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Welcome to the American School's blog.  You will see our last thirty blog posts on this page.  View the ten most recent blog posts here.  View some of our favorite blog posts from the past decade here.

  • Today’s Special Occasion: Presidential Inauguration - It's January 20, and today Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States.  American School does not take any political stances, but presidential inaugurations are always historic.  The site linked above is the official inaugural site.  You can watch a live stream of today's events, follow along with the official program, learn about... Read More
  • Australian Open Second Round Update - American School student Caroline Wozniacki roared into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Donna Vekic of Croatia in the second round.  She is now five wins away from her first Australian Open title, but if she wins, she won't be the first American School student or graduate to... Read More
  • Enter the Illinois High School Radon Video Contest - Our high school students living in Illinois are encouraged to enter the Illinois High School Radon Video Contest.  Videos must be submitted by March 9, so you have nearly 2 months to complete this project if you so choose.  Ten different cash prizes are available, and whether you win one of those or not, entering... Read More
  • Australian Open First Round Update - Two American School students are competing in the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, but Anna Tatishvili and Caroline Wozniacki had different results in their first round matches.  Anna lost to Jaimee Fourlis of Australia, 6-4, 6-3, while Caroline, who is seeded 17th, defeated Arina Rodionova, 6-1, 6-2.  We'll have updates on Caroline's progress as... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - It's January 16, and today the United States is observing the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As we've said many times before in this blog, one way to make history come alive while you take online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses is to visit museums, libraries... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Friday the 13th - It's January 13, and it's also a Friday, so today's blog is about Friday the 13th.  It's been an infamous date associated with bad luck, but it doesn't have to be.  You can make Friday the 13th memorable by enrolling and becoming our student.  There's nothing scary about becoming our student.  We offer accredited high... Read More
  • Know Your Car Discontinued - Effective immediately, American School's Know Your Car course has been discontinued.  Students with this course pending in their programs may contact us to request a replacement course.  Although we are discontinuing Know Your Car at this time, we will be adding more online high school courses and high school correspondence courses throughout 2017.  We'll also... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Life Insurance - It's January 11, and on this date in 1759, the first American life insurance company was incorporated.  More than 250 years later, American School continues to offer a different kind of life insurance.  Individuals who earn a high school diploma at home or at a resident school make more money over the course of their... Read More
  • Still Time to Vote for i-Learn Awards - American School is proud to be among the nominees for Practical Homeschooling's 2017 i-Learn Awards.  You can vote for us through January 31 by clicking the link in this blog and going to the official ballot.  With the launch of our accredited middle school program featuring online middle school courses, we're listed in the middle... Read More
  • Ryan Hartman Scores Hat Trick - Former American School student Ryan Hartman recorded his first NHL hat trick last night as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators, 5-2.  Scoring three goals in a hockey game is impressive, but so is earning your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from American School.  Our staff will help you stay... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The State of New Mexico - It's January 6, and New Mexico became a state on this date in 1912.  One nickname for New Mexico is "Land of Enchantment" but we know that not every course we offer is everyone's cup of tea.  That's why we have a team of dedicated and qualified instructors to help you in your accredited high... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Fair Deal - It's January 5, and on this date in 1949, President Harry Truman introduced his Fair Deal program.  Last year when we attended a convention in Kansas City, we had a chance to visit the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, where visitors like us come from all around the country to learn more about President Truman... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The State of Utah - It's January 4, and on this date in 1896, Utah became a state.  We've been on a run of state anniversaries lately, but these occasions are great reminders that we have students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  We have participated in a homeschool convention in Utah in the... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Tim Pivarnik’s First Day - It's January 3, and today is Tim Pivarnik's first day as American School President.  It's worth noting that changes in leadership at American School have been relatively rare.  We've been a prominent distance education high school offering accredited high school courses for more than a century, and yet Tim is only the 8th American School... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Gary Masterton’s Last Day - Today marks the end of an era at American School as it is Gary R. Masterton's last day as American School President.  