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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 Prepares to Welcome ISBE - Today American School would have welcomed a team from the Illinois State Board of Education to evaluate us and how we serve our students.  That visit has been postponed, and we hope to welcome an ISBE team later this year.  We have been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education since 1978, when we... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: World Health Day - It's April 7, and today is World Health Day.  Sponsored by the World Health Organization, World Health Day is a global health awareness day, and certainly on this World Health Day, we find ourselves more aware of global health than ever before.  American School would like to recognize the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers... Read More
  • Update for AP Students - Today's blog contains an update for students who are in our AP courses this year.  The College Board has made available free AP review classes as you prepare to take this year's modified AP exams, while information on this year's AP exams is available here.  We are happy to offer AP courses among our online... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #5: NSBA Conference (Cancelled) - This weekend we were scheduled to attend a convention close to home, but the National School Boards Association Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago was cancelled.   Normally we attend this convention to introduce ourselves to school board members from across the country.  Many of them might be interested in learning how our independent study... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and we're back with another testimonial.  Amanda from Indiana writes, "The textbooks explained the material well, and the comments left on the exams helped out a lot.  Teaching yourself is much easier than going to school and learning with a group."  We thank Amanda for those comments about our high school correspondence courses. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: April Fools’ Day - It's April 1, and today is April Fools' Day.  In today's blog we're going to go through some things that might fool you as you look for a distance education high school or middle school.   The first is accreditation.  Some places may look like they offer legitimate courses and diplomas, but many times those are... Read More
  • Scholarship Application Deadline Extended - Earlier today, American School's Board of Trustees unanimously decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications for this year's American School post-secondary scholarships.  Applications and other related materials now must be received by June 1.  The new deadline does not mean that American School will send applications to more students.  Rather, the new deadline gives... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #4: MPE Conference (Postponed) - American School was supposed to be heading to Kansas City this weekend for the Midwest Parent Educators Conference.  We planned to be at the KCI Expo Center on Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the show has been postponed and... Read More
  • Online Exams Available for English 9 and English 10 - Today's blog announces that online exams are now available for our new English 9 and English 10 courses.  Both paper-based courses debuted in recent months and are nice additions to our impressive list of high school correspondence courses.  In these times, however, we know that students might prefer to do their exams online, and so... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #3: Missouri Homeschool Convention (Cancelled) - It's March 26, and today we were supposed to head to the Gateway to the West to exhibit at the Missouri Homeschool Convention near St. Louis.  Unfortunately but understandably this convention has been cancelled, and we look forward to returning to this convention in 2021.  Had we attended this year, we would've had information about... Read More
  • American School to Participate in Homeschool Connect Expos - American School is pleased to once again participate in the Homeschool Connect Expo which is being held entirely online from March 25-29.  Four similar events are scheduled for later this year.  To access our page, please register for free.  Once you do, you will be able to learn more about our accredited high school program,... Read More
  • About Upcoming Conventions - As you might imagine, several conventions this spring at which American School planned to have a booth have been postponed or cancelled.  While we will miss seeing familiar faces and introducing new ones to our online middle school courses, middle school correspondence courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, we support the... Read More
  • Visit Our Updated Online Learning Page - Today's blog has information about our updated online learning page.  As some of you were aware, our Online Student Center has been down the past two weekends.  This is an unfortunate situation, and a group of webmasters and American School staff worked to fix the situation as quickly as possible.  We know that many of... Read More
  • March 20 Coronavirus Statement - As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation changes frequently.  We have created a specific web page to address the situation while continuing to update our blog and social media pages as best we can.  Please visit www.americanschool.org/covid-19 for all of our statements with the most recent one at the top and others following in chronological... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring - It's March 19 and today is the first day of spring.  Spring is associated with warmer temperatures, longer days, birds chirping and flowers blooming.  In other words, it's associated with new beginnings and brighter days ahead.  An education from American School can help you and your family have better days ahead.  Studies have shown that... Read More
  • New English 10 Course Available - American School is happy to announce that a new paper-based English 10 course is now available.  This course can be taken as a credit recovery course through our independent study high school program or may be taken as part of a general high school or college preparatory program as you work to earn a high... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day - Today is St. Patrick's Day, and many American School employees are wearing green to celebrate.  With green as the color of the day, today is a great time to talk about another kind of green–money.  As a non-profit distance education high school, American School is able to keep cost to an absolute minimum.  You can... Read More
  • Math in Music Series to Debut - Pi Day was Saturday, March 14, and Chicago's classical music station celebrated by launching a new series called Math in Music.  We offer several math courses and a music course among our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses, and this series sounds like a... Read More
  • March 13 Coronavirus Statement - In light of more recent concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), American School is taking the following steps to ensure our students and employees stay healthy. Since American School is a distance learning school offering online middle school courses, middle school correspondence courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses with a staff... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Jared from Illinois writes, "Completing the study guides and self-check tests in Careers, Essential Math, Practical English and Social Civics made it a lot easier to take the tests and pass them.  The American School is an easier way to get an education... Read More
  • March 11 Coronavirus Statement - Today's blog is about our current response to concerns caused by the coronavirus.  At this time, it is business as usual for American School.  We have a generous sick policy that encourages employees to stay home when they do not feel well.  For our employees who are in the building, we remind them of good... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #2: Texas Homeschool Convention - American School is excited to be back on the road this week when we return to the Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth.  Visit us in booth 602 at the Fort Worth Convention Center on March 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.; March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on March 14 from... Read More
  • New Algebra 2 Course Available - American School is proud to release a new Algebra 2 course.  The course is a great addition to our lineup of high school correspondence courses and maybe be taken as part of our general high school program, college preparatory program or independent study high school program.   Take a look around our web site and see... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Alamo - It's March 6, and on this date in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo ended.  The Alamo still stands in San Antonio, Texas, and the most familiar phrase associated with the battle is "Remember the Alamo!"  Students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program will learn many things, but they should... Read More
  • Daylight Saving Time Returns March 8 - Today's blog is a reminder to move your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  Daylight Saving Time begins early Sunday morning, which means you'll lose an hour of sleep this weekend, but the sun will be out later.  Losing an hour of time won't hurt our students too much because... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Vermont - It's March 4, and Vermont became a state on this date in 1791.  We like featuring statehood anniversaries in this blog because it gives us the chance to remind you that we serve students in all corners of the United States.  Some decide to earn a high school diploma at home for a variety of... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Florida - It's March 3, and Florida became a state on this date in 1845.  Florida is known for oranges, beaches, sunshine and family amusement parks, but for us Florida is also known for having one of the biggest homeschool conventions of the year.  We're heading down there in May, and at that time we hope to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points - It's March 2, and on this date in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the New York Knicks by a score of 169-147.  Even in today's fast-paced, high-scoring NBA, to have a player score 100 points in a game by himself is quite an accomplishment and one that has... Read More
  • Tomorrow’s Special Occasion: Leap Year Day - Today might be February 28, but tomorrow is not March 1.  Since 2020 is a year that is divisible by four, it is a leap year, which means that for the first time since 2016, the date February 29 is on the calendar.  That means we get an extra day to celebrate everything good about... Read More
  • Rosetta Stone Courses for Middle School - As you know, American School offers more than 20 world language courses through a partnership with Rosetta Stone.  While many people consider Rosetta Stone courses to be online high school courses, it is permissible for students in our accredited middle school program to view them as online middle school courses too.  In other words, students... Read More