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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 at 120 (Part 4) - As American School has evolved over the years to offer accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses to go along with its existing high school correspondence courses, we should recognize certain American School employees who had large roles in making that evolution possible.  Earlier this week we discussed R.T. Miller.  He led... Read More
  • American School at 120 (Part 3) - As we continue to celebrate our 120th anniversary, it's worth mentioning some of the educational organizations which we founded or with which we have been members over the years, as well as an example of how we help our students after they've graduated.  We were a charter member of the National Home Study Council.  We... Read More
  • American School at 120 (Part 2) - In 1902, the Armour Institute (currently called the Illinois Institute of Technology) invited American School to Chicago to develop and improve its existing home study courses and home study methods.  Chicago was a transportation hub and had many museums and other educational institutions.  It was also close to St. Louis, host of the 1904 World's... Read More
  • American School at 120 (Part 1) - The American School received its charter on December 17, 1897, and in this week leading up to our 120th anniversary, we're doing a series of blogs about the past 12 decades.  The American School simply would not exist without Romanta Tillotson Miller, Jr.  Our founder, pictured below and better known as R.T., graduated from Oberlin... Read More
  • State of Illinois Begins Bicentennial Celebration - This week our home state of Illinois began its bicentennial celebration.  We've been pleased to call Illinois our home for more than half of those 200 years, but we're just as happy to serve students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  We've been a leading distance education high school... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Pearl Harbor - Today's blog solemnly remembers the day that will live in infamy–December 7, 1941.  On that day Pearl Harbor was attacked, and today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  We've said countless times over the years how visiting historic places can make your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Washington Post - It's December 6, and on this date in 1877, the first edition of the Washington Post was published.  In its 140 years, the newspaper has been home to legendary journalists such as Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Tony Kornheiser.  If you're interested in a career in journalism, consider taking our paper-based... Read More
  • Illinois Announces Statewide Poster and Poetry Contest - We love all of our students and all of our blog readers, but today's blog applies only to students who live in Illinois and are in 5th or 6th grade.  If you're in 6th grade of our accredited middle school program consisting of online middle school courses (and in 2018 paper-based middle school courses), keep... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: National Cookie Day - It's December 4, and today is National Cookie Day.  That has us hungry thinking about all the different varieties of cookies.  There are chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, sugar and many more.  Think about all the different types of cookies, and then think about all the different online middle school courses, online high... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Assembly Line - It's December 1, and on this date in 1913, the Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.  We thought this anniversary might be a good occasion to tell you how your exams move throughout our building after you submit them as part of your correspondence high school diploma program or independent study high... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Mark Twain - It's November 30, and the author known as Mark Twain was born on this date in 1835.  We say "known as Mark Twain" because his real name was Samuel Clemens.  A few years ago, American School employees were traveling through Missouri and stopped in Hannibal, where they visited a museum dedicated to Mark Twain and... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: San Jose - It's November 29, and city of San Jose was founded on this date in 1777.  We're excited to announce that we'll be visiting the San Jose area in 2018 to exhibit at a homeschool convention.  It'll be our first trip to that region, and we're looking forward to promoting our online high school diploma program,... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Giving Tuesday - Today is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside for giving back during the holiday season.  This blog will not ask for your money, but it will remind you that American School is a non-profit institution.  That means that we put students’ educations above everything, including financial gain.  We keep the cost of our accredited high... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday - Today is Cyber Monday, the day that online retailers often give great deals to their customers.  The best deal you can give yourself today is to become an American School student.  Studies have shown that people who earn an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma make more money in their careers than... Read More
  • American School Closed November 23-24 - American School will be closed November 23 and November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving.  We're thankful for a number of things this year, but at the top of the list are the people who make American School possible.  We have dedicated trustees, officers and employees who put students' needs first.  With that in mind, we... Read More
  • Kind Words from a Parent - Today we're happy to share these kind words from a parent of a student who lives in Oklahoma.  "I wanted to extend my thanks and truly heartfelt appreciation for all of your efforts in going above and beyond in helping my daughter.  Additionally, I thank you for helping me to be able to assist her... Read More
  • Problems with Grade Notification Emails - Recently we’ve experienced problems with sending grade notification emails.  We know many of you rely on these emails to get your exam scores for your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, and we hope to have the problem fixed permanently very soon.  In the meantime, you are always... Read More
  • Introducing a Science Education Web Site - Today we’re introducing you to a science education web site that may be helpful as you work on your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Please note that by providing links to other sites, American School  does not guarantee, approve, or endorse the information or products available on... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - We haven't done a Testimonial Thursday in quite some time, but that changes today.  Micah from Texas writes, "Thank you for all the help you have given me throughout this course.  I appreciate it very much and would like you to know you're doing a great job and a great thing.  You are informing countless... Read More
  • American School Releases New Introduction to Computers Course - American School is pleased to release a new Introduction to Computers course.  The course can be a great addition to your accredited high school program and may be taken as part of our general high school program or college preparatory program.  The course is also available through our independent study high school program.  If you're... Read More
  • American School Releases New Child Development Course - American School is pleased to release a new Child Development course.  The course will teach you how children develop from infancy through age 12, and in a way it will further your own development too.  We say that because taking accredited high school courses with us can help you develop into the person you've always... Read More
  • American School Announces New Business Hours - Effective today, American School is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time every Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified in this blog and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  We are pleased to offer this extra 30 minutes of service each day and are looking further expanding our hours in 2018 and beyond. ... Read More
  • American School Closed November 10 - American School is closed Friday, November 10, in advance of Veterans Day.  We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude for their service to our country and our ideals.  Because of them, we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.  We offer an online high school diploma for adults or children, a... Read More
  • Georgia Renaissance Festival Schedules Field Trip Day - The Georgia Renaissance Festival will host Field Trip Day exactly six months from today on May 8, 2018.  Students who attend this event will have the opportunity to talk with Leonardo da Vinci and Henry VIII, see birds of prey in action, hear William Shakespeare's monologues, and watch demonstrations of glassblowing, pottery, weaving, blacksmithing and... Read More
  • Selena Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame - The late singer Selena recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but before she received that honor, she was an American School student.  We're proud of Selena and all of our students.  They enroll with us because we offer outstanding and affordable online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online... Read More
  • National Distance Learning Week Begins Today - National Distance Learning Week begins today, and we're happy to be a leading distance education high school and distance education middle school.  Since our founding in 1897, we have helped more than three million students earn a high school diploma at home through various distance learning methods.  Distance learning allows students to study high school... Read More
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend - Today's blog is a reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.  You'll want to turn your clock back Saturday night before you go to bed and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.  If you haven't finished high school yet, you can turn back the clock and enroll with us.  We offer a general high... Read More
  • American School to Attend AMLE Annual Conference - American School is pleased to attend the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education next week in Philadelphia.  We're excited to spread the word about our online middle school courses and preview our upcoming paper-based middle school courses in booth 508 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  We'll be there November 6 from 9 a.m. to 11:30... Read More
  • American School to Attend ISCA Conference - American School is pleased to attend the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference this week at the Marriott Indianapolis East.  School counselors are invited to stop by table 57 on November 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and November 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about our accredited high school correspondence... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween - It's October 31, and today is Halloween.  Halloween can be a scary and spooky holiday for some people, but taking online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses with American School is exactly the opposite.  We specialize in outstanding curriculum and caring student service from the moment you enroll until... Read More