Blog

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 Anniversary: Helium - It's August 18, and French scientist Pierre Jules Janseen discovered helium on this date in 1868.  You can learn more about this element by taking some of our science courses.  They're available as accredited online high school courses or accredited high school correspondence courses.  Take them individually through our independent study high school program, or... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Sports Illustrated - It's August 16, and the first issue of Sports Illustrated came out on this date in 1954.  This anniversary got us thinking about how we use illustrations on our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Many years ago our study materials didn't contain very many pictures, but now they are full of... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Heads to Cincinnati - Fresh off a runner-up finish in Toronto, American School student Caroline Wozniacki is in Cincinnati this week for one of the last tune-up tournaments for the U.S. Open.  Cincinnati is one of our favorite cities, but not because of the tennis tournament happening there this week.  Rather, it is the site of one of the... Read More
  • Important News for Students in U.S. History - Some students who recently enrolled in our paper-based United States History course may have received an exam booklet with a U.S. History cover but with examinations for a different course inside.  We regret this printing error and are happy to correct it for you.  Please contact us and we will send the correct exam booklet... Read More
  • Information on Requesting Transcripts - Lately we've been getting requests from our students and graduates asking us to send official transcripts to the school of their choice.  This information may be found by reading the second question and answer on our FAQ page.  Students in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program have the option of having... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Louvre - It's August 10, and on this date in 1793, the Louvre opened in Paris.  It's arguably the most famous art museum in the world and home to the Mona Lisa and other priceless works of art.  American School is proud to offer a variety of art courses for those students with artistic flair or those... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Telegraph - It's August 9, and on this date in 1892, Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.  That got us thinking about all the different ways we communicate with our students.  When we first started as a distance education high school, communication was strictly by telephone and letter.  Those are still valid forms of... Read More
  • American School Closing Today at Noon - American School will close at noon today for a company event.  If you wish to enroll or have questions about our accredited online high school courses, accredited high school correspondence courses, or accredited online middle school courses, don't let today's schedule deter you.  You can enroll online or email us your questions and your request... Read More
  • American School Staff Receives First Aid Training - Today American School welcomes the American Red Cross to our building.  Several of our employees are receiving training in first aid and CPR so that we can keep fellow employees as safe and healthy as possible in case of any type of emergency.  If you're interested in learning a bit more about first aid and... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Barack Obama - It's August 4, and Barack Obama turns 56 years old today.  American School does not take any political stands or endorse a particular party or politician, but there is a connection between us and the 44th President of the United States.  We both have roots in the Hyde Park neighborhood right by the University of... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The First Letter from North America - It's August 3, and on this date in 1527, English explorer John Rut mailed the first letter ever sent from North America.  He sent the letter from Newfoundland in Canada back home to the United Kingdom, but not much else is known about him.  Nearly 500 years later, millions of letters a day are sent... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The United States Census - It's August 2, and on this date in 1790, the first United States Census was conducted.  It's been conducted every 10 years since.  With students enrolling and graduating every day, it's hard for us to do a census of students in our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program, but we estimate that... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Colorado - It's August 1, and Colorado became a state on this day in 1876.  We had the pleasure of attending two conventions in Colorado this year and were struck by the natural beauty of the state, especially the Rocky Mountains in the background as we explored downtown Denver.  Perhaps you feel the "mountain" of earning an... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Beatrix Potter - It's July 28, and children's author Beatrix Potter was born on this date in 1866.  She is best known for books that featured Peter Rabbit.  You may have read those stories as a child, and if you did, they provided you with a good foundation for reading different types of literature as you got older. ... Read More
  • American School to Attend Southeast Homeschool Expo - American School is thrilled to attend the Southeast Homeschool Expo this Friday and Saturday at the Cobb Galleria just north of Atlanta.  Visit us in booth 901 on July 28 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We'll have information about our high school correspondence courses, online... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Post Office - It's July 26, and on this date in 1775, the United States Post Office Department was established.  Lately there's been a lot of attention paid to our online high school diploma program and online middle school courses, and rightfully so since those programs offer students new ways to learn.  That said, we've offered a correspondence... Read More
