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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.

  • American School to Attend ASCD Annual Conference - American School will exhibit at the ASCD Annual Conference this weekend in Anaheim.  We will be in booth 1030 at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  At this conference... Read More
  • American School to Attend NSBA Annual Conference - American School is proud to attend the NSBA Annual Conference this weekend in Denver.  School board members from across the country are expected to attend, and we're happy to share information about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses with them.  We'll be in booth 225 in the... Read More
  • American School FAFSA Code Information - If you're an American School student or graduate filling out a FAFSA form, you may be asked for our high school code.  That code is 07016272Y010000.  We know that's long and not particularly easy to remember, which is why we've added that information to our FAQ page.  That page contains answers to frequently asked questions from... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring - It's March 20, and today is the first day of spring.  Of all the seasons, spring is associated with new beginnings.  The weather is getting warmer, birds have begun chirping, and flowers are beginning to bloom.  If you need a new beginning for your education, there is no better day than today to enroll.  American... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day - It's March 17, and American School is celebrating St. Patrick's Day in a variety of ways.  First, did you know we offer a course in Irish?  It's one of more than 20 online high school courses in world languages that are part of our curriculum.  Irish would be a perfect addition to your online high... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The NCAA Tournament - It's March 16, and today the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament begins in earnest.  From time to time people will ask us if our accredited high school courses are NCAA-approved, and sadly the answer is no.  More information is on our FAQ page.  That doesn't mean we're not trying to get NCAA approval for our online... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The Ides of March - It's March 15, also known as the Ides of March.  Today is the traditional date of the death of Julius Caesar, who was told to beware the Ides of March but went to the Roman Senate anyway and met his demise there.  You may think Latin is a dead language, but that's hardly the case. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day - It's March 14, sometimes abbreviated 3-14, and that abbreviation is crucial to understanding why we're celebrating Pi Day today.  Pi is a never-ending mathematical ratio which is very close to 3.14, so you can see why we celebrate pi on 3-14.  You can learn all about pi by taking math courses as part of our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Uranus - It's March 13, and on this date in 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.  It's a perfect day to mention our online Introductory Astronomy course that will teach you more about Uranus and other heavenly bodies.  If you think that course is out of this world, just wait till you see what other accredited... Read More
  • Reminder About Daylight Saving Time - This blog serves as a reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday.  Most of the country will "spring forward" and turn clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.  It's a time to remind you how you can "spring forward" academically when you become an American School student.  You'll have your choice... Read More
  • Chicago Tribune Honors Mary E. McKeown - Today we are pleased to share a Chicago Tribune article celebrating the life of Mary E. McKeown.  We are grateful to Joan Giangrasse Kates, who wrote the article, and the entire staff of the Chicago Tribune for their interest in Mary's life and times.  It is our hope that those who read the article will... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: International Women’s Day - Today is International Women's Day, and it's a great opportunity to pay tribute to the countless women who have helped make American School the excellent distance education high school and middle school that it is today.  We wouldn't be where we are without all of them.  Many of them worked in the days when we... Read More
  • American School To Attend Conference on Alternative Education - American School is pleased to return to the 2017 Conference on Alternative Education.  This year's event will be March 8-10 at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria in Dallas, Texas.  We'll be in booth 19 from 1-5 p.m. on March 8; from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 9; and 7 a.m.-12 noon on March... Read More
  • American School Announces New Duplicate Diploma Policy - Effective March 1, American School offers duplicate diplomas at a cost of $25 each.  The $25 covers the cost of a duplicate diploma only and does not include a case or tassel.  You may request duplicate diplomas via email, and payment must be received before duplicate diplomas are sent.  We are pleased to offer this... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Florida - It's March 3, and Florida became a state on this date in 1845.  We always enjoy visiting Florida, and not just for the weather.  Each year we go to a major homeschool convention in Florida, and sometimes other national conventions decide to hold their shows in the Sunshine State.  At each show we promote our... Read More
  • American School to Attend National Conference on Education - American School is proud to make its first appearance at the National Conference on Education, an event sponsored by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.  Attendees are invited to visit booth 341 at the Ernest N. Morial Memorial Convention Center in New Orleans on March 2 from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and again from 12... Read More
