Today’s Anniversary: The Battle of Bloody Run

It's July 31, and 250 years ago today, the Battle of Bloody Run was fought near Detroit.  It was part of a series of conflicts between Chief Pontiac's forces and British soldiers who occupied territories near the Great Lakes after the French and Indian War.  You can learn more about such events by taking the American School's United States History course.  Not only will you be able to learn about American history from long before the Battle of Bloody Run up to the present century, but you can also take your exams online since United States History is one of the paper-based courses for which we have online exams.  Visit our Online Learning page to learn more.

American School to Attend Adventures in Homeschooling Conference

It's a convention doubleheader for us this weekend as, in addition to appearing at the THSC Conference in Texas, we will also be at the Adventures in Homeschooling Conference at the Red Lion Hotel Westlake in Sacramento, California.  We are excited to be making our debut appearance at the event and look forward to meeting the prospective students and parents who will stop by booth 10 on Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, August 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  As usual, we will have plenty of enrollment applications, information packets and of course our famous freebies, so make sure to stop by and say hello!

Introducing Method Test Prep Monday

If you're a regular blog reader, you know that many times on Thursdays we offer a testimonial from one of our students and mark each of those posts as Testimonial Thursday.  Today we are starting a similar feature thanks to our partnership with Method Test Prep, a leader in online ACT and SAT prep courses for more than a decade, and each of these periodic posts will be called Method Test Prep Monday.  In these blog posts, you'll learn things such as the average ACT and SAT scores for colleges and universities, how to use ACT and SAT prep course study guides, and how doing well on the ACT and SAT can improve your financial aid situation.  We'll have another Method Test Prep Monday soon, but for now we encourage you to visit our ACT-SAT prep page to learn more about Method Test Prep's offerings and to enroll in the course or courses that best suit your needs.

American School to Attend THSC Southwest Convention and Family Conference

The American School is very excited to be making its debut appearance at the THSC Southwest Convention and Family Conference next week in The Woodlands, Texas.  The event is one of the largest homeschool conventions in the country, and we are looking forward to meeting prospective students and parents who stop by booth 706 to say hello to us.  We'll be there on Thursday, August 1, from 5-7 p.m.; on Friday, August 2, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and on Saturday, August 3, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  As usual, we'll have enrollment applications, information packets, cards describing our ACT-SAT prep courses, and, of course, our fantastic freebies.  We hope you can join us deep in the heart of Texas!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and today's student testimonial is short and sweet.  It comes from Julie from Ohio, who writes, "I like how everything is set up and easy to understand.  I enjoy doing my work because it's better to focus and I can do it on my own time."  We survey students on a regular basis, and, like Julie, their favorite thing about us is that we give them the ability to work at their own pace.  You can enjoy that benefit and many more after you enroll and become our student!   

Today’s Birthday: Jennifer Lopez

It's July 24, and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez turns 44 years old today.  One of her big breaks came when she played the title role in the 1997 movie Selena, which was based on the life of Grammy-winning Tejano singer Selena.  Selena herself is a graduate of the American School, and you can read about our other famous students and graduates on our Community page.  While you're on the Community page, you can also access three years' worth of All American newsletters.  Our next All American will feature profiles of this year's scholarship winners, but whether you're a famous student or graduate or win a scholarship, we treat all our students exactly the same: with personal attention in distance education.  Enroll today and experience it for yourself!

American School to Attend Southeast Homeschool Expo

The American School will attend the Southeast Homeschool Expo this weekend at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.  Guests are invited to stop by booth 902 on Friday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn more about the American School's accredited high school courses and diploma programs.  As usual, we will have plenty of brochures, information packets, enrollment applications, and, of course, our fun freebies for anyone who stops by.  We hope to see you there!

Travis Pastrana Finishes 18th in Chicago

American School graduate finished 18th in this weekend's Nascar Nationwide Series' STP 300 at Chicagoland Motor Speedway in nearby Joliet.  He remains in 14th place in the overall series standings and this week heads to famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway to race in the Indiana 250.  We wish him the best as his rookie year continues.

Travis Pastrana Set to Race in Chicago

American School graduate Travis Pastrana is racing close to his alma mater this weekend.  He'll be participating in the Nascar Nationwide Series' STP 300 at Chicagoland Motor Speedway in nearby Joliet.  The race begins at 2 p.m. Chicago time and will be televised on ESPN, but if you aren't near a TV to follow along, we'll have a recap in Monday's blog entry.

Testimonial Thursday

Our testimonial this week comes from Shae'lon from Georgia, who writes, "The American School is a good opportunity for students to make up high school credits without a whole lot of problems.  You can study wherever you are.  My family was ready to move, but I hadn’t finished all of my high school credits.  With the American School, I was able to move with my family and still complete the classes I needed for my diploma.  Thank you, American School.  You all were very helpful."  We thank Shae'lon for those words.  They are a great reminder that we can help students make up the credits they need to graduate on time with their class.  At the same time, Shae'lon's words are a reminder that American School work can be completed anywhere: in all 50 states, in more than 65 countries around the world, at home, away from home, on paper or online!  Stay tuned because four weeks from today, we'll have a big announcement regarding our online learning offerings!