Today’s Special Occasion: Bastille Day

It's July 14, and today is the French national holiday known as Bastille Day.  As you might guess, today is a great day to feature two of our World Languages courses, namely French 1 and French 2.  Not only will you learn the nuances of the French language when you take one or both of these courses, but also you will learn a bit about French culture.  We are pleased to offer five courses in three different world languages, and we are planning on adding more courses in different world languages in the months to come.

American_School_Seal_Alt Blue r4    

Today’s Birthday: The American School Blog

It's July 11, and on this date in 2006, the American School Blog posted its very first entry.  A lot has happened in the past eight years, most notably the expansion of our online learning offerings.  When we started this blog, we had no online courses whatsoever, and our web site as a whole was a far cry from what it is today.  Now we have more than 40 online courses, with more to come this fall.  We're even planning to offer AP courses starting in August or September.  In addition, we've added several other online services.  Students can enroll and then make monthly payments.  They can also take online exams in select paper-based courses and check their progress in the Online Student Center.  We are happy to provide these online services to complement our long-standing paper-based services, and we're grateful for the students who use these services as well as everyone who reads our blog on a daily basis. 

American_School_Seal_Alt Blue r4

Testimonial Thursday

We haven't heard from one of our students in awhile, and today is Thursday after all, so let's dip into the mailbag and see what we find.  Alicia from Michigan writes, "At the American School, I learned a lot of things I didn’t know or wasn’t sure of.  It made it easy to understand.  When I took a test and got something wrong, the instructors provided page numbers so I could look back easily.  That was really useful.  It gave me no excuse not to reread a section I didn’t understand."  We thank Alicia for those words, especially the part about our instructors adding page references when they mark answers incorrect.  It's one way we offer constructive criticism and try to make distance education as personal as possible.  Even though you're in a classroom of one, you're never alone since your instructors are a phone call or email away.  If you are ready to experience the same top-notch education and personalized service Alicia received, enroll today.  We'd be happy to have you as our student!

American_School_Seal_Alt Blue r4

American School to Attend AFHE Convention

Things are going to heat up for us this weekend because we're attending the AFHE Arizona Home Education Convention July 11 and 12 in the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center.  Those attending the convention are invited to visit the American School’s booth from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days to learn more about us and our accredited high school courses and diploma programs.  Even though the weather will be hot outside, we'll have our cool promotional items to give away, as well as plenty of information packets and enrollment applications.  Come join us!

American_School_Seal_Alt Blue r4

American School Continues Recovery From Power Outage

A week ago at this time the American School had limited power, no phones, no internet and no air conditioning, all of which led to the difficult condition to close our office until full power was restored.  Damage from the storm was so bad that our local electrical company did not expect us to have full power until early Friday morning.  Therefore, we made the decision to remain closed last Wednesday and Thursday.  Our office regained full power on Thursday morning, but with the Fourth of July last Friday, yesterday was the first day on which we had our full complement of staff available to serve our students and graduates.  We are processing enrollment applications, sending course materials, grading exams, mailing transcripts and diplomas, and replying to phone and email messages as quickly as possible.  Please be patient as we continue to catch up on what circumstances beyond our control caused us to miss last week.  We should be caught up shortly, perhaps even by later today.  If you have further questions or have not received an update on your situation, please call us or email us by using the departmental addresses found in the Online Student Center.  Thank you.

American_School_Seal_Alt Blue r4

Method Test Prep Monday

Our partners at Method Test Prep are hosting a free webinar tonight at 8 p.m. EDT.  Register to learn how to make the most of the college process.  Topics to be covered include searching for the right college and the essentials of ACT and SAT preparation.  If you are an American School student, don't forget that our school counselor can help with the college admissions process as well.

American_School_Seal_Alt Blue r4

American School Endures Power Outage, Reopens Monday

The American School has been closed the last three days due to a power outage caused by a severe thunderstorm that blew through our area Monday night.  Power has been restored to our building, but we remain closed today and are closed tomorrow for the Fourth of July.  We will officially reopen on Monday, July 7. 

Please know how much we appreciate your patience and understanding during this past week and in the coming week.  We know you are frustrated when you send us emails and don't get a reply within one business day because our server was down, or when you call us and get a busy signal because our phone lines were down.  Rest assured that we value each of our students and will attempt to get caught up as quickly as possible when we reopen on Monday.

Thank you, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.

American_School_Seal_Alt Blue r4