American School Infomercial Debuts on YouTube

The American School is proud to release a new 5-minute infomercial.  In it, you'll see and hear American School students and staff members and get an inside look at how the American School operates.  We are proud of this video and encourage you to share it with your family and friends, especially those who are our students or graduates and those who may be looking to earn their high school diploma from us!

Today’s Anniversary: Boston

It's September 17, and on this date all the way back in 1630, the city of Boston was founded.  Boston is special to us at the American School because way back in 1897, a man named R. T. Miller and several of his friends founded the American School not too far from the campuses of Harvard and M.I.T.  You can learn a little bit more about our past here, and if you're interested in becoming part of our future, you can enroll via the links here.

Method Test Prep Monday

Today's Method Test Prep Monday is bigger than ever.  That's because our partners at Method Test Prep have special events planned all week long.  More information about them can be found on our Facebook page, where we'll be posting dates and times for their webinars and mini-classes all day long.  As a reminder, when you use the promo code "american" when you purchase one or all of Method Test Prep's events this week, you get 10% off your order!  Now is the time to start preparing for your 2013-14 ACT and SAT exams, so we encourage you to take advantage of this partnership that has served many students well over the years.

Introducing Flashback Fridays

Since its inception in 2006, this blog has done its best to keep you up to date on what is happening at the American School.  In recent years, we've introduced Testimonial Thursdays, on which we feature some words from one of our students or graduates, and Method Test Prep Mondays, on which we discuss ACT-SAT matters thanks to our partners at Method Test Prep.  Today we're proud to introduce Flashback Fridays, on which we'll take a look back to see what was happening in a specifc month and year in the American School's long and glorious history.  Today's newsletter comes from June 1976.  When you click on the image below to enlarge the newsletter, you'll hear words of encouragement from William Hunding, whose life we remembered two days ago in this blog.  You'll also read about an update to the United States History course that was done in large part by Roberta Allen, who would go on to author our popular Planning Your Career course, as well as a couple other articles.  We hope you enjoy this new blog feature as much as we enjoy going through newsletters, photos and other archival material to find fun, relevant content for you.

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Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and today's testimonial comes from Alyssa from Michigan, who writes, "I enjoyed my American School courses because the textbook explained everything clearly and well.  I am very satisfied with the American School and how quickly my exams were graded and returned to me.  The courses were great and I learned a lot from them."  We thank Alyssa for her kind words and wish to remind you that our online exams in paper-based courses allow you to receive your grades more quickly than ever before.  Visit our Online Learning page and our Facebook and Twitter pages often to receive the latest updates.

Remembering William H. Hunding

On this Patriot Day, the American School remembers not only the lives lost 12 years ago today but also a patriot of our own.  American Trustee and President Emeritus William H. Hunding, himself a veteran of the United States Army, passed away on Sunday, September 8.

During his 39-year career with the American School, Mr. Hunding served as Guidance Counselor and Treasurer before becoming the School’s sixth President in 1992, an office he would hold until he retired in 2006.  After his retirement, he remained a Trustee and continued his active participation in the School's scholarship program.  He was also a member and one-time President of the Distance Education and Training Council, which is based in Washington, D.C.

On the occasion of his retirement, Mr. Hunding remarked, “It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with the dedicated and very professional staff of the American School.  The most rewarding part has been buy zovirax online and knowing that we have helped millions of students to achieve their goal of knowledge to be productive contributors to society.”  He went on to say that “a task that was a pleasure instead of work was the personal touch of hand-signing thousands of American School diplomas.”

The American School, however, wasn’t Mr. Hunding’s first career.   After graduating from Coe College and shortly thereafter completing his military obligation, he served as Secretary/Treasurer of his family business, Hunding Dairy, until the dairy closed in 1967.  At that time, Mr. Hunding, in his words, “decided to try my hand at providing another kind of nutrition.  This time, for the brain…"  Those of us who worked with him on a daily basis, as well as the thousands of students for whom he provided leadership, are glad he did.

If you wish to make a donation in Mr. Hunding’s memory, his family asks you support Amy’s Lemonade Stand, which benefits a 5-year-old family friend who is battling cancer.  Checks may be sent to Amy’s Lemonade Stand, 10360 Allen Street, Crown Point, IN  46307, or you may make a donation online at

American School to Attend Louisiana Counseling Association Conference

The American School is pleased to return to the great state of Louisiana this weekend to exhibit at the 2013 Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference.  School counselors are invited to stop by our booth at the New Orleans InterContinental on Sunday, September 15, from 1:30-5 p.m.; on Monday, September 16, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on Tuesday, September 17, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  We look forward to meeting counselors who have worked with us for years as well as newer counselors who might be interested in learning how our Independent Study Program can help their students graduate on time this spring. 

Mary Pierce Nominated for International Tennis Hall of Fame

The American School is excited to announce that 1999 graduate Mary Pierce has been nominated for enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  More information about the 2014 nominees as well as details about Mary's exceptional tennis career may be found here.  We congratulate Mary and are happy to have her among the many American School students and graduates who have found success on tennis courts around the world. 

Method Test Prep Monday

It's a new week, so time for another installment of Method Test Prep Monday, where we spread the word about what our partners at Method Test Prep can offer you as you prepare to take the ACT or SAT.  This article contains details about how to study for the SAT, while this article contains details about how to prepare for the ACT.  Visit our ACT-SAT Prep page for more information about Method Test Prep or to enroll in their self-paced or teacher-led courses, and if you are ready to take your ACT or SAT, be sure to enroll directly from the link in our Online Student Center. 

Travis Pastrana Becomes a Father

Normally the news we report on American School graduate Travis Pastrana has to do with his X-Games or Nascar career, but today's news is more personal.  He and his wife Lyn-Z recently welcomed their first child.  We congratulate them and invite you to click here for pictures and more information on the Pastranas.