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 Nominated for 2020 BBB Torch Award - American School is proud to earn a nomination to receive the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics presented by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  According to the Better Business Bureau, the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is the most prestigious award the Better Business Bureau presents to a business. Being a recipient... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today's testimonial comes from Kimberly from Illinois, who writes, "I like working independently, taking my own notes, and working at my own pace.  I was able to do this when I took the Literature IV course.  The study guides gave great details and were very good to use for review for the final exam."  We... Read More
  • Edmentum Updates Course Path View - Students who take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us soon will see a new way to monitor their progress.  Edmentum is adding target dates so that students can have a better idea of how to pace themselves.  The look and feel of the course path will change from a series... Read More
  • Older Alumni - It's September 29, and within a couple hours of each other, we heard great stories about two alumni who graduated more than 60 years ago.  One worked for NASA and was a professor at Stanford and the University of California at Santa Cruz.  The other migrated from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression and... Read More
  • About Duplicate Diplomas and Duplicate Transcripts - Today's blog is about duplicate diplomas and duplicate transcripts.  All requests for duplicate diplomas and duplicate transcripts should follow the instructions listed on our FAQ page.  Following the instructions listed on the FAQ page is the quickest way for us to get you the documents you need.   We look forward to helping you receive... Read More
  • Last Day to Enroll in AP Courses - Today's blog is a reminder that today is the last day to enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Students normally can enroll in any of our courses at any time, but AP courses are different.  That's because students in AP courses can take AP exams offered in the spring and need... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: 60 Minutes - It's September 24, and the very first episode of 60 Minutes aired on this date in 1968.  The title of the long-running news program got us thinking about time and brings up the question of how many minutes a day students should work on their American School courses.  The answer is that students can create... Read More
  • New Horticulture Course Available - American School is pleased to announce that a new Horticulture course has blossomed and is now available to students.  This course provides an introduction to horticulture and covers such areas as plant science, landscapring, floral design, lawn maintenance and more.  We are happy to count it among our high school correspondence courses and happy to... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Fall - It's September 22, and today is the first day of fall.  When we think of fall, we might think about the leaves changing colors, football, pumpkins, cooler temperatures and much more, but fall can also be associated with going back to school. If you've wanted to earn a high school diploma at home but have... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Hobbit - It's September 21, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published on this date in 1937.  The novel is featured in our Classic Adventure Literature course, which is a popular elective choice among our students.  We know that some students struggle with reading in general, while others might love to read certain genres of literature but... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The 2000th Blog Post - It's September 18, and right now you're reading the 2000th post by the American School Blog.  We started this blog in 2006 as a way to communicate with our students on a regular basis, and unless circumstances dictate otherwise, we publish a new blog post every day American School is open.  Sometimes our blog promotes... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The United States Constitution - It's September 17, and the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on this date in 1787.  The National Constitution Center has resources for celebrating Constitution Day and is a great place to visit if you're in Philadelphia.  The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and a good comparison is the... Read More
  • Smithsonian Virtual Adventures - Today's blog is about Smithsonian Virtual Adventures.  The Smithsonian is a wonderful collection of museums in Washington, D.C., and we encourage you to visit the Smithsonian if you are able.  Right now, however, we are in a time when people are staying close to home.  The Smithsonian Virtual Adventures series is a way for you... Read More
  • Looking Back at 22 Years at American School - It's September 15, and today the person who regularly writes this blog celebrates 22 years of employment at American School.  Like today, September 15, 1998, was also a Tuesday, but American School has evolved quite a bit since then.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't add... Read More
  • Less Than Two Weeks to Enroll in AP Courses - Today's blog is a reminder that you have less than two weeks to enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The deadline to enroll is September 25.  We have this deadline because these online high school courses are advanced and students need plenty of time to study the material before taking the... Read More
  • Remembering September 11, 2001 - Today is September 11, the 19th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site... Read More
  • Happy Grandparents Day - Today's blog celebrates Grandparents Day, which is happening this coming Sunday.  Over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: California - It's September 9, and California became a state on this date in 1850.  We are proud to serve students in the Golden State, but we encourage all of our students to go for the gold and do their best as they study with us.  Some enroll in a general high school program if they plan... Read More
  • New Auto Fundamentals Course Now Available - American School is pleased to announce that a new Auto Fundamentals course is now available.  The course replaces Automotive Systems and is a good addition to our impressive lineup of high school correspondence courses.  Take it as part of an accredited high school program culminating in you earning your accredited high school diploma.  Students may... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, September 7 - American School will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.  Students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program work hard on their courses, and our employees work hard grading students' exams and providing caring student service.  It is our hope that everyone enjoy and safe, healthy and relaxing... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Brittany from Florida writes, "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... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The United States Department of the Treasury - It's September 2, and the United States Department of the Treasury was established on this date in 1789.  Nine days later, Alexander Hamilton would become the first Secretary of the Treasury.  On the anniversary of the establishment of the Treasury Department, we're going to talk about money in today's blog, as you might expect.  American... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Old Man and the Sea - It's September 1, and Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea was published on this date in 1952.  The novel is part of our American Literature course, and American Literature is a popular high school correspondence class for students in our college preparatory program.  The college preparatory program is designed for students who... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Maria Montessori - It's August 31, and Maria Montessori was born on this date in 1870.  She was a physician and educator who developed a system of education still used throughout the world to this day.  On the 150th anniversary of her birth, we wish to point out two unique things about Maria Montessori.  First, she was someone... Read More
  • Four Weeks Left to Enroll in AP Courses - We are almost exactly halfway through the period in which students can enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Normally students can enroll in our courses any time of the year, but AP courses have a specific enrollment window.  That's because students in AP courses can take AP exams offered in the... Read More
  • Accepting Non-Passing Scores - Today's blog has information for accepting non-passing scores on exams in courses as part of your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  Students now have the option of accepting a non-passing score for an assignment or exam and forgoing up to three total reattempts.  If students forgo attempts to improve their scores,... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The 19th Amendment - It's August 26, and 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted.  This important amendment gave women the right to vote.  It might seem hard to believe that American School existed for 23 years before women held this fundamental right, but you should not be surprised to learn... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The National Park Service - It's August 25, and the United States National Park Service was founded on this date in 1816.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we encourage you to visit presidential libraries and museums as a way of making history come alive.  The same can be said of national parks, and there... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Windows 95 - It's August 24, and the Windows 95 operating system debuted on this date in 1995.  Because computer operating systems evolve on a regular basis, Windows 95 is obsolete now, but we mention it today because computer operating systems are very important to students who take our online middle school courses or online high school courses. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Hawaii - It's August 21, and Hawaii became a state on this date in 1959.  Often when we celebrate a state's anniversary in this blog, we mention conventions we've attended in that state.  To our knowledge, we have not attended a convention in Hawaii for many years, and that's too bad because, in addition to being one... Read More