Today’s Anniversary: Sports Illustrated

It's August 16, and the first issue of Sports Illustrated came out on this date in 1954.  This anniversary got us thinking about how we use illustrations on our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Many years ago our study materials didn't contain very many pictures, but now they are full of them.  Whether you're taking high school correspondence courses, online high school courses or online middle school courses, you'll see plenty of illustrations to help you with your courses.  Enroll today and check them out for yourself, and check back on Friday for our next blog post.


Caroline Wozniacki Heads to Cincinnati

Fresh off a runner-up finish in Toronto, American School student Caroline Wozniacki is in Cincinnati this week for one of the last tune-up tournaments for the U.S. Open.  Cincinnati is one of our favorite cities, but not because of the tennis tournament happening there this week.  Rather, it is the site of one of the biggest homeschool conventions in the country.  Parents and children from all around the midwest come see us each April, and we're happy to share information about our online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  We're looking forward to sharing more about our 2018 convention schedule soon, but chances are we'll be coming to a city near you.  Be sure to come see us! 

Important News for Students in U.S. History

Some students who recently enrolled in our paper-based United States History course may have received an exam booklet with a U.S. History cover but with examinations for a different course inside.  We regret this printing error and are happy to correct it for you.  Please contact us and we will send the correct exam booklet to you at no additional charge.  We appreciate you enrolling in our high school correspondence courses and want to continue to provide you with the best study materials and service as you work to earn a high school diploma at home.

Information on Requesting Transcripts

Lately we've been getting requests from our students and graduates asking us to send official transcripts to the school of their choice.  This information may be found by reading the second question and answer on our FAQ page.  Students in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program have the option of having a paper transcript mailed or having an transcript sent electronically.  Please note that additional fees may be charged for these services.  Thank you for your cooperation and for allowing us to assist you in furthering your education.

Today’s Anniversary: The Louvre

It's August 10, and on this date in 1793, the Louvre opened in Paris.  It's arguably the most famous art museum in the world and home to the Mona Lisa and other priceless works of art.  American School is proud to offer a variety of art courses for those students with artistic flair or those students who just wish to obtain a better appreciation of art.  Art: Drawing Animals and Art: Drawing Landscapes are among our high school correspondence courses, and Art 1: World Cultures is one of many online high school courses available to our students.  We're pleased to offer fine arts courses and look forward to serving you as you work to earn a high school diploma at home!


Today’s Anniversary: The Telegraph

It's August 9, and on this date in 1892, Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.  That got us thinking about all the different ways we communicate with our students.  When we first started as a distance education high school, communication was strictly by telephone and letter.  Those are still valid forms of communication, but now students, parents and school officials communicate with us via email, and students in online middle school courses and online high school courses can communicate with their instructors through messaging systems embedded within those courses.  We do our best to reply to every inquiry within one business day.  It's part of the caring student service that has become one of our hallmarks!

American School Closing Today at Noon

American School will close at noon today for a company event.  If you wish to enroll or have questions about our accredited online high school courses, accredited high school correspondence courses, or accredited online middle school courses, don't let today's schedule deter you.  You can enroll online or email us your questions and your request will be answered when we reopen with our regular business hours tomorrow.  Thank you for choosing us!

American School Staff Receives First Aid Training

Today American School welcomes the American Red Cross to our building.  Several of our employees are receiving training in first aid and CPR so that we can keep fellow employees as safe and healthy as possible in case of any type of emergency.  If you're interested in learning a bit more about first aid and CPR, consider taking one of our health courses.  You can find them among our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  They are great additions to your online high school diploma program or correspondence high school diploma program, or you may take them individually for credit recovery or enrichment.

Today’s Birthday: Barack Obama

It's August 4, and Barack Obama turns 56 years old today.  American School does not take any political stands or endorse a particular party or politician, but there is a connection between us and the 44th President of the United States.  We both have roots in the Hyde Park neighborhood right by the University of Chicago.  In fact, the building that was our headquarters for nearly a century is still standing there surrounded by modern medical facilities.  Countless students took high school independent study courses or worked to earn a high school diploma at home through high school correspondence courses while we were based at 58th and Drexel, and our same commitment to offering outstanding curriculum and caring student service at an affordable cost continues to this day.

Today’s Anniversary: The First Letter from North America

It's August 3, and on this date in 1527, English explorer John Rut mailed the first letter ever sent from North America.  He sent the letter from Newfoundland in Canada back home to the United Kingdom, but not much else is known about him.  Nearly 500 years later, millions of letters a day are sent from North America to places all over the world.  American School has students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries, so we know what it's like to send mail.  It's how students were able to earn a high school diploma at home for more than a century before we started offering online high school courses.  We expanded our offerings to include online middle school courses, and this fall we'll debut middle school correspondence courses to go along with our high school correspondence courses.  We look forward to the day when we can send you your correspondence or online high school diploma in the mail!