lost to a young Ana Ivanovic in the 2003 girls' singles tournament.  Both Murray and Ivanovic have gone on to have outstanding careers, Murray's including an Olympic gold medal and Ivanovic's including a French Open championship.  We hope Anna will have similar success someday soon!  

Today’s Birthday: Michael Jackson

It's August 29, and entertainer Michael Jackson was born on this day in 1958.  Before he became tabloid fodder late in his life, he was perhaps the best entertainer many of us had ever seen.  In tribute to him, we're going to do what we normally do when we celebrate a musician's birthday, and that is relate some of his song titles to the American School.  It's "Human Nature" to have some questions about how homeschooling works and how the American School operates.  That's why we've tried to make this Web site as user-friendly as possible.  Visit the handy tabs and headings or click on the FAQ page to find the answer you're looking for, and if you can't find it, contact us via phone or email and we will respond within 1 business day.  If you "Wanna Be Startin Somethin" and begin your high school education, you can do that easily by visiting our enrollment pages.  There you will find online and printable applications for you to submit to us.  Once you're enrolled, we hope that you enjoy your studies, but if you ever want to "Scream" because an answer or concept isn't "Black or White" you can call or email your instructor, and again we will respond with assistance within 1 business day.  When you finish one course, it's important to keep going and "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" credits to graduate.  We require 18 units of credit in both our General High School and College Preparatory program, with room for electives in each program.  At the end of your program, when you have completed all of your graduation requirements, if you feel like you "Got to Be There" to pick up your diploma in person, you can do that.  We love when our graduates visit us and allow us to share in their accomplishment.  Hopefully you thought this blog entry was a real "Thriller" but if not we'll be back tomorrow with an update on Anna Tatishvili's U.S. Open run. 

Today’s Birthday: Wayne Osmond

It's August 28, and musician Wayne Osmond turns 61 years old today.  Wayne is multi-talented and plays the guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, piano, drums, banjo and bagpipes.  He's also a member of the legendary Osmond family, many of whom are American School graduates.  You can read more about our other famous students and graduates on the American School Community page.  While you're there, you can read the latest issue of the All American newsletter.  We are proud to have so many talented students, past and present! 

Anna Tatishvili Rolls in U.S. Open

American School student Anna Tatishvili dominated her first round match at the U.S. Open, eliminating Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France, 6-2, 6-0, in just 57 minutes.  Since her match finished just minutes before defending champion Samantha Stosur's victory, Anna is literally the first person, male or female, into the second round of this year's event.  Her next match is Wednesday against 16th-seeded Sabine Lisicki or Sorana Cirstea, and this blog and our Facebook page will keep you posted on her progress. 

Today’s Anniversary: The Territory of Alaska

It's August 24, and 100 years ago today, Alaska became an organized territory of the United States.  It would stay that way until January 3, 1959, when it became the 49th state.  Since becoming a state, and especially in more recent years, the American School has had a long relationship with Alaska and its students, particularly those that live in very remote areas.  Our distance-learning courses are perfect for them since traveling to a brick-and-mortar school is very difficult.  Once again this year, we will be attending an education convention in Alaska, and we've got trips to several other state and national conventions planned for the fall.  Keep checking this blog to find out where we're headed next! 

Today’s Birthday: Gene Kelly

It's August 23, and 100 years ago today, dancer and actor Gene Kelly was born.  As is this case when an entertainer has a birthday, we try to incorporate as many of that person's films, television shows or songs into our blog, so that's what we'll be doing today.  Gene's best-known film is Singin' in the Rain, but you can be studying in the rain or in any other type of weather because the American School allows you to work on your courses year-round, when and where it's convenient for you.  If It's Always Fair Weather, you can be out On the Town or sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game at your local stadium and do your schoolwork before or after.  If you're An American in Paris, you can take our courses as well.  We have a special enrollment application just for you.  If you live stateside, you can use this enrollment application to become our student.  Consider those applications your Invitations to the Dance, a dance that, with hard work and consistent effort, will culminate in you Living in a Big Way after earning your accredited high school diploma from the American School.    

New All American Newsletter Available

The latest edition of the All American newsletter is available now on the American School Community page and printed copies soon will arrive in your mailboxes.  This is our biggest newsletter yet, filled with information about American School students, employees, courses and much more.  The next issue of the All American will feature the winners of this year's scholarship competition and will be published in September.  If you have any ideas for future newsletters, please let us know by contacting our public relations director at the email address listed in the online student center.  We especially enjoy hearing from students and writing about their accomplishments in the All American.

Today’s Birthday: Roberta Allen

It's August 17, and recently-retired American School Curriculum Director Roberta Allen is celebrating a birthday today.  She wore many hats and worked on many courses during her four-decade career with us, and you'll get to read more about her in the upcoming All American newsletter, which should be on our Web site within the next week or two.  For now, it's a fitting birthday tribute to discuss the Planning Your Career course which Roberta authored.  More than a million students have taken the course and have received information that will help them along their chosen career path.  All of us at the American School wish Roberta a happy birthday and hope it's the first of many she has during her retirement.  Just like Roberta, this blog is going to take some well-deserved rest, but we'll be back Wednesday, August 22, with the latest news and happenings from the American School.   

Testimonial Thursday

It's August 16, and today we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Jessica from Illinois writes, "I really liked how the instructors used my name when they wrote comments, whether the comments were good or bad.  They seemed very personable, and I liked it."  Whenever we survey students or students write to us, most of them say their favorite thing about the American School is that we offer them the ability to work at their own pace.  After that, they share Jessica's opinion and value our handwritten, personalized comments.  No examination in any print-based course is graded by machine.  All print-based course exams are graded entirely by hand by one of our qualified instructors.  They write detailed feedback on each exam and, as Jessica said, call students by name.  It's our way of making distance education as personal as possible, and something of which we are very proud.