Today’s Special Occasion: Tax Day

It's April 15, a date often dreaded by Americans because today is the last day to submit federal and state tax returns without penalty.  Believe it or not, some people like filing tax returns, not only their own but also other people's.  Certified Public Accountants, or CPAs, are very busy this time of year, and if becoming a CPA sounds interesting to you, then consider taking our Fundamentals of Accounting course.  You'll learn the basics of accounting and earn one credit toward your accredited high school diploma!

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Today’s Anniversary: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

It's April 14, and 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while seeing a production of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Click here to visit Ford's Theatre's home page, click here for a video tour of Ford's Theatre, and make plans to visit Ford's Theatre if you're ever in Washington, D.C. 


American School Debuts 11 Additional Online Courses

Just a week after announcing our online diploma program, American School is debuting eleven online courses that students may take as part of their online high school diploma programs or on an individual basis to make up credits or supplement an existing homeschool program.

The new online courses are:

Integrated Math 1
Integrated Math 2
Creative Writing 1
Introductory Astronomy
Gothic Literature
Mythology and Folklore
Hospitality and Tourism
International Business
History of the Holocaust
Theater, Cinema and Film Production

Click here for enrollment information on these or any of our online or paper-based courses and diploma programs.

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American School to Attend ISCA Conference in Springfield

American School will exhibit at the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference April 10 at the Northfield Inn and Suites in Springfield.  The event starts at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.  We enjoy meeting counselors from our home state and look forward to spreading the news about our online and paper-based courses at this event.

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American School to Attend Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati

American School is thrilled to be heading to the Queen City to exhibit at the Midwest Homeschool Convention at Cincinnati's Duke Energy Center for the sixth straight year. Homeschoolers and their families are invited to visit us in booth 1205 on Thursday, April 9, from 6-9 p.m.; on Friday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to learn about our online and paper-based diploma programs and courses and pick up information packets and fun promotional items.  The Midwest Homeschool Convention is one of the very best shows we attend each year, and we expect this year's event to be no different.  Come join us!

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American School Launches Online Diploma Programs

American School is pleased to announce the launch of two online diploma programs which will add to its 118-year tradition of offering students the accredited high school courses they need at a cost they can afford.

“We’re excited to offer online diploma programs to students who prefer to learn that way,” American School President Gary R. Masterton said.  “This is a watershed moment in American School’s long and glorious history.”

American School’s General High School Program is designed for students who plan to earn their high school diplomas and then enroll in a two-year college or enter the workforce in the field of their choice.   Students in the online General High School Program will complete a total of 18 units of credit—12 required and 6 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 12 required units of credit include:

Popular electives for students in the General High School Program include business, career and technical education courses, among others.

American School’s College Preparatory Program is designed for students who plan to earn their high school diplomas and then enroll in a four-year college or professional school.   Students in the online College Preparatory Program will complete 18 units of credit—13 required and 5 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 13 required units of credit include:

Popular electives for students in the College Preparatory Program include fine arts and world language courses, including ten world language courses offered through a partnership with Rosetta Stone, among others. 

While American School is excited to offer online diploma programs, it has no plans to discontinue its popular paper-based courses and diploma programs which have helped more than three million students around the world graduate from high school.

“We know that many students will be excited to earn their American School diplomas online, but at the same time, we know that many students prefer to learn through more traditional means such as reading a book and mailing us their exams,” Masterton said.  “We’re happy to be of service to both groups.  In that sense, we’re a one-stop shop for anyone who is interested in earning an accredited high school diploma.”

To enroll in one of American School’s online or paper-based diploma programs, visit or call 866-260-7221.

American School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), Ai (Accreditation International) and NCPSA (the National Council for Private School Accreditation) and is recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school.

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American School Closed Friday, April 3

American School will be closed Friday, April 3.  We will reopen with our normal business hours and an announcement that's anything but normal on Monday, April 6.  Have a good weekend!

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Today’s Special Occasion: April Fools’ Day

It's April 1, and today, April Fools' Day, is a day to play tricks on people.  We're not going to do that, though.  In fact, we want to be perfectly clear about something.  For weeks now we've been making subtle hints about an announcement we have coming this spring.  That announcement is coming on Monday, April 6, and it is no joke.  We have something in store that we think will benefit many of you and bring American School to a whole new audience.  Be sure to check our blog and Facebook and Twitter pages Monday morning to find out what it is.

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