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.

  • American School Closed Monday, November 12 - American School will be closed Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.  As we've said many times before, we are proud to include the word "American" in our name, and the veterans we honor on November 12 are a big reason why.  Because of them, we have the freedom to offer print and online... Read More
  • New Electives Available - We are proud to announce that three new electives are available to our students.  Each new high school correspondence class is a great addition to our already strong lineup of high school correspondence courses, and we hope that they will be great additions to your curriculum as well.  Modern Metalworking has 10 exams and would... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day - It's November 6, and today is Election Day.  As a reminder, American School does not take any political stances or support any political candidate, but today is still a good time for us to tell you why you should vote for us and make us your distance education high school or middle school.  We allow... Read More
  • National Distance Learning Week Begins Today - It's November 5, and today is the first day of National Distance Learning Week.  We have been a distance learning school since our founding in 1897, though the way we deliver distance learning courses has changed over the years.  For decades we offered only high school correspondence courses.  Then we offered online high school courses. ... Read More
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday - Today's blog has a reminder for most of you to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night before you go to sleep.  Unless you live in a place where Daylight Saving Time is not observed, you'll "fall back" and gain an extra hour of sleep.  We realize that many students "fall back" in school... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #22: Missouri MSCA Fall Conference - About a week ago we attended one MSCA Fall Conference, and this week we're attending another.  Instead of heading northeast to Michigan, we're heading southwest to Missouri for the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference.  Counselors in the Show Me State are invited to visit us at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach on November... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween - It's October 31, and today is Halloween.  It's a day traditionally featuring scary things and frightening creatures like ghosts and goblins, and maybe some of you think homeschooling is scary too.  You may not know where to begin, what courses to take, or how to do it.  Let us help!  We offer print and online... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Helena, Montana - It's October 30, and the city of Helena, Montana was founded on this date in 1864.  That year was part of the Montana Gold Rush, and a group of settlers came across an area called Last Chance Gulch which later became Helena.  Montana is home to author Christopher Paolini, who took our high school correspondence... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #21: Michigan MSCA Fall Conference - In addition to the AMLE Conference in Orlando, we're attending the Michigan School Counselor Association Fall Conference this weekend at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.  We'll be leading a Spartan lifestyle and meeting counselors for most of the day on October 28 and October 29.  Students in Michigan and in fact all 50 states... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #20: AMLE - We're back on the road this week and heading to a pair of conventions.  The first is the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education.  Guests are invited to stop by booth 101 at the Gaylord Palms outside Orlando, Florida, on October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on October 26 from 9 a.m.... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: United Nations Day - It's October 24, and today is United Nations Day.  It's a great opportunity to remind you that we serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  Sometimes these students wish to obtain an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma, while others take accredited middle school courses and accredited high school... Read More
  • American School Holds 121st Annual Meeting - Today American School is holding the 121st Annual Meeting of its Board of Trustees and Corporate Members.  The meeting is an occasion to look back on the events of the past year and plan events for the coming year.  One of the major accomplishments of the past year was the introduction of middle school correspondence... Read More
  • American School Welcomes Board of Trustees - Today we are happy to welcome our Board of Trustees for their fall meeting.  Our trustees come from all corners of the United States and have keen interest in our print and online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  While they have a high interest in our course offerings,... Read More
  • Digital Citizenship Week Concludes Today - It's October 19, the final day of Digital Citizenship Week.  We began the week with a blog about bullying, including cyberbullying, and avoiding that is just one part of being a good digital citizen.  Other parts include being as secure and safe as possible while online and understanding that what you share or post online... Read More
  • American School Welcomes 1964 Graduate - Earlier this week we had the pleasure of welcoming a 1964 American School graduate and his family to our building for a tour.  Our visitors enjoyed seeing pictures and memorabilia from our 120-year history and were pleased to see how we have evolved over the years.  In 1964, we offered only high school correspondence courses,... Read More
  • Reminder About Transcript Requests - Today's blog has a reminder about requesting transcripts.  If you need an official record of your online high school courses or high school correspondence courses, you can request a transcript by following the instructions on our FAQ page.  We have a transcript release form linked there, and transcripts may be sent on paper or electronically. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Boss’s Day - It's October 16, and today is Boss's Day.  Like any company, we have a hierarchy and several supervisors here, but we are not the boss when it comes to your education.  That's because we let students and their parents be in control.  They can pick the accredited online middle school courses or accredited high school... Read More
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month - October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  You may think that bullying doesn't occur at the American School because we are a distance education high school and middle school and don't have students in our building regularly, but we still take bullying very seriously.  We have a cyber-bullying policy and encourage students to be civil to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Day That Didn’t Exist - It's October 12, and this date didn't happen in 1582 for residents of Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.  Those four countries were transitioning from one calendar to another, and to make calendars match, October 12 was eliminated.  All of us have had days we'd like to forget, but that's not possible in our modern world. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Day of the Girl - It's October 11, and today is the Day of the Girl.  It has other names too, such as International Day of the Girl Child, but the purpose is the same: to heighten awareness of the obstacles girls face simply because of their gender and to develop ways to eliminate those obstacles while helping girls overcome... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: 10-10 - It's October 10, commonly abbreviated as 10-10.  We mention this because we think you'll rate us a perfect 10 when you choose us as your distance education high school and middle school.  We offer high-quality accredited high school courses and middle school courses at an affordable cost.  Tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Phantom of the Opera - It's October 9, and the musical The Phantom of the Opera premiered in London on this date in 1986.  Phantoms, ghosts and similar creatures often appear in musicals, plays, books and other forms of literature.  They may show up in a high school correspondence class or online high school courses, and you may even spot... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, October 8 - American School will be closed Monday, October 8, in observance of Columbus Day.  Christopher Columbus sailed to new lands, so this might be the time to find something new for yourself.  Earlier this year we introduced print middle school courses to go along with our online middle school courses, and both course delivery methods have... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have a testimonial from Brittany from Florida, who writes, "The American School’s textbooks are as good as any other high school textbooks.  The study guides were very clearly written and easy to follow.  The instructors were prompt about getting my tests graded and mailed back to me.  The study guides prepared me a... Read More
  • Updated Information for AP Students - Yesterday we received word that the content of some of our AP courses has changed for the 2018-19 year.  In particular, there is a good deal of different content in the AP English Language and Composition course.  If you are enrolled in that course, please click here to see what's new in your course.  No... Read More
  • 2019-20 FAFSA Form Now Available - The 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available here.  Even though the 2019-20 school year may seem far off right now, it is never too early to begin thinking about college, especially if you are a senior this year. Our college preparatory program can give you the academic skills you need... Read More
  • Reminder About Duplicate Diplomas - Today's blog is a reminder about how to request duplicate diplomas.  We have a procedure in place, and it is outlined on our FAQ page.  If you have questions about how to obtain a duplicate of your correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma, please review that page before you contact us.  All... Read More
  • Last Day To Enroll in AP Courses for 2018-19 - It's September 28, and today is the deadline to enroll in AP courses for the 2018-19 school year.  You can find an enrollment application and other information on our AP page.  AP courses have been a great addition to our curriculum.  Students have added them to their online college preparatory program or have taken them... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Google - It's September 27, a day Google claims as its birthday.  Perhaps you used Google to find this blog.  Maybe you searched for a distance education high school who offers high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, and if that's the case, then you've come to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The United States Cabinet - It's September 26, and on this date in 1789, George Washington appointed the first United States Cabinet.  Today the Cabinet advises the President of the United States on a number of issues, but after you decide to take accredited high school courses or accredited middle school courses with us, you have a built-in cabinet of... Read More