American School Celebrates College Colors Day

The American School is one of thousands of schools and businesses across the country celebrating College Colors Day today in honor of the start of the college football season this weekend.  Several of our staff members are wearing the colors or apparel of their favorite colleges and universities, which makes today a great time to remind you of the many colleges and universities attended by American School graduates.  You can see a partial list in the most recent All American newsletter, which is available on the Community page of our Web site, and a full list is available through our Guidance department.  We look forward to helping you attend the college or university of your choice after you enroll and become our student!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so it's time for another testimonial from one of our students.  Today's comes from Brooklyn from Missouri, who writes, "The American School really helped me.  I plan to use the skills I learned in the Planning Your Career course in the future while looking for jobs.  The course was very understandable and helps a lot.  It is great to do!"  We thank Brooklyn for those words and want to remind students of the career videos we have available in the Online Student Center.  You'll be able to see and hear more about potential careers, some you may already be considering and others you may be discovering for the first time. 

If you are a current student in good financial standing, you may access the Online Student Center with the code and password you received shortly after enrolling.  If you need a code and password mailed to you, please contact the Public Relations department via email and indicate whether you need a new student password, a new guarantor password (available only for students in our diploma programs), or both, and we will mail you your new password(s) within one business day.  Please note that for security reasons, all new passwords must be sent through the regular mail.  

American School Closed Labor Day

The American School will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, September 3.  Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Enter the Letters About Literature Competition

American School students who live in the state of Illinois are invited to take part in the 2014 Letters About Literature contest, a national reading and writing competition sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Illinois Center for the Book.  Letters About Literature invites students to read a book of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their life or view of the world.  The deadline to enter the competition is Tuesday, December 10.  Click here for more information!

Today’s Anniversary: The March on Washington

It's August 28, and on this date 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington.  Many events are planned for today in Washington, D.C. on the 50th anniversary of this historic event, and it's likely you'll see and/or hear excerpts of the speech on TV or online sometime today.  You can also hear the speech if you take our Speech: How to Talk More Effectively course, which is designed to help you persuade others and become more comfortable speaking in front of people.  The course comes with a CD of famous speeches to inspire you to become a good speaker yourself.  The course will also earn you a half-unit of credit toward your accredited high school diploma.  Take a step to make your dreams come true and enroll today!   

July-August All American Newsletter Available

The July-August All American newsletter is available on the Community page of this site.  You'll definitely want to check this one out because virtually the entire newsletter is devoted to profiles of the 18 outstanding graduates who won this year's American School scholarships.  We've also included a partial list of colleges and universities attended by American School graduates.  The whole list would've taken up many pages, so we just gave you a sample of the schools our graduates attend.  Finally, on the back page, we have a special surprise that recalls some old All American newsletters from the 1960s and 1970s.  While you're on the Community page, you can view archives of past newsletters, and remember to let us know if you're doing something newsworthy by sending an email to the address printed on the bottom of the last page of every newsletter.  One day you may see yourself in the All American!

Method Test Prep Monday

After a couple weeks off, we're happy to offer another Method Test Prep Monday in which we highlight some news from our partners at Method Test Prep.  This is the time of year when many students get back in the groove of doing schoolwork, so it's understandable they have some general questions about the ACT and SAT.  If you're an American School student, our guidance department can help, or you can go here to get some of your FAQs answered.  If you have questions about SAT subject tests, you can find answers here.  Finally, remember that you can receive a discount if you enroll in one of Method Test Prep's courses through our Web site.  Visit our ACT-SAT Prep page to learn more! 

Today’s Anniversary: The World Wide Web

It's August 23, and on this date in 1990, Tim Berners-Lee, the so-called Father of the Internet, opened the World Wide Web to new users.  The rest, as they say, is history.  As you know, the American School is expanding its online presence all the time.  Not too long ago, we didn't have much of a presence on the World Wide Web.  Now we have an informative Web site, online enrollment applications, an Online Student Center where students and parents can view student records, an Online Counselor Office where guidance counselors and school officials can track their students' progress, and we even offer online courses and online exams in select paper-based courses.  Visit our Online Learning page to learn more, but don't get too used to seeing that page in its current form.  Just as the World Wide Web updates often, we'll be updating that page as soon as our next batch of online learning offerings is released!

Online Student Center Suggestions Wanted

The American School is always looking for ways to improve the overall experience we offer our students.  One way we've done that in recent years is through the Online Student Center, a password-protected site where students and guarantors can access grades, help sheets, links to homework web sites, career videos and more.  Although the Online Student Center has gotten rave reviews, we know there are ways we can make it more informative and user-friendly.  That's why we've started a thread on our Facebook page where you can leave suggestions.  Go there by Sunday, August 25, and tell us how we make the Online Student Center better.  We will listen to all of your suggestions and try to incorporate as many of your updates as possible within the next week or two.  

Transcript Release Form Reminder

One of the frequently asked questions we receive from our students and graduates is how they can have an official transcript sent to them or the college or university of their choice.  The answer is simple.  Just print our new transcript release form, follow the directions on it, send it to us, and we will do the rest.  We are happy to provide this service to our students and hope that this new form will make the process of requesting and receiving transcripts much easier for our students and graduates.