Three Important Announcements

It's three blogs for the price of one today.  First, we realize that many of our GradPoint students have had difficulty getting into their accredited online high school courses.  GradPoint has identified the cause of these intermittent outages as related to cyber-terrorism and is working on a permanent solution.  None of your personal data is affected by this problem.  Second, if you enroll in one of our Rosetta Stone courses, you may experience a slight delay in accessing your course.  We apologize for this delay and hope to have the problem fixed shortly.  Third, Understanding English 2 is currently out of stock.  Please keep this in mind if you are considering adding it to your high school correspondence courses.  We appreciate you choosing us as your distance education high school.  Although we sometimes run into roadblocks such as the ones described in this post, we always strive to offer you the best high school courses and programs we can.

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Today’s Anniversary: The Space Shuttle Challenger

From time to time this blog doesn't focus on American School news or joyous occasions like birthdays.  Today is one of those days.  On this date in 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off.  Much like the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana and the events of September 11, 2001, those of us who were alive thirty years ago today know exactly where we were when we heard the news.  Such tragedy is not foreign to NASA, especially around this time of year.  On January 27, 1967, a fatal fire occurred during an Apollo 1 mission.  On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry.  You can read more about these missions and the astronauts who died by visiting NASA's Day of Remembrance page.  While the men and women aboard the Challenger and Columbia and involved in the Apollo 1 mission came from diverse backgrounds, they were involved in the space program in part because they wished to acquire knowledge that not only would improve their generation but also improve the lives of generations to come.  Today we honor them and thank them and their fellow space program members for their bravery. 

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Important Notice for GradPoint Students

In a continual effort to improve reliability and service to students, GradPoint is moving its backbone to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud website hosting solution.  GradPoint will be unavailable on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 from 8 a.m. EST to 12 p.m. EST for system maintenance.  You may need to clear your cache if you notice any user interface disturbances after this change.  Thank you for your cooperation, and we are grateful that you have chosen to take accredited online high school courses with us as we strive to becom an even better distance education high school.

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Today’s Birthday: The State of Michigan

It's January 26, and Michigan became a state on this date in 1837.  Over the years we've had many students from Michigan.  They come to us because they're interested in our online high school courses and high school diploma program or our high school correspondence courses for credit recovery or to earn a high school diploma at home.  We welcome students from all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Visit our enrollment page to select the application that best suits your situation and location.  We look forward to having you as our student!     

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Today’s Anniversary: Transcontinental Telephone Service

It's January 25, and on this date in 1915, Alexander Graham Bell in New York called Thomas Watson in San Francisco, thereby completing the first transcontinental telephone call.  These days we take telephone communication for granted.  It's one of several ways you can contact us if you have questions about American School's accredited high school program.  Call us at 708-418-2800 or 866-260-7221 and you can speak with us between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Central Time each weekday.  You can also email us and we will reply within one business day, or you can send us letters and expect us to reply to those too.  All of us look forward to assisting you in whatever way we can as you work to earn a high school diploma at home. 

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Today’s Birthday: Karl Wallenda

It's January 21, and Karl Wallenda, the founder of the famous Flying Wallendas, was born on this date in 1905.  We've had members of the Wallenda family as well as other circus performers as our students over the years, and we're grateful that they chose American School to take high school correspondence courses.  They like our accredited high school program because they can work at their own pace no matter where they are in the United States or around the world, and today they can even take our accredited online high school courses too.  Enroll today and join them by reaching new heights as our student! 

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Online Diploma Program Reinstatement/Extension Form Now Available

Students taking online high school courses as part of our online high school diploma program can now access a reinstatement and extension form in the Online Student Center.  Log into the Online Student Center and look for the box under the "Important Notes for Gradpoint Users" heading.  The PDF form is located in the box.  We hope you find this feature convenient as you continue work on the best high school courses online!

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Anna Tatishvili Drops Heartbreaker Down Under

American School graduate Anna Tatishvili took a top 100 ranking into her first round match at the Australian Open and left on the wrong side of a 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 decision against fellow American Irina Falconi.  Anna actually won more points than her opponent (124-121) but could not advance to meet 2015 U.S. Open runner-up Roberta Vinci in the second round.  We look forward to following Anna the rest of the tennis season, including the Grand Slam events in Paris, London and New York City starting this spring.

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Today’s Special Occasion: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

It's January 18, and today the United States is observing the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As we've said many times before in this blog, one way to make history come alive is to visit museums, libraries or other historic sites.  If you're in Atlanta, you can visit the King Center to learn more about Dr. King.  If you can't make it to Atlanta, many people do service projects today to commemorate Dr. King's life, and you can learn more about these by visiting the United States Government's official site.

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Reminder About Homeschooling Credit

Continuing our series of reminders, today we focus on homeschooling credit.  Our FAQ page states, "If you have been home schooled or attended a non-accredited school, you may be eligible to establish up to 5 units of credit by successfully passing (with a grade of 75% or better) comprehensive examinations offered by American School. There is a non-refundable fee for each comprehensive examination, and you must be enrolled for at least 9 units of credit from American School to be eligible to take comprehensive examinations.  Please note that the American School does not provide review materials for comprehensive examinations.  We do not send comprehensive examinations to students who have already received American School materials for the subject(s), nor to students whose sibling(s) or family members have received American School materials for that subject.  Students enrolled in supervised or tutorial programs are not eligible to receive comprehensive examinations.  Contact our Principal's office for more information or if you wish to take these comprehensive examinations."  Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to having you or a family member take our high school correspondence courses or our online high school courses!

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