Today’s Special Occasion: New Year’s Eve

It's December 31, the last day of the year, and tonight the ball will drop in Times Square, a race car will drop in Indianapolis, a peach will drop in Atlanta, and a star will rise in Chicago as part of New Year's celebrations.  Our final blog of the year is a reminder to not "drop the ball" when it comes to your high school education.  Whether you need an entire diploma program or just one course, we have the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford, and we'll have even more courses and services to offer you in 2016.  We wish all of you a happy and safe new year and look forward to serving you and posting more blogs when we return to the office on Monday, January 4!

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Today’s Birthday: Rudyard Kipling

It's December 30, and British writer Rudyard Kipling was born 150 years ago today.  He wrote The Jungle Book and Kim and short stories such as "If" and "The Man Who Would Be King" among others.  Our British Literature course contains works from some of the greatest British authors and counts as one unit of credit toward your accredited high school diploma.  It's also available as an individual subject should you need to recover credit at a local public or private school or simply wish to enhance an existing homeschool curriculum.  Visit our enrollment page to learn more! 

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Reminder About Sending Emails

In today's blog, we wanted to remind you of a couple things when you contact us via email.  First, you can find departmental email addresses in the Online Student Center.  Try to write to the department which best fits your needs, but don't worry if you do not.  All emails will be sent to the appropriate department.  What's more important is that you include your name and student number in every email you send us.  There may be several students with your same first and/or last name, but your student number is unique to you, so that's why we ask that you include it in every email you send us.  We also ask that you be as specific as possible when you write us.  Telling us exactly what you want will help us give you faster service.  Finally, it is our policy that we reply to all emails within one business day.  We do our best to adhere to this policy even during busier times of the year.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you.  We are very happy to have you as our student!

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Today’s Birthday: The State of Iowa

It's December 28, and our neighbor to the west turns 169 years old today.  Iowa became a state on this date in 1846, and it's one of the few states in which we have not attended a convention in recent years.  We'll try to change that in 2016, but we already have a busy convention schedule planned.  Check back soon to see where we are going first!

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American School Announces Holiday Schedule

American School will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  We will close New Year's Eve at 12 noon.  We will be open with our regular business hours any weekday not listed above.  We wish everyone reading this blog a happy and safe holiday season. 

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American School Closing at Noon Today

American School is closing at 12 noon today for a company-wide meeting.  We will be open tomorrow with our normal business hours.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Winter

It's December 21, and winter officially begins today.  You might think of winter as a season of snowmen and sledding, but it's actually the perfect time to enroll and take the first step toward your accredited high school diploma.  As the snow falls outside, you'll be inside working on your online or paper-based courses.  If you want to take a day or week off to go enjoy your favorite outdoor winter activity, you can do that too because all of our students work entirely at their own pace.  Don't be frozen out by winter's cold temperatures or by not having a high school diploma!  Become our student and see the temperatures–and your grades–rise in the coming year! 

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Janet Bielawski Retires After 33 Years of Service

Today American School says goodbye to Janet Bielawski, who is retiring after 33 years of service.  Janet was a member of the Student Service Department and was instrumental in making sure diplomas got processed and printed properly.  In other words, if you earned an American School diploma in the last few decades, Janet had something to do with that!  We wish her good health and all the best in her retirement.

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American School Celebrates 118th Birthday

It's December 17, and on this date in 1897, American School received a charter from the state of Massachusetts to operate as an "educational institution not for profit."  That charter still guides us 118 years later, but not even our great founder, the legendary R.T. Miller (pictured) could have envisioned what his school would one day become.  We started as a study-by-mail program offering courses such as Electrical Engineering, Machine Shop Practice and Mechanical Drafting primarily to people with jobs who wished to study at home to advance their careers.  After five years in Massachusetts, we moved to Chicago in 1902 at the invitation of the Armour Institute, and Chicagoland has been our home ever since.  With the move, our curriculum expanded to include courses in law, commerce, fire insurance and high school completion.  We exhibited at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and soon had students in more than 40 countries around the world.  In 1907, we moved to our own headquarters in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, a historic landmark which still stands to this very day.  A key moment came in 1922 when a principal from Benton Harbor, Michigan, approached us and asked if students at his school could take our courses to make up credits.  That idea was the seed for our Independent Study Program which today serves thousands of high schools across the country.  As American School continued to grow, we offered our own diplomas and our first post-secondary scholarship in 1938.  Our materials were used to help train soldiers in World War 2, and in the 1970s we became the first home study high school to earn accreditation by a regional accrediting body.  Today we are accredited by three such groups and offer accredited high school courses and diplomas in paper-based and online formats.  We also have this blog and our social media pages as additional ways we communicate with students and stakeholders online.  What does the future hold?  We plan to continue to evolve as a leader in distance education, adding more courses and services to benefit our students.  As an "educational institution not for profit" we've put our students' needs first for the last 118 years and we always will.  Thank you for choosing us and for helping us celebrate our 118th birthday!


Updated Blueprint Reading 2 Course Available

American School is pleased to release an updated version of Blueprint Reading 2.  The half-unit course is perfect for those who already have printreading experience but who wish to acquire more detailed knowledge as they work toward a potential career in construction.  The course has 8 exams, and its textbook comes with a set of blueprints.  If you have designs on your accredited high school diploma or just wish to take this course on an individual basis, we invite you to enroll today!

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