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: The Atlas - It's May 22, and the very first atlas was published on this date in 1570.  Atlases come in handy in our world geography courses.  We have that subject and many others available online and on paper.  Students learn differently and so we want to have courses in the both delivery methods.  Some students take geography... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Victoria Day - It's May 21, and today is Victoria Day in Canada.  Often people will wonder if they can take American School courses if they live in Canada or another foreign country.   The answer to that question is a definite yes!  We have students taking high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation - It's May 17, the anniversary of the day the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  It's a milestone anniversary this year, but we're not going to tell you exactly how long it's been.  Let's just say our current online or correspondence high school diploma program students probably weren't born yet!  American School... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #12: Fort Wayne Homeschool Expo - This weekend we're making a short trip to exhibit at the Fort Wayne Homeschool Expo.  We'll be in booth 44 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Stop by and learn more about how you can earn a high school diploma at home by taking accredited... Read More
  • Reminder About Our FAQ Page - Today's blog contains a reminder about our FAQ page.  We've put frequently asked questions (and their answers) on that page for your convenience.  Please check our FAQ page first before contacting us.  We are happy to reply to every email we receive within one business day and assist you on the phone, but checking the... Read More
  • Reminder About Sending Emails - We want to provide you with high-quality service as you contact us with questions about your online high school diploma program, correspondence high school diploma program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program.  You can help us reply quickly if you do the following things when contacting us via email.  First, include... Read More
  • Happy Mother’s Day from American School - It's May 10, and Mother's Day was celebrated as a holiday for the first time on this date in 1908.  Since we're not doing a blog tomorrow, we're celebrating the holiday in today's blog.  We know how instrumental mothers are in their children's educations. Mothers are often their children's first teachers, and we're appreciative that... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #11: THSC Arlington - This week we're heading to Texas for the THSC Convention in Arlington.  Come see us in booth 412 at the Arlington Convention Center on May 10 from 5-7 p.m.; May 11 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and May 12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  We'll have information about our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses... Read More
  • Scholarship Applications Mailed - Recently we mailed scholarship applications to all eligible graduates.  These students earned an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma and met all of the qualfications to receive an application.  We look forward to receiving their completed applications, and our scholarship committee will meet in June to determine winners.  We are proud to... Read More
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Begins - Today is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week, and so we want to thank the instructors who grade our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  They're all trained to grade students' exams quickly and accurately and offer constructive criticism and positive feedback so that students can understand... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Panama Canal - It's May 4, and construction on the Panama Canal began on this date in 1904.  The Panama Canal is very important because it is a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  Without it, ships would have to travel all the way around the southern tip of South America to get from one ocean to... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Zachary from Kentucky writes, "The American School was great for me.  I learned a lot and I did it myself.  I used your tools but did it on my own.  I received help from the American School any time I called and needed... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #10: Oklahoma Homeschool Convention - American School is pleased to attend the Oklahoma Homeschool Convention this week at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.  We'll be there on May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn more about our online high school diploma program, correspondence... Read More
  • American School and the World’s Fair - World's Fairs don't get much coverage these days, but in the late 1890s and early 1900s they were quite popular.  American School has connections to two of them.  The 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which opened on this date 125 years ago, was located within walking distance of where our headquarters eventually would be after we... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Louisiana - It's April 30, and Louisiana became a state on this date in 1812.  We've been to several conventions in Louisiana over the years, often visiting with counselors to promote our independent study high school programs consisting of online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  On our next trip, we'll mention our accredited middle... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Ulysses S. Grant - It's April 27, and Ulysses S. Grant was born on this date in 1822.  Because of his service as a Civil War general and President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant is on the $50 bill, so today is a good day to talk about money, specifically monthly payments.  After making a down payment,... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Charles Richter - It's April 26, and scientist Andrew Richter was born on this date in 1900.  He is best known for the Richter scale which measures the size and strength of earthquakes.  We're going to be making some fairly seismic changes of our own this summer, so please pay close attention to this blog and our Facebook... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Administrative Professionals Day - It's April 25, and we're celebrating Administrative Professionals Day by honoring our employees who have that role.  Previously we've written that every employee here has a vital role in helping students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Some people grade online high school courses, online middle school courses and high... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Library of Congress - It's April 24, and the Library of Congress was established on this date in 1800.  We'll celebrate the occasion by talking about the books used in our high school correspondence courses and, starting this summer, our middle school correspondence courses.  All of our course materials are written to standards and come from leading educational companies. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The First Public School - It's April 23, and the first public school in the United States was founded on this date in 1635.  Nearly 400 years later, the Boston Latin School still exists and boasts and impressive list of alumni.  More than 250 years later, the American School was founded, also in Boston, and we too still exist and... Read More
  • American School and Earth Day - Because April 22 falls on a Sunday this year, we're celebrating Earth Day a couple days early in our blog.  American School is proud to have an office recycling program which helps save and protect the environment, and we're also proud to offer online high school courses and high school correspondence courses that discuss the... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Battles of Lexington and Concord - It's April 19, and on this date in 1775, the American Revolution began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  You can learn more about the American Revolution in our United States History courses.  We offer high school correspondence courses and online high school courses, and United States History is available in both formats.  We... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #9: ISCA Rosemont - Last week we attended the ISCA Annual Conference in Springfield, and this Friday we're attending the ISCA Conference in Rosemont.  The Illinois School Counselors Association holds two conventions each year, and we're happy to attend both.  We look forward to meeting counselors at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center all day on April 20.  School... Read More
  • 2018-19 AP Courses - This past year we offered AP courses for the first time, and students who enrolled in them are preparing to take AP exams in May.  We're preparing to offer AP courses again in 2018-19 but would like your assistance to help us choose which courses we should offer.  Please email us and let us know... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Natural Bridges National Monument - It's April 16, and the Natural Bridges National Monument became a monument on this date in 1908.  American School can be a natural bridge for you in terms of your education.  We offer an accredited middle school program and an accredited high school program.  Take a package of courses to complete full years or earn... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Holocaust Remembrance Day - It's April 12, and today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  If you're in Washington, D.C., you may wish to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, but no matter where you are, you may enroll in our History of the Holocaust course to learn more about one of the saddest events in history.  It's one of... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #8: ISCA Springfield - In addition to attending the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati this week, we're attending a convention in our home state as well.  We'll be at the Illinois School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Springfield on April 13.  School counselors are invited to stop by our booth at the Crowne Plaza Springfield to learn more about... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #7: Midwest Homeschool Convention - We're attending two conventions this week, and the first is in one of the cities we visited last week.  We were in Cincinnati a week ago meeting with Catholic educators from across the country, but this week we're attending the Midwest Homeschool Convention which will be attended by an entirely different group of people.  Homeschoolers... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Astrodome - It's April 9, and our blog is back!  On this date in 1965, the Astrodome opened.  It was called the 8th wonder of the world, and although the Astros moved to Minute Maid Park many years ago, the Astrodome still stands.  In fact, those of us who attended a convention last year in Houston saw... Read More
  • American School Closed March 30, Blog Returns April 9 - American School will be closed Friday, March 30.  We will reopen with normal business hours on Monday, April 2.  Although American School will be back in business on Monday, our blog is taking a break until Monday, April 9.  While we're gone, our students should continue to work on their online high school courses, high... Read More