American School Mentioned in Washington Post Article

Earlier this week, American School was mentioned in this Washington Post article about our graduate Christopher Paolini.  We are grateful to have our name in the paper that once employed legends such as Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, and we are even more grateful to count Christopher and his sister among our graduates.  They are the perfect examples of how working toward your accredited high school diploma at home, at your own time and at your own pace, can allow you to pursue and excel at other interests.  We look forward to having you among our graduates after you enroll and become our student.

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Today’s Special Occasion: Veterans Day

It's November 11, and the United States is observing Veterans Day.  We wish to thank all of our country's veterans–male or female, living or deceased, and those who served in times of war or peace–for their dedication to our country.  We are proud to include the word "American" in our name every day of the year, but especially on a day when we honor those who made great sacrifices for our country.


American School Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

The United States Distance Learning Association has designated this week as National Distance Learning Week, and so American School, a leader in distance education since 1897, is celebrating by doing a variety of things.  First, we encourage you to check out USDLA's schedule of National Distance Learning Week webinars.  They're free and we're confident you'll find something to help you in your American School studies.  Second, we remind you that distance learning takes a variety of forms.  For years we were strictly a correspondence school and offered paper-based courses through the mail.  We still offer those kind of courses, and we have no plans to stop offering them, but in recent years distance learning has come to include online learning.  We have many online courses with many more on the way, and online exams are available for most of our paper-based courses.  You can even take ACT and SAT prep courses via distance learning, though be aware that those courses will not count toward the number of courses you need to take to earn our diploma.  Finally, we wish to remind you that although the very term "distance learning" implies some level of separation between student and instructor, we do everything we can to make distance learning as personal as possible.  Our qualified instructors call students by name when they grade exams, and they offer constructive criticism so that students can do better on future exams.  The kind of courses and services described above are just a couple reasons why we've been in business for parts of three centuries and plan to be a leader in distance learning for many years to come.

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Chicagoland Students Encouraged to Enter PSA Video Contest

American School students residing in Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties in Illinois are encouraged to enter the Shoot for the Skies PSA Video Contest sponsored by Illinois Partners for Clean Air.  The contest allows students to write, direct and produce their own Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video utilizing their talent, creativity and inspiration to educate the general public about Chicago area air quality and voluntary actions to improve air quality.  The deadline for all entries is December 10, 2014, at 5 p.m.  Click here for complete contest details.

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Today’s Special Occasion: Flu Shot Day

It's November 6, and today American School employees are receiving flu shots administered by our friends at the Respiratory Health Association.  We thank the Respiratory Health Association for visiting us today and doing their part to keep our employees healthy in the winter months.  In turn, our students will receive the same kind of caring service during flu season that they're used to all year long.

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American School Attends iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

This week American School representatives are attending the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Palm Springs, California.  iNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, and if you're a regular reader of our blog or visitor to our web site, you know that we've greatly expanded our online learning offerings in recent years.  If you're reading our blog or visiting for the first time, please know that we plan to expand our online learning offerings even more.  The iNACOL Symposium will help us to do just that, and we plan on making several major announcements in the coming weeks and months.

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Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day

It's the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and Americans are heading to the polls on Election Day.  The entire United States House of Representatives, approximately one-third of the United States Senate, and many state governor races are up for grabs today, as well as countless other state, county and local offices.  Whether you're taking our paper-based Social Civics course or our online Social Civics course, you'll learn about how government works and the role you play in it as an informed citizen.  We know you have lots of choices when you're considering a distance learning program, so we thank those of you who have already "voted" for us by enrolling and becoming our student.  If you haven't "voted" for us yet, we encourage you to visit the rest of our web site and view our "platform" which consists primarily of curriculum, cost, caring student service and credibility.  We hope you'll elect to enroll with us! 

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American School To Attend ISCA Fall Conference

American School is pleased to exhibit at the ISCA Fall Conference to be held November 6-7 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis.  School counselors attending the convention are invited to stop by table 5 in the atrium foyer on Thursday, November 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more us and the services we provide to students and schools.  This is our second trip to Indianapolis in the last two weeks, and we are confident this event will be just as successful as our convention in late October.

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