American School Continues to Offer Paper-Based Courses

This week the American School added five new online courses to its curriculum, and that may lead you to wonder if the American School is planning to phase out all of its existing paper-based courses.  The answer to that question is an emphatic no.  We plan on offering many paper-based courses for many years to come.  The whole idea is to offer courses in as many ways as possible so that students can learn in the manner that is most effective for them.  While many students prefer online learning, some prefer to learn with a textbook and study guide in front of them.  We are happy to provide paper-based courses for them.  Our online and paper-based courses are all top-quality, which means that you'll be well-prepared for college or the workforce after you graduate.  One way we prepare students for life after graduation is by including a diverse selection of authors in our literature courses.  In addition to developing their reading and writing skills, students in these courses learn to appreciate people of different ethnic backgrounds, a skill that will serve them well in the future.  Our Course Descriptions page lists all of our current online and paper-based courses, and more will be added soon.  If you are ready to enroll in one or more of these courses, you can do so today.  We would be happy to have you as our student.

American School Continues to Offer Online Exams in Paper-Based Courses

Yesterday the American School announced the addition of Digital Photography, Music Appreciation, Forensic Science, Personal Psychology and Sociology to our ever-expanding roster of online courses.  While we are excited about our new online courses, we wish to remind you that we also offer online exams in many of our paper-based courses.  This method of testing has been very popular among students, especially those who prefer to learn via our textbook and study guide yet choose to do their exams online to receive faster feedback from our qualified instructors.  Visit our Online Learning page often for a current list of paper-based courses offering the online exams option.  We plan on adding more paper-based courses to the list in the coming months! 

American School Releases Five New Online Courses

The American School is proud to announce the release of five new online courses, three of which are subjects never before offered in the 117-year history of the School.  Beginning today, students can add Digital Photography, Music Appreciation, Forensic Science, Personal Psychology and Sociology to their curricula.  The courses are worth one unit of credit with the exception of Music Appreciation, which is worth one-half unit of credit.  While we are pleased to release all five subjects, we are particularly excited about the Digital Photography, Music Appreciation and Forensic Science courses.  Many students have expressed interest not only in more online courses but also in new subject areas such as these, and so we are happy to offer these courses to our students.  We're just as pleased to offer Personal Psychology and Sociology in entirely online formats since we know that some students prefer to do their work online rather than taking the paper-based equivalent of these subjects.  Visit our Online Learning page to learn more about these courses and all of our online learning offerings.  Pay special attention to the documents on that page which discuss technical requirements for our online learning offerings.  As excited as we are about today's announcement, we have something bigger planned for later this year, so visit this blog often, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news! 

New Art Resources Available in Online Student Center

The American School is pleased to announce the addition of two art resources to the Online Student Center.  One document is titled Composition: A Handy Reference for 2D Art and is the expanded color version of the Composition Appendix containing many photos, drawings, and paintings used as examples.  The other is titled TresTonos de Sombreado Para Lograr el Efecto 3D and is the Spanish version of an existing help sheet titled 3 Tones for 3-D Effects.  We hope to produce more help sheets in Spanish in the coming months.  To access these documents, log into the Online Student Center with your code and password and then click on the Art link on the far left side of the screen you see immediately after you successfully log into the site.  We hope you find these resources useful as you take art courses with us en route to your accredited high school diploma. 

Method Test Prep Monday

In today's blog we're proud to present a series of links from our partners at Method Test Prep.  Although 2014 is barely two months old, five education trends have already emerged.  Unfortunately, higher ACT scores were not a trend in 2013, but perhaps 2014 will be better, especially if you request Method Test Prep's free study guides or register to take this free class which details ratio questions as well as English and grammar questions for both the ACT and SAT.  Finally, don't forget to visit our ACT-SAT page to learn more about Method Test Prep and register for their self-paced or teacher-led courses.  We are pleased to offer you their courses so that you can do your very best on your college entrance exam!

Flashback Friday

After yesterday's Testimonial Thursday, we realized we hadn't done a Flashback Friday in awhile, so we're going to change that today.  We're going back to 1979, where the headline at the bottom of that month's newsletter described a cold and snowy new year at the American School.  Unfortunately we could use that same headline 35 years later.  Also in this newsletter you'll read about Dr. Edward Estabrooke's visit to a convention in New Delhi, India, and read comments by Harrison Fisher regarding the business courses we offered at that time.  We hope you enjoy the newsletters we post on Flashback Fridays as much as we enjoy going through the archives!

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Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday and we haven't had a testimonial from one of our students in awhile, so today is the perfect day to fix that.  Yasmin from Michigan writes, "The American School was a great school!  I liked studying by myself better than being in a classroom, and this gave me that opportunity.  Everything was on my schedule.  The materials and the directions were easy to follow and I got my results back within seven days.  Whenever I had a question and called the school, everybody was very friendly and helpful.  I just want to say thank you to the American School.  Without it, I wouldn’t have gotten my diploma and finished high school on time."  We thank Yasmin for those remarks and wish to remind those students who may need credits to graduate from their resident high schools this spring that it is not too late to enroll in our Independent Study Program, which will help you make up credits and hopefully earn your diploma.  Of course, students wishing to earn our diploma through the General High School Program or College Preparatory Program are welcome to enroll too.  We look forward to making you as happy as Yasmin as you work toward your accredited high school diploma.

American School Prepares for February 26 Announcement

The American School is preparing for a big announcement one week from today.  What could we possibly be unveiling on February 26?  Maybe it has something to do with our online learning offerings.  Maybe we're adding new courses.  You'll just have to wait and see, but we promise our announcement will bring something brand new to the American School, so be sure to check back here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages next week to find out what it is.

American School Updates Accreditation Page

Late last year we received new accreditation from Accreditation International (Ai) and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).  At that time, we put information about both organizations on the Accreditations and Affiliations page of our web site, but now we are happy to report that the above-linked page also includes links to our listing on NCPSA's web site as well as our listing in the Worldwide Directory of Accredited Schools, which is a service of the International Alliance for School Accreditation, of which NCPSA is a member.  We know students, parents and school officials take accreditation just as seriously as we do, and so we are happy to notify you each time our Accreditations and Affiliations page is updated.

Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day

It's February 14, and the American School is feeling the love on Valentine's Day.  We survey our students on a regular basis, and far and away the thing they love the most about us is that we give them the ability to work at their own pace.  In a tradtional classroom setting, students often get left behind or are bored while waiting for others to master a concept.  With the American School, students work at a pace that best suits them.  That means if they are good in a subject, they can move right along.  If they need more time to master certain concepts, they can do that.  It's all up to them.  Other things that our students love about us include our courses, which we offer in paper-based and online formats, and our cost, which we keep to a minimum because of our non-profit status.  In return, we love our students and do our best to provide them with the caring service they deserve.  Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!