Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day

It's March 17, and there's plenty of green at the American School today in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  You'll have plenty of green in your wallet after you enroll with us because, as a non-profit institution, the American School is able to keep the cost of tuition to an absolute minimum.  We are happy to offer a full 18-unit diploma program for just $2100.  The tuition includes all study materials and your choice of paper-based or, if available, online courses or online exams in paper-based courses.  Pro-rated prices are available if you need fewer than 18 units of credit to ean your diploma.  Individual courses taken through our Independent Study Program typically cost between $150 and $300.  Monthly payment plans for our diploma programs begin as low as $75 per month.  If you're looking for a place where you can earn your accredited high school diploma but still have money for college or other post-high school plans, you're in luck.  The American School would be happy to have you as our student!

Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day

It's March 14, sometimes abbreviated 3-14, and for mathematicians today's date is significant.  That's because it matches the commonly-used value of pi, a mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.  Pi is irrational, which means it goes on forever without end.  Sometimes you see it written out to 3.1415927, and other times it might be written out to 3.14159.  Still other times you might see it as 22/7, but it's most common form is 3.14, which matches today's date.  Pi shows up in many of the American School's math courses.  We have something for every skill level, starting with Essential Math 1 and working our way up to Calculus, and many of our math courses are available in entirely online formats.  We can't guarantee and you'll find all of our math courses to be as easy as pie, but we do hope that you'll find them beneficial as you work toward your accredited high school diploma!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we are proud to present another testimonial from one of our students.  Maggie from Ohio writes, "Instructors give supportive feedback.  The American School is a very easy way to finish a few simple credits for graduation while maintaining a busy lifestyle."  We are grateful for Maggie's words.  They are especially important this time of year because many students at resident public and private high schools take individual courses through our Independent Study Program to help them graduate on time in May or June.  If you need to recover credits in order to graduate this spring, we recommend you enroll as soon as possible so that you have the maximum amount of time needed to complete your unit exams and final exam if one is required by your school.  We look forward to helping you earn your diploma! 

Today’s Birthday: The World Wide Web

It's March 12, and the World Wide Web turns 25 years old today.  More than ever, the American School is using the internet to help you earn your accredited high school diploma.  Two weeks ago we released five new online courses, and more online learning offerings are planned for later this year.  You'll be among the first to know what those offerings are if you regularly read this blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.  You can even enroll online or download a printable enrollment application right from our web site.  Either way, we look forward to having you as our student!

American School to Attend ASCD Annual Conference

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the ASCD Annual Conference to be held March 15-17 at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School in booth 1312 on Saturday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Sunday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Monday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about the American School and the educational services it provides to students and schools.  We attended this convention for the first time last year when it was held in Chicago and found it to be very beneficial for us and for those who stopped by our booth.  We are confident this year's event will yield similar results. 

American School to Attend NAEA Conference on Alternative Education

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the 20th annual NAEA Conference on Alternative Education to be held March 13-14 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School’s booth on Thursday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to learn more about the American School.  We are happy to provide accredited high school courses in paper-based and online formats so that no one is denied the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.  Check back here tomorrow to learn where else we are headed this week!

Online Course Spotlight: Sociology

Today we wrap up our series of blogs featuring the five new online courses we introduced last week.  Last up is Sociology.  In this course, students will examine topics in our society such as crime, race, ethnicity, marriage, family, sports and entertainment.  Students will also learn how relationships between people and society can influence their actions and beliefs.  We hope you have enjoyed reading about these five new courses and are inspired to enroll in one or more of them.  Even though we've come to the end of this series of blogs, we haven't come to the end of our online learning offerings.  In fact, we're basically at the beginning.  Check this blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages often to see what developments we'll be announcing next!  

Online Course Spotlight: Personal Psychology

The week is winding down, but we still have two new online courses to spotlight.  Today we'll focus on Personal Psychology.  This course investigates how people learn and see the world around them as people progress through infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The course also investigates how our perception of events influences topics such as memory, intelligence, emotion and personality.  If you take this course, you'll learn more about yourself and the world around you, and you'll also earn one unit of credit toward your accredited high school diploma.  Enroll today!

Online Course Spotlight: Music Appreciation

We're halfway through our weeklong series of blogs about our new online courses, and today we're directing your attention to Music Appreciation.  This half-unit course provides students with an aesthetic and historical perspective of music, covering a variety of styles and developments from the Middle Ages through the Twenty-First Century. Students will acquire basic knowledge and listening skills, making future music experiences more informed and satisfying.  We're happy to add this course to our fine arts curriculum and think you'll find it to be music to your ears!

Online Course Spotlight: Forensic Science

We're continuing our series of blogs about our new online courses by getting you clued in to Forensic Science.  This course focuses on the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation. Students will examine how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed, how evidence is processed in the crime laboratory, and how it is used in trial. The course also looks at the basic scientific principles that guides the forensic laboratory processes, such as DNA testing, toxicology, and material analysis.  In recent times there has been great interest in a course such as this, and so we are happy to add it to our curriculum.  It would be a crime if you did not earn your accredited high school diploma, so enroll today!