American School Closed Monday, January 20

American School will be closed Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours and post our next blog entry on Tuesday, January 21.  We wish you a good weekend and look forward to serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program when we reopen next week.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Kristian from Colorado writes, "I really felt the feedback and comments on my exams were so encouraging.  I never have had that in previous schools.  The American School has great encouraging instructors grading exams.  Thanks for helping me complete my U.S. History class."  We thank Kristian for those words.  It is true that our instructors are trained to write constructive comments and call students by name when they grade exams in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  Distance education can be difficult because students and teachers aren't working together in person, so why try to make distance education as personal as possible.  The type of student-teacher interaction that allows our staff to write detailed feedback on exams is one way we do that.  Experience it for yourself by enrolling today! 

Today’s Birthday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's January 15, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  Until his death in 1968, he was a leader in the civil rights movement, and if you're in Atlanta, you can visit the King Center or the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to learn more about his life.  American School has always welcomed students of all races and backgrounds.  You may be asked to identify yourself by race on enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program, but that is only for classification purposes.  It makes no difference to us what your race or background is.  We want to help you reach all of your educational goals and would be happy to serve you!   

Today’s Birthday: Mark Goodson

It's January 14, and television producer Mark Goodson was born on this date in 1915.  Before he died in 1992, he produced some of television's greatest game shows, many of which are seen in reruns to this day.  In today's blog we're going to go through some of them and tell you how the title of the game show relates to your experiences as an American School student.  The first is Beat the Clock, and once you become an American School student, you won't have to worry about beating the clock.  You can work at your own pace in our accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  The only clock you'd have to beat is completing your courses within the terms of your enrollment contract.  Next is Match Game, and after you enroll in full years of middle school or high school, we will match you with the courses of your choosing.  Another game show is Password, and you'll get a password to log into our Online Student Center to review your grades and receive help.  Mark Goodson also produced The Price is Right, and you can get a great education at a great price after you enroll with us.  Finally, we have To Tell the Truth, and our 122 years of credibility is proof that we run an honest business and always tell our students the truth.  Put yourself in the game and enroll with us.  We'd love to have you as our student!    

Today’s Anniversary: Public Radio Broadcasting

It's January 13, and the first public radio broadcast happened on this date in 1910.  It was an opera performance that occurred in New York City.  This anniversary got us thinking about the different media we use to try to reach new students who might be interested in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  We haven't done many radio or television ads, but we've always had a big presence in magazines.  Years ago we advertised in mainstream magazines, but now we focus on publications geared toward homeschoolers or education professionals.  We advertise a lot on homeschool or education web sites, and we also advertise in person when we attend conventions.  All of those advertising options combined do not equal our best form of advertising, which is word of mouth.  If someone is satisfied with the education and service he or she received from us, he or she will likely tell a family member or friend.  We are happy so many people have made us their distance education high school or middle school, and we invite you to do the same.  Enroll today!

American School Sends Bulk Mailing

American School is always looking for ways to reach people who might be interested in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Recently we did a bulk mailing to school counselors in all 50 states to introduce, or in some cases reintroduce, ourselves to them.  The mailing contained information about our independent study high school program which is helpful for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate with their class.  It also mentioned that American School can serve the potential dropout by giving him or her the chance to earn a high school diploma at home at an affordable cost.  In total more than 120,000 counselors, including counselors who currently use us, received this mailing.  While we are unsure if we will send similar mailings in the future, it is our hope that the counselors who received this mailing will consider allowing us to serve their students in 2020 and beyond. 

Today’s Anniversary: Connecticut

It's January 9, and Connecticut became a state on this date in 1788.  Some years ago, we attended a homeschool conference in Hartford, Connecticut, where we distributed information about our high school correspondence courses.  We didn't have online high school courses or an accredited middle school program back then, so maybe it's time for us to return to the Nutmeg State and meet its residents in person.  We do our best to attend conventions in all portions of the country, but it can be difficult to do that at times.  When we can't attend a convention in person, sometimes we send information to be placed in giveaway bags.  Other times we will take out an ad in a convention program.  We love having students from Connecticut and all 50 states whether they meet us in person or learn about us in other ways.  Since you've already become familiar with us by reading this blog, why not become even more familiar with us and enroll now?  We'd be happy to serve you! 


Today’s Anniversary: A National Debt of Zero Dollars

It's January 8, and on this date in 1835, the national debt was zero dollars for the first and only time in American history.  Contast that with the current national debt, which is more than 20 trillion dollars, and you'll see why having a national debt of zero dollars was such a big deal.  Nobody wants to go into debt, and so American School offers very affordable tuition prices.  A year of courses in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program is $900.  The tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and much more.  Our standard payment plan consists of a $200 down payment followed by five monthly payments of $140 each until the entire $900 balance for the year is paid.  When you factor in everything, we believe we offer the most affordable program anywhere.  Students who take individual subjects, perhaps as part of an independent study high school program, can expect to pay between $150 and $400 per course, and they receive the same benefits as those listed above minus the payment plan.  We ask that students who take individual subjects may in full at the time of enrollment.  No matter what program you choose, we will do our best to ensure you don't go into debt paying for it!  

New Earth Science Course Available

American School recently released a new Earth Science course. The course is the latest addition to our impressive roster of high school correspondence courses and is a great fit for students in our accredited high school program.  We also have a robust lineup of online high school courses and an equally impressive accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  We're always working to improve our curriculum to make it even better for our students, so keep checking this blog regularly for more updates!

About Using Old Enrollment Applications

Last fall we introduced new enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  These new applications were available as PDF documents on our web site or by request through the mail and remain current today.  We hope to have online enrollment applications available shortly.  Old enrollment applications are no longer being honored.  If you attempt to enroll using an old enrollment application, you will be contacted and asked to pay the difference in number of credits and/or price between your old enrollment application and the current enrollment application.  Thank you for your cooperation and allowing us to serve you!