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  • Today’s Anniversary: Sliced Bread - It's July 7, and the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri sold sliced bread for the very first time on this date in 1928.  These days we take sliced bread for granted.  Virtually every loaf we buy in the bread aisle at a supermarket is pre-sliced, but it wasn't always that way.  People were so impressed... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The First MLB All-Star Game - It's July 6, and the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game occurred on this date in 1933.  The game was held at Comiskey Park in Chicago, not too far from our current office in Lansing, Illinois, and very close to our former office in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  The Major League Baseball All-Star... Read More
  • American School Closed Friday, July 3 - American School will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the July 4 Independence Day holiday.  We wish all of you a safe and happy weekend and look forward to assisting you with your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses when we reopen... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Canada Day - It's July 1, and in addition to being the beginning of American School's new fiscal year, it's also Canada Day.  It's a good occasion to remind you that we serve students in more than 65 countries around the world, including Canada.  They can enroll in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program... Read More
  • Date Set for 2020 Scholarship Meeting - American School's 2020 Scholarship Meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 14.  At that time, American School's Scholarship Committee will review applications from 20 finalists and determine this year's winners.  Winners will be notified by the end of July.  2020 marks the 82nd year American School has offered scholarships to students who chose to earn... Read More
  • Access to GradPoint Courses Ends July 31 - Today's blog is another reminder that access to GradPoint courses ends on July 31.  If you are taking GradPoint courses, you must complete them by July 31.  We will continue to offer online high school courses and online middle school courses through our partnerships with Edmentum and Rosetta Stone, and we are grateful to our... Read More
  • American School Annual Inventory Process Underway - Today's blog is about American School's annual inventory process.  Each year we do an inventory of materials in our warehouse.  Specifically we look at textbooks and study guides used by students in our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  The whole inventory process takes about a week, and shipments for your middle school or... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Virginia - It's June 25, and Virginia became a state on this date in 1788.  Over the years we've attended many conventions in Virginia, but we won't be attending any conventions there this year.  When we cannot attend a convention in person, we send bagstuffing items if we can.  Nothing can replace the in-person interaction of meeting... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #4 : MPE Conference (Cancelled) - This weekend the MPE Conference was scheduled take place at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri, but the event has been cancelled.  Had we been able to attend, we would have had information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program and brought along some of our famous free promotional... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #16: ASCA Conference (Cancelled) - This weekend American School was looking forward to exhibiting at the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Seattle.  Unfortunately but understandably the event was cancelled.  Had we attended in person, we would have had information about our independent study high school program which helps students at traditional schools graduate on time with their classes. ... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #15: WHO Conference (Cancelled) - This week American School was scheduled to attend the Washington Homeschool Organization Conference at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, but the event has been cancelled.  We attended this event in the past and were looking forward to meeting people and introducting them to our online middle school courses, middle school correspondence courses, online high school... Read More
  • Happy Father’s Day - Father's Day is this Sunday, and so we want to wish all fathers and those who act as fathers a very happy Father's Day.  We realize that some American School students might be fathers themselves, and we are proud of them for continuing their education.  We also know that fathers play a major role in... Read More
  • Summer Begins Saturday - It's June 18, and the official start of summer is just two days away.  School is usually the last thing on people's minds during the summer months, but now is a great time to work on American School classes.  Students in our independent study high school program take our online high school courses and high... Read More
  • Online Exams Available in Modern Carpentry - Online exams are now available for students taking our paper-based Modern Carpentry course.  As we've noted in previous blogs, we try to make online exams available for our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Students in our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program appreciate the convenience of learning their material by... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #12: FPEA Convention (Rescheduled Update) - This weekend American School planned to attend the Florida Parent Educators Association Convention at the Rosen Shingle Creek near Orlando, but after moving the event from May to June, the event now has been moved to July 23-25.  If we attend in July, we will have information about our general high school program and college... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Arkansas - It's June 15, and Arkansas became a state on this date in 1836.  Arkansas is sometimes referred to as the Natural State, but sometimes it is referred to as the Land of Opportunity as well.  American School can be your land of opportunity as you work to earn a high school diploma at home.  We... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: High School Graduation - It's June 12, and the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from high school on this date many years ago.  Four years earlier, deciding where to attend high school was a difficult decision, and perhaps many of you are torn about where to attend high school.  American School offers two affordable programs that allow... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Turquoise from North Carolina writes, "I found everything satisfactory.  The instructions and methods were very clear, and the textbooks are too.  The examples helped me understand the problems.  I enjoyed doing Essential Math 2 through correspondence because it’s better than sitting in... Read More
  • Emails to Start Your Online Courses - Today's blog is about emails to start your online courses.  When you enroll in online middle school courses or online high school courses with us, you should receive a welcome email which includes information on how you can access your courses.  If you do not receive these emails shortly after you enroll, please let us... Read More
  • New Hospitality Services Course Available - American School is proud to announce that a new Hospitality Services course is now available.  If you're interested in a career in the restaurant, hotel or tourism industry, then this high school correspondence class is for you.  As we mentioned in yesterday's blog, we are always looking to add new courses that may interest students. ... Read More
  • New English 12 Course Available - American School is pleased to announce that a new English 12 course is available to students.  This high school correspondence class is a senior-level English course that would be a great fit in an accredited high school program whether it's a general high school program or a college preparatory program.  This new course also can... Read More
  • Writing Respectful Emails - Today's blog is about writing respectful emails.  We understand that there might be some frustrating moments as you work through your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program.  Those moments, however, are not an excuse for you to write an email to us that contains profanity.  We are... Read More
  • Please Be Thorough When You Email Us! - Today's blog is a reminder about email etiquette.  We receive thousands of emails a day from students taking online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  When you email us, please include your full name and student number in the body of your email and a... Read More
  • Update on GradPoint Courses - Today's blog is a reminder that access to GradPoint courses will end no later than July 31.  If you are using GradPoint for your online high school courses or online middle school courses with us, please have those courses completed as quickly as possible.  We will continue to offer online courses through our partnerships with... Read More
  • Better Business Bureau Reaccredits American School - American School is pleased to announce reaccreditation by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.  American School has been a BBB member since 1934, and we are proud of our 86-year affiliation with the Better Business Bureau.  We are also proud of our A+ Better Business Bureau Rating.  The A+ rating and our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversaries: Kentucky and Tennessee - It's June 1, and we're celebrating two statehood anniversaries today.  Kentucky became a state on this day in 1792, and Tennessee became a state on this day in 1796.  We are proud to have students in Kentucky and Tennessee and in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Many students enroll... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Wisconsin - It's May 29, and Wisconsin became a state on this date in 1848.  Wisconsin is our neighbor to the north, and some of you might be familiar with the friendly rivalry between Illinois and Wisconsin, particularly when it comes to sports matchups such as the Cubs vs. the Brewers in baseball and the Bears vs.... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and we're back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Christian from Indiana writes, "I liked the Careers course because it asked me questions about my life and related my answers to possibilities for my future.  I also found that my instructors showed me where to find the correct answers when I... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #14: ICHE Family Conference (Cancelled) - This weekend American School was looking forward to exhibiting at the Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, but the in-person event was cancelled.  Under normal circumstances we would have been at the Perry Rec Center this weekend, and we would have brought information about our accredited online high school... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #13: THSC Called to Teach Convention The Woodlands (Cancelled) - This week American School was scheduled to attend the Texas Homeschool Coalition Called to Teach Convention in The Woodlands, but that convention has been cancelled.  We always enjoy attending this convention and were excited to share information about our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program with those who were traveling to the... Read More