January-February All American Newsletter Available

It's the last work day of February, and just in the nick of time we finished the January-February All American newsletter.  It's posted in this blog and also can be found on our Community page, where you'll find archives of newsletters going back to 2011.  If you have any story ideas for a future edition of the All American, let us know.  We love featuring our students and graduates even more than we love sharing what's happening inside the walls of American School.

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Testimonial Thursday

It's a snowy Thursday around Chicagoland, the perfect time to hear some warm thoughts from one of our students.  Cinnamon from New Mexico writes, "The methods of learning at American School are much better than public school.  I don’t have any troubles listening because I’m at home where it’s quiet, so I can concentrate, work at my own pace, and look over my work twice if I need to.  The instructions and instructors are wonderful.  They really help me out a lot."  Cinnamon points out several things she and other students like about us.  Our students love the ability to work at their own pace in an environment that is comfortable to them.  They also like receiving constructive feedback from instructors, whether they're enrolled in online courses or paper-based courses.  Enroll today and you can have the same benefits as you work toward your accredited high school diploma.

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American School Receives Donation of Century-Old Textbooks

One of the great things about being in business for more than a century is that we sometimes hear from people who have in their possession textbooks and other materials from our earliest days.  Carol from Colorado contacted our Public Relations Department last year and asked if we'd be interested in receiving some textbooks from 1906-1915, and we responded affirmatively.  Last week she sent seven textbooks in subject areas such as Commercial Vehicles, Mechanical Drawing, Elements of Electricity, Direct Current Motors, The Electric Current, Management Dynamo Electric Machinery, and Electrical Measurements.  Notice that, while most of those courses are not offered in the 21st century, we still have automotive, drawing and electricity courses in our curriculum. 

Not only did Carol send us the books, but she also included a handwritten letter giving us a bit of backstory.  She wrote, "The one book with the name in it is how I acquired these.  That is my grandfather.  I don't know if he was a student or just why he had the books.  He is gone now, so I cannot ask.  Please enjoy these books, use them for your library, archives, or what have you.  Thank you for still being a school that helps others to a greater understanding."  Those words mean just as much to us as the seven textbooks she sent.

We thank Carol for her generosity and are happy to include her grandfather's books, which are pictured below, in our archives!

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American School Sends Email Blast to Homeschool.com Readers

Earlier today recipients of Homeschool.com's email blasts got a special letter from us.  In case you missed it, a copy of it is below:

American School, www.americanschool.org, has been a leader in high school distance education for more than a century, offering the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford. In 2015, we're taking steps to ensure we remain a leader for years to come.
 
We know that students learn in different ways. Some prefer an entirely paper-based curriculum, which has been our primary course delivery method since our founding in 1897. Others, however, feel more comfortable learning online. That's why we are proud to offer entirely online versions of our General High School Program and College Preparatory Program. Both diploma programs consist of 18 units of credit with ample room for electives. For more information about all of our online learning offerings, including our online diploma programs and online exams which are available for most of our paper-based courses, visit www.americanschool.org/online-learning.
 
If you are planning on going to community college or directly into the workforce after graduation, consider enrolling in our General High School Program. Students complete 11-13 required courses and may consider taking Business, Career and Technical Education courses as their electives. More information on the General High School Program, including a list of required courses, can be found at www.americanschool.org/generalhighschool.
 
If you are planning on attending college after graduation, consider enrolling in our College Preparatory Program. Students complete 12-15 required courses and may consider taking Fine Arts or World Languages courses as their electives. More information on the College Preparatory Program, including a list of required courses, can be found at www.americanschool.org/collegeprep.
 
In order to give our students a wider variety of online World Languages courses, we partnered with Rosetta Stone and are happy to have ten of their most popular courses in our curriculum, including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, all of which are becoming more valuable in the global marketplace, as well as English as a Second Language. More details on our partnership with Rosetta Stone may be found at www.americanschool.org/rosetta-stone, while a complete list of our online and paper-based courses may be found at www.americanschool.org/courses.
 
In its 118-year history, American School has educated more than three million students from across the country and around the world. Many of them, such as bestselling author Christopher Paolini and actress Jessica Alba, have gone on to become famous, but all of our students enjoy the benefits of what we call our Four C's — curriculum, caring student service, credibility and cost.
 
Students work entirely at their own pace, but they are never alone. American School tries to make distance learning as personal as possible. For example, our instructors write personalized, handwritten comments when they grade exams in paper-based courses and offer similar feedback when grading exams online. Our staff is available during normal business hours to answer telephone and e-mail inquiries and responds to all telephone and e-mail messages within one business day. The dedication of our staff is one reason why American School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools-Commissions on Elementary and Secondary School (MSA-CESS), Accreditation International (Ai) and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) and recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school. More information on our accreditation may be found at www.americanschool.org/accreditation.
 