  • Update on Introduction to Computers, Child Care and Drafting - Introduction to Computers, Child Care and Drafting are no longer available, but that doesn't mean these accredited high school correspondence courses are gone forever.  In fact, we expect to have a new Principles of Information Technology course available next month, and replacements for Child Care and Drafting will debut this summer.  We are always working... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Fat Tuesday - It's February 28, and today is Fat Tuesday.  Many of us will be having paczki, but while we fatten up on those, we encourage you to fatten up your mind instead of your waistline.  We offer accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses as well as accredited high school correspondence courses.  You... Read More
  • American School Banner on Display in Lansing - American School is proud to participate a street banner program organized by the town of Lansing, Illinois, where we have been headquartered for more than two decades.  Our banner appears on Torrence Avenue on the far south side of town near a busy bakery.  Be careful driving on that busy stretch of road, but be... Read More
  • Reminder About Requesting Phone Calls - We're happy to make outbound phone calls to prospective students and parents who want to learn more about our online high school diploma program, online high school courses, correspondence high school diploma program, accredited middle school program or online middle school courses.  When you fill out the form to request a call, though, we ask... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Digital Learning Day - Today is Digital Learning Day, so it's the perfect opportunity for us to tell you about the many ways our students learn digitally.  Some enroll in our online high school diploma program, which consists entirely of online high school courses.  Others take accredited high school courses online on an individual basis, sometimes as part of... Read More
  • American School to Attend Texas Homeschool Convention - American School will attend the Texas Homeschool Convention from February 23-25 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  Visit us in booth 604 on February 23 from 6-9 p.m.; February 24 from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and February 25 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  We'll have plenty of information about our accredited high school courses and middle school... Read More
  • American School to Attend WSCA Conference - American School will exhibit at the WSCA Conference from February 21-23 in Madison, Wisconsin.  We will be at table 7 in the Grand Terrace at the Hilton Monona Terrace from 4- 6 p.m. on February 21; from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on February 22; and from 8-11 a.m. on February 23.  We're excited to meet school... Read More
  • Remembering Mary E. McKeown - Late last week, American School received word that Mary E. McKeown passed away.  Mary devoted her entire adult life to American School and our students and held a variety of responsbilities during her 75 years of service.  Those roles included instructor, study guide author, principal, educational director, executive vice-president and, finally, trustee, a position she... Read More
  • American School Closed February 20 - American School will be closed Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents' Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, February 21.  Whether you have a three-day weekend or not, we invite you to take a look at our online high school diploma program, accredited high school program consisting of paper-based courses, or... Read More
  • Important Information About Our Emails - Late last week and early this week, American School had difficulty with its email server and spam filter.  The good news is that the problems have been solved, but because of these difficulties, emails sent to us between February 10-13 may not have reached their intended recipient.  We apologize for this error but remain ready... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: St. Louis - It's February 15, and the city of St. Louis, Missouri was founded on this date all the way back in 1764.  Its most famous landmark, the Gateway Arch, didn't arrive until more than 200 years later and is the tallest man-made structure west of the Mississippi River.  You can think of American School as your... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day - It's February 14, and today is Valentine's Day.  We love our students, and we're always happy to hear that our students love us back.  In the past year, many students and their families have come to love our accredited middle school program.  Thus far it's consisted entirely of online middle school courses, but later this... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Coach K - It's February 13, and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski turns 70 years old today.  At as a college coach, Coach K has won 5 national championships at Duke and more than 1000 games overall.  He also coached the United States' men's basketball team from 2005-2016 and was 60-1 in international competitions, including leading the USA... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Deep Blue - It's February 10, and on this date in 1996, the supercomputer known as Deep Blue defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov for the first time.  If you think a computer beating a human being is amazing, you should check out our online middle school courses and online high school courses.  They're accessible on most every computer... Read More