Today’s Anniversary: The Bill of Rights

It's December 15, and the Bill of Rights was ratified on this date in 1791.  These first ten amendments to the United States Constitution give us some of our most famous freedoms, and you can learn more about them by taking our paper-based Social Civics course or our online Government course.  Social Civics is worth a full unit of credit, and Government is worth a half unit of credit.  We should also note that students who live in the state of Illinois need to take an exam that covers the United States Consitution and other important state and federal documents, and information on this test will be given to you after you enroll.  We are proud to offer these government courses and exams as well as many other courses in online and paper-based formats.  You can view all of our course offerings here and then exercise your freedom of choice to enroll with us!

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Today’s Anniversary: The Wright Brothers’ First Attempt to Fly

It's December 14, and on this date in 1903, the Wright Brothers attempted to fly their plane, the Wright Flyer, for the first time.  Unfortunately, the plane never got off the ground.  After regrouping and repairing the plane, they tried again three days later, and on December 17 they made history at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  After you enroll and become our student, it is important to stick with your courses and keep your end goal in mind.  You'll have struggles and disappointments and maybe even some failures along the way.  Don't give up!  Our staff is here to support you and help in any way we can.  With hard work and encouragement, you'll get yourself off the ground and soar upwards and one day reach your goal of earning an accredited high school diploma from American School!   

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Today’s Birthday: The State of Indiana

It's December 11, and on this date in 1816, Indiana became a state.  The Hoosier State is home to many American School employees since our offices are just west of the Illinois-Indiana border.  We're happy to have many students in Illinois, Indiana and in the 48 other states, not to mention more than 65 countries around the world.  No matter where you live or what accredited high school courses you need to earn your diploma, we have an enrollment application for you.  We look forward to sending your course materials and one day your diploma to the state or country where you live! 

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Reminder About Transcript Requests and Duplicate Diplomas

One of the most common questions we receive is how students can order transcripts and duplicate diplomas.  We'll answer the second one first.  At this time, we do not issue duplicate diplomas unless circumstances are deemed extraordinary.  It is your responsibility to keep your diploma in a safe place.  As far as transcripts go, a transcript release form is available on our FAQ page.  Please follow the instructions on it and we will be happy to send a transcript to you or the school of your choice.  The first transcript you request is free, and additional transcripts cost $5 each.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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We’d Love to Hear From You!

As you may have heard, we're thinking about adding middle school courses to our curriculum in 2016.  What courses we offer and how we offer them are still to be determined. Click here to tell us what you think.  We promise that every email will be read and every suggestion will be considered.  Your opinions and ideas are very important to us because we want to please the students, parents and schools we serve.  Thank you for your help!

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November-December All American Newsletter Available

The November-December All American newsletter is now available.  Click here to read it and visit our Community page for newsletters going back to 2011.  We look forward to bringing you six more information-packed editions of the All American in 2016, but we need your help to make our newsletter even better.  Email us with your story ideas.  We'd love to feature you or someone you know in an upcoming edition!

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Live Dive to Commemorate 74th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Today is the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, and the national parks staff is doing something unique to mark the occasion.  A live dive will be held later today, during which a park official will dive down to the sunken U.S.S. Arizona and describe what's left of the ship today as well as what life was like on the ship when it served our country many decades ago.  The event begins at 7:45 p.m. CST and is scheduled to end at 9:15 p.m. CST.  Click here to register.  We've talked many times about how going to a historic site can make history come alive.  If you can't be in Hawaii today, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about what happened 74 years ago today and the great care that is taken to preserve the memories of the lives lost on that day that will live in infamy.


Today’s Birthday: Wink Martindale

It's December 4, and game show host Wink Martindale turns 82 years old today.  He hosted a bunch of game shows in the 1970s and 1980s, but his most famous one was called "Tic Tac Dough," a variation on the familiar tic-tac-toe game we've all played.  Today's a good day to talk about dough, but not the kind you use to make holiday cookies or treats.  Rather, we'll talk about dough as a slang word for money.  Many times people want to enroll and earn their accredited high school diplomas, but they're worried about cost.  As a non-profit institution, American School keeps cost to a minimum.  Our paper-based diploma program costs $2250 and our online diploma program costs $3600.  Monthly payment plans are available for students in our diploma programs, so you can earn your diploma for as little as $100 per month.  Individual subjects for credit recovery or enrichment typically cost between $150 and $300.  Whether you are enrolled in our diploma programs or plan to take individual courses, all study materials are included in the cost of tuition.  You won't find a better value anywhere.  Make the first move and enroll today!

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Today’s Birthday: The State of Illinois

It's December 3, and Illinois became a state on this date in 1818.  Although we were founded in Massachusetts in 1897, we consider Illinois our home state because we've been here since the early 20th century.  We spent most of our time in the city of Chicago, particularly in the Hyde Park neighborhood near the University of Chicago, but since 1996 we have been based in the far south suburb of Lansing, Illinois.  Because we are located in Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education visits our school every few years to examine our structure and the educational services we provide.  We are happy to be recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school and proud to be located in the state which celebrates its 197th birthday today.  Even though we're located in Illinois, we are proud to serve students from all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Visit our enrollment page for information on how you can become our next student whether you live close by or many miles away!

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Today’s Birthday: Charles Ringling

It's December 2, and Charles Ringling, who co-founded the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, was born on this date in 1863.  His birthday is a good occasion to review American School's relationship with his circus and other circuses that travel the country.  Because performers and children of performers are never in one place for very long due to the circus criss-crossing the country via train, it's difficult for people to attend school in a classroom setting.  Circuses have used American School materials to provide an accredited high school education for their performers and family members for many years.  They can study anytime, anywhere, even on long overnight train rides from one destination to the next.  Because our courses are available in online and paper-based formats, they can study in the way that is most convenient to them as well.  We are happy to have relationships with many circuses and value those students as much as we value our students who study from home.  You can join them by enrolling today!

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