Today’s Anniversary: The St. Louis World’s Fair

It's April 30, and on this date in 1904, the St. Louis World's Fair opened.  If you're a regular blog reader, you know that these days the American School goes to a lot of conventions, where we have exhibit spaces, put up our display and fill our table with our latest information and promotional items.  Attending expos, however, is nothing new to us.  We had a booth at the St. Louis World's Fair that started 110 years ago today.  No word if we gave away pens or coin purses like we have at more recent conventions, but we're sure that our booth contained the latest information about what we were doing at that time, which was to make quality education available to anyone at an affordable cost.  You'll notice that, although more than a century has passed, our mission remains the same.  We still offer quality education in the form of accredited high school courses at an affordable cost.  Check back tomorrow for exciting news about what we're doing to ensure our courses will be accredited for years to come!

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Today’s Birthday: Andre Agassi

It's April 29, and tennis champion Andre Agassi turns 44 years old today.  He is one of a select few who have won the career Grand Slam, meaning he has won the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at least once.  For good measure, he also won an Olympic gold medal.  Before he became a tennis champion, however, Andre Agassi became an American School graduate.  We are happy to count him among our famous students, some of whom are profiled on our Community page.  Perhaps after you enroll and one day earn your accredited high school diploma, we'll add your name to that list!

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Method Test Prep Monday

The American School Blog is back today, and we're starting a new week with another of our Method Test Prep Monday posts.  The SAT is changing in 2016, and Method Test Prep's blog has all the details for you.  Some of you won't be affected by those changes because you'll be out of high school by then.  You may even be taking the SAT this Saturday, May 3.  If you are, consider taking Method Test Prep's live mini classes.  Click here for more details and remember to enter AMERICAN to receive a discount on your order!

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American School Closed April 18; Blog to Return April 28

The American School will be closed Friday, April 18.  We will reopen to serve you on Monday, April 21.  Although the American School will be open as usual all of next week, the American School Blog will be on spring break, so to speak.  We have had a busy week of blogs this week promoting the 22 online courses we added to our ever-growing online curriculum and the conventions we're attending next week.  We anticipate having plenty to blog about when the blog returns on Monday, April 28.

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American School Adds 22 New Online Courses

Today the American School is proud to release a record 22 new online courses, many of them in subjects we've never offered before.  A complete list is available on our Online Learning page.  The first thing you may notice on that page is that some general subject areas have changed.  We've combined several smaller subject areas into one larger subject area called Business, Career and Technical Education.  Introduction to Culinary Arts, Introduction to Social Media and Thinking and Learning Strategies are just three of the eight new courses added to that subject area.  We've added Journalism and Public Speaking to our English courses and Art 1: World Cultures to our Fine Arts courses.  New Science courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and new Social Science courses include United States History and World History.  A full list of courses is also available on our Course Descriptions page.  We are thrilled to add these online courses to our curriculum and plan to add more throughout 2014.  Enroll now and you'll be among the very first to take these courses as you work toward your accredited high school diploma!

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American School to Attend ISCA Conference in Skokie

Last week, we attended the Illinois School Counselor Association Annual Conference in downstate Springfield, and next week on April 25, we're pleased to be an exhibitor at a similar event to be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago/North in Skokie.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School’s booth from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about the American School and the educational services it provides to students and schools.  We love meeting counselors from all 50 states, but especially those from our home state of Illinois.  We hope to see you there!

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American School to Attend Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the Midwest Homeschool Convention to be held April 24-26 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School in booth 1419 on Thursday, April 24, from 6-9 p.m.; on Friday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and on Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to learn more about the American School and the educational services it provides to students looking to earn an accredited high school diploma at home.  This is the fifth consecutive year we've attended the Midwest Homeschool Convention, and we've found it a great place to meet current and future students.  We hope to see you there!

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American School to Attend NCEA Convention and Expo

The American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo to be held April 22-24 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School in booth 1512 on Tuesday, April 22, from 12-5 p.m.; on Wednesday, April 23, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to learn more about the American School and the educational services it provides to students and schools.  This will be our first appearance at the NCEA Convention and Expo since 2005, and we are excited about sharing information about the American School, especially our online learning offerings, with all who attend.

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Flashback Friday

This week we're traveling back in time to 1959 to see what was going on at the American School 55 years ago.  The lead story in the American School News was the annual scholarship meeting, which awarded 30 prizes to recent graduates.  This year's scholarship meeting will be held June 17, and we'll be profiling the winners in the July-August All American.  Elsewhere in the Spring 1959 American School News, we want to call your attention to two other articles.  First, the top of the front page refers to a visit by the Illinois Training Directors Association.  Although we are no longer affiliated with that group, we do welcome members of accrediting bodies and similar organizations into our building on a regular basis to evaluate us and help us improve.  Finally, take a look at the blurb on the bottom which announces that TV home study is a hit.  Back then, television was in its infancy, and learning at home while watching television was something new.  More than a half-century later, the American School is excited about reaching students through another relatively new medium: online courses.  You'll read more about them in the May-June All American that will come out next month.


Testimonial Thursday

It's time for another testimonial from one of our students.  Today Melissa from Ohio writes, "Thank you for the privilege of doing part of my schooling with the American School.  It was a blessing.  Thank you for all the time the instructors put in too.  Even though tough at times, it taught me responsibility and sticking with something even when it’s not easy or I don’t want to."  Melissa's words are important, especially the last sentence.  Earning your accredited high school diploma at home takes discipline and perseverance, and it won't always be easy.  The American School has staff to assist you when needed, but ultimately you are responsible for doing your best and eventually earning your diploma.  Getting through tough times as our student will serve you well long after you become one of our graduates, but you can't become a graduate unless you first become a student.  Enroll today!

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