American School Closed Monday, September 4

American School will be closed Monday, September 4.  While we take a break on Labor Day, please know that we've been working hard to give you the best educational experience possible.  This fall our accredited middle school program will expand to include paper-based courses along with online middle school courses.  Before then we'll introduce new online high school courses, so you'll definitely want to check out this blog when it returns next week!

Some Study Guides Available in Online Student Center

Study guides for our Planning Your Career, Physiology and Health and Psychology high school correspondence courses are now available in the Online Student Center.  Printed study guides for these three courses are currently out of stock but are expected to arrive soon.  If you recently enrolled in one of these accredited high school courses, you can access a copy of your study guide by going to, entering your student code and password, clicking the "All Subjects" link in the upper left hand corner of the screen you see after successfully logging into the site and then scrolling down to the subject of your choice.  You can also access study guides and exams by clicking the "All Course Help Sheets and Other Resources" link in the "My American School" box in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  At either place you will be able to view a pdf copy of the study guide as well as print the unit exams. 

Please note that you should only do exams for subjects in which you are enrolled.  You will not receive credit for doing exams in subjects in which you are not enrolled. 

If you do not have access to your login information or have trouble once you've access the site, please contact our Student Service Department by email at or by phone at (708) 418-2800, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience with this matter.

Caroline Wozniacki Wins U.S. Open Opener

American School student Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Monday evening with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.  In the second round she'll face Ekaterina Makarova, and we'll have coverage of that match in a future blog.  Caroline takes our accredited high school courses wherever she goes, and you can too after you enroll and become our student.  Choose from online high school courses or high school correspondence courses and work whenever it is convenient for you.  We'd be happy to have you as our student!  

Today’s Birthday: Wayne Osmond

It's August 28, and entertainer Wayne Osmond turns 66 years old today.  American School is proud to be the school of choice for many members of the Osmond family, including Wayne and his siblings Donny and Marie.  When the Osmonds were our students, just had a correspondence high school diploma program.  We didn't have an online high school diploma program or online middle school courses, but now we do.  It's just one example of how American School has adapted with the changing times to meet the needs of all of our students.  Soon we'll be introducing even more new courses.  Keep checking this blog often for updates!  

Caroline Wozniacki Set for U.S. Open

American School student Caroline Wozniacki is seeded 5th in this year's U.S. Open.  The tournament begins Monday in New York City, and we'll have updates on her progress throughout the event.  She continues the long tradition of American School students and graduates competing in one of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year.  American School graduate Andre Agassi is a 2-time champion, while fellow graduate Mary Pierce was a runner-up.  Caroline, Andre and Mary chose us as their distance education high school because we offer a wide variety of high school correspondence courses and online high school courses and the flexibility to work when you can wherever you are.  We wish Caroline the best in this year's event and hopes that she becomes a Grand Slam champion early next month.

American School Featured in Chicago Magazine

American School is proud to be featured in Chicago Magazine's list of the best private schools in the Chicago area.  Although we have called Chicagoland home for more than a century, we are proud to serve students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Many take our high school correspondence courses, while others take online high school courses or online middle school courses.  Whatever course delivery method you choose and wherever you live, we can be your school of choice.  Enroll today and start taking classes from one of the best schools in Chicago and beyond! 


Printed Textbooks or Digital Textbooks?

American School has always been a school that places students and their needs first.  As technology evolves and we continue to offer more online high school courses and online middle school courses, we have no plans to neglect our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  In fact, we're very interested in introducing more of those types of courses to our curriculum.  Because we value our students' opinions, we're interested to know your thoughts on printed textbooks and digital textbooks for those paper-based correspondence courses.  Would you prefer to have the price of a digital textbook included in the cost of a paper-based course or program and not receive a printed textbook unless you request and purchase one separately?  The digital textbook would be an enhanced version of the printed textbook with more videos and interaction and other important features that would make for a more vivid learning experience.  Please email us and let us know what you think.  Your responses will be kept confidential and will help us as we strive to better serve you.  Thank you.     

Today’s Birthday: Alexander Calder

It's August 22, and artist Alexander Calder was born on this date in 1898.  If you've ever seen a mobile, you have Alexander Calder to thank.  He is credited with inventing that form of art.  Just like mobiles can have many different shapes and appearances, your American School curriculum can have a style that is uniquely yours.  Choose from our general high school or college preparatory program if you want to earn a high school diploma at home.  You'll take required online high school courses or high school correspondence courses but have plenty of room for electives of your choice.  The possibilities are endless, and your possibilities for a career will be endless too after you graduate and receive your American School diploma!   

Today’s Special Occasion: Total Solar Eclipse

It's August 21, and today the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun.  These events don't happen very often, so we encourage you to visit NASA's official eclipse web site for more information and use precaution when viewing the eclipse whether you're in the line of totality or not.  As a leading distance education high school, we are proud to serve students throughout the United States.  Whether you live in Oregon where the eclipse will first come into view or in South Carolina where the eclipse will fade from view or anyplace in between, we're proud to offer online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses no matter where you live or what your circumstances are.  Perhaps you feel like your education was dimmed or completely blacked out and you'd like to start shining again and earn a high school diploma at home.  We can make that happen for you.  Do something else historic today and enroll with American School!   

Today’s Anniversary: Helium

It's August 18, and French scientist Pierre Jules Janseen discovered helium on this date in 1868.  You can learn more about this element by taking some of our science courses.  They're available as accredited online high school courses or accredited high school correspondence courses.  Take them individually through our independent study high school program, or take them as part of our correspondence or online high school diploma program.  Either way, we look forward to you blowing up balloons with helium to celebrate graduating from high school!