During his decade in office, American School has gone from a school that only offered a correspondence high school diploma to one that also offers an online high school diploma, online middle school... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The State of Texas - It's December 29, and Texas became a state on this date in 1845.  They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to American School convention appearances in 2017, that's true.  We're going to more conventions in Texas than any other state as we have four already scheduled with the possibility of... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The State of Iowa - It's December 28, and Iowa became a state on this date in 1846.  It's not uncommon for us to meet some of our neighbors to the west at the conventions we attend each year.  The 2017 convention slate consists of return trips to many conventions and initial appearances at other events.  We'll be going to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle - It's December 27, and on this date in 1831, Charles Darwin began his journey aboard the HMS Beagle.  It was on this trip that Darwin began to formulate his famous theory of evolution.  We know that some students and their families have concerns about studying evolution.  That's why we have alternate units available for students... Read More
  • Enter the Make College Happen Challenge - We're happy to have students who work to earn a high school diploma at home simply for the satisfaction of obtaining one, but many of our students want to earn a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma and then go on to college.  The Make College Happen Challenge presented by Sallie Mae... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today's Testimonial Thursday features Courtney from Indiana who writes, "American School has helped me so much.  I’m getting the grades I would like on my own.  I love how I can finish a class as slow or as fast as I want.  This school gives me the hope to graduate."  We're grateful for those words,... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: The Crossword Puzzle - It's December 21, and the first crossword puzzle was published on this date in 1913.  We know that choosing a distance education high school or middle school can be puzzling at times.  There are so many options and so many things to consider that sometimes you might feel like you're in the midst of an... Read More
  • American School Holiday Schedule - American School will close at 12 noon on Friday, December 23 and remain closed on Monday, December 26.  We also will be closed Monday, January 2.  We will have normal business hours from Tuesday, December 27 to Friday, December 30 and from Tuesday, January 3 forward.  We are grateful that so many of you have... Read More
  • Ryan Hartman Nets Game-Winning Goal - Former American School student Ryan Hartman scored the game-winning goal last night as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the San Jose Sharks in NHL action.  Ryan took courses as part of our independent study high school program, and we're happy to make individual online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses... Read More
  • American School Celebrates 119th Anniversary - On December 17, 1897, American School received a charter to operate in the state of Massachusetts.  Although we moved to Illinois a few years later, we are still guided by that charter and consider December 17 our birthday.  Since we're closed tomorrow, we're celebrating a day early.  So much has changed in nearly 120 years. ... Read More
  • Important Notice for French 1 and French 2 Students - This blog has important information for students taking French 1 and/or French 2 among their high school correspondence courses.  Students in these courses may be unable to use the CD-ROMs included with the courses because they have a newer Mac computer or are running Windows 10 on a PC.  If you have trouble using the... Read More
  • American School Nominated for i-Learn Awards - American School is proud to be among the nominees for Practical Homeschooling's 2017 i-Learn Awards.  You can vote for us by clicking the link in this blog and going to the official ballot.  With the launch of our accredited middle school program featuring online middle school courses, we're listed in the middle school category this... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: The American School Facebook Page - It's December 13, and our Facebook page turns 6 years old today.  We're grateful for the thousands of people who have liked our page in the past 6 years.  We post regularly to that page and to Twitter, so check us out if you haven't done so already.  When you like us on Facebook and... Read More
  • Indiana Celebrates Bicentennial of Statehood - It's December 12, and yesterday the state of Indiana celebrated its bicentennial.  Indiana has been our neighbor since we moved to Chicagoland in the early 20th century, and many of our employees live in the Hoosier State.  More importantly, we're happy to have many Hoosiers as our students.  Some enroll in our online high school... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Donny Osmond - It's December 9, and Donny Osmond turns 59 years old today.  He and his sister Marie and their brothers were all American School students.  We've had more than three million students take our accredited high school courses over the years.  The Osmonds are among the most famous, but we treat all of our students as... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, so let's have another testimonial from one of our students.  Today's comes from Lyubov from Wisconsin, who writes, "The study guides are a very helpful way of introducing the exam.  Also the textbooks are filled with details and aren’t hard to understand.  One thing that really caught my eye was how the people... Read More