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.

  • About Winter Weather - It's November 20, and there's more than a month left in the season of autumn, but try telling that to our employees, who returned to work a week ago yesterday to find a very icy parking lot after snow and rain had fallen on Veterans Day.  The safety of our employees is a top priority... Read More
  • American School Announces Winter Spectacular Offer - American School is pleased to offer a Winter Spectacular Offer to students in full years of its accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  The Winter Spectacular Offer allows you to send two regular payments for your December payment and in turn we will give your account a $25 credit.  In order to... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Mickey Mouse - It's November 18, and today is considered to be Mickey Mouse's birthday.  On this date in 1928, he appeared in Steamboat Willie, and the rest is history.  Mickey Mouse is now one of the most recognizable figures in the world, and in his 91 years he has brought joy and happiness to millions of people. ... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Frederick William Herschel - It's November 15, and Frederick William Herschel was born on this date in 1738.  He was a scientist and astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and later discovered infrared radiation.  If you're interested in learning more about Uranus and other planets and moons, we have an online astronomy course and online earth and space science... Read More
  • Updated Applications and Course List Available - We are happy to announced that updated applications for enrollment in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and individual subjects are now available on our enrollment page.  While you're there, you'll also see an updated list of our print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses.  If... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #26: ISCA Fall Conference - American School is pleased to conclude its 2019 convention year by attending the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  Join us on Thursday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We'll be in booth 40 in the Grand... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #25: AkSCA Counselor Conference - Today's blog promotes the Alaska School Counselor Association Annual Conference at the Anchroage Marriott Downtown.  Normally a convention blog would promote our appearance at a convention, but since it's a loooooong way to fly to Alaska, we won't be at this one in person.  The AkSCA team, however, realizes that American School can be a... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, November 11 - American School will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We thank veterans for their service.  Because of them, we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.  We look forward to serving our students and assisting them with their accredited high school program or accredited middle school program when... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today's testimonial is from Huda from Illinois, who writes, "The Business Math textbook was very helpful because the examples and way of explaining the methods were really good.  The instructor gave a tremendous amount of help on solving the problems.  Without the instructor’s comments and help, I would’ve been lost.  Thank you."  We thank Huda... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #24: MSCA Conference - This coming weekend we will return to Michigan and exhibit at the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference.  It's taking place at the Lansing Convention Center, and we invite counselors to stop by table 5 on November 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will have... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day - It's Election Day, and while American School is neutral when it comes to political matters, we are going to use this occasion to share some reasons why you should vote for us as your distance education high school or middle school.  First, we offer print and online high school courses and print and online middle... Read More
  • National Distance Learning Week Begins Today - It's November 4, and National Distance Learning Week begins today.  We are proud to be your distance education high school and distance education middle school, and it's what we've done since our founding in 1897.  Back then, nobody could have envisioned us offering online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we are... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween - It's October 31, and today is Halloween.  Halloween is often characterized by jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts and children trick-or-treating while wearing interesting costumes.  If you're taking one of our print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses and are uncomfortable if you're asked to read stories that contain witches or ghosts,... Read More
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday - If you like to sleep, you're in luck this weekend because Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m.  That means before we go to bed Saturday night we should set our clocks back one hour, which gives us an extra hour of sleep.  If sleep isn't your thing, you could look at this... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #23: MSCA Fall Conference - American School is excited to exhibit at the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference next week in Osage Beach.  Counselors are invited to visit us at the Margarita Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) on November 3 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will have... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Statue of Liberty - It's October 28, and the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on this date in 1886.  The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous symbols of the United States, and an image of it appeared on previous versions of our web site.  We're excited about the upcoming new version of our web site which... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Brian Kelly - It's October 25, and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly turns 58 years old today.  If you're thinking of playing college football at Notre Dame or participating in any other sport for any other NCAA school, please read this blog carefully.  At this time our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses are... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: United Nations Day - It's October 24, and today is United Nations Day.  It's the perfect occasion to remind you that even though we are proud to be called American School and serve students in all 50 states, we're also happy to serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  In the past, students who lived overseas... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle - It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  When our Writing 1 and Writing 2 courses were in production, we included an excerpt about the life of Gertrude Ederle, who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.  Not only did her story make for interesting reading and... Read More
  • American School Holds 122nd Annual Meeting - Yesterday American School held its 122nd Annual Meeting of trustees and corporate members.  The event was an opportunity to look back at the challenges and accomplishments of the past year and plan for the future.  A major accomplishment of the past year was the move to Edmentum for our online high school courses and online... Read More
  • American School Welcomes Board of Trustees - Today American School welcomes its Board of Trustees for their quarterly visit.  We always enjoy seeing our trustees because they have a deep love of American School and bring with them decades of knowledge and experience.  In total, our trustees have more than a century of experience serving American School, and over the years they've... Read More
  • Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing - Today's blog is about Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing.  If you click the link we've included in this blog, you'll learn what they are and see American School listed as an approved curriculum provider by the Illinois Community College Board.  If you live in another state, you should check with your local board to see... Read More
  • American School Celebrates Boss’s Day - Yesterday was Boss's Day, and some American School employees took time to thank their immediate supervisors for their hard work throughout the year.  Like every other company, we have a corporate hierarchy.  We have a board of trustees, a president, an executive vice-president, a treasurer, and an educational director in prime exceutive roles.  They are... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Walt Disney Company - It's October 16, and the Walt Disney Company was founded on this date in 1923.  If you've ever been to a Disney park, you've probably experienced exceptional customer service and felt like park employees (often referred to as cast members) went out of their way to make you have a wonderful day.  Here at American... Read More
  • Starting Over or Starting Again - On a regular basis we hear from people who enrolled with us a long time ago, passed a few of their high school correspondence courses or online high school courses and then had to stop and abandon their studies.  Often they contact us and ask us if they can start over or start again, and... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, October 14 - American School will be closed Monday, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 15.  If you're willing to explore something new, why not consider enrolling with us?  We offer accredited high school courses online or in print and offer similar courses in our accredited middle... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's a Thursday, so we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Harley from Arkansas writes, "I am very happy that I chose to take World History and English IV: Composition and Grammar through the American School.  Because of this decision, I can pursue my dreams at a faster rate than expected."  We thank... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Black Sox Scandal - It's October 9, and on this date 100 years ago, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series by defeating the Chicago White Sox.  You may think there is nothing terribly unusual about that, but we didn't mention that eight members of the White Sox actually threw the World Series and ensured the Reds won in... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Great Chicago Fire - It's October 8, and the Great Chicago Fire started on this date in 1871.  By the time it was contained two days later, most of the city had burned.  A few buildings survived the fire and remain standing to this day, including the Chicago Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue in... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #22: LEA Convocation - This week we are back on the road as we attend the Lutheran Education Association Convocation in St. Louis.  Come see us in booth 530 at the St. Louis America's Center on October 10 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again on October 11 from 10 a.m. to... Read More