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 school code and one password per school, so it is important for school officials to share their information with others on staff so that everyone can have access to the site.  When counselors access the Online Counselor Office, they will see a list of names of their students who are taking our accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses.  They can click on the name of a particular student and view that student's records.  We are happy to offer this service to counselors who have students in our independent study high school program or middle school program and hope you visit the Online Counselor Office often!

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 school courses should check the site often.  If you are under age 18, your guarantor (often your parent) will have a separate login to the Online Student Center to monitor your progress.  It is important to note that the Online Student Center is for current students only.  Shortly after you complete your courses or earn a high school diploma at home, you will no longer have access to the Online Student Center.  If you need to retrieve your records, please contact our student service department or follow the steps on our FAQ page to request a transcript.  We are happy to offer you online services and hope you visit the Online Student Center often!


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 was in its infancy.  Today we offer online high school courses and print and online middle school courses to students in all 50 states.  We are proud to be a member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and wish the Illinois Chamber another 100 years of success serving businesses throughout our home state.


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 students in our general high school program or college preparatory program who are about to earn a high school diploma at home to investigate scholarship opportunities in their community.  Shortly we will inform our students who graduated in 2019 if they are eligible to participate in our 2020 scholarship competition this spring.  As a reminder, American School scholarships are for graduates to continue their education at an accredited college or university of their choice.  Other scholarships from other organizations may have different rules, but at this time American School only gives scholarships for graduates attending college.  We do not offer financial aid to current students in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  Thank you for your cooperation, and please remember to check this blog often for scholarship opportunities and other important news.

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 program when we reopen next week.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school!

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 class."  We thank Kristian for those words.  It is true that our instructors are trained to write constructive comments and call students by name when they grade exams in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  Distance education can be difficult because students and teachers aren't working together in person, so why try to make distance education as personal as possible.  The type of student-teacher interaction that allows our staff to write detailed feedback on exams is one way we do that.  Experience it for yourself by enrolling today! 

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 life.  American School has always welcomed students of all races and backgrounds.  You may be asked to identify yourself by race on enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program, but that is only for classification purposes.  It makes no difference to us what your race or background is.  We want to help you reach all of your educational goals and would be happy to serve you!   

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 of the game show relates to your experiences as an American School student.  The first is Beat the Clock, and once you become an American School student, you won't have to worry about beating the clock.  You can work at your own pace in our accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  The only clock you'd have to beat is completing your courses within the terms of your enrollment contract.  Next is Match Game, and after you enroll in full years of middle school or high school, we will match you with the courses of your choosing.  Another game show is Password, and you'll get a password to log into our Online Student Center to review your grades and receive help.  Mark Goodson also produced The Price is Right, and you can get a great education at a great price after you enroll with us.  Finally, we have To Tell the Truth, and our 122 years of credibility is proof that we run an honest business and always tell our students the truth.  Put yourself in the game and enroll with us.  We'd love to have you as our student!    

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 high school program.  We haven't done many radio or television ads, but we've always had a big presence in magazines.  Years ago we advertised in mainstream magazines, but now we focus on publications geared toward homeschoolers or education professionals.  We advertise a lot on homeschool or education web sites, and we also advertise in person when we attend conventions.  All of those advertising options combined do not equal our best form of advertising, which is word of mouth.  If someone is satisfied with the education and service he or she received from us, he or she will likely tell a family member or friend.  We are happy so many people have made us their distance education high school or middle school, and we invite you to do the same.  Enroll today!

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 study high school program which is helpful for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate with their class.  It also mentioned that American School can serve the potential dropout by giving him or her the chance to earn a high school diploma at home at an affordable cost.  In total more than 120,000 counselors, including counselors who currently use us, received this mailing.  While we are unsure if we will send similar mailings in the future, it is our hope that the counselors who received this mailing will consider allowing us to serve their students in 2020 and beyond.