American School's status as a non-profit school allows us to keep costs to an absolute minimum. A full 18-unit paper-based diploma program for students living in the United States costs just $2100 and includes all study materials, grading of exams and access to the Online Student Center, where students can view academic records and download help resources around the clock. Prices for students residing in a foreign country are slightly higher. A full 18-unit online diploma program for students living in the United States or overseas costs just $3600 and includes the same benefits as described above. Flexible monthly payment plans are available for students in any diploma program. In addition, American School offers free evaluations of transcripts from United States high schools and offers pro-rated prices if you need fewer than 18 units of credit to earn your high school diploma. If you desire to take American School courses to enrich an existing homeschool program, you can do that, too. The cost of individual courses usually runs between $150 and $300. More information may be found at www.americanschool.org/cost.
 
American School is also pleased to offer ACT and SAT prep courses through a partnership with Method Test Prep, a company that has specialized in online preparation for the ACT or SAT for more than a decade. Under this arrangement, Method Test Prep is responsible for all course content and billing, and their customer service team answers any and all questions from American School students and for others who enroll in their courses through the American School's Web site. Please note that Method Test Prep's courses do not count toward an American School student's diploma requirements. For more information on American School's partnership with Method Test Prep, visit www.americanschool.org/actsatprep.
 
For more information on becoming an American School student, call 866-260-7221 around the clock, or visit www.americanschool.org/enroll if you are ready to enroll today. American School is happy to offer you the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford, and we look forward to having you as our student.

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Method Test Prep Monday

Today is a good day to remind you that we have partnered with Method Test Prep to offer ACT and SAT prep courses.  This partnership has been quite successful over the years, and many students have signed up for self-paced or teacher-led prep classes.  Click here for more details, and don't forget to enter the promo code AMERICAN for a discount.

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Students Invited to Enter Google Science Fair

From time to time this blog likes to spotlight contests or competitions which may interest our students, and today is one of those days.  The Google Science Fair is accepting entries from now until May 18, and we encourage our students to participate if they are so inclined.  Don't forget that our online and paper-based science courses can be good springboards for ideas!

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Today’s Special Occasion: Chinese New Year

It's February 19, and even though we're 50 days into 2015, today is Chinese New Year.  It's the year of the sheep, and we're not pulling the wool over your eyes when we tell you our curriculum now contains ten online world language courses thanks to our partnership with Rosetta Stone.  One of those courses, Mandarin Chinese, is particularly appropriate for today's celebration, but any of the ten would be a great addition to your curriculum.  We are pleased with the response to our Rosetta Stone courses so far and look forward to adding many more online learning offerings in the near future.

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Ryan Hartman Joins Chicago Blackhawks

Former American School student Ryan Hartman is now skating with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks.  He was drafted by the Blackhawks a couple years ago, worked his way through the minor league system, and was called up to the NHL last week, where he made his debut against the New Jersey Devils.  Already he is making a positive impression on head coach Joel Quenneville and his teammates, and we are excited to see what his future holds, especially since the Stanley Cup Playoffs are right around the corner.  Will Ryan become the first American School student to have his name on the most famous trophy in all of sports?  We'll keep you posted!

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Today’s Special Occasion: Fat Tuesday

It's February 17, also the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is known as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.  One favorite Fat Tuesday treat around Chicagoland is the paczki, which is a donut filled with apricot, cheese, prune and other delightful flavors.  Some bakeries and supermarkets sell them all Lent long instead of only on Fat Tuesday, and some American School employees (such as the writer of this blog) eat them all Lent long too.  Perhaps the American School blog writer should take our Food Study, Physiology and Health, or online Health course to learn how all those paczki affect diet and overall health.  You can learn about nutrition and more if you enroll in any of those courses yourself.  Instead of getting filled up on paczki, you'll get filled up with knowledge as you work toward your accredited high school diploma!

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Today’s Birthday: Coach K

It's February 13, and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski turns 68 years old today.  Recently he became the first men's college basketball coach to win 1000 games, and his resume includes 4 national championships, 11 Final Fours, and 2 Olympic gold medals while coaching the United States' national team.  Coach K's birthday is the perfect opportunity to tell you about the "coaching staff" you'll have at your disposal after you become our student.  Many of you will consider your "head coaches" to be your instructors, all of whom have at least 24 hours of college credit in the subjects they grade.  Many of them have advanced degrees, but all of them write constructive feedback on your exams to help you do your best on future tests.  Just as important as our instructors are people who work in our student service, student accounts, admissions and shipping departments.  They play a vital role in making sure you get enrolled quickly, receive materials promptly, and keep your account in good financial standing.  All of us look forward to having you on our team.  Enroll today!

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