Today’s Birthday: Walt Whitman

It's May 31, and American poet Walt Whitman was born on this date in 1819.  He is one of several American authors students will read and study when they take our Literature 3: Selected American Classics course.  The half-unit course gives students the chance to read poems, short stories and novels and develop their writing skills as they share their feelings about what they have read.  It's one of many high school correspondence courses we offer, but we know students like to learn in other ways too.  That's why we offer the best online high school courses and best online middle school courses as well.  Take them individually to recover credit or for enrichment purposes, or take them collectively to finish a year in middle school or earn a high school diploma at home.  No matter what program you decide, we would be happy to have you as our student.  Enroll today! 


American School Closed Memorial Day

American School will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.  We wish to thank the veterans who laid down their lives to preserve our freedom.  Our offices will reopen Tuesday, May 31.  Have a safe weekend.

Today’s Special Occasion: The National Spelling Bee

It's May 26, and the finals of the National Spelling Bee are being held tonight.  Preliminary rounds are taking place this morning, and the networks of ESPN will have coverage all day long.  If you watch any of the bee, you'll notice that the contestants can figure out how to spell complex words by asking for its part of speech, definition and language of origin.  Those same skills can be found in our Spelling course.  It's one of the many high school correspondence courses we have in our curriculum.  We also offer the best online high school courses and best online middle school courses, so whether you're looking for a high school diploma program, middle school program, or just want to take a single course, we have what you need.  We look forward to spelling your name correctly on your transcript after you enroll and become our student!

Today’s Special Occasion: The National Geographic Bee

It's May 25, and the championship round of the National Geographic Bee is being held today.  You can watch the final round Friday night on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD or check your local PBS station for its scheduled rebroadcast.  If you watch the finals, you'll be amazed by how much these students know about geography.  You can start catching up to them by taking our paper-based World Geography course or our online Geography course.  They are among the many accredited high school courses you can take as part of your high school diploma program or individually through our independent study high school program or for personal enrichment.  Let us help map your future with the best online high school courses and best correspondence high school courses around.  Enroll today!


Reminder About Our FAQ Page

Each day we get dozens of emails from students, parents, school officials and graduates asking us all sorts of questions, and we're happy to reply to them within one business day.  Many of those emails, however, didn't even need to be sent because the answers to many questions asked in those emails are found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.  If you have questions about accreditation, requesting transcripts and diplomas, our student handbook, our grading scale, our acceptance of homeschooling credit and much more, check out our FAQ page first.  Your answer might be there.  If not, by all means email us.  The information on our FAQ page and in our replies to your emails will help you earn a high school diploma at home and will allow the school with the best online high school courses and middle school courses to give you the fastest possible service.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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American School To Attend FPEA Convention

American School is pleased to be exhibiting at the Florida Parent Educators Association this weekend at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee.  We'll be in booth 104 on May 26 from 4-9 p.m.; May 27 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and May 28 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and as usual we'll have information about our high school diploma program, accredited online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, accredited online middle school courses and much more.  We'll even have freebies to remind you that we're the best distance education high school and middle school for you and your family.  Come spend Memorial Day weekend with us.  We look forward to seeing you there!

American School Releases Updated Food Study Course

American School is pleased to release a new version of its Food Study course.  If you're curious about food and nutrition, consider adding this course to your high school diploma program.  It's one of several high school correspondence courses our students take as electives in our general high school or college preparatory program.  Food Study, other paper-based courses and a whole array of accredited online high school courses are available for credit recovery or enrichment purposes as well.  Enroll today and become healthier in mind and body as you earn a high school diploma at home!

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American School Releases Full-Unit Writing 2 Course

American School is pleased to release a full-unit Writing 2 course.  The course builds on the writing skills developed in Writing 1 and fosters a student's ability to write grammatically correct, unified, coherent and well-researched essays and research papers.  In the process students analyze various types of sources for their central ideas and claims, reliability and basic literary elements.  Proper citation, documentation, paraphrasing and summarizing in avoidance of plagiarism are stressed.  Please note that students in this course are automatically enrolled to complete the unit exams in an online format.  Students may opt out of online exams and complete the exams in a paper-based format by contacting the Student Service Department.  Additionally, students must earn a passing grade on Exam 4 before Exam 5 will be accepted and must earn a passing grade on Exam 9 before Exam 10 will be accepted.  Thank you for your cooperation, and we hope you will enjoy having Writing 2 as part of your accredited high school program.


Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date several years ago the person who regularly writes the American School blog graduated from college.  Astute readers of this blog might be able to figure out the internationally relevant school our blogger attended because it's mentioned from time to time in this blog, but the more important thing is finding the right college for you after you complete your high school diploma program with us.  Each year in our July-August All American newsletter we print a list of colleges that have accepted American School students in the past year.  It is by no means an exhaustive list, because we'd need far more than one page to list all of the colleges which have accepted our students!  If you're curious about a particular college accepting an American School diploma, please check with our school counselor who will be able to assist you with the entire college application process.  Sometimes you only apply to the school of your dreams and are accepted there.  Other times you may need or want to apply to several schools to make sure you find the right fit.  Our goal is to make sure you have all the paper-based or online high school courses you need to be accepted at the college or university of your choice.  We are pleased you have chosen us as your distance education high school and look forward to awarding you your online or correspondence high school diploma before you begin work toward your college diploma!      

Reminder About Requesting Phone Calls

Earlier this year American School started an outreach program in which prospective students or their parents may request a phone call from us to discuss our accredited high school program, accredited online high school courses and other services.  We are happy to make these introductory phone calls but wish to remind you that we only can make them when our offices are open.  Therefore, if you request a phone call, you may request a call between 8:30 a.m. and 12 noon Chicago time or between 12 noon and 3:30 p.m. Chicago time.  We do not make calls before or after those times, nor do we make calls on weekends.  Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to having you or your child as our student.