Method Test Prep Monday

It's Monday, and our friends at Method Test Prep have a whole week of live mini classes for you as you prepare to take the SAT.  Click here to enroll in all four of them or to enroll in individual live mini classes.  When you enroll, remember to use the code AMERICAN to get a special discount.  Now that the season of autumn is upon us and the calendar is about to flip from September to October, your studies should be in full swing.  If you need some help staying organized, click here for a list of seven apps that might do the trick, and remember to check back here on future Mondays and visit our ACT-SAT Prep page often for the latest updates from Method Test Prep.

Museum Day Scheduled for Tomorrow

The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. offers free admissions to its museums on a daily basis.  Tomorrow, in that same spirit, museums across the country will do the same on Museum Day.  Click the link in this blog and see if a museum in your area is on the list.  Museum rules and regulations do apply, but tomorrow would be a great opportunity to go out and visit a museum you've always wanted to explore, and it might not even cost you a penny! 

Testimonial Thursday

It's time for another testmonial from one of our students.  Today's comes from Suzan from Illinois, who writes, "I really enjoyed the personal notes from the instructors because they were really encouraging and made me very enthusiastic about the course."  We thank Suzan for those words since they point out our commitment to giving our students personal attention in distance education.  Even though you might live hundreds or even thousands of miles away from our building, our instructors offer the kind of support that makes you think they are right there in the same room as you.  They write detailed comments on your exams and are available via phone or email to assist you whenever you need help.  Enroll today and experience this kind of personal attention in distance education for yourself.

American School Announces Accreditation from Ai and NCPSA

The American School is pleased to announce it has received accreditation from Accreditation International (Ai) and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).  Accreditation by Ai and NCPSA means that the American School has met standards for:

  • defining appropriate educational goals and providing educational programs to achieve them;
  • maintaining a qualfied faculty and an effective school organization;
  • assessing outcomes of school experiences and controlling the quality of educational programs;
  • responding to the concerns of parents and needs of the school community;
  • providing for the continuity of its programs and planning for their future;
  • describing with accuracy the content of its services and programs;
  • developing plans and activities for continuous school improvement.

This accreditation will ensure that American School students will receive quality education for years to come.  For more information on Ai and NCPSA, visit www.aiaccredits.org and www.ncpsa.org.

Construction Begins at American School’s Front Entrance

Visitors to the American School should be aware that construction of a new awning in front of the building will begin soon.  During the construction, there may be times when the front entrance doors will have to be blocked off.  When they are, visitors will be directed to the east side entrance, where a receptionist will be stationed to welcome you to the building and direct you to the appropriate department.  We appreciate your patience during this time and thank you for your cooperation. 

Today’s Special Occasion: National Punctuation Day

It's September 24, and we're being very careful not to have any typos in today's blog.  That's because today is National Punctuation Day, a day to make sure commas, periods, apostrophes and other punctuation marks are being used correctly.  We know that using punctuation marks correctly can be tricky at times, so that's one reason why we offer a variety of English courses that teach you how to use punctuation marks properly as you continue to develop your reading and writing skills.  Some of the courses are even offered in an entirely online format or offer online exams for your convenience!  Ready to enroll?  Click here and you'll be on your way!    

American School Announces Improvements to Online Student Center, Online Counselor Office

The American School is pleased to announce several improvements to the Online Student Center and Online Counselor Office that are designed to make the sites more informative and user-friendly. 

While the log-in process remains the same, the Online Student Center now features links to departmental pages on the left side of the first page you see after you successfully log into the site.  These departmental pages contain the department's email address as well as help sheets and other information that will be useful to you as you complete your courses.  The center of the page features information on online courses, ACT-SAT prep courses and more.  Finally, the box on the right side of the page contains links to your academic records, online courses, a list of all help sheets and resources, homework websites and finally a link to change your email address or password. 

The first page of Online Counselor Office has experienced similar changes, with enrollment forms and contact information now in the center of the page and links to retrieve student records and other useful information now appearing in the box on the right side of the page.

We hope these changes improve your experience visiting the Online Student Center and Online Counselor Office, and remember to visit the sites often because we'll be making more improvements soon!

Flashback Friday

We got a lot of positive feedback from our first Flashback Friday that we've decided to do it again today.  Today's newsletter comes from the third quarter of 1963, and on the front page you'll see some information on that year's scholarship winners and what their future plans were.  You'll also see a little blurb about what the government was doing to reduce the dropout rate.  Unfortunately, the dropout rate is still a problem 50 years after this newsletter was produced, but we at the American School–and those of you who are our students–are doing our part to ensure that all students earn their accredited high school diplomas.

Summer 63 AA

Today’s Special Occasion: Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy!  It's September 19, which is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Talking like a pirate might be fun today, but it's probably not the best way for you to get your message across on the other 364 days of the year.  That's why we have a Speech course that will help you talk more effectively and clearly all year long.  The course comes with a CD filled with examples of eloquent speaking and will give you the chance to record a speech of your own.  It is also worth a half-unit of credit toward your accredited American School diploma, which is something even more valuable than a pirate's treasure chest!

International Homeschool Spirit Week Begins Monday

International Homeschool Spirit Week begins Monday, September 23, and continues all next week.  The site above lists a variety of activities you may choose to do to celebrate the week, but we'll offer a few of our own.  First, if you haven't enrolled already, next week would be a great time to begin your homeschooling career.  Second, if you are our student, visit the Online Student Center, which will soon have more features and be more student-friendly than ever before.  Third, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  We post updates on both sites multiple times a day.  Fourth, check out our new infomercial on YouTube.  You'll see inside our offices and hear from our president, curriculum director and a graduate.  Finally, tell a friend about us.  We'd appreciate it, and we're confident he or she will have an outstanding educational experience after becoming our student!