Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and we're back with another testimonial.  Amanda from Indiana writes, "The textbooks explained the material well, and the comments left on the exams helped out a lot.  Teaching yourself is much easier than going to school and learning with a group."  We thank Amanda for those comments about our high school correspondence courses.  Going to a traditional school and learning with others is fine, but it can hold you back if others are moving faster or slower than you.  Enrolling in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program allows you to work entirely at your own pace and gives you the best chance to succeed.  If you want to be successful in school and go on to be successful in college and the workforce, we invite you to enroll with us today.  You'll be glad you did!

Today’s Special Occasion: April Fools’ Day

It's April 1, and today is April Fools' Day.  In today's blog we're going to go through some things that might fool you as you look for a distance education high school or middle school.   The first is accreditation.  Some places may look like they offer legitimate courses and diplomas, but many times those are worthless unless they are accredited.  American School is accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and is also recognized by the state of Illinois.  We take our accrediation seriously and you should too.  Second, some places may look like they offer cheap tuition, but look closer.  Sometimes tuition doesn't include study materials for print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses.  American School's tuition includes all study materials, and we do not nickel and dime our students.  Finally, some might be fooled into thinking our courses are easy.  That is not true.  Our courses are designed for the average learner and present information fairly and clearly.  Don't be fooled by others.  Take a look around our web site and see for yourself that you or someone you know should enroll with American School.  You'll be glad you did!

Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

Earlier today, American School's Board of Trustees unanimously decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications for this year's American School post-secondary scholarships.  Applications and other related materials now must be received by June 1.  The new deadline does not mean that American School will send applications to more students.  Rather, the new deadline gives those students who already were deemed eligible and who have already received applications more time to submit them, especially if the current pandemic has prevented them from completing their applications thus far.  We have already received several completed applications from those who earned a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma in 2019, and we look forward to receiving many more.  This summer, we will read and review the applications and award scholarships as we have done every year for more than eight decades.  Thank you for your patience, and please know how happy we are that you have decided to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  We are happy to have you as our student and graduate! 

2020 Convention #4: MPE Conference (Postponed)

American School was supposed to be heading to Kansas City this weekend for the Midwest Parent Educators Conference.  We planned to be at the KCI Expo Center on Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the show has been postponed and is now scheduled for June 26-27.  If we are able to attend in June, we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program and bring along some of our famous free promotional items.  We've attended the MPE Conference for several years now and have always been impressed by how many states are represented there.  Of course guests will be from Kansas and Missouri, but sometimes residents of the Dakotas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Colorado attend the conference too.  Wherever you're from, we'd love for you to make us your distance education high school or middle school.  Enroll today!

Online Exams Available for English 9 and English 10

Today's blog announces that online exams are now available for our new English 9 and English 10 courses.  Both paper-based courses debuted in recent months and are nice additions to our impressive list of high school correspondence courses.  In these times, however, we know that students might prefer to do their exams online, and so we are happy to make online exams available.  Our goal is to have online exams available for all of our correspondence courses, and we are working hard to get there, though it may be impossible for us to offer online exams in some subject areas such as math.  Another goal is to have matching online high school courses for our high school correspondence courses and matching online middle school courses for our middle school correspondence courses.  This process takes time, but, again, we are working hard to get there.  Keep checking this blog for updates and please know how much we appreciate having you as our student! 

2020 Convention #3: Missouri Homeschool Convention (Cancelled)

It's March 26, and today we were supposed to head to the Gateway to the West to exhibit at the Missouri Homeschool Convention near St. Louis.  Unfortunately but understandably this convention has been cancelled, and we look forward to returning to this convention in 2021.  Had we attended this year, we would've had information about our print or online high school diploma program, accredited middle school program and individual subjects for enrichment on hand and brought along our famous promotional items, including a brand new one for 2020.  We do our best to attend shows in all parts of the country when we can, and yet we also like attending shows relatively close to our home when we are able.  Just like the famous arch serves as a gateway to the west, we can serve as a gateway to the career and life you always wanted.  Please consider making us your distance education middle school and distance education high school.  We'd be happy to serve you!

