American School Adds Online Exams in Additional Paper-Based Courses

The American School is proud to announce the release of online exams in six additional paper-based courses. Students who are enrolled in the paper-based versions of Literature 2, Literature 4, Journalism, Fundamentals of Electricity, World Geography and Clothing now have the option of taking their exams online or doing them on paper as they have before.  The release of online exams in these eight courses brings the number of paper-based courses with online exams to 41, which is well more than half the American School's curriculum. The American School is committed to adding more online exams and online courses to its curriculum throughout 2014 but plans to also offer a robust curriculum of paper-based courses for years to come.  Visit our Online Learning page for more information.

Today’s Birthday: Mary Pierce

It's January 15, and American School graduate and two-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion Mary Pierce turns 39 years old today.  She won the Australian Open in 1995 and the French Open in 2000 for the biggest singles wins of her career.  She also won the 2005 mixed doubles title at Wimbledon, was singles runner-up at the 1994 French Open, 1997 Australian Open, 2005 French Open and 2005 U.S. Open, and competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.  We are proud to count her among our graduates, and we'd like to have you in that group as well.  Enroll today and let us serve you as you work toward your accredited high school diploma.   

American School to Appear on Education Forum Radio Show

The American School will be featured on the Education Forum internet radio show tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, from 2-3 p.m. CST.  We are excited to speak with host Karen Powell and inform her and her listeners across the country and around the world about our courses and diploma programs.  Click here to listen live or visit the Education Forum link above later in the week to listen to the archived episode.

American School Releases New Carpentry Course

The American School is pleased to release a new version of Carpentry.  The course contains six examinations and is worth one unit of credit.  For those students who have waited since July 2013 to receive materials for this course, we appreciate your patience very much.  Please contact us at your convenience, and we will assist you in adding Carpentry to your curriculum and do our best to ensure you receive course materials as quickly as possible.

Anna Tatishvili Competes in Australian Open

American School graduate Anna Tatishvili kicked off her 2014 Grand Slam season with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the first round of the Australian Open.  Although Anna lost in the first round, she was not winless Down Under.  In fact, she won three three-set qualifying matches to advance to the main draw of the tournament.  First, she defeated Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.  Next, she beat Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.  Finally, she triumphed over Risa Osaki of Japan, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.  We hope that those three grueling victories serve as a springboard to a successful season for her.

Remembering Phil Everly

The music has stopped for one of the American School’s most famous graduates.  Phil Everly died last week, leaving behind a musical legacy that includes a string of hits he recorded with his brother and fellow American School graduate Don Everly.  Between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers reached the charts 34 times with hits like “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Claudette,” “Bird Dog,” “Let It Be Me,” “Cathy’s Clown” and “When Will I Be Loved”.  Rightfully so, the Everly Brothers were among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s inaugural class when they were inducted in 1986.  In some ways, the Everly Brothers served as a bridge between the legendary Buddy Holly, who was an inspiration to them, and later hitmakers such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young, all Rock and Roll Hall of Famers themselves who count Don and Phil Everly among their musical mentors.  Click here for more information on the Everly Brothers’ legacy.

Testimonial Thursday

It's our first Testimonial Thursday of the new year, and today's words come from Alexandra from Illinois, who writes, "I thought everything was great!  The American School allowed me to take a required class to graduate my high school that didn’t fit into my schedule with my AP classes."  We thank Alexandra for her comments, which serve as a reminder of another purpose of our Independent Study Program.  Most people equate Independent Study with credit recovery, and while credit recovery is a primary use for that program, it is not the only one.  It can be also used for scheduling conflicts such as Alexandra described or to supplement an already existing high school curriculum by adding to it a course we offer but the resident high school does not.  Now is the time to start thinking about the courses you will need if you are planning on graduating in the spring.  Enroll today and you should have plenty of time to complete your course(s) before wearing your cap and gown in May or June. 

Today’s Birthday: Danica McKellar

It's January 3, and actress and mathematician Danica McKellar turns 39 years old today.  She's probably best-known for her role as Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years, but after that series concluded, she turned her attention to education and earned a degree in mathematics from UCLA.  In addition to continuing her acting career, Danica has written several books designed to make teenagers–especially girls–more comfortable with math.  While the American School cannot officially endorse the content of those books, we do encourage our students to find the assistance that is most helpful to them.  You may find it in one of Danica's books or in books by other authors.  You might find assistance by visiting the homework web sites we have listed in the Online Student Center.  Perhaps our help sheets will provide you with the most assistance.  Finally, you can call or email your instructor by using the contact information listed in the Online Student Center.  We are happy to provide you a variety of sources for assistance so that you can do your very best as you work toward your accredited high school diploma from the American School.  

2014: A Look Ahead

On the second day of 2014, we'll take a look ahead at some of the things the American School has planned for the new year.  One major goal is the further expansion of our online learning initiatives.  We know that many of our students desire more online courses, and we will do our best to deliver those to them.  At the same time, we realize that another group of students greatly values our paper-based courses, and so we plan to continue to make those courses a priority too.  Next, we'll continue to offer ACT-SAT prep courses through our partners at Method Test Prep, a service which has earned several positive reviews from our students.  Finally, in the past few months we have been finalizing our 2014 convention schedule, and soon we'll reveal our first destination.  The schedule contains a mix of conventions we've attended in the past as well as some conventions we've never attended before.  We love meeting past, present and future students at these events and hope you'll be able to join us at one of them.  2014 is set to be a great year for the American School, and we invite you to be a part of it.  Enroll today!    

American School Closed Thursday, January 2

The American School is closed Thursday, January 2, due to snow.  We hope to reopen tomorrow.  Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.