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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.

  • One Week Left to Enroll in AP Courses - Today's blog is a reminder that there is one week left to enroll in AP courses for the 2019-2020 academic year.  These online high school courses can be a nice addition to your accredited high school program or online high school diploma program if you are a senior or qualified junior.  They also may be... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: George Washington’s Farewell Address - It's September 19, and George Washington's Farewell Address was published on this date in 1796.  These days, the speech would've been on every TV station and all over the internet, but back then it was published in the American Daily Advertiser, one of the first newspapers in the United States.  Although it wasn't a speech,... Read More
  • Rosetta Stone Receives Improvements - Recently our Rosetta Stone courses were updated and no longer include Adobe Flash.  Not having Adobe Flash should make these online high school courses and online middle school courses easier to use, and we are hopeful that one of the 22 languages we offer through Rosetta Stone will appeal to you.  More information is available... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Boston - It's September 17, and the city of Boston was founded on this day in 1630.  Although we have been proud to call Chicago and the Chicago area home for the vast majority of our 122 years of operation, we have a special affinity for Boston because we were founded there in 1897.  R.T. Miller and... Read More
  • Looking Back at 21 Years at American School - It's September 16, and over the weekend the person who regularly writes this blog celebrated 21 years of work at American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't... Read More
  • Christopher Paolini to Appear in Missouri and Michigan - American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini will make appearances at two Barnes and Noble bookstores in Missouri and Michigan this fall.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, he will be in Springfield, Missouri, at 3 p.m., and on Friday, October 11, he will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for more... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have a testimonial from Molly in Oregon.  She writes, "American School is outstanding!  While I was studying high school I was able to work at my own pace and manage my own time so I could have a job and graduate early.  In addition to that, the material is put in a way... Read More
  • Remembering September 11, 2001 - Today is September 11, the 18th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #21: KSCA Conference - After taking the month of August off, we're back on the road this week and making our first appearance at the Kentucky School Counselor Association Conference in Lexington.  Come see us at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa on September 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.; September 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.;... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: California - It's September 9, and California became the 31st state on this date in 1850.  You will note that 1850 is just one year after the start of a famous gold rush in which people flocked to California in search of fortune.  On the anniversary of California statehood, we will remind you that enrolling in our... Read More
  • Happy Grandparents Day from American School - This Sunday is Grandparents Day, and over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  For this, we are grateful.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others... Read More
  • American School and the U.S. Open - The U.S. Open tennis tournament is winding down in New York City, so today is the perfect time to review the successes of some American School students and graduates.  Andre Agassi is a two-time men's singles champion, defeating Michael Stich in 1994 and Todd Martin in 1999.  He is also a four-time runner-up, losing to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Price is Right - It's September 4, and The Price is Right premiered on this date in 1972.  If you've read this blog from the beginning, then you know we've featured the show and its games many times.  In fact we did a whole week of blogs related to the show when long-time host Bob Barker retired in 2007. ... Read More
  • New Diploma Program and Individual Subject Applications Available Soon - It's September 3, and if you read two of our blogs last week, you know we are very excited about what's happening this week.  That's because we're debuting a new structure and application for our accredited high school program and a new application for our independent study high school program and other individual subjects.  As... Read More
  • American School Celebrates College Colors Day - It's August 30, and today is College Colors Day.  Many American School employees are showing school spirit on this day which celebrates the start of the college football season.  It's quite possible American School graduates will be in the stands at college football games across the country because earning a online high school diploma or... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, September 2 - American School will be closed Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen with our regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3.  We work hard to assist students in high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, but we wouldn't want it any... Read More
  • New Pricing Structure and Application for Individual Subjects - Today's blog has information about a new pricing structure for individual subjects that will go into effect on September 3.  Previously students who wished to take individual subjects as part of an independent study high school program filled out one application, while students who wished to take individual accredited high school courses or individual print... Read More
  • New Structure for High School Diploma Programs - Today's blog announces some changes to our high school diploma programs starting September 3.  Currently a diploma program consisting entirely of 18 high school correspondence courses costs $2250 and a diploma program consisting entirely of 18 online high school courses costs $3600.  At the time of enrollment, students had to declare which course delivery method... Read More
  • From GradPoint to Edmentum - Today's blog has important information for students interested in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Earlier this summer we announced a partnership with Edmentum.  This partnership went into effect earlier this month, and with it came some minor changes to online course policy.  For example, Edmentum's courses come in semesters, so... Read More
  • New Biology Course Available - Today we are pleased to announced that a new Biology course is available to students.  This high school correspondence class replaces the previous version and is the basis for our lab and non-lab biology courses.  The lab kit for the lab version of the course remains the same.  We are happy to offer a wide... Read More
  • New Housing and Interior Design and English 9 Courses Available - In today's blog, we are pleased to announce that a new Housing and Interior Design course and a new English 9 course are now available.  We are excited about launching a new platform for our online high school courses and online middle school courses, but the Housing and Interior Design and English 9 courses are... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Adding Machine - It's August 21, and William Seward Burroughs patented the first adding machine on this date in 1888.  Over the years adding machines were replaced by calculators, which are smaller and can do more things than the original adding machine.  Simple calculators perform basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, while others can... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Benjamin Harrison - It's August 20, and Benjamin Harrison was born on this date in 1833.  He was the 23rd President of the United States and the grandson of William Henry Harrison, who was the 9th President of the United States.  To this day, they are the only grandparent-grandchild combination to hold the office.  If you're a regular... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Orville Wright - It's August 19, and Orville Wright was born on this date in 1871.  Orville and his brother Wilbur are often considered the fathers of aviation since their aircraft made the first flight on December 17, 1903.  Exactly six years before that famous flight, American School received its charter.  That means we've been around nearly 122... Read More
  • Enroll in AP Courses for 2019-2020! - American School is pleased to open enrollments in our AP courses for the 2019-2020 school year.  All the information you need is available on the AP Courses page on our web site.  Unlike most of our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses, there is a specific enrollment period for AP courses. That's... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Panama Canal - It's August 15, and the Panama Canal opened on this date in 1914.  Before the Panama Canal opened, sailors had to go around Cape Horn on the southern end of South America if they wanted to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean or vice versa.  The Panama Canal provided a shortcut and... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Social Security - It's August 14, and the Social Security Act became law on this date in 1935.  If you're a teenager interested in our accredited middle school program, college preparatory program or general high school program, then the thought of collecting your social security benefits during your retirement might seem light years away.  That's why today is... Read More
  • Six Flags Great America Homeschool Days - Six Flags Great America between Chicago and Milwaukee is hosting Homeschool Days from August 19-23, complete with curriculum for homeschoolers to complete as they ride roller coasters, log rides and much more.  We realize that not all of you live near Chicago or Milwaukee, but we wanted to mention this event because there may be... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The IBM Personal Computer - It's August 12, and on this date in 1981, the IBM personal computer made its debut.  At one time computers were very large and took up entire rooms.  The IBM PC changed all that and revolutionized technology around the world.  As time has gone by, computers have become smaller yet more powerful, and even mobile... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Smokey Bear - It's August 9, and Smokey Bear turns 75 years old today.  In the beginning, Smokey Bear was a real live bear, but eventually he morphed into the Smokey Bear we know and love, namely the one stripped to the waist, wearing only a hat and a pair of blue jeans, and advocating for forest fire... Read More