  • Christmas in July - It's July 25, exactly 5 months until Christmas, so let's celebrate Christmas in July by previewing some exciting changes we'll be making in the coming weeks and months.  Shortly we'll introduce paper-based middle school courses, which will be a terrific complement to our accredited middle school program which is currently comprised entirely of online middle... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Amelia Earhart - It's July 24, and Amelia Earhart was born on this date in 1897.  She broke barriers by becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and to this day many girls and women look to Amelia Earhart as inspiration for themselves as they try new things.  American School, which also debuted in... Read More
  • American School to Attend THSC Convention - American School is proud to exhibit at the Texas Home School Coalition Convention in The Woodlands this weekend.  Stop by booth 822 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on Thursday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Friday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to... Read More
  • New Foods and Nutrition Course Available - American School is pleased to announce the debut of a new Foods and Nutrition course.  This course replaces our Food Study course and has 7 exams.  It may be taken as a full unit or half unit course.  We're pleased to offer Foods and Nutrition among our high school correspondence courses.  Students take these courses... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Bastille Day - It's July 14, and France is celebrating Bastille Day.  Today's the perfect occasion to mention that we offer French 1 and French 2 among our high school correspondence courses and offer three levels of French among our online high school courses.  French is just one of more than 20 different world languages we offer to... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Competes at Wimbledon - American School student Caroline Wozniacki reached the fourth round at Wimbledon before falling to Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in the round of 16 in straight sets.  In the first round, Caroline defeated Timea Bobos of Hungary in three sets.  She then went on to defeat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in the second round... Read More
  • American School Wins Practical Homeschooling i-Learn Awards - American School is proud and grateful to receive two 2017 Practical Homeschooling i-Learn Awards.  We received third place in the high school core category and honorable mention in the middle school category.  The awards show that homeschoolers and their parents enjoy our online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses. ... Read More
  • Upcoming American School and Blog Schedule - American School will be closed July 3 and July 4 in observance of Independence Day.  We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.  Although American School will reopen with normal business hours on July 5, this blog is taking some additional time off and will publish its next post on July 12.  We are... Read More
  • American School to Attend National Principals Conference - American School will exhibit at the National Principals Conference from July 9-11 in Philadelphia.  We'll be in booth 527 at the Philadelphia Convention Center on July 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; on July 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are excited... Read More
  • American School to Attend ASCA Annual Conference - American School is pleased to exhibit at the ASCA Annual Conference next weekend in Denver.  School counselors from across the country are invited to visit us in booth 603 at the Colorado Convention Center on July 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; July 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and July 10 from... Read More
  • American School Holds Professional Development Day - American School is having a professional development day today and will return to regular business hours tomorrow.  You may email us today if you have questions about your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses or online middle school courses, but you may not receive a reply until tomorrow.  If you wish to call... Read More
  • American School Welcomes Board of Trustees - Today our Board of Trustees is in our building for a series of meetings.  We're grateful to the trustees for their leadership and willingness to assist us as we strive to become the best distance education high school and distance education middle school in the world.  Our trustees look at American School in its entirety,... Read More
  • American School Holds 79th Annual Scholarship Meeting - Today American School is holding its 79th annual Scholarship Committee Meeting.  Permanent committee members and American School Trustees Dr. John Kemp and Cher Tufly are being joined by this year's guest committee member, Leslie Ballard, Director of AdvancED Indiana, to select this year's winners, all of whom will be profiled in an upcoming All American... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: First Day of Summer - It's June 21, and today is the first day of summer.  Many people enjoy summer vacations and think of anything but school during the months of June, July and August, but American School accepts enrollments year-round.  Some students who enroll in the summer take accredited high school courses or online middle school courses for credit... Read More