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.

  • Reminder About Credits from Previous Schools - Many times people want to enroll in our online high school diploma program or correspondence high school diploma program after they have earned credits at another school.  In these cases, as stated on our FAQ page, we ask that you send us an official transcript from your previous school.  We'll evaluate it and let you... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Post Office - It's February 20, and on this date in 1792, George Washington signed the Postal Service Act which established the United States Post Office Department.  As a leading distance education high school for more than a century, we are thankful for the Post Office.  Students in our high school correspondence courses rely on it to send... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, February 19 - American School will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents' Day.  We're happy to be one of the leading distance education high schools and are grateful to have so many students working toward an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma.  We look forward to serving you when our offices reopen... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #1: WSCA - We're headed to the first convention of 2018 next week when we exhibit at the WSCA Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.  This event for Wisconsin school counselors gives us the opportunity to showcase our high school independent study program that students may use for credit recovery.  Students can choose from accredited online high school courses or... 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
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Fat Tuesday - It's February 13, the day before Ash Wednesday, often called Fat Tuesday.  Many of us will be eating paczki to celebrate today, even tough those delicious donuts probably aren't featured in our new Foods and Nutrition course.  That course teaches students how to eat a nutritionally balanced diet, and we're happy to have it in... 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're headed to Springfield later... Read More
  • Winter Weather on Friday, February 9 - A winter storm is forecast starting tonight and continuing all day tomorrow, so the American School will be closed Friday, February 9.  We enjoy serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program who live in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, but the safety of... Read More
  • American School Email Update Part 2 - It's February 8, and we continue to work on getting our servers repaired and upgraded so that all @americanschool.org email addresses can send and receive emails.  We are hopeful the problem will be fixed later today.  Once emails start coming in again, we will answer them as quickly as possible.  Please be aware, however, that... Read More
  • American School Email Update - It's February 7, and we're close to being back to normal after the power outage that closed our offices Monday and Tuesday, but we're not quite there yet.  The power surge knocked out the server that holds our americanschool.org email addresses, meaning that any emails sent to those addresses have not been delivered yet.  We... Read More
  • American School Power Outage and Weather Update - American School remains closed Tuesday, February 6, though the two of us who are in the building are encouraged that the power works, the internet works, the phone works, and soon we'll have our heat back to normal.  At this time, we anticipate reopening Wednesday, February 7, with our normal business hours, but please remember... Read More
  • American School Closed Today - American School is closed today due to inclement weather, and there is more inclement weather forecast all week.  Please check our Facebook page for updates.  In the meantime, we encourage you to continue working on your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  We are happy to have you... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Groundhog Day - It's Groundhog Day, and the official American School Groundhog saw his shadow early this morning, meaning there will be six more weeks of winter.  Even though that may seem depressing, we know that spring eventually will arrive, and when it does, you could be well on your way to a correspondence high school diploma or... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Don Everly - It's February 1, and Don Everly turns 81 years old today.  He and his brother Phil comprised the Everly Brothers, one of the most successful duos in American music history.  Before Don and Phil reached the top of the charts, though, they were American School students, and they're just two of the many famous students... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Milwaukee - It's January 31, and the city of Milwaukee was incorporated on this date in 1846.  We've attended conventions in Wisconsin's most populous city several times and will be heading to another city in Wisconsin to kick off our 2018 convention campaign in a few weeks.  We enjoy traveling across the country and telling people about... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: William Hunding - It's January 30, and past American School President William Hunding would've turned 83 years old today.  He served American School for more than 40 years, most recently as a trustee until his death in 2013.  Only eight people have served as American School President, a job currently held by Valerie Riley.  The fact that we've... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Wins Australian Open, Now Ranked #1 - American School student Caroline Wozniacki won the Australian Open on Saturday and became the #1 player in the world this morning.  Her 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 win over Simona Halep was her first major title, and all of us congratulate her on these outstanding accomplishments.  Sometimes people ask us if we rank our students and determine... Read More
  • American School’s Australian Open Championship Tradition - We've been following Caroline Wozniacki's run to the Australian Open final for the better part of two weeks, but if she wins the championship tomorrow, she won't be the first American School student to overcome all foes and win a Grand Slam event Down Under.  Andre Agassi won the men's singles event in 1995, 2000,... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Reaches Australian Open Final - American School student Caroline Wozniacki advanced to her first Australian Open final with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Elise Mertens.  The championship match will feature the top two seeds in the tournament since top-seeded Simona Halep won her semifinal match.  Neither Caroline nor Simona has ever won a Grand Slam event, but each has two... Read More
  • Fax Machine Update - The fax machine associated with our regular fax number (708-418-2831) was out of order since Friday morning.  The fax machine is fixed, the fax number is working again, and we're ready to accept your faxes and provide you with the caring customer service that you've come to expect.  If you faxed anything to 708-418-2831 between... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Moves Into Aussie Open Semis - American School student Caroline Wozniacki defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open semifinals.  Now just two matches away from winning her first major title, Caroline next plays Thursday afternoon (Wednesday night in the United States) against Elise Mertens.  We'll have a report on that match in Thursday's blog, but in... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki in Australian Open Quarterfinals - American School student Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the quarterfinals of this year's Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.  One of only eight players remaining in the draw, Caroline plays Carla Suarez Navarro Tuesday night (early Tuesday morning in the United States), and we'll have an update about that match in tomorrow's... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Advances at Australian Open - Moments ago our student Caroline Wozniacki won her third round match at the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens.  Next up is a fourth round match on Sunday against Magdalena Rybarikova.  Check out our blog on Monday to find out how she did.  Caroline is in search of her first Grand... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Peter Mark Roget - It's January 18, and Peter Mark Roget was born on this date in 1779.  Roget compiled the first thesaurus, and if you don't have a thesaurus in your possession, we recommend you get one.  A thesaurus can be a great resource to you as you work on English courses in your accredited middle school program... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open - American School student Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a 1-5, 15-40 deficit in the final set of her second round match of the Australian Open and came back to defeat Jana Fett 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to move into the third round.  Seeded second, Caroline defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and remains a... Read More
  • Remembering John McCulley - Late last week American School received word that John McCulley passed away.  John was an integral part of American School for more than 20 years, first as an instructor and later as principal and educational director.  Most recently he served on our Board of Trustees and played in integral part in helping American School become... Read More
  • American School Closed January 15 - American School will be closed Monday, January 15.  We look forward to assisting you with your high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses when we reopen on Tuesday, January 16.  Have a great weekend!
  • Enter the Doodle 4 Google Contest - Students are invited to enter this year's Doodle 4 Google contest by clicking on the link in this blog.  We do our best to inform students of such contests and encourage them to enter as many contests and competitions as possible.  Perhaps some of you found this blog by using Google or another search engine. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Common Sense - It's January 10, and Thomas Paine published his Common Sense pamphlet on this date in 1776.  The pamphlet is mentioned in Hamilton and also appears in our online United States History course and our paper-based United States History course.  Students in our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The iPhone - It's January 9, and the original iPhone was introduced on this date in 2007.  Once upon a time people used phones strictly for talking to someone in a different location, but as we all know, today's phones can do just about everything.  One of our goals for 2018 is to debut a new web site... Read More