2017 National Geographic Bee

The 2017 National Geographic Bee was held earlier this month and is now airing on PBS stations across the country.  If you watch the show, you'll be amazed at what these teenagers know, and you can try to match them by taking one of our geography courses.  We offer a paper-based World Geography course and an online Geography course.  You may take them to help get a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma.  You can also take them as part of an independent study high school program to recover credit at a public or private school you attend.  Both geography courses will help you find your way around the world and also bring you one step closer to your high school diploma.  Enroll today!   

Caroline Wozniacki Wins in First Round of French Open

American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her first round match in this year's French Open by defeating Jaimee Fourlis of Australia in three sets.  The scores were 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.  Caroline moves on to face Francoise Abanda of Canada in the second round.  You may be interested to know that American School offers French 1 and French 2 as part of our wide variety of high school correspondence courses.  We also offer French as one of our online high school courses thanks to a partnership with Rosetta Stone.  We're happy to have Caroline as a student in our accredited high school program and look forward to following her throughout the tournament.

American School Closed May 29

American School will be closed May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.  We wish to honor and thank those members of the military who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  Because of them and all veterans we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.  We look forward to serving our students, parents and school officials when we reopen on May 30.  Have a happy and safe weekend.

Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the late President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and one of the top educators of the 20th century, would've turned 100 years old tomorrow.  To say that he lived a full life prior to his death in 2015 is an understatement.  His accomplishments and achievements included serving as an advisor to popes and presidents, visiting more than 100 countries, and earning 150 honorary degrees, but today is a good occasion to reflect on a couple things he did that changed countless lives.  Fr. Hesburgh was a leader in civil rights and equal rights.  There's a famous photo of him and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joining hands at a march more than 50 years ago when such an alliance would've been frowned upon by many.  Fr. Hesburgh also believed that half the population shouldn't be denied the opportunity to study at Notre Dame, and so he led a movement to allow women into Notre Dame, thereby leading its transformation from an all-male school known primarily for football into the co-educational, internationally relevant place of higher learning that it is today.  Finally, it was common knowledge on campus during Fr. Hesburgh's presidency and even after he retired that if the lights were on in his office, students and other guests were welcome to visit, perhaps to receive counseling, perhaps to have questions answered, or perhaps just to chat. 

Like Fr. Hesburgh, those of us at American School believe that no student should be denied a quality education based on gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation.  We also "leave our lights on" for our students and invite them to contact us anytime of the day or night if they have something to tell us.  Like Fr. Hesburgh, we'll be here to listen and to hopefully make your lives better.  After a day off tomorrow, check back Friday for our final blog entry of the week.

American School to Attend Florida Homeschool Convention

American School is pleased to attend the Florida Homeschool Convention presented by the Florida Parent-Educators Association this weekend at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee.  Come see us in booth 1007 on May 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; May 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and May 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  We'll have information and applications for our online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Take them individually to enrich existing homeschool programs or collectively as part of an accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  Either way, we hope to see you in the Sunshine State and look forward to having you as our student!  

French Open Preview

Today's blog previews the French Open tennis tournament which begins next week in Paris.  The red clay of Roland Garros has been good to American School students and graduates over the years.  Andre Agassi completed the career Grand Slam with a French Open title in 1999, and fellow graduate Mary Pierce won the event in 2000.  This year Andre is back in Paris coaching top tournament contender Novak Djokovic, while Caroline Wozniacki and Anna Tatishvili will represent American School on the women's side.  As usual, this blog will keep you updated on their progress.  Over the years we've had many tennis players enroll with us to earn a high school diploma at home or while traveling around the world.  All of our students enjoy online high school courses or high school correspondence courses from one of the top distance education high schools anywhere in the world.  Enroll today!  We'd be happy to serve you.  

American School to Attend FWAHS Resource Expo

American School is pleased to exhibit at this year's Fort Wayne Area Home Schools Resource Expo.  We'll be in booth 53 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  As always, we'll have plenty of information about our online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  We'll also bring some of our famous freebies for families to take after they visit our booth.  We hope many people will decide to earn a high school diploma at home with American School after attending this show, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have a testimonial from a graduate who lived in Wisconsin at the time he was a student with us.  He writes, "Hello American School.  I've been meaning to send an update email for a while.  I graduated in 2005, attended hometown university for a couple years, UW Fox Valley, and then double-majored in programmer analyst/network infrastructure at the local community college for a couple years after that.  I've never received a degree, but it turns out I'm making 100K+ before I'm 30.  American School was the first major stepping stone on this journey.  My high school put me in night school in the middle of my first semester sophomore year, and I got straight A's in all my core classes, except biology, which, long story short, it was the second quarter, I had a 12% in the class, even though I had A's on the tests, but there was no working with the instructor/it was too late to change anything.  As such, since the deal I made was to pass all my core classes, the principal was looking forward to expelling me.  I tried to work with him, I described the situation, and even at the endorsement of my three other class teachers — whose instruction I was not even receiving but doing phenomenal work — top of the class, the expulsion was going to happen anyway.  And this is where American School became my alternative.  Having the flexible schedule correspondence education allows, but mostly getting a real high school diploma, not a G.E.D., and a diploma with college prep classes even… I've just been meaning to send a thank you and just a general update for a while.  Not sure what the statistics out there are for American School graduates, but with your accreditation & program structure, I was able to educate myself, had the credentials to get into universities — I'm actually enrolled at UVU now for dance classes — apparently the dance program out here is amazing — and I wound up out here for work, and with the university education and the tech school education, I was able to get real jobs in my field, and, with luck and hard work, I'm not Monopoly-MoneyBags, only because I don't apply myself which is a problem I've been struggling with my entire life, but with American School's help I was able to break the chain of abuse and of poverty with which I thought I was forever doomed to struggle.  I just wanted to say thank you, and I hope this message finds you well.  Thank you so much."  We were touched by this letter which shows that our accredited high school courses and accredited high school program make real differences in our students' lives.  No matter your situation, you can benefit from the best online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Enroll today!


Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date a little while back, the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, either our general high school program or our college preparatory program in particular, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We offer online high school courses as well as high school correspondence courses, and doing so ensures students can take courses in the delivery method they want.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding $21,000 in scholarships to 18 graduates.  You'll be able to read them and their future plans in the coming weeks after we announce this year's winners.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.


Announcing 2017-18 ACT Dates

Today's blog announces dates for the ACT during the 2017-18 academic year.  The 2017-18 ACT test dates are September 9, October 28, December 9, February 10, April 14, June 9 and July 14.  Respective registration deadlines for those ACT test dates are August 4, September 22, October 5, November 3, January 12, March 9, May 4 and May 15.  You may register online, and when you do, remember to enter 140650 as your school code.  Now is not too soon to start planning when to take the ACT.  It is an important step as you work toward your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from American School.