About Winter Weather

It's November 20, and there's more than a month left in the season of autumn, but try telling that to our employees, who returned to work a week ago yesterday to find a very icy parking lot after snow and rain had fallen on Veterans Day.  The safety of our employees is a top priority for us, and so we may decide to have delayed openings, early closings or not open altogether if bad weather moves through the Chicago area.  In these instances, we will post something on our Facebook page as soon as a decision has been made.  We also will update our phone system.  If you haven't liked us on Facebook, now is a great time to do so.  You'll get information about winter weather as well as updates about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  We are happy to be your distance education high school and middle school and appreciate your understanding that our hours may change sometimes during winter.

American School Announces Winter Spectacular Offer

American School is pleased to offer a Winter Spectacular Offer to students in full years of its accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  The Winter Spectacular Offer allows you to send two regular payments for your December payment and in turn we will give your account a $25 credit.  In order to take advantage of this offer, you must complete the check which appears on the PDF link in this blog and return it with your billing statement and payment.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please call our student accounts department at 708-418-2800.  We reserve the right to void this offer if your January payment is not sent in on or before the January due date.  Once again, this offer is available only to students in full years of our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  It is not available for students in our independent study high school program or for those who take individual subjects for enrichment.  The offer is available from now until December 31, 2019, and no exceptions will be made to those dates.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school, and we hope many of you take advantage of this Winter Spectacular Offer. 

Today’s Birthday: Mickey Mouse

It's November 18, and today is considered to be Mickey Mouse's birthday.  On this date in 1928, he appeared in Steamboat Willie, and the rest is history.  Mickey Mouse is now one of the most recognizable figures in the world, and in his 91 years he has brought joy and happiness to millions of people.  On the other hand, nobody wants to be part of a "Mickey Mouse operation" because a Mickey Mouse operation is an idiom for something that's thought to be poorly-run, simple or trivial.  Our 122 years of experience as a distance education high school and middle school proves we are not a Mickey Mouse operation.  In fact, we take our credibility very seriously.  We are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by our home state of Illinois.  Those accreditations and recognitions testify to the high quality of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Disneyland is considered the Happiest Place on Earth, but you'll be at your happiest once you earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Get started by enrolling today!    

Today’s Birthday: Frederick William Herschel

It's November 15, and Frederick William Herschel was born on this date in 1738.  He was a scientist and astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and later discovered infrared radiation.  If you're interested in learning more about Uranus and other planets and moons, we have an online astronomy course and online earth and space science courses that may interest you.  We try to offer accredited online high school courses that excite students and get them interested in learning.  The same is true for our high school correspondence courses, and when we launched our accredited middle school program in 2017, we had the same idea in mind.  Having interesting courses is important to us because we want to make learning fun and have something for everyone.  If you're interested in something, chances are you will approcach it with enthusiasm.  We can't promise that all of our courses will interest you in the same way because it is rare that everything will appeal to everybody, but we do make an effort.  We hope you'll find our courses interesting and educational after you enroll and become our student.  

Updated Applications and Course List Available

We are happy to announced that updated applications for enrollment in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and individual subjects are now available on our enrollment page.  While you're there, you'll also see an updated list of our print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses.  If you're ready to enroll, please print, fill out and send the appropriate enrollment application.  We will process it and send you your first course within a matter of days.  When our new web site is ready, we will have online enrollment applications available for your convenience, including a new way to enroll in individual subjects.  We are happy to serve you and appreciate your patience as we continue to evolve to serve you better.


2019 Convention #26: ISCA Fall Conference

American School is pleased to conclude its 2019 convention year by attending the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  Join us on Thursday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We'll be in booth 40 in the Grand Ballroom Salon 1-5 and will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited high school program and accredited middle school program for counselors from the Hoosier State.  We always enjoy attending this convention and meeting so many counselors from our neighbor to the east.  It's the perfect place for us to end our busy 2019 convention season, and we'll take most of the winter off before going back on the road in early 2020.  If we met you at a convention this year, we thank you for your interest, and if we missed you, we hope to see you next year! 

2019 Convention #25: AkSCA Counselor Conference

Today's blog promotes the Alaska School Counselor Association Annual Conference at the Anchroage Marriott Downtown.  Normally a convention blog would promote our appearance at a convention, but since it's a loooooong way to fly to Alaska, we won't be at this one in person.  The AkSCA team, however, realizes that American School can be a great resource for children who live in Alaska, and so they invited us to send materials and information to be displayed at an unmanned table.  We are grateful for this opportunity and are happy to serve students in Alaska.  Counselors can pick up information on Thursday, November 14, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  Our full-year middle school and high school programs may be of particular use to students who live in remote areas and travel one hour or more each way to attend school, a trip that can be even longer in wintry weather.  Although we wish we could attend this convention in person, we hope many school counselors stop by our table and take information.  We'd be happy to help their students!

American School Closed Monday, November 11

American School will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We thank veterans for their service.  Because of them, we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.  We look forward to serving our students and assisting them with their accredited high school program or accredited middle school program when we reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, November 12.

Testimonial Thursday

Today's testimonial is from Huda from Illinois, who writes, "The Business Math textbook was very helpful because the examples and way of explaining the methods were really good.  The instructor gave a tremendous amount of help on solving the problems.  Without the instructor’s comments and help, I would’ve been lost.  Thank you."  We thank Huda for those words.  Instructors in our print and online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses and online high school courses are trained to provide constructive feedback on every exam they grade.  We try to make distance education as personal as possible, so we make our instructors and staff available whenever students need them.  Even though students may work alone in a classroom of one, they are never truly alone.  Enroll today and let us give you the same personal attention in distance education.  

2019 Convention #24: MSCA Conference

This coming weekend we will return to Michigan and exhibit at the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference.  It's taking place at the Lansing Convention Center, and we invite counselors to stop by table 5 on November 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will have information about our print and online independent study programs and share how our independent study high school program has made us a leading distance education high school for several decades.  This is our penultimate convention appearance of 2019, and we want to send the year out on a high note.  Come join us in Lansing this coming weekend and check back next week to see where we are headed for our final convention appearance of 2019!