American School Closed March 29

The American School will be closed Friday, March 29.  We will reopen with normal business hours on Monday, April 1.  We wish all of our students a happy and safe weekend.

American School to Attend Midwest Homeschool Convention

The American School is once again excited to attend the Midwest Homeschool Convention next week in Cincinnati.  This is the fourth consecutive year we've attended the event, and each year we enjoy meeting the homeschoolers and their parents who stop by our booth to learn more about our accredited high school diploma programs.  This year we'll be in booth 810 on Thursday, April 4, from 6-9 p.m.; on Friday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and on Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  As usual, we'll have plenty of information packets, enrollment applications and giveaways on hand for anyone who stops by.  If you're in town attending the convention, visit us after you've enjoyed Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream or stop by before or after a Reds game.  You'll be glad you did!

Lucky 13th for Travis Pastrana at California

The number 13 isn't lucky for most people, but it suited Travis Pastrana just fine at this weekend's Nascar Nationwide Series race at California.  Travis finished 13th in a field of 40 drivers, one spot above his qualifying position and one spot below his current position in the overall series standings.  In his first five races, Travis has a pair of top 10 finishes, and he opens to improve on those results when the series resumes April 12 in Texas.

American School Introduces Updated Art: Drawing Animals Course

The American School is pleased to announce the release of an updated Art: Drawing Animals course.  The half-unit course is perfect for those students who have a genuine interest in art and animals and for those who would like to add a fine arts credit to their curriculum.  We are proud to have a broad curriculum that allows us to offer courses like Art: Drawing Animals.  In the coming months, we'll be adding more courses to our curriculum.  Keep checking this blog and our Facebook page for all the details. 

ACT and SAT Update

If you're interested in taking the ACT or SAT during the 2012-2013 academic year, time is running out.  There are only three more test dates available, starting with the SAT on May 4, and that test has an April 5 registration deadline.  The final SAT will be given June 1, and that test has a May 2 registration deadline.  If you need to take the ACT, your last chance is June 8, and that test has a May 3 registration deadline.  If you are a current American School student and have access to the online student center, we encourage you to register for the ACT or SAT by clicking the appropriate link in the online student center.  Whether you are an American School student or not, you can benefit from our ACT/SAT prep courses, which are offered through our partnership with Method Test Prep.   

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we're proud to post another testimonial from one of our students.  This one comes from Melinda in Missouri, who writes, "I found everything very satisfactory.  The courses are very easy to understand.  You have it all right there with you and you always work at your own pace.  I like getting to read feedback from my instructors so I can use it on future exams.  The service is good, and it usually never takes long to get my tests back."  We thank Melinda for her kind words and are happy she enjoyed a positive experience as our student.  We want you to have a positive experience as well, but you have to enroll first.  Once you do, you will get all the benefits Melinda described above and much more!   

Today’s Special Occasion: First Day of Spring

It's March 20, and just about an hour ago, spring officially arrived.  Of course, when you've got temperatures in the 20s, wind chills in the teens and a chance of snow in the forecast like we do at the American School, it doesn't feel like spring, but the season of spring brings to mind images of birds returning from hibernation, flowers blooming, the start of baseball season and other things that symbolize new beginnings.  One new beginning you might want to make for yourself is earning your high school diploma.  There's no better day than the first day of spring to begin that new journey.  After you enroll and successfully complete all of your graduation requirements, you'll receive an accredited high school diploma that will help you have a better life during every season of the year! 

Today’s Anniversary: Time Zones

It's March 19, and on this date in 1918, Congress created time zones and approved the creation of Daylight Savings Time.  That means today is the perfect time, no pun intended, to remind you that our regular business hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday.  If those hours are not convenient for you, don't worry.  In reality we are here to serve you around the clock.  You can enroll any time of the day by using our online enrollment applications.  You can work on your online courses or take online exams in select paper-based courses when it is convenient for you.  Finally, our Online Student Center contains a list of departmental email addresses.  Send us a note whenever you have a question, and the appropriate department will reply within one business day.  We hope these online initiatives prove that we always have time for our students!   

Travis Pastrana Finishes 16th at Bristol

American School graduate Travis Pastrana continues to put together an impressive rookie season as a full-time Nationwide Series driver.  This week he finished a respectable 16th in a race at Bristol Motor Speedway, perhaps the most famous short track in Nascar.  He'll be back in action this Saturday at California Motor Speedway, his last race until April 12 as the series takes a break for Easter and then takes the following week off too.  We wish Travis safe driving and much success as he continues to move full speed ahead in the Nationwide Series.

On the Online Student Center, Email Addresses and Passwords

Recently we've heard from students and parents who regularly receive grade notification emails and other important emails from us, but when they go to the online student center to retrieve a lost password and enter the same email address at which they receive those important emails, they get a message that says our system does not recognize their email address.  Even before they get to that step, they may see a notice on the first page of the online student center stating that we don't have an email address on file for them when, in fact, we do.  Here is an explanation.  

Usually at the time of enrollment in one of our diploma programs, students and guarantors provide us with email addresses.  The student's email address goes into the student email field of our internal record system, and the guarantor's email address goes into the guarantor email field.  Independent study students can only give us their email address for the student email field.  When you have an exam graded and recorded, our internal system saves the grade, posts the grade to the online student center and automatically sends a grade notification email to the student email address.  One thing our internal system does not do at the present time is upload your email addresses to the online student center.  That's why, even though we may have your email on file and you might be receiving communicatons from us, the online student center says we don't have an email address for you.  In reality, we do, but the online student center does not.  Here is a solution.

The next time you log into the online student center as a student or guarantor, please check to see that you have the correct email address on file with the online student center.  There's a link that allows you to change your email address and/or password.  You don't have to do anything with the password boxes, but double-check and make sure your email address is correct.  The online student center can talk to our internal system, so any changes you make to your email address in the online student center will also be made to the email address we have on file for you in our internal system.  When you have email address on file with the online student center, you will be able to retrieve your lost password directly from the online student center.  If you do not have your password and therefore cannot log into the online student center to make the changes described in this paragraph, please follow the normal procedures for getting a password sent to you, which are described here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to fix this glitch and provide you with an outstanding array of online courses, exams and services.