Today’s Special Occasion: Opening Day

Although the Major League Baseball season officially opened a week ago in Australia and opened stateside last night, today is generally considered the official Opening Day since most teams are in action.  For fans of all 30 teams, it is a day when optimism abounds.  There is a feeling that something special is in the air, and nowhere is this more true than in Cincinnati, where tradition dictates that the Reds always open at home.  A few years ago, the American School went to Cincinnati to attend a homeschool convention that just so happened to begin on Opening Day.  Downtown was abuzz with excitement all day long, from the parade in the morning to the game in the afternoon.  Have you ever equated Opening Day with the first day of school?  There are more similarities than you might think.  We want you to have that kind of optimistic, hopeful feeling when you enroll and become our student.  Perhaps you've put off finishing high school for awhile or you're simply ready to begin 9th grade work.  Either way, we're happy to have you as our student.  Unlike Major League Baseball, though, where only one team will win the World Series, all of our students are winners after they earn their accredited high school diplomas. 

March-April All American Newsletter Available

The American School is pleased to release the March-April All American newsletter.  You'll find it at the above link and on the Community page of this web site, where you can view an archive of past newsletters as well.  In the first three pages of this month's issue, you'll read about our five new online courses, meet a group of students who are taking our courses all the way down in Brazil, get a taste of our spring convention schedule and see pictures of three employees who recently celebrated milestone anniversaries.  The back page, though, may contain the biggest announcement of all.  We won't spoil it for you here.  Check it out for yourself to discover what's coming your way this summer!   

Testimonial Thursday

Today's student testimonial comes from Jasmine in North Carolina, who writes, "I feel like I’m getting an actual high school education even though I’m not going to school and sitting in class.  I love that I can contact a teacher 24-7 and that they will respond.  The American School has gotten me to like school again.  I can truly say that I like school.  Thank you."  We thank Jasmine for those words.  Indeed, students can receive an accredited high school diploma without attending a brick and mortar school.  They can do their work at home at their own pace.  They can also contact their instructors during normal business hours or send them emails anytime and receive responses within one business days.  It's an example of our caring student service and one reason why you should enroll today! 

Reminder About Transcripts and Duplicate Diplomas

This week the focus of our blogs has been to remind you of some of our policies and some of the things you can do for yourself on our web site.  One of the most common questions we get has to do with sending American School transcripts to other schools.  It's asked so often that we put it as the second question on our FAQ page, just after information on our accreditation.  If you need a transcript, complete this form and follow the instructions on it.  If you need assistance, you may contact our Student Service Department and we will be happy to assist you.  In addition, please note that there is a difference between your transcript, which is an official record of your entire academic performance and includes such things as grades for individual subjects, and your diploma, which is a signed official document indicating that you graduated from the American School.  The American School is happy to provide you with as many transcripts you need at a cost of $5 each (after receiving the first one free), but as stated at the bottom of our FAQ page, we do not issue duplicate diplomas unless circumstances are deemed extraordinary.  Thank you for your cooperation with these matters and for allowing us to serve you during and after your time as our student.     

Reminder About E-mail Addresses and Online Student Center Passwords

Many students and guarantors enjoy the convenience of the Online Student Center, where they can view grades and academic records, download help sheets, get links to homework web sites, contact instructors and other departments, and access online courses or exams.  All students (and guarantors of students in our diploma program) were sent code and password letters in the mail at the time of enrollment so that they may access the secure site.  Also at the time of enrollment, the e-mail address you gave us on your enrollment application was added to your student account.  If you provided us with a different e-mail address for your guarantor account, that e-mail address was added to your guarantor account at the time of enrollment as well.  If your e-mail has changed since the time of enrollment, we ask that you change it yourself in the Online Student Center using the link in the My American School box on the right side of the screen you see immediately after you log in to the Online Student Center.  That way, you can still receive grade notification e-mails that we sent to e-mail addresses associated with student accounts.  Having an accurate e-mail address on file is also important if you ever forget your password.  If you have fogotten your password, you can go to our Password Assistance page.  Enter the e-mail address associated with the account for which you need a password, followed by the security code on the screen, and your current password will be e-mailed to you momentarily.  If you do not have a code and password or an accurate e-mail addresses, please e-mail us your full name, student number, and whether you need a student password, a guarantor password, or both, and we will assist you.  For security reasons, new passwords will be sent to you in the regular mail.  The American School does not issue new passwords via phone or email.  The only way we will e-mail you a password is if you retrieve it yourself using the process described above.  Thank you for your cooperation, and we hope you enjoy all the benefits available to you in the Online Student Center.     

Reminder About Our FAQ Page

Each day the American School receives a variety of questions from graduates, current students and prospective students.  We are grateful for your interest and do our best to personally reply to you within one business day, but often your answers can be found on our web site's FAQ page.  The frequently asked questions on that page deal with things such as accreditation, transferring credits from one school to another, requesting transcripts, our grading scale and much more.  We encourage you to look at the FAQ page before you contact us.  Your question and answer might be on that page.  If your question and answer are not listed there, by all means contact us and we will reply as soon as possible.  Thank you for your cooperation and interest in the American School!

Flashback Friday

Today's Flashback Friday takes us back in time 40 years ago to the first quarter of 1974.  The American School News, a precursor of the All American newsletter, turned 25 years old that year.  You can read all about it in the front page article.  Also notice the article about a mother and father who put 9 of their 11 children through the American School.  To this day, we are grateful that so many families have chosen to educate some or all of their children with us.  Our commitment to delivering the high school courses you need at a cost you can afford has not changed in the last 40 years, nor will it change in the future.  Keep checking this blog for future Flashback Fridays and shortly a brand new All American newsletter!

March 74 newsletter

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring

It's March 20, and many of us at the American School have waited for this day for more than three months.  It's the first day of spring, and we are more than ready to leave winter behind.  When you think about spring, you might think of flowers blooming, birds chirping and grass becoming greener, all of which are signs that something new is happening.  Something new is happening at the American School as well.  Late last month we released five new online courses, and we have many more planned for later this year.  In fact, some or all of them might be ready by the time the seasons change from spring to summer in three months.  Today truly can be a day of new beginnings for you if you enroll and become our student.  You'll be able to take paper-based or online courses, and, by spring of 2018 (if not sooner), you'll have your accredited high school diploma.

Nashville Teach Them Diligently Convention Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the American School will not have a booth representative at this week's Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville.  Thanks to the generosity of the show's organizers, however, we still will have a presence at the event.  If you are planning on going to the show, please stop by booth 722.  We've sent information packets, ACT-SAT Prep cards, business cards and a surprise promotional item for you to take.  You will also receive an information card in your attendee bag.  We apologize for not being able to join you in person, but we look forward to seeing you at another convention later this year.

American School to Attend Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the Teach Them Diligently Convention to be held March 20-22 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School in booth 722 on Thursday, March 20, from 6-9 p.m.; on Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. to learn more about the American School and the educational services it provides to students.  We attended Teach Them Diligently events last year and found them to be a great way to meet current and prospective students.  We hope the Nashville event later this week continues that trend.