American School to Participate in Homeschool Connect Expos

American School is pleased to once again participate in the Homeschool Connect Expo which is being held entirely online from March 25-29.  Four similar events are scheduled for later this year.  To access our page, please register for free.  Once you do, you will be able to learn more about our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program from the comforts of your home.  Of course we like meeting people in person too, but that is not possible right now, so we hope you'll check us out at the Homeschool Connect Expo instead.  It's a great way for us to introduce ourselves to people who might not be able to visit us at a convention this year under any circumstances.  Whether in person or online, we look forward to meeting you and serving your educational needs after you make us your school of choice!

About Upcoming Conventions

As you might imagine, several conventions this spring at which American School planned to have a booth have been postponed or cancelled.  While we will miss seeing familiar faces and introducing new ones to our online middle school courses, middle school correspondence courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, we support the organizers of these conventions and their decisions to postpone or cancel them.  With that said, we plan to publish blogs promoting the conventions we would have attended.  We are doing this for two reasons.  First, we attend conventions run by reputable organizations. These organizations have been good to us over the years, and we want to give them an extra boost of publicity during this difficult time.  Second, we want to show you the type of conventions and places we visit throughout the year to spread the word about American School's services.  Each blog entry will give the name of the convention and indicate whether the event has been postponed or cancelled.  We hope you enjoy these blogs and plan to visit us at a convention whenever it is safe to do so!     

Visit Our Updated Online Learning Page

Today's blog has information about our updated online learning page.  As some of you were aware, our Online Student Center has been down the past two weekends.  This is an unfortunate situation, and a group of webmasters and American School staff worked to fix the situation as quickly as possible.  We know that many of you go to the Online Student Center and then access your courses or exams from there, so we wanted to give you other ways to access your courses and exams should the Online Student Center be under maintenance in the future.  The newly-updated online learning page has step-by-step instructions for you to access online high school courses and online middle school courses without going to the Online Student Center.  We are working to develop a way for you to access your online exams in middle school or high school correspondence courses without having to go to the Online Student Center, but that is in development at this time.  We hope to move the Online Student Center to a more secure server as soon as this weekend, but in the meantime, please visit our online learning page if you cannot get into the Online Student Center.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation and enjoy having you as our student.

March 20 Coronavirus Statement

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation changes frequently.  We have created a specific web page to address the situation while continuing to update our blog and social media pages as best we can.  Please visit www.americanschool.org/covid-19 for all of our statements with the most recent one at the top and others following in chronological order.

At this time, American School remains closed to the public.  Only American School staff members are allowed in the building.  Several staff members are working at home, but the ones who are in the building are practicing social distancing, washing their hands frequently, and doing their best to stay healthy.

In addition, the State of Illinois has issued a shelter-in-place policy until April 7.  The policy allows distance learning institutions to remain open.

The following information applies to all students:

If students are enrolled in a print course but wish to switch to online exams, please send an email to instructiondept@americanschool.org.  You can switch to online exams at any point in your course and pick up right where you left off.  As usual, remember to put your full name, student number, and the course(s) in which you wish to take online exams.  A list of courses with online exams available is here.  If a course has a computer symbol next to it, it has an online exam option.  In addition, online exams are available for Introduction to Business (2018 version) and Office Procedures (2016 version) and Physics (2010 version).  Online exams are not available for Physics (2019 version) and any print middle school courses.  

In addition, most print courses have a corresponding online version.  If students have not yet begun a course and have not had study materials sent to them, students can switch from the print version to the online version at no charge.  If you have study materials in a new, unused condition, have not started the course, and would like to make the change to the online course, please send an email to studentservice@americanschool.org.

All requests to switch over to online exams or online courses must be done in writing via email or letter.  Each student record will be evaluated and the student will receive a response within 1-2 business days.

The following information applies to students in our independent study high school program whose schools may not reopen for some time:

If students are in GradPoint courses with final exam requirements and and cannot take their final exam before the end of their enrollment period, American School will allow them access to take the final exam whenever their local school reopens, provided students have completed all other required coursework and the school reopens by July. 

If students are in Edmentum courses with final exam requirements and cannot take their final exam before the end of their enrollment period, American School will allow them access to take the final exam whenever their local school reopens, provided students have completed all other required coursework. 

If students are in a full-credit Edmentum course and completes all other coursework in the first semester section, American School will activate the second semester section even if the first semester final exam has not been taken.  Once their school reopens, American School will ensure them access to both the first semester and second semester final exams. 

Thank you for making American School your distance education high school or middle school.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope you and your family stay healthy.