Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween

Happy Halloween from American School!  We realize that enrolling in a distance education high school or middle school can be scarier than some of the costumes you'll see tonight, but there's nothing to fear.  We have nearly 120 years of experience and credibility and are happy to help you earn a high school diploma at home.  If you're young enough to trick or treat, consider taking our online middle school courses on an individual basis or as part of an accredited middle school program.  We hope to have paper middle school courses available in early 2017.  If you're a bit older, then enroll in our college preparatory program or general high school program.  Those programs are available in online or paper formats.  If you're even older and think you don't have a ghost of a chance of getting your high school diploma, we're happy to offer a high school diploma online for adults, or you may complete our traditional paper-based program instead.  After you enroll and become our student, a cap and gown won't be only a costume.  Instead, they'll be symbolic of you earning your accredited high school diploma from American School.  Get started today!     

American School Holds 119th Annual Meeting

Today American School holds its 119th annual meeting of trustees, corporate members and other invited guests.  The annual meeting is a chance to look back at the accomplishments and challenges of the past year and an opportunity to start planning for the future.  In the past year the biggest news around here has been the introduction of an accredited middle school program consisting of online middle school courses.  This year we hope to add paper-based middle school courses as well as more high school correspondence courses and online high school courses.  Check this blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures and other highlights from today's event.   

American School Welcomes Board of Trustees

Today American School welcomes our Board of Trustees to our building for a series of meetings.  They're here in part to help us improve our standing as one of the best distance education high schools and middle schools.  Since their last visit we've added numerous accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses, and with their guidance, we plan to add middle school correspondence courses and more high school correspondence courses to our curriculum later this year and continuing into early 2017.  Keep reading this blog to be the first to know when these new courses are available.   

A Visit to the Gerald R. Ford Museum

Last week when we exhibited at the LEA Convocation in Grand Rapids, we had the chance to visit the President Gerald R. Ford Museum one morning before the LEA exhibit hall opened.  If you read this blog regularly, you know that we believe visiting presidential libraries and museums is a great way to make your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses in government and history come to life.  At the Ford Museum, after being greeted by a display case of more than 30 bobbleheads of past and present historical figures, you can see artifacts from President Ford's early life and years in Congress before he ascended to Vice-President and President.  You'll see a replica of the Oval Office and sit in a replica cabinet room where difficult decisions were made.  You'll also learn about his family life and his post-White House life which lasted nearly 40 years.  Finally you'll have the opportunity to visit President and Mrs. Ford's graves which are located outside the museum.  Presidential libraries and museums are scattered throughout the United States.  Presidents Nixon and Reagan have libraries in California.  Presidents Johnson, Bush 41 and Bush 43 have libraries in Texas.  FDR and JFK have libraries in the northeast portion of the country.  Presidents Carter and Clinton have libraries in the southern United States.  Presidents Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower join President Ford in having libraries in the midwest, and President Obama will join them when his library is completed in Chicago by the end of this decade.  As you work toward finishing your accredited middle school program or accredited high school program and ultimately earning your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma, visit a presidential library or museum or another type of museum that may enhance your studies.  You'll be glad you did.

Reminder About Homeschoolers and School Activities

This recent news story about legislation in Kentucky is a good reminder that each state has its own laws regarding homeschoolers' participation in sports and other school activities.  While you're an American School student working to earn a high school school diploma at home consisting of the best online high school courses or high school correspondence courses we have to offer, check with your local public to private high school to see if you can participate in the extracurricular activities it offers.  Don't be discouraged if you cannot.  There are many other outlets in your community that can give you the opportunity to showcase your talents.  Whether you can participate in school activities or not, we are happy to have you as an American School student!     

American School Receives Additional Accreditation

Recently American School received additional accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.  This new accreditation from MSA-CESS includes our online middle school courses in addition to our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  A statement from MSA-CESS explains the accreditation process in this way: 

"MSA-CESS accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial, and charter schools. In addition, MSA-CESS accredits non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions. 
Accreditation is a multifaceted evaluation process that schools and school systems voluntarily use to demonstrate they are meeting a defined set of research-based performance standards. The 12 Standards for Accreditation are: mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health with and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities, and information resources.
The accreditation process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school and school system and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Association member schools conducts an on-site peer review visit to observe school operations and interview various stakeholders. The visiting team makes its recommendation to the Middle States Association Commissions, which vote on the accreditations."

We are grateful for this accreditation and invite you to visit our accreditations and affiliations page to learn more.


Caroline Wozniacki Captures 25th Career Title

American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her 25th WTA Tour title this weekend in Hong Kong, continuing a red-hot fall season that saw her win another title and reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open.  In her post-match comments, Caroline talked about never doubting herself, and that's something you should keep in mind as you work on your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Not every course will be easy, but with a can-do attitude and the help of our instructors, you can accomplish your goal of completing an accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.    

American School Celebrates National Bosses Day

National Bosses Day is celebrated each year on October 16.  Since October 16 fell on a Sunday this year, this blog is celebrating National Bosses Day today.  In American School's 119-year history, we've only had 7 presidents.  Our first was our founder, R.T. Miller, and our current president is Gary R. Masterton.  This stability in leadership has been a main reason why so many people have chosen us as their distance education high school.  R.T. Miller probably had no idea that we'd one day offer online high school courses, and even Gary R. Masterton's more immediate predecessors might not have imagined that we'd offer online middle school courses as part of an accredited middle school program, but we've evolved under different leaders and will continue to do so in the future.  Enroll today and be a part of a school that has had exceptional bosses for more than a century!  

Revised Printreading 1 Course Available

American School is pleased to announce the release of a revised Printreading 1 course.  It's one of many vocational courses we have available and would be useful if you want a career in construction.  Take it for credit recovery as part of an independent study high school program, or add it to your accredited high school program as an elective if you wish to earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Start building a brighter future for yourself and enroll today!  Finally, please note that our blog will be taking a brief break the next couple days.  We'll have our next post on Monday.

American School to Attend LEA Convocation

Later this week American School will make its first appearance at the Lutheran Education Association Convocation.  The event is being held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We'll be in booth 139 on October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on October 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We look forward to meeting Lutheran educators from around the country who may wish to receive more information about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  They may be taken individually for credit recovery or enrichment or collectively as part of a full-year program.  As always, we'll have our famous freebies to give away as well.  We hope you'll join us!