American School to Attend NCEA Convention

American School is pleased to exhibit at the National Catholic Educational Association Annual Convention and Expo, to be held April 7-9 in Orlando, Florida.  Convention attendees are invited to stop by booth 342 in the Orange Country Convention Center/West Building on April 7 from 12 noon to 5:45 p.m.; on April 8 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.; and on April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more about us and the services we provide to high schools all across the country.  Last year we attended the NCEA Convention for the first time in a decade, and we hope this year's event is the second in another long streak of NCEA Convention appearances.  This show, however, is not the only one we're attending next week.  Check back a week from today to see where else we're headed.

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Today’s Birthdays: Francisco Goya and Vincent Van Gogh

It's March 30, and painters Francisco Goya and Vincent Van Gogh were born on this date.  Goya was born in 1746 and is best-known for his painting The Third of May 1808 which was a significant date in the Peninsular War.  Van Gogh was born in 1853 is perhaps best-known for Starry Night and several self-portraits.  You can learn more about famous artists like Goya and Van Gogh by taking our online Art 1: World Cultures course.  It's just one of several new online course offerings in our catalog.  We'll be adding others shortly, so stay tuned!

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Flashback Friday

We're heading back to 1979 for today's Flashback Friday.  There are three stories on the front page of the American School newsletter shown below.  The main story is about Dr. Edward C. Estabrooke's appearance at the World Conference of the International Council for Correspondence Education in New Delhi, India.  Though we have not traveled to India for any conferences recently, we have traveled all across the United States and continue to be internationally relevant by having students in more than 65 countries.  In the upper right, Harrison Fisher (whose name is familiar to many American School employees during the month of March) introduces us to the business courses we were offering in 1979.  Back then, all of our courses were on paper, but today we offer both online and paper-based courses, as well as online exams in many paper-based courses.  Finally, the article at the bottom describes a cold, snowy winter.  We hope that today's minor snow will be the last of the season for us because we have exciting things planned for you as we head into spring.  Keep reading this blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.


Testimonial Thursday

It's the last Thursday in March, so we want to slip in a testimonial from one of our students before we flip the calendar from March to April.  Brody from Ohio says, "This system is very effective and works.  All the material wording and instructions were great.  All of you at the school are very helpful.  I’m so glad American School was provided to me.  It encouraged me to work harder and allowed me to get completed faster."  We thank Brody for those words.  Our instructors provide encouraging comments on every exam they grade, and our students enjoy working at a pace that is comfortable to them.  Enroll today and discover American School for yourself! 

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Today’s Birthday: Gutzon Borglum

It's March 25, and Gutzon Borglum was born on this date in 1867.  If you're wondering who Gutzon Borglum is, you're probably not alone, but by reading this blog, you're going to find out.  Although not a household name by any means, Borglum created one of the most famous sculptures in the world, Mount Rushmore.  The site itself is beginning a 90th anniversary celebration today, but Borglum didn't begin to carve there until a few years later.  The process wasn't without its share of struggles. He failed in his first attempt to carve a likeness of Thomas Jefferson into stone, and dynamite had to be used to help create the figure of George Washington.  Finally he completed work on those two heads and added Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt to the quartet which has become one of the most familiar symbols of our country.  You can learn more about those four presidents and more by taking our online or paper-based United States History course and learn more about Mount Rushmore itself by visiting its official site


American School Enjoys Successful Conventions in Nashville and Houston

Last weekend American School attended conventions in Nashville and Houston, and we are happy to report that both events were successful.  The Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville was designed for homeschoolers, with the ASCD Convention in Houston was designed for curriculum developers.  Those are two entirely different groups of people, yet our presence at both conventions demonstrates the kind of full service school we aspire to be.  We do not only serve homeschoolers, though homeschoolers are a vital part of our business.  Likewise, we do not only serve curriculum developers and school officials through our independent study program, though they are a vital part of our business as well.  Whether you need one course to graduate on time with your class or a full diploma program, we have what you need.  Take a look around our web site and visit our enrollment page if you're ready to become our student today.

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American School Prepares for Major Online Learning Announcement

Last week we announced the addition of online exams to 11 paper-based courses, a hybrid that combines the traditional way of learning with the modern convenience of taking tests electronically.  We've been adding online exams to paper-based courses on a pretty regular basis, as well as adding online courses here and there, including world language courses offered by Rosetta Stone, but next week we're going to have a major online learning announcement.  Keep reading this blog and checking us out on Facebook and Twitter so that you can be the first to know what we're doing next.

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American School Releases Additional Online Exams for Paper-Based Courses

It's the first day of spring, and besides birds chirping and flowers blooming, other things are popping up at American School.  Today we're releasing online exams for 11 more paper-based courses, including Carpentry, Chemistry, Introduction to Computers, English 2: Composition and Grammar, General Science, Office Procedures, Physics, Writing 2 (Units 1-4) and the 2014 editions of Physiology & Health, United States History and World Literature.  In total, more than 50 of our paper-based courses have an online exams option.  Students have told us how much they enjoy the traditional way of learning with a textbook and study guide while at the same time having the ability to do their exams online, where they can be assured their exams have arrived in our office and then receive quicker feedback.  Visit our Online Learning page for more information.

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American School to Attend ASCD Conference and Exhibit Show

Yesterday this blog talked about our appearance at this weekend's Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville.  Almost simultaneously, we're also attending the ASCD Conference and Exhibit Show in Houston.  The show, which is open to and designed for curriculum developers, runs March 21-23 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  We'll be in booth 842 on March 21 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., March 22 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and March 23 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and as usual we'll be showing off our latest course materials, enrollment applications and promotional items.  This is the third consecutive year we've attended the ASCD Conference, and we've had successful stops in Chicago and Los Angeles.  We expect this weekend's event in Houston to be no different.

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American School to Attend Teach Them Diligently Convention

A week after attending a convention in Greenville, South Carolina, we're back on the road this week at two separate events.  The first is the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  We'll be in booth 740 at the Gaylord Opryland on March 19 from 6-9 p.m., March 20 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and March 21 from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and invite homeschoolers and their parents to stop by and visit us.  We'll have information about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs as well as our famous promotional items.  Check back tomorrow to see our other convention destination this weekend.

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