Web Site, Applications Fully Operational

This weekend our web site and enrollment applications were temporarily unavailable.  We apologize for the error but got them up and running as quickly as possible.  The online student center, online counselor office, online high school courses and online middle school courses were not affected by this outage.  We do our best to keep you posted of any issues with our services, primarily through this blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We invite you to like and follow us for all our latest news.  We are happy so many of you have chosen to take online courses and high school correspondence courses with us, and we remain committed to offering you the best service we can.


Today’s Birthday: William Hunding

It's January 30, the birthday of past American School President William Hunding.  He worked for American School full-time for nearly 40 years and remained a trustee after his retirement in 2006 until his death in 2013.  During his tenure, American School solidified its place as a top distance education high school.  We expanded our correspondence high school diploma program and added more high school correspondence courses to help those interested in independent study high school programs.  Today we've built on Mr. Hunding's work and have online high school courses and online middle school courses, and in the fall we'll add paper-based middle school courses.  We think he'd be proud of the school we've become, and we're happy to remember him on his birthday.     

Today’s Anniversary: The University of Georgia

It's January 27, and the University of Georgia was founded on this date in 1785.  We don't have any particular ties to UGA, but we feature it in our blog today because it is the first public university in the United States.  That got us thinking about colleges and universities, and each year American School graduates who earn a high school diploma at home continue their educations at schools all across the country.  Many of them take our college preparatory program in hopes of attending a four-year college or university, but our general high school program is suitable for students attending junior college or community college.  Our staff is happy assist you with the college application process after you enroll and become our student.

Today’s Anniversary: Michigan

It's January 26, and Michigan became a state on this date in 1837.  When people think of Michigan, they often think about cars, and our Automotive Systems course tells you plenty about how a vehicle operates.  Automotive Systems is one of hundreds of accredited high school courses in our curriculum, and we have several online middle school courses available as well.  Students in Michigan and in 49 other states and in more than 65 countries around the world take our courses as part of an accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, while others take them individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  We're happy to serve both groups of students!

Today’s Anniversary: Transcontinental Telephone Call

It's January 25, and on this date in 1915, Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York City, called Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco, and when he did, he made the very first transcontinental telephone call.  More than a century later, phone calls from across the country and around the world are common, and we make and receive hundreds of calls every day.  You can reach us at 708-418-2800 or 866-260-7221 if you wish to learn more about our online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses and online high school courses or if you need assistance with your past or present courses.  We will be happy to answer any questions you have about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, please give us a call.  We look forward to helping you however we can.

Australian Open Third Round Update

American School student Caroline Wozniacki fell in the third round of the Australian Open, losing to Johanna Konta of Britain in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.  While neither she nor Anna Tatishvili made the second week of the first major tennis tournament of the year, they are still among the best 128 players in the world.  We know that many other students are doing great things while they work on their online middle school courses, online high school courses or high school correspondence courses, and we'd like to feature you in our blog or newsletter too.  Let us know what you're up to by sending us an email.  We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your story with your fellow students in the United States and in more than 65 countries around the world, including Australia!  

Today’s Special Occasion: 1-23

Today is January 23, commonly abbreviated 1-23.  Enrolling with is as easy as 1-2-3!  First, go to our enrollment page.  You'll be able to choose from a online high school diploma for adults or children, a correspondence high school diploma, independent study high school courses, individual courses, or our accredited middle school program.  Click the program of your choice, fill out a brief form and you'll be taken to the enrollment application.  Second, fill out the enrollment application of your choice completely and hit submit.  Third, you'll be taken to a payment screen that allows you to make a down payment for your diploma or full-year program or pay in full for individual subjects.  When we receive your application and payment, we'll process it, and you should have your course materials within 10 days.  We look forward to having you as our student!  

Today’s Special Occasion: Presidential Inauguration

It's January 20, and today Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States.  American School does not take any political stances, but presidential inaugurations are always historic.  The site linked above is the official inaugural site.  You can watch a live stream of today's events, follow along with the official program, learn about past inaugurations and even get recipes for the food that will be served at the inaugural luncheon.  The United States has been a country for nearly 241 years, and American School has been in existence for 120 years.  In its history, the United States, after today, has 45 presidents.  By contrast, American School has had only 8.  Of course, term limits have something to do with that disparity, but the longevity of our presidents speaks to our credibility.  Although the types of courses we've offered over the years have evolved from high school correspondence courses to online high school courses to online middle school courses, we've always maintained our platform of offering excellent courses at an affordable cost.  It's how we've remained a great distance education high school for more than a century, and we're only getting better! 

Australian Open Second Round Update

American School student Caroline Wozniacki roared into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Donna Vekic of Croatia in the second round.  She is now five wins away from her first Australian Open title, but if she wins, she won't be the first American School student or graduate to be on top Down Under.  Andre Agassi and Mary Pierce both took accredited high school courses with us and are past Australian Open champions.  Will Caroline join them?  The tournament continues over the weekend, and we'll have updates on her progress next week.  In the meantime, we invite you to explore the rest of our web site and learn how our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses can help you become a champion in whatever field you decide to pursue! 

Enter the Illinois High School Radon Video Contest

Our high school students living in Illinois are encouraged to enter the Illinois High School Radon Video Contest.  Videos must be submitted by March 9, so you have nearly 2 months to complete this project if you so choose.  Ten different cash prizes are available, and whether you win one of those or not, entering the contest will enhance what you're learning in our science courses, whether you're taking accredited online high school courses or high school correspondence courses from one of the best distance education high schools in the country.  Click the link above for more information.