American School to Attend ASCA Conference

The American School is proud to exhibit for the 8th consecutive year at the American School Counselor Association Conference from June 30-July 2 in Philadelphia.  Guidance counselors and other school officials are invited to stop by booth 711 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Sunday, June 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on Monday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 2, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.  Our representatives also plan to attend the conference's dance social following Sunday evening's session.  As usual, our booth reps will have plenty of enrollment applications, information about our Independent Study Program, and, of course, other fun freebies!  We look forward to talking with many counselors in the City of Brotherly Love in the coming days!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and you know what that means: a testimonial from one of our students.  During the summer, many public or private high school students take our courses on an individual basis to make up credits, so it's appropriate that today's testimonial comes from someone who was part of our Independent Study Program.  Jalessia from Michigan writes, "I like the American School’s Independent Study Program.  It gave me a chance to get the help and classes that I needed to make up without all the hassle.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this."  We are proud to offer our courses to Jalessia and thousands of other students through our Independent Study Program.  Visit our enrollment page to get started today, and you could have your work done by the time school resumes in August or September.  

American School Attends AdvancED International Summit

The American School was pleased to attend the 2013 AdvancED International Summit earlier this week in Washington, D.C.  AdvancED is an organization dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide, and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, which is our current regional accrediting body, is an accreditation division of AdvancED.  We take our accreditation very seriously, and we are proud to have several other affiliations as well.  Visit our Accreditations and Affiliations page to learn more.

Anna Tatishvili Begins Play at Wimbledon

American School graduate Anna Tatishvili is in action today at Wimbledon.  She plays Petra Martic of Croatia this afternoon, and we'll keep you updated on her progess on our Facebook page.  If Anna wins today, she will play either 13th seed Nadia Petrova of Russia or unseeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Thursday.  We are proud of Anna for competing in the most prestigious tournament in the world and also proud of our graduates Andre Agassi, who won Wimbledon in 1992 and was runner-up in 1999, and Andrea Jaeger, who was runner-up in 1983.

New All American Newsletter Available

The May-June All American newsletter is now available on the Community page of this site.  Check it out, and while you're there, you can view newsletter archives dating back to July 2011.  At the same time, if you think you should be featured in an upcoming newsletter, be sure to let us know.  We love profiling students and graduates who are doing good things academically as well as in their communities!

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Summer

It's the first day of summer, and, contrary to what you might think, the summer is a great time for you to work toward your accredited high school diploma.  We're open all summer long with the exception of the July 4th holiday weekend so we'll be ready, willing and able to serve you whenever you decide to enroll or send in your exams.  Typically the turnaround time is better in the summer than in other times of the year, so you should be able to enroll and receive your course materials a bit quicker and receive your graded exams back a little faster.  We'd be happy to have you as our student this summer or any other time of the year!

Testimonial Thursday

Today's Testimonial Thursday comment comes from Miguel from Illinois who writes, "The service was great.  There was always someone to call for help with the course.  The textbook arrived fast and was not hard to understand.  Overall I was satisfied with all my American School courses."  We thank Miguel for his kind words.  Indeed, now there are more ways than ever for our students to receive assistance in their courses.  They can call and speak with an instructor.  They can download help sheets and access homework web sites in the Online Student Center.  Finally, the Online Student Center contains a list of departmental email addresses that students can use to contact their instructors or any other department in the building.  We are happy to provide this form of help as part of the caring student service that is available after to our students after they enroll.

ACT-SAT Prep Courses Available

Even though it's summertime, next year's ACT and SAT exams will be here before you know it.  If you're not in school right now or if you're taking a break from your American School work while the weather is nice, now might be a great time to start preparing for the ACT or SAT.  The American School's partnership with Method Test Prep gives you access to outstanding ACT and SAT prep courses at an affordable cost.  Visit our special ACT-SAT prep courses page to learn more.  You don't even have to be an American School student to take advantage of our partnership with Method Test Prep!

New All American Newsletter Coming Soon

We know you've been waiting for it, so we're happy to announce that the May-June All American newsletter will be posted to the Community page within a week and will start to appear in your mailboxes shortly after that.  The May-June issue contains profiles of two outstanding American School students as well as other important news.  Looking ahead, we plan to devote the July-August All American to our 18 scholarship winners and then resume the more traditional newsletter format with the September-October issue.  In between newsletters, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for late-breaking updates!  

The American School and Golf

It's June 17, the day after the U.S. Open golf tournament ended, so we thought today we'd take a look back at the American School's relationship with golf over the years.  For example, we were founded in Boston in 1897 just minutes away from The Country Club, site of the 1913 U.S. Open where amateur Francis Ouimet changed the face of American golf by upsetting two very prominent British professionals.  Ten years ago the U.S. Open was at Olympia Fields Country Club just about a half hour from the American School's headquarters.  Our current president, Gary R. Masterton, was a marshal at the 2003 U.S. Open and escorted Tiger Woods to a bathroom near the 7th hole.  He has since served as a marshal at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club and at several BMW Championships (formerly known as the Western Open) and will again serve as a marshal at the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.  You might also note the similarities between a round of golf and our high school diploma programs.  A golf course contains 18 holes and our diploma programs contain 18 units of credit.  Each hole and each unit of credit is challenging in its own way, yet our staff and online student center provide more help than even the most expert caddy.  Enroll today and tee off your American School career in style!