Today’s Anniversary: The Otis Elevator

It's March 23, and on this date in 1857, Elisha Otis installed his first elevator.  Today Otis elevators are in buildings all over the world, including two at the American School's office.  As you know, elevators can take you to new heights if you're standing on the ground floor.  Maybe you're on the ground floor with your education, or you're somewhere in the middle and wish to go to the highest possible floor and earn a high school diploma at home.  Whatever your situation, American School would be proud to serve you and have you as our student.  If you've previously completed some high school courses, send us a transcript from your previous school.  We'll evaluate it and let you know what high school correspondence courses or online high school courses you'll need to take in order to earn your diploma from American School.  We're accredited by three major accrediting bodies, so your diploma would carry the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional school.  Get on board with American School and enroll today.  You'll be glad you did!  

2018 Convention #3: ASCD Empower 18

We're shipping off to Boston this week for our third convention of 2018.  We're happy to exhibit at ASCD Empower 18 at the Boston Convention Center, and we're looking forward to meeting curriculum developers from around the country at this annual event.  We'll be in booth 1540 on March 24 and March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days and on March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Our course developers are creating and revising high school correspondence courses and paper-based middle school courses on a regular basis, and you'll see the fruits of their labor later this spring.  At the same time, we're continuing to refine our online high school courses and online middle school courses, so please keep those in mind as well.  Attending events like ASCD Empower 18 will help us give you an even better educational experience, and your satisfaction and success are top priorities for us.  We hope to see many curriculum developers in Boston and see many more of you at a convention in early April.  Stay tuned to our blog next week to see where we are headed next!

Today’s Birthday: Twitter

It's March 21, and Twitter was founded on this date in 2006.  Today's blog, which is longer than 140 or 280 characters, is a reminder that we have a presence on Twitter.  You can find us there @as_hsdiploma.  We're also on Facebook.  You can find us there @americanschoolofcorrespondence.  We're happy to reach people in our online high school diploma program, correspondence high school diploma program or independent study high school program on social media, and you can bet we will post information about our middle school correspondence courses on Twitter and Facebook as soon as they become available.  In the meantime, we're proud to offer online middle school courses to students in grades 6-8.  Thank you for following us on Twitter and Facebook, and tell someone you know to do the same! 

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring

It's March 20, and today is the first day of spring.  Spring is a season of new beginnings, so today is the perfect day to begin something new.  If you're wondering about enrolling in our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, why not enroll today?  Not only will grass, trees and flowers grow in spring, but your knowledge will grow during the season as well.  If you enroll today, you could even have a course or two complete by the first day of summer since all of our students work at their own pace.  Make the first day of spring one to remember and become our student today!

Today’s Anniversary: Time Zones

It's March 19, and 100 years ago today, the United States Congress established time zones.  American School is located in the central time zone, and that's something for you to keep in mind if you need to call us.  We're happy to help students in our correspondence high school diploma program, online high school diploma program and independent study high school program over the phone during our regular business hours.  Everyone is welcome to email us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we will reply to those emails within one business day.  We're thankful you took the time to read this blog and even more than thankful for the opportunity to serve you!   


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from American School!

St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, but we're closed that day, so our blog is celebrating St. Patrick's Day today.  Green is the traditional color of St. Patrick's Day, and taking our courses will save you plenty of green.  As a non-profit school, we keep costs as low as possible.  Tuition for our high school correspondence courses and soon our middle school correspondence courses includes all study materials.  You don't have to buy books or other materials.  They are included in the cost of tuition.  Tuition for our online high school courses and online middle school courses includes all study materials as well.  If you take a package of courses with us to complete a grade or earn a high school diploma at home, you'll save more money than if you take courses individually, and monthly payment plans are available.  Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green and saving green.  Enroll with us today!

Today’s Special Occasion: The Ides of March

It's March 15, and today is the Ides of March.  Some of you may be familiar with the phrase "Beware the Ides of March" if you've read the play Julius Caesar or know some history about Julius Caesar himself, but the Ides of March has a different significance for students in our independent study high school program who are taking high school independent study courses to graduate on time with their classes this year or recover credits so they can be promoted to the next grade.  While we allow students to enroll any time, it is very difficult for students who enroll after March 15 to have their course or courses completed in time to graduate this year.  That's because our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses contain several exams or projects, and students need to spend time mastering each lesson or unit before taking those exams or completing those projects.  Ideally students would have all of their work submitted to us by early April, though we are here to grade exams as quickly and accurately as possible all throughout the year.  We enjoy having the opportunity to serve you and help you earn a high school diploma however we can!  

Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day

It's March 14, and today is Pi Day.  That's because pi is typically shortened to 3.14, and today is 3-14 on the calendar.  Pi is used in many of our mathematics courses, and we encourage you to view that list.  You'll see that we have a variety of high school correspondence courses and online high school courses available.  Some of them are more basic, while some of them are more advanced.  We know that people learn differently and have different abilities and interests.  That's why we like having a wide variety of available subjects.  Not all of them are as easy as pie (or pi) but our instructors are happy to answer any questions you have so that you can do your very best.  Take a look at the rest of our web site to learn more about us and what we do.  When you add everything up, we believe we are the best distance education high school around.  Enroll today! 

2018 Convention #2: Texas Homeschool Convention

We're on the road again this week and invite you to join us at the Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth.  We'll be in booth 404 at the Fort Worth Convention Center on March 15 from 6-9 p.m.; March 16 from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and March 17 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses and pick up one of our promotional items during your visit.  We've had great success at conventions in the Lone Star State in the past, and we're confident this year will be no different.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder About Our Academic Programs

We're happy to be a leading distance education high school and middle school, but sometimes people don't realize what that entails.  Today's blog should help.  We offer a correspondence high school diploma program and an online high school diploma program.  Enrolling in either of these programs results in students earning our accredited high school diploma.  Because we are accredited, our diploma carries the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional public or private school, and we accept students of all ages into our high school diploma programs.  Those students can choose from a general high school program if they wish to join the workforce immediately after graduating or a college preparatory program if they wish to attend college after graduating.  If you don't want or need to earn our diploma, you may take individual courses with us through our independent study high school program or independent study middle school program and earn credit toward your work at another school.  You can also take individual courses to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Whether you need 1 course or 18, whether you're homeschooled or attend a traditional school, American School has the courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Consider enrolling today!