Today’s Anniversary: The First U.S. Patent

It's July 31, and on this date in 1790, Samuel Hopkins received a patent for the production of potash.  It was the very first patent given in the United States.  We don't have a patent on homeschooling and distance education, but we are one of the pioneers in that field.  We were founded in 1897 in Boston by R.T. Miller and his friends.  They wanted to create a school which could serve people who could not attend traditional schools.  Maybe these people had jobs, or maybe they were too old to attend school.  Whatever the reason, American School was there to serve them, and more than a century later, we're here to serve anyone who desires to earn his or her accredited high school diploma or simply take a course or two for enrichment purposes or credit recovery.  Take a look around the rest of our web site to see everything we offer.  Then, whenever you're ready, take the next step and enroll.  You'll feel confident learning from one of the pioneers in distance education–American School!

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Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and we just received the following testimonial from Fatima from Pennsylvania.  When asked what she enjoys about American School, she writes, "I get to wake up when I want to and eat cookies while I work!".  Many of our students express similar sentiments.  They like having the ability to work at their own pace, wherever and whenever it's convenient for them.  Our students don't have to get up at the crack of dawn or go to school in late July or early August as many of their classroom counterparts do.  We accept enrollments year-round and graduate students year-round.  Enroll when you're ready, and as soon as you complete all of your graduation requirements, we'll send you your accredited high school diploma.  You can supply the cookies of your choice! 

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Who is a Full-Time Student?

To achieve full-time enrollment status, a student must complete at least 4.5 Carnegie units of credit a year and have submitted work consistently during at least nine months of the year.  If achieved, American School will verify a student’s full-time enrollment status for federal and state programs, medical insurance, child support agencies, Social Security Administration, and/or any other program requiring such verification, if requested.  If a student has fallen below this standard, the student must submit work consistently for three consecutive months before American School will verify full-time enrollment status.  Please contact the School Counselor’s Office at (708) 418-2800 or if you have further questions regarding this matter.  Thank you.

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American School Nominated for BBB Torch Award

American School was recently nominated for the Better Business Bureau’s 2016 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.  According to a BBB press release, the Torch Award is designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but also the willingness and efforts made by outstanding organizations to ensure that our country’s marketplace remains fair and honorable for all people.  We have been recognized by the Better Business Bureau since 1934 and consistently earn their highest ratings.  Like all companies, we are not perfect, but our 81 years of recognition and high ratings, along with the 2016 Torch Award nomination, are proof that we strive for outstanding customer service from the time a student enrolls until the student graduates and beyond.

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American School Enjoys Successful Conventions in Texas and Georgia

This past weekend we exhibited at two conventions, one near Houston, Texas and the other near Atlanta, Georgia.  Both events were busy from start to finish, and we distributed all of our applications, information packets and promotional items.  Needless to say, we plan to attend these conventions for years to come.  August, September and October are typically slow months for conventions, so we'll be here doing other forms of marketing during those months.  Keep checking this blog to see what we'll do next!

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Today’s Anniversary: Man Lands on the Moon

It's July 20, and on this date in 1969, man landed on the moon for the very first time.  Today we take space travel for granted.  Just last week a satellite zoomed past Pluto and sent back the most detailed pictures we've ever seen of the dwarf planet, but nearly a half-century ago, just getting to the moon took considerable effort.  Coupled with tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, Americans took special pride as Apollo 11's astronauts completed their mission.  Perhaps your mission is to earn your accredited high school diploma, whether it be from American School or a public or private school near your hometown.  Either way, we can help you since we offer the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Enroll today and get ready to be sent over the moon as you work toward your diploma!

**NOTE: This blog is taking a bit of a summer vacation and will return Monday, July 27.**  

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American School To Attend Southeast Homeschool Expo Near Atlanta

Yesterday we told you about one of our conventions next week, namely the THSC Convention in The Woodlands, Texas.  Today we're telling you about our other convention next week, namely the Southeast Homeschool Expo near Atlanta.  Visit us in booth 902 at the Cobb Galleria Centre northwest of downtown to learn more about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs.  We'll be in booth 902 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, July 24, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, as well as out and about in the days prior to the show.  See us and pick up enrollment applications and packets as well as some promotional items.  We look forward to seeing you in Texas and Georgia next week!

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American School to Attend THSC Convention in The Woodlands

We're heading to two conventions next week and will use our blog today and tomorrow to preview each of them.  First up is the Texas Home School Coalition Convention from July 23-25 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.  Those of you in the Houston area are invited to visit us in booth 104 on July 23 from 5-7 p.m; July 24 from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m; and July 25 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  As usual, we'll have plenty of information about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs, as well as plenty of giveaway items for everybody.  The THSC Convention in The Woodlands has been on our calendar for several years, and this year we were excited to exhibit at its sister event in Arlington for the first time.  Please make plans to join us in The Woodlands, but if you're not in Texas, don't fret.  As we said, we're going someplace else next week too.  Check back tomorrow to find out where!

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American School Closing at 12 Noon on Thursday, July 16

American School will close for a special event at 12 noon CDT on Thursday, July 16.  We will reopen with our regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, July 17.  Thank you for your understanding, and if we miss you tomorrow, we look forward to serving you on Friday.

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Today’s Special Occasion: MLB All-Star Game

If you read last Friday's blog entry, you know that the American School Blog celebrated its 9th birthday just four days ago.  The subject of our very first blog entry on July 11, 2006, was the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which was being played that night in Pittsburgh.  Tonight's game is in Cincinnati, and even back when we attended a convention there in April, the Queen City was already abuzz with excitement.  Although we've added many online courses and launched online diploma programs and made other positive changes since our first blog was published, some of the other themes of our first blog entry remain the same.  You can still become an academic all-star after you enroll with us.  That's because we allow students to work entirely at their own pace and provide students with detailed feedback from our qualified instructors.  We can't guarantee that you'll hit it out of the park on every test, but we can guarantee that through hard work and perseverance, one day you will cross home plate with your accredited high school diploma.