Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day

It's March 17, and this blog is celebrating St. Patrick's Day in a variety of ways.  First, you've heard of "going green" and we don't mean wearing green but rather doing your part to save the environment.  We have Environmental Science courses in paper-based and online formats.  Either can give you some insights into creating a sustainable future that will allow you to celebrate many more St. Patrick's Days.  If you prefer to take more courses or exams online, you're in luck.  Soon you'll be able to do even more courses online.  Keep checking this blog for details.  Finally, you'll have plenty of green in your wallet after you enroll with us because, as a non-profit institution, we are able to keep the cost of tuition to an absolute minimum.  Full 18-unit diploma programs cost no more than $200 per course and are cheaper than that in many instances, and individual courses for credit recovery or enrichment typically cost between $150 and $300.  If you're looking for a place where you can earn your accredited high school diploma but still have money for college or other post-high school plans, you're in luck.  American School would be happy to have you as our student!

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American School Celebrates Pi Day

March 14 fell on a Saturday this year, but that didn't stop American School from celebrating Pi Day a day early.  American School staff members ate, what else, pie and learned some things about the mathematical constant that is often abbreviated to 3.14 (which equates to March 14).  You can learn more about pi by taking any of our math courses.  We can't promise you'll find them a piece of cake or as easy as pi(e), but our instructors will help you as you move one step closer to your accredited high school diploma.

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Today’s Anniversary: Uranus

It's March 13, and on this date in 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.  Careful readers of our web site, particularly the course descriptions page, may have discovered some new courses we'll be adding to our curriculum, including an online Introductory Astronomy course that will teach you more about Uranus and other heavenly bodies.  If you think that course is out of this world, just wait till you hear what we'll be announcing within the next three weeks.  More details will be coming soon.  The sky is the limit for American School students, so if you're ready to blast off on your high school career, enroll today!

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Today’s Birthday: Jack Kerouac

It's March 12, and American author and poet Jack Kerouac was born on this date in 1922.  He was a major player in the Beat movement and is perhaps best known for his book On the Road.  Our American Literature course covers more than 300 years of American literature, from early colonial writers all the way to Kerouac's contemporaries in the 20th century.  We are happy to offer many English courses in online and paper-based formats and look forward to introducing more courses and programs in the coming weeks.

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The Quickest Way to Retrieve Your Online Student Center Password is…

One of the most common requests we receive from students and guarantors is to send them a new password for the Online Student Center.  We are happy to do this, but you can retrieve your current Online Student Center password yourself and receive it in a matter of minutes rather than in a matter of days.  Click the Forgot Your Password? link in the Online Student Center, and enter the email address that's on file for your account, followed by the security code.  We'll send your password to that email address.  If you do not have an email address on file or do not remember what email address is on file, let us know, and, for security reasons, we will mail you a new password in the regular mail, which could take anywhere from 5-10 days to arrive.  After you receive it, you may log into the Online Student Center and update your email address so that you can retrieve your password electronically should you forget it in the future. 

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American School to Attend Southeast Homeschool Convention

American School is pleased to be an exhibitor at the Southeast Homeschool Convention to be held March 12-14 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Come viisit us in booth 711 on Thursday, March 12, from 6-9 p.m.; on Friday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to learn more about us and the educational services we provide to students.  We'll have information about our paper-based and online courses, including our Rosetta Stone courses, as well as plenty of promotional items for you!

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Individual Subject Enrollment Application Available

Many of you are familiar with our accredited diploma programs for homeschooled students and our Independent Study Program which allows students in resident schools to take individual courses with us to make up or gain extra credits so that they can earn their diplomas from that resident school, but what about homeschooled students who are satisfied with their existing diploma program but want to take one or more of our courses to supplement that program, perhaps one of our Rosetta Stone courses for example?  What about adults who may want to take a course or two for enrichment or to enhance their job prospects?  Anyone who is not enrolled in a traditional high school can take individual courses with us by using this application.  Again, this application is only for individuals who are not working toward their high school diplomas through American School or through a resident high school.  More information about this special application may be found on our FAQ page.  Thank you for your cooperation, and whether you need to earn your diploma or just want to take a single class, we look forward to having you as our student.

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New Independent Study Enrollment Applications Available

New applications for our Independent Study Program are now available on the How to Enroll page of our web site.  The new applications (available in printable PDF and entirely online formats) contain the most current list of available courses and prices, including information on how to enroll in our online courses and Rosetta Stone courses in addition to our traditional paper-based courses.  We encourage you to discard any old applications you may have and take a look at the new applications.  We think you'll like what you see!

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Today’s Birthday: Gerardus Mercator

It's March 5, and Gerardus Mercator was born on this date in 1512.  He was a mathematician and philosopher but is far better-known for his contributions to cartography, or the study of mapmaking.  Approximately 500 years ago, mapmaking was much more less sophisticated than it is now.  Obviously there was no GPS or satellite tracking, and there weren't cars or planes either, so maps of the globe were designed to help sailors safely travel from one country or continent to another.  Mercator's map of the world, which we all know is round, is a flat projection.  In fact, any time you see a map of the world that is not on a globe but rather one that fills the entire rectangle of the poster, you're looking at a Mercator projection.  If all that wasn't enough, Mercator was also the first man to coin the term "atlas" for a book of maps.  An atlas is included in our paper-based Geography course or you can take an online Geography course if you so choose.  Either of them will help guide you to your accredited high school diploma!

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In Memoriam: Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

It's March 4, and later today Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and one of the top educators of the 20th century, will be laid to rest.  He died last week at age 97, and to say that he lived a full life is an understatement.  We talked about some of his accomplishments and achievements, including serving as an advisor to popes and presidents, visiting more than 100 countries, and earning 150 honorary degrees, in a previous blog entry, but today is a good occasion to reflect on a couple things he did that changed countless lives.  Fr. Hesburgh was a leader in civil rights and equal rights.  There's a famous photo of him and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joining hands at a march more than 50 years ago when such an alliance would've been frowned upon by many.  Fr. Hesburgh also believed that half the population shouldn't be denied the opportunity to study at Notre Dame, and so he led a movement to allow women into Notre Dame, thereby leading its transformation from an all-male school known primarily for football into the co-educational, internationally relevant place of higher learning that it is today.  Finally, it was common knowledge on campus during Fr. Hesburgh's presidency and even after he retired that if the lights were on in his office, students and other guests were welcome to visit, perhaps to receive counseling, perhaps to have questions answered, or perhaps just to chat. 

Like Fr. Hesburgh, those of us at American School believe that no student should be denied a quality education based on gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation.  We also "leave our lights on" for our students and invite them to contact us anytime of the day or night if they have something to tell us.  Like Fr. Hesburgh, we'll be here to listen and to hopefully make your lives better.

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