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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 Opens Late On July 16 - Due to a staff development meeting, American School will have different hours of operation on Tuesday, July 16.  Instead of opening at 8 a.m. to serve students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, we anticipate opening by 11 a.m.  The staff development meeting is very important and will help us... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: George Eastman - It's July 12, and George Eastman was born on this date in 1854.  He founded Eastman Kodak, invented roll film and is considered instrumental in making photography accessible to the general public.  Our two photography courses have proven to be popular electives for students in our accredited high school program as well as popular options... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The American School Blog - It's July 11, and we posted our very first American School blog entry on this date in 2006.  Today is a good occasion to look back at some of the things that have happened here since we posted our first blog.  Back then we didn't have online high school courses.  Now we do.  We also... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Wyoming - It's July 10, and Wyoming became a state on this date in 1890.  As you know, we serve students in all 50 states, which means we have many students from Wyoming.  That said, we cannot recall ever visiting Wyoming to attend a convention or meet students in person.  It's a goal of ours to get... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The MLB All-Star Game - It's July 9, and today the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland.  We write about the MLB All-Star Game every year because it was the subject of the very first American School blog entry way back in 2006.  The theme of that blog was how the American School... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Wall Street Journal - It's July 8, and the Wall Street Journal published its first issue on this date in 1889.  In addition to having challenging puzzles in its weekend edition, the newspaper is a leading source of information for those individuals particularly interested in money and the markets at home and overseas.  The American School has several investments... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Spam - It's July 5, and the canned meat product known as Spam was introduced on this date in 1937.  These days spam is a common term for junk email, so today's blog is going to talk about that.  We know that different emails have different spam filters, and we don't want you to miss any important... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The Exact Midpoint of 2019 - It's July 2, and today is the exact midpoint of 2019.  How do we know this?  It's the 183rd day of the year, which means that we have 182 days behind us and 182 days still go to before we ring out 2019 and ring in 2020.  As we look back on the first half... Read More
  • American School Closed July 4 - American School will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.  We look forward to serving you when we reopen with regular business hours on Friday, July 5.  We wish all of you a happy and safe holiday.
  • 2019 Convention #18: ASCA Annual Conference - This weekend we're heading to Boston, where the American School was founded in 1897, to attend the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference.  Counselors are invited to visit us in booth 1011 at the Hynes Convention Center on June 29 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; June 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and July... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Helen Keller - It's June 27, and Helen Keller was born on this date in 1880.  Helen contracted an illness as a child that left her deaf and blind, but with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, she started her education and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe, which is often considered the sister... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The United Nations Charter - It's June 26, and the United Nations Charter was signed by 50 countries on this date in 1945.  The 74th anniversary of this occasion sounds like the perfect opportunity to remind you that we serve students in countries all over the world.  Our correspondence high school diploma and online high school diploma programs can be... Read More
  • New Web Site Coming Soon - Over the last few weeks you've read and heard about our new online courses, and today we have something else to share with you.  We anticipate launching a new web site in July.  The site will be state-of-the-art and mobile-friendly and will better serve our past, present and future students.  There will be pages featuring... Read More
  • New Grading Policy Takes Effect July 1 - Today's blog contains an important notice regarding a change in grading procedures that will take effect July 1, 2019.  In order to receive credit for any individual submission (exam, assignment, project, etc.) in high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses or online middle school courses, a student must receive a... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Summer - It's June 21, and today is the first day of summer.  Many people do not think about school at all during the summer.  Instead they choose to focus on nice warm weather, trips to the beach, vacations and more.  All of those things are perfectly fine, but many American School students opt to focus on... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, so we have another testimonial.  This one is from Clifford in Michigan, who writes, "I particularly liked the instructors.  They were extremely helpful and kind.  It made me feel almost as if they had been right there talking to you personally the whole time."  We thank Clifford for those words.  Instructors in our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The First NASCAR race - It's June 19, and NASCAR ran its first stock car race on this date in 1949.  You might think of your time with American School as a car race.  You take the green flag when you begin one of your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Sally Ride - It's June 18, and on this date in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.  At one time, the idea of a female astronaut would have seemed far-fetched, but Sally Ride proved otherwise.  Now it's not uncommon to see females as astronauts, scientists or any number of professions.  Those of us at... Read More
  • Toll-Free Phone Number Ends Today - Today's blog is a reminder that our toll-free phone will no longer work after today.  We have done our best to remove this number from our web site, social media pages and other forms of advertising, so if you need to reach us by phone, please call us at 708-418-2800.  If you call during our... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Flag Day - It's June 14, and today we're celebrating Flag Day.  As you might imagine, with the word American in our name, we're proud to fly the flag outside of our distance education high school offices.  We're proud to live in a country that grants its citizens many freedoms, including the choice to attend school wherever they... Read More
  • Happy Father’s Day from American School - It's the Thursday before Father's Day, so we want to extend our Father's Day greetings in today's blog.  We know how instrumental fathers are in their children's educations. Fathers are often their children's first teachers, and we're appreciative that so many fathers have remained deeply involved in their children's educations when they reach grades 6-12. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: High School Graduation - It's June 12, and on this date in a year we won't identify, the person who writes this blog graduated from high school.  Graduating from high school is a milestone for anyone, and we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  American School offers high school correspondence courses and online high school... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #17: California Homeschool Convention - After spending last weekend at home, we're back on the road this week when we attend the California Homeschool Convention.  Come see us in booth 602 at the Ontario Convention Center on June 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.; on June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on June 15 from 9:30 a.m.... Read More
  • Toll-Free Phone Number Update - In today's blog, we are announcing that our toll-free phone number will no longer work after June 17.  If you need to reach us by phone, please call us at 708-418-2800.  If you call during our regular business hours, you will have the opportunity to speak with a staff member.  If you call after our... Read More
  • American School and the French Open - This weekend the French Open concludes in Paris.  It's one of the four biggest tennis tournaments of the year and one at which American School students and graduates have been successful.  Andre Agassi won the men's tournament in 1999, and Mary Pierce won the women's tournament the following year.  Caroline Wozniacki and Anna Tatishvili competed... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: D-Day - Today is June 6 and the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a turning point in World War 2.  Few things can top the heroic acts of the Allied forces who invaded Normandy that day, and we are grateful for their service and sacrifice.  In recent years, the term "D-Day" has become synonymous with making a decision... Read More
  • American School Job Opportunities - Today's blog is going to talk about working at the American School.  Our office is located in the south suburbs of Chicago, and our building is divided into several different departments.  Those departments include instruction, student service, student accounts and shipping and maintenance.  Although we are proud to offer high school correspondence courses, online high... Read More
  • Touring the American School - Now that we're into June, people might be paying more attention to summer vacation plans.  If you're going to be in the Chicago area and would like to visit us, tours of the American School building are available between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.  Please note that we strongly recommend making an appointment... Read More
  • American School Announces Partnership With Edmentum - American School is excited to announce a new partnership with Edmentum that will allow us to better serve students who wish to take online high school courses and online middle school courses.   Just as we pioneered high school correpondence courses, Edmentum has been a pioneer in online courses, offering a wide variety of courses... Read More
  • Important Announcement Coming Monday - We admit that today's blog is a tease, but we're very excited about an announcement we have for you on Monday.  As you know, we spent more than a century offering high school correspondence courses.  Don't worry…we have no plans to stop offering high school or middle school courses in print.  A few years ago... Read More