Reminder About Work Completed At Other High Schools

We've used several blog entries this year to remind you of some of our policies, and today we have another.  Many times people will write us and ask us if we accept credit from previous schools.  As stated on our FAQ page, as long as you attended an accredited high school, we do accept credits from previous schools.  Please send us an official transcript from that school, and, upon receipt and evaluation of that official transcript, you will be given credit for the courses you completed and passed, with the exception of religion, physical education, music, driver's education, and ROTC.  Please have a transcript sent from your previous high school directly to us at 2200 East 170th Street, Lansing, IL  60438.  We look forward to having you in our accredited high school program and helping you earn a high school diploma at home.

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White House Hosts Big Block of Cheese Day Today

Yesterday's blog discussed the State of the Union, and today the White House is following up on that speech by hosting its annual Big Block of Cheese Day.  It's an open house of sorts with roots going back to 1837.  First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and several other government officials will be on social media throughout the day, and you're encouraged to participate in this event.  Go here for more information, but be warned that the site uses cheesier puns than we do in this blog!  While you're on social media, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news from the school that offers the best high school courses and programs online!

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Today’s Special Occasion: The State of the Union

It's January 12, and tonight President Obama will give his last State of the Union address.  American School does not take political positions, but tonight's speech is worth discussing from two standpoints.  First, it's a speech, so students in our online Public Speaking course or in our paper-based Speech course can watch it and perhaps pick up a few pointers to help them in their studies.  Second, the State of the Union is our government in action, so students in our online Government course or in our paper-based Social Civics course can watch it and learn more about how our government operates.  If you tune in at 8 p.m. Chicago time, you'll see President Obama walk into the House of Representatives, where Vice-President Biden (who presides over the Senate) and Speaker of the House Ryan will be waiting for him along with the entire 535 members of Congress.  You'll see Supreme Court justices there as well as many members of President Obama's cabinet.  As a fun challenge for yourself, try to identify the cabinet member who is not present.  Various broadcasts may identify the cabinet member who is not present, but a cabinet member always is absent and watches the speech from a secure location in case of a disaster at the Capitol.  We hope you can tune in tonight for at least part of the speech to learn more about speech, government and the state of our country at the present moment. 

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Reminder About Transcripts and Duplicate Diplomas

We're continuing our theme of reminders in the new year by focusing on transcripts and duplicate diplomas.  Many times students will write and ask us how they can get transcripts of their accredited high school courses, and the answer is right on our FAQ page.  Read the second question, follow the steps in the answer, and you'll be on your way.  The first transcript you request is free, and each additional transcript costs $5.  Also on the FAQ page we have information about duplicate copies of online or correspondence high school diplomas.  Unless circumstances are deemed extraordinary, we do not issue duplicate diplomas.  Thank you for your cooperation and for allowing us to be your distance education school.

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Reminder About Social Media Policies

We've done a lot of reminders in our first week of 2016 blogs, and today we have another.  We are grateful to have so many likes and followers on our Facebook and Twitter pages, but we expect people who like and follow us to adhere to certain guidelines.  As stated on our Facebook page, "We reserve the right to remove posts if deemed to be offensive material, harassments or advertisements. We also reserve the right to permanently ban users who post such material.".  This policy is in place to ensure the safety of all those who visit our social media pages.  In accordance with American School's honor system, we prohibit sharing answers on our social media pages as well.  In fact, we ask that you do not discuss any personal information about yourself on our social media pages.  There is contact information on our social media pages that you can use to send your account question directly to us, and we will reply promptly.  Finally, while we are indeed grateful to have so many likes and followers, we like to remind people from time to time just who they are liking and following.  We are American School located in Lansing, Illinois, a leader in distance education since 1897, and we are proud to offer the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford.  We do not represent the entire American schooling or American education system, nor do we assist with acquiring visas for those who live in foreign countries and may wish to come to the United States to study.  Again, we reserve the right to remove and/or ban such users who we believe like us solely for those purposes.  Thank you for your cooperation in allowing us to use our social media sites effectively and keep them safe for our students.

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Reminder About Receiving Phone Calls From American School

Within the past year we started a new initiative in which we have become more pro-active in contacting prospective students, parents and school officials.  Whenever someone requests more information from us, whether it's an enrollment packet or a glimpse at our online or pdf enrollment applications, we offer to call him or her to answer any questions.  We are happy to make these calls, but please remember that we only make outbound calls between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Chicago time.  Those are our normal business hours and the hours during which we contact current and past students as well.  Therefore, if you are filling out a form and would like us to call you, please give us a time between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  If that time frame is not convenient for you, we will attempt to answer your questions via email instead.  At this time, we are unable to make calls in the evenings or on weekends.  Thank you for your cooperation and for allowing us to serve you.

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Today’s Birthday: The State of New Mexico

It's January 6, and New Mexico became a state on this date in 1912.  We've been doing blogs about state birthdays in recent weeks, and, like Iowa a little while ago, we've never attended a convention in New Mexico.  That's not for lack of trying.  In fact, we've had many students from New Mexico over the years.  We're happy to have them and we'd love to meet them in person at a convention in their home state.  That said, it's important to note that conventions with states in their names usually welcome people from out of state to their shows.  It's not unusual for us to see that when we're on the road, and regional conventions often attract people from several states.  No matter where you are from, and whether we meet you at a convention or not, we have the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Visit our enrollment page to learn more and get started.

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Reminder About Departmental Email Addresses

If you're looking to contact a particular department, look no further than our Online Student Center, which contains a list of departmental email addresses.  Using this list correctly will help ensure you receive prompt responses from your instructors and timely service from other departments listed.  If your question doesn't fit into a particular department, you can always email us here and trust that your email will be forwarded to the appropriate department.  Thank you for your cooperation and for allowing us to serve you.

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New Independent Study, Individual Subject Applications Available

It's a new year and we have new applications for our Independent Study Program and for individual subjects taken for enrichment purposes.  We didn't add any new courses or change prices this time, but we do update these applications twice a year. Go to our enrollment page and read them carefully before enrolling.  If you have old applications in your possession, we will accept them until February 1, but after February 1 we will only accept the enrollment applications posted to our site today.  Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to having you as our student in 2016.

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