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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 Closed Monday, February 18 - American School will be closed Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents' Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, February 19.  We wish all of you a good weekend and look forward to serving you when we reopen next week.
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day - It's February 14, and our blog is feeling the love today because it's Valentine's Day.  When we ask our students what they love most about studying with us, some will say our high school independent study program that allows them to graduate on time with their class.  Others like our general high school program or... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Coach K - It's February 13, and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski turns 72 years old today.  Better known as Coach K, he has led Duke to five national championships and served as head coach of the United States Olympic teams that won gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.  Basketball aside, Duke is consistently ranked among the... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Abraham Lincoln - It's February 12, and Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.  He was the 16th President of the United States and is considered one of the greatest leaders in American history.  A few years ago, a new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened in Springfield, Illinois, and we encourage you to visit... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Thomas Edison - It's February 11, and inventor Thomas Edison was born on this date in 1847.  A list of all of his inventions would make for the longest blog post ever, but today we're just going to focus on the light bulb.  A light bulb is often a symbol for a good idea or a brainstorm, and... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Dmitri Mendeleev - It's February 8, and Dmitri Mendeleev was born on this date in 1834.  He is perhaps best-known for his work in putting together the periodic table of elements that is such an integral part of science, particularly in chemistry.  The American School is happy to offer a wide variety of science courses, and our biology... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's another Testimonial Thursday, and today we have one from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a city that was featured in last Friday's blog.  Jess writes, "I feel that the Understanding English 2 course was great as a second chance for me to get my diploma when I was denied that chance in school.  Thank you!"  Jess's testimonial... Read More
  • American School Debuts New Speech Course - American School is pleased to introduce a new Speech course that will be a great addition to our high school correspondence courses.  The course features many examples of famous historical speeches and will give students the opportunity to write speeches of their own.  Along the way students will learn poise and ethics and ultimately become... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Chinese New Year - Today is Chinese New Year.  2019 happens to be the Year of the Boar, but our Mandarin Chinese course is far from boring.  It is one of many world language courses we offer through a partnership with Rosetta Stone.  Over the years, our Mandarin Chinese course has become one of our more popular online high... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #1: WSCA Conference - It's February 4, and tomorrow we kick off our 2019 convention season with a trip to the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference in Madison.  Guests are invited to visit us at table 38 at the Monona Terrace on February 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., February 6 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and... Read More
  • American School Celebrates Groundhog Day - It's February 1, but since we're closed tomorrow, we're celebrating Groundhog Day a little early.  Early this morning the American School Groundhog saw her shadow, which means we're in for six more weeks of winter rather than getting an early spring.  Based on the snow and cold we've had this week, we're not too happy... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Franklin D. Roosevelt - It's January 30, and Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on this date in 1882.  He was the 32nd President of the United States and is considered one of the greats because of his New Deal program that helped the United States work its way out of the Great Depression.  We're about to give our students... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Kansas - It's January 29, and Kansas became a state on this day in 1861.  With all the winter weather around here lately, we're starting to get the travel bug and will make our first convention appearance of 2019 next week.  Stay tuned for details.  We're not going to visit Kansas itself in 2019, but we'll be... Read More
  • 2019 Australian Open Recap - 52 weeks ago tonight, American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title by winning the 2018 Australian Open.  A repeat was not in the cards, however, as she fell to Maria Sharapova in three sets in the third round of the 2019 Australian Open.  Although she came up short this year, we... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have a testimonial from Ashley from Oklahoma.  She writes, "I loved this course.  I understood everything really well, even better than when I was in public school.  I recommend this school for anyone.  You can learn at your own speed and can really understand everything."  We thank Ashley for those words.  Our accredited... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: John Hancock - It's January 23, and originally we weren't going to have a blog post today, but plans changed and so here we are.  American statesman John Hancock was born on this date in 1737.  You've probably seen his signature many times because it's by far the largest one on the Declaration of Independence.  The birthday of... Read More
  • American School Receives Homeschooling Parent’s Seal of Approval - American School is proud to receive Homeschooling Parent's 2019 Homeschool Friendly Seal of Approval.  We are grateful every time we receive such an honor.  We know that homeschooling parents have many options, but we strive to be the best distance education high school and middle school anywhere in the world.  We do so by offering... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, January 21 - American School will be closed Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours and post our next blog entry on Tuesday, January 22.  We wish you a good weekend and look forward to serving you when we reopen next week.
  • Enrollment Applications More Easily Available - We have great news for students who wish to enroll in our accredited high school program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program!  Enrollment applications are directly available on our enrollment page.  While it may seem obvious that enrollment applications would be available on an enrollment page, until now students had to... Read More
  • American School Debuts New Spanish 1 Course - Although we're proud to offer world language courses through Rosetta Stone as part of our robust lineup of online high school courses that students may take to earn an online high school diploma, we know that many of you have asked for world language courses on paper.  We're happy to announce the debut of a... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - It's January 15, and today Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would've turned 90 years old.  Among his many civil rights achievements, he is perhaps best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech.  Whatever your dream is, all of us at the American School encourage you to pursue it.  Our online high school courses, high... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Shannon Lucid - It's January 14, and scientist and astronaut Shannon Lucid is celebrating a birthday today.  She is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is that she once held the American record for the longest period of time living in outer space.  We wanted to feature her today because she is a great example... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Alexander Hamilton - It's January 11, and Alexander Hamilton was born on this date in 1753 or 1755.  Historians aren't really sure of his exact year of birth, but you've undoubtedly heard about the hit musical based on his life.  If you're a regular blog reader, you know that we advocate visiting historic sites such as presidential libraries... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki to Defend Australian Open Title - American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open, and next week she begins defense of that title.  American School students and graduates have had great success Down Under.  Andre Agassi won the men's singles title four times, and Mary Pierce won the women's singles title one time. ... Read More
  • About Class Rings and Other American School Merchandise - Today's blog is about American School merchandise.  Every so often we hear from someone who has earned a correspondence high school diploma or an online high school diploma for adults or children and wants to purchase a class ring.  We no longer offer class rings, but that doesn't mean you cannot get a class ring. ... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Elvis Presley - It's January 8, and Elvis Presley was born on this date in 1935.  Today we're going old school and including the titles of songs by him in this blog.  If you've had a rough go of it in school and feel like you're in "Heartbreak Hotel," then we can be your distance education high school. ... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Zora Neale Hurston - It's January 7, and African-American author Zora Neale Hurston was born on this date in 1891.  She is perhaps best-known for Their Eyes Were Watching God, but she wrote more than 50 published works in total.  In the English and literature courses required to earn an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Utah - It's January 4, and Utah became the 45th state on this date in 1896.  To our knowledge, we've never attended a convention in Utah, but that's not for lack of trying or lack of interest.  We do our best to serve students in all 50 states and have met students, parents and school officials from... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Danica McKellar - It's January 3, and actress and mathematician Danica McKellar turns 44 years old today.  She's been a long-time favorite of this blog ever since she starred as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, but these days Danica has become a successful author.  You can learn about some of her books by clicking the link in... Read More
  • Looking Ahead to 2019 - It's January 2, and this is our first blog of 2019.  We have big things planned for the coming year.  One of them is an improved accredited high school program.  We don't want to spill the beans just yet, but we can tell you that you'll be better served and better prepared to enter college... Read More