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.

  • New Physics Course Available - American School is pleased to announce that a new Physics course is available.  The course is perfect for students attempting to earn a high school diploma at home through our general high school program or college preparatory program.  Physics might also be useful for students in our independent study high school program who need to... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day - It's February 14, and today is Valentine's Day.  It's the perfect occasion to tell you some of the things our students love about us.  Many of them like that we offer online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Others like that we have a general high school diploma program and a college preparatory... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, February 17 - American School will be closed Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents' Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, February 18, and look forward to assisting students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and high school independent study program at that time.  Thank you for your cooperation and... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Abraham Lincoln - It's February 12, and Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.  If you're ever in Springfield, Illinois, you may wish to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to learn more about his life and times.  Those of us at American School are proud to call the Land of Lincoln our home... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #1: WSCA Conference - One week from today, American School will make its first convention stop of 2020 when we visit the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference in Madison.  School counselors are invited to visit us at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.; February 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and... Read More
  • Previewing Our 2020 Convention Schedule - In today's blog, we're going to look ahead to our 2020 convention schedule.  If you're a regular blog reader, you know that we try to attend as many conventions as possible in as many parts of the country, and this year will be no exception.  We will attend several conventions in the midwest since that... Read More
  • WSCA-ECU Scholarship Opportunity - Today we are sharing a scholarship opportunity from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and Educators Credit Union.  They have teamed up to offer scholarships to certain Wisconsin residents who are graduating from high school this year.  Click the link above to learn more.  As we've said before, we try to notify students in our general... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Massachusetts - It's February 6, and Massachusetts became a state on this date in 1788.  Although we have been a proud Illinois business for more than 100 years, Massachusetts holds a special place in our heart because R.T. Miller founded the American School in Massachusetts in 1897.  Back then, online high school courses and online middle school... Read More
  • Celebrating National School Counseling Week - It's February 5, and we are right in the middle of National School Counseling Week.  American School has a full-time guidance counselor who can assist students in picking the right print or online high school courses and print or online middle school courses for their program.  Our school counselor also assists with the college admissions... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Facebook - It's February 4, and Facebook was founded on this date in 2004.  American School's Facebook page is a great place for news about American School, homeschooling and education in general.  If you haven't joined us there yet, we invite you to do so.  Of course, we will continue to publish news about American School, homeschooling... Read More
  • Groundhog Day Recap - It's February 3, and yesterday was Groundhog Day.  Although American School was closed because it was Sunday, our groundhog did make an appearance.  Unfortunately, she saw her shadow, which means we will have six more weeks of winter.  Had she not seen her shadow, we would've had an early spring.  One nice thing about American... Read More
  • 2019-2020 Enrollment Special Ends Today - Today's blog announces that our 2019-2020 enrollment special is ending today.  As described in an earlier blog, the enrollment special allows students in full years of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program to save $50 per year if they pay in full at the time of enrollment.  That means a full... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Autumn from Michigan writes, "American School satisfied my academic needs, and I would recommend American School with great appreciation for its wonderful learning experience.  The materials in Planning Your Career were very informative and helped me make future plans and set goals for myself."  We... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Kansas - It's January 29, and Kansas became a state on this date in 1861.  To our knowledge, we've never attended a convention in the Sunflower State, but we do attend a convention in Kansas City, Missouri on an annual basis.  As we've said in previous blogs, we do our best to meet students where they are. ... Read More
  • American School and the Australian Open - It's January 28, and we are right in the middle of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park.  Over the years American School students and graduates have come out on top Down Under.   They include Andre Agassi, a four-time champion with titles in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003, and Mary Pierce and Caroline Wozniacki,... Read More
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day - It's January 27, and today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  January 27 has that distinction because it was on this day in 1945 that Russian forces began to liberate the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.  The Holocaust is one of the most horrendous events in human history but also one that is worthy of study. ... Read More
  • About the Online Counselor Office - Today's blog is about our Online Counselor Office.  The Online Counselor Office is available to school officials who have students enrolled in our middle school and high school independent study program.  Counselors can log into the Online Counselor Office anytime to view their students' records, download final exams, and much more.  We allow for one... Read More
  • About the Online Student Center - Today's blog is about our Online Student Center.  Any student who takes any course with us receives access to the Online Student Center at no extra charge.  The Online Student Center contains academic records, help sheets, additional links and much more.  Students in our print or online high school courses and print or online middle... Read More
  • American School and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce - Recently American School renewed its membership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.  The Illinois Chamber is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and American School has been a part of it for more than 70 years.  We joined in 1946 when we only offered high school correspondence courses and our independent study high school program... Read More
  • ISCA Scholarship Opportunity - Today's blog contains information about a scholarship from the Illinois School Counselor Association.  Click here to view the scholarship application and read about eligibility requirements.  The deadline for this scholarship is February 7.  We try to inform our students of scholarship opportunities, but it is impossible for us to list all of them.  We encourage... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, January 20 - American School will be closed Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours and post our next blog entry on Tuesday, January 21.  We wish you a good weekend and look forward to serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Kristian from Colorado writes, "I really felt the feedback and comments on my exams were so encouraging.  I never have had that in previous schools.  The American School has great encouraging instructors grading exams.  Thanks for helping me complete my U.S. History... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - It's January 15, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  Until his death in 1968, he was a leader in the civil rights movement, and if you're in Atlanta, you can visit the King Center or the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to learn more about his... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Mark Goodson - It's January 14, and television producer Mark Goodson was born on this date in 1915.  Before he died in 1992, he produced some of television's greatest game shows, many of which are seen in reruns to this day.  In today's blog we're going to go through some of them and tell you how the title... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Public Radio Broadcasting - It's January 13, and the first public radio broadcast happened on this date in 1910.  It was an opera performance that occurred in New York City.  This anniversary got us thinking about the different media we use to try to reach new students who might be interested in our accredited middle school program or accredited... Read More
  • American School Sends Bulk Mailing - American School is always looking for ways to reach people who might be interested in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Recently we did a bulk mailing to school counselors in all 50 states to introduce, or in some cases reintroduce, ourselves to them.  The mailing contained information about our independent... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Connecticut - It's January 9, and Connecticut became a state on this date in 1788.  Some years ago, we attended a homeschool conference in Hartford, Connecticut, where we distributed information about our high school correspondence courses.  We didn't have online high school courses or an accredited middle school program back then, so maybe it's time for us... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: A National Debt of Zero Dollars - It's January 8, and on this date in 1835, the national debt was zero dollars for the first and only time in American history.  Contast that with the current national debt, which is more than 20 trillion dollars, and you'll see why having a national debt of zero dollars was such a big deal.  Nobody... Read More
  • New Earth Science Course Available - American School recently released a new Earth Science course. The course is the latest addition to our impressive roster of high school correspondence courses and is a great fit for students in our accredited high school program.  We also have a robust lineup of online high school courses and an equally impressive accredited middle school... Read More
  • About Using Old Enrollment Applications - Last fall we introduced new enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  These new applications were available as PDF documents on our web site or by request through the mail and remain current today.  We hope to have online enrollment applications available shortly.  Old... Read More