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Since 2006, the American School Blog has kept students, parents and school officials up to date on what’s happening at American School. Below are our most recent blog posts.  Visit the American School Blog Archive to read noteworthy blogs from over the years.

 

 

 

Today’s Birthday: Leonardo da Vinci

It’s April 15, and Leonardo da Vinci was born on this date in 1452.  You might know him best as the painter of Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and Vitruvian Man, but Leonardo da Vinci had many other interests besides painting and sculpting.  He was interested in science...

Today’s Birthday: Anne Sullivan

It’s April 14, and Anne Sullivan was born on this date in 1866.  Many of you may not be familiar with her name, but perhaps you have heard of Helen Keller.  Helen Keller was an author and advocate who was deaf and blind for nearly her entire life, and Anne Sullivan...

Today’s Anniversary: The Two-Dollar Bill

It’s April 13, and on this date in 1976, the two-dollar bill was reintroduced into circulation.  You’re probably far more familiar with $1 bills, $5 bills, $10 bills, $20 bills, $50 bills and $100 bills, but $2 bills are still around even if they are rarely seen.  If...

PayPal Added to Web Site Checkout Page

As you know, we debuted a new web site on February 1.  We have received many compliments about our new site, and we are appreciative of all of them.  At the same time, we can always tweak the new site and make it better and more user-friendly.  One of the ways we did...

Email Addresses for Independent Study Students

Today’s blog is about email addresses for students in our independent study high school program.  If you are taking independent study courses with us while attending a traditional high school, please make sure you provide us with an email address that allows messages...

Testimonial Thursday

It’s Thursday, and so we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Mateusz from Illinois writes, “American School was a great choice for me because I finished my senior year with 23.5 credits.  It was a good opportunity to take correspondence study because I...

Today’s Anniversary: The World Health Organization

It’s April 7, and the World Health Organization was established on this date in 1948.  You’ve probably heard more about WHO in the past 13 months than at any other time due to the pandemic, and we appreciate the good work they and other reputable health organizations...

3M Young Scientist Challenge

Today’s blog contains information about this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge.   The contest is open to students in grades 5-8, which means students who take online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses in our accredited middle school...

Today’s Anniversary: The Presidential Veto

It’s April 5, and on this date in 1792, George Washington vetoed a bill.  Although presidential vetoes are more common today, what George Washington did 229 years ago was the first time a president vetoed a bill.  All of us here at American School like accommodating...

Today’s Special Occasion: April Fools’ Day

It’s April 1, and today is April Fools’ Day.  It is a day often associated with pranks and jokes, but going through life without an accredited high school diploma is no laughing matter.   A high school diploma can open doors to attending the college or university of...

American School Closed Friday, April 2

American School will be closed Friday, April 2.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, April 5, and look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study program at that time.  We...

Update from MSA-CESS

Today's blog contains an update from the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.  Recently we received an email from MSA-CESS President Lisa Marie McCauley, Ed.D. and MSA-CESS Vice-President, Accreditation Glenn Mort, Ed.D. which...

American School Joins HEAV Curriculum Marketplace

American School is pleased to join the Home Educators Association of Virginia Curriculum Marketplace which will be open through October 31, 2021.  In the past we have attended HEAV’s annual convention to promote our online middle school courses, middle school...

Updated Student Handbook Available

An updated Student Handbook is now available on American School's web site.  Students and guarantors should refer to it often as students work in their accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program.  The...

American School Welcomes Illinois State Board of Education

It’s March 25, and today American School is pleased to welcome a representative from the Illinois State Board of Education who will assist us with the ISBE recognition process.  Every five years, American School welcomes ISBE representatives who evaluate our entire...

Today’s Anniversary: The 1921 Women’s Olympiad

It’s March 24, and 100 years ago today the 1921 Women’s Olympiad opened in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  It was the first international women’s sporting event and thankfully women’s sports have grown by leaps and bounds since then.  To celebrate, we’re going to mention...

American School to Attend Missouri Homeschool Convention

American School is pleased to exhibit this weekend at the Missouri Homeschool Convention in St. Charles, Missouri.  Visit us in booth 706 at the St. Charles Convention Center on Thursday, March 25, from 5 to 9 p.m.; on Friday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.;...

