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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 Closed November 26-27 - American School will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, November 30.  As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the students enrolled in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  We... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Origin of Species - It's November 24, and Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was published on this date in 1859.  We mention this today because we know that some students who take our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses do not want to read about evolution.  We do our best to accommodate students' beliefs, but... Read More
  • American School to Participate in Year-Round Homeschool Connect Expo - Regular blog readers will know that we have participated in several online Homeschool Connect Expos so far in 2020.  Since these events were so successful, organizers decided to make the expo available year-round, meaning that our our page now will be active 365 days a year.  Visit our page to learn more about our accredited... Read More
  • STEM Organization of America Competition - Today's blog has information about a competition run by the STEM Organization of America.  If you are taking our online high school courses or high school correspondence courses and are interested in STEM, we invite you to click the links above for more information.  The deadline to apply is December 7.  We enjoy sharing opportunites... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Gettysburg Address - It's November 19, and Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this date in 1863.  American School has always believed that public speaking is a fine skill to have.  That's why we include speech courses in our curriculum.  Our curriculum includes core subject areas like English, math, science and social studies as well as a... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #22: ISCA Conference (Cancelled) - Later this week American School was scheduled to attend the Indiana School Counselors Association Conference in Indianapolis, but like so many others this year, the in-person event was cancelled. Had we attended, we would've brought information about our independent study high school program and accredited middle school program, and we also would've shared how students... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Christopher Paolini - It's November 17, and American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini turns 37 years old today.  He graduated with an accredited high school diploma at the age of 15 and has gone on to write a series of novels, including four in the Eragon series, one of which was made into a feature film. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Oklahoma - It's November 16, and Oklahoma became a state on this date in 1907.  We've attended many conventions in Tulsa and Oklahoma City over the years, and Sooner or later we will return to Oklahoma for another homeschool or counselor convention.  Whenever we visit the Sooner State, we always meet people who enjoy what American School... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Friday the 13th - It's November 13, and today is Friday the 13th.  Friday the 13th is often associated with fear and bad luck, and indeed the previous Friday the 13th this year was a difficult day.  That occurred on March 13 at the beginning of the pandemic, and people were understandably scared of what the coming days might... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #21: MSCA Conference (Cancelled) - American School planned to go from one Lansing to another next week, but unfortunately we will not participate in the Michigan School Counselors Association Fall Conference this year.  Had we been able to attend in person, we would have information about our independent study high school program and shared how students can take our online... Read More
  • American School Closed Wednesday, November 11 - American School will be closed Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Thursday, November 12, and will be available to help students with their accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program at that time.  We wish to thank all... Read More
  • Celebrate National Distance Learning Week - It's November 9, and today is the first day of National Distance Learning Week.  American School has been a leader in distance learning since 1897, and today we are happy to be a leading distance education high school and middle school.  We try to make distance learning as personal as possible.  That means we call... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #20: MSCA Fall Conference (Cancelled) - American School was scheduled to head west in the coming days to exhibit at the Missouri School Counselors Association Fall Conference, but the in-person event has been cancelled.  We look forward to visiting counselors in the Show Me State next year, and when we do, we will show them the many ways we can serve... Read More
  • FAFSA Applications Open - This year's FAFSA applications are open.  Please click here for more information.  FAFSA is useful if you are a student in our college preparatory program who plans to earn a high school diploma at home and then attend a college or university.  It is also useful for students in our independent study high school program... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The National Security Agency - It's November 4, and the National Security Agency was founded on this date in 1952.  The NSA's anniversary is a good day for us to tell you the steps we take to keep your personal information safe and secure.  Our internal student record system is password-protected and backed up weekly.  That means that your records... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day - It's November 3, and today is Election Day.  American School is always neutral when it comes to politics, but today we are happy to share some of the reasons why students and families have "voted" for us by making us their distance education high school or middle school.  The main reason is that we allow... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversaries: North Dakota and South Dakota - It's November 2, and North Dakota and South Dakota both became states on this date in 1889.  To our knowledge, we have never visited North Dakota or South Dakota for a convention, but we'd like to visit those states in the future.  Sometimes people from North Dakota, South Dakota or 47 other states wonder if... Read More
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday - Today's blog is a reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning.  By turning our clocks back, we gain an extra hour of sleep and our students get an extra hour to work on their high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  All of... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #19: WSCA Conference (Cancelled) - Next week American School was scheduled to exhibit at the Wisconsin School Counselors Assocation Conference in Wisconsin Dells.  Unfortunately but understandably the event was cancelled, and we will make our debut in Wisconsin Dells in 2021.  For years the WSCA Conference was the first convention we attended in a calendar year, but now the convention... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #7: ISCA Conference (Cancelled) - American School was planning to exhibit at the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference this weekend at the Tinley Park Convention Center, but the event was cancelled.  Had we made the short drive from Lansing to Tinley Park, we would have had information about our print or online high school courses and print or online middle... Read More
  • American School Holds 123rd Annual Meeting - Yesterday American School held its 123rd Annual Meeting of Trustees and Corporate Members.  The annual meeting is a time to look back at the challenges and triumphs of the past year and to look ahead to the next year and beyond.  The 2019-2020 fiscal year had its share of challenges, most notably the pandemic and... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Erie Canal - It's October 26, and the Erie Canal opened on this date in 1825.  The canal connected the Hudson River near New York City to Lake Erie in the western part of New York State and is one of the most famous man-made bodies of water anywhere in the world.  Just as the Erie Canal links... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle - It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  Before they were called Writing 1 and Writing 2, our introductory English courses were called Build Your Writing Skills 1 and Build Your Writing Skills 2.  When those courses were in production, we included an excerpt about the life of Gertrude Ederle,... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: N.C. Wyeth - It's October 22, and artist Newell Convers Wyeth was born on this date in 1882.  He was a fine artist in his own right, but you might be more familiar with the works of his son, Andrew Wyeth, or his grandson, Jamie Wyeth.  They are also painters, and Jamie Wyeth is an American School graduate. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Chicago World’s Fair - It's October 21, and dedication ceremonies for the Chicago World's Fair were held on this date in 1892.  The fair was held on the south side of Chicago near the University of Chicago, and a few years after the fair ended, American School moved to that part of town.  We stayed there until 1996, when... Read More
  • Christopher Paolini Pens New Book - American School graduate Christopher Paolini recently wrote To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, and the novel appeared on many best seller lists shortly after its release.  We are proud to call Christopher our graduate and recall the time he visited our building while on a book tour promoting his Eragon series.  Under normal circumstances,... Read More
  • National Dropout Prevention Month - We're about halfway through National Dropout Prevention Month, so today's blog will focus on how American School can help prevent students from dropping out.  For starters, we offer an independent study high school program for students in grades 9-12.  These students attend a traditional high school but take our high school correspondence courses or online... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Boss’s Day - It's October 16, and today is Boss's Day.  The first boss of American School was R.T. Miller.  He founded American School in 1897 and remained a school leader until 1945.  Since that time, only a handful of people have followed in R.T. Miller's footsteps and become American School President.  In 2017, Valerie J. Riley became... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and so our blog is back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Jasmine from Illinois writes, "I loved the whole package.  American School helped me a lot.  At first I didn’t know where to start, but I read the study guide carefully and it made me understand.  I’m very happy I... Read More
  • New American School Web Site Coming Soon - Today's blog announces that American School soon will have a new web site.  This project has been a long time coming, but the end result will be a new web site that is more modern, better organized and more user-friendly.  Among the biggest changes you will see is a new way to enroll in full... Read More