Important Notice for Students in Online Courses

Today’s blog contains important news for students taking online middle school courses and online high school courses from Edmentum.  Effective immediately, all units in all online courses will be unlocked.  Post tests will remain locked, but our instructors have been...

Spring Begins Tomorrow

It’s March 19, and tomorrow is the first day of spring.  Spring is the season most associated with rebirth and new possibilities, and so it’s a great time for you to consider enrolling with American School.  Perhaps you left high school a long time ago without earning...

Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day

It’s March 17, and today is St. Patrick’s Day.  The color most associated with St. Patrick’s Day is green, and in addition to being associated with St. Patrick’s Day, green is also associated with money.  If you’re looking for a place that offers high-quality high...

American School Scholarship Applications Sent

American School’s 83rd annual Scholarship Meeting will be held this spring, and recently 396 applications were sent to those eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships.  At this time, American School plans to award three $2000 scholarships and four $1000...

Today’s Anniversary: Maine

It’s March 15, and Maine became a state on this date in 1820.  Although Maine is quite a distance from our office, we have visited Maine in the past and enjoyed meeting students who wanted to hear about our high school diploma program.  Since our last visit to Maine,...

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday

It’s March 12, and this weekend will be one hour shorter than normal.  That’s because Daylight Saving Time begins early Sunday morning.  Most of the country will move clocks ahead by one hour and spring forward into darker mornings but lighter evenings.  The idea of...

COVID-19 One Year Later

It’s March 11, and one year ago today the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic.  People have lived in a much different world since then, and those of us here at American School are no exception.  American School employees have...

Homeschooling has taught me a lot of new things.  It has taught me self-discipline and made me take my studies more seriously than before.  I have learned to study properly.  The books and materials were very helpful.  It is a fun experience to do homeschooling.  Many people are amazed to know that I did homeschooling.  This has opened and changed a lot of people’s minds.

– Jekah from United Arab Emirates

American School has more to offer than any public school.  Two of my children, two of my grandchildren, and one niece completed their high school education with American School, and my sister and I are enrolled at the present time.

– Marilyn from Missouri

I learned a lot, and the skills are helping me in my college classes.

The most important thing I learned was how to schedule my time and organize my work.  The study guides helped to show me how much work to do at one time.  I’m glad to be part of American School.

– Peter from Illinois

I have found the methods, instruction, textbooks, study guides and service satisfactory because they are all up-to-date and made ready for me to learn.  I am greatly thankful for this service because now I can graduate early with all my credits in.  Thank you very much, American School!

– Ada from Michigan

American School was an easy yet efficient way to earn the extra credit I needed to graduate.

– Elizabeth from Illinois

I greatly enjoyed American School.  The instructors’ comments were very helpful.  I enjoyed this method of learning.  I feel I have learned a lot more than I did in public school.  I was able to keep up with school through all the moves I made without going through the hassle of switching school systems.  I enjoyed the honesty of the

instructors and the overall program.   I will recommend American School to anyone interested.

– Enoch from Texas

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Why you should enroll with American School…
We call these our Four C’s.

Curriculum

American School’s innovative paper-based and online curriculum offers something for everyone in grades 6-12. Students can choose from more than 100 self-paced courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, social studies and science and take electives in such subject areas as business, career and technical education, fine arts, and world languages,

Cost

As a not-for-profit institution, American School puts students’ educations first. Our tuition is affordable—much lower than many other distance education and online high schools—and all textbooks and study materials are included at no additional cost.  Monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of American School’s middle school or high school program.

Caring Student Service

When students are accepted at American School, they not only receive interesting curriculum at a reasonable cost from a pioneer in distance education; they also receive outstanding, caring student service.  Students may enroll anytime and work at their own pace.  Help is available from American School staff during business hours and around the clock in American School’s Online Student Center.

Credibility

Founded in 1897, American School later became the first correspondence school to become regionally accredited. Today we are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and by the state of Illinois as a non-public high school.  American School’s diploma is accepted by colleges and universities, and thousands of high schools use our courses for credit recovery.

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