Testimonial Thursday

We're back with another testimonial since it's Thursday.  Jason from Ohio writes, "I am very pleased with the service and quality of the services offered by the American School.  The study methods and textbooks and study guides are better than what are offered at public schools.  Thank you for caring about what your students think."  We thank Jason for those words.  We definitely care what our students think.  Of course we wish all of them loved us, but if any of them feel like we can do better, then those comments are even more important to us.  We strive to be the best distance education high school and middle school anywhere.  We want students to have good experiences as they strive toward an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma.  We want you to have a great experience too, and you can get started by enrolling today! 

Advisory Committee Meets to Discuss Recommendations

If you've read our previous blogs, you know that American School went through an accreditation visit earlier this year.  As we reported in earlier blogs, we've been reaccredited by three different accrediting bodies, but that doesn't mean we can sit back and relax and rest on our laurels until the next accreditation visit.  Actually the contrary is true.  We've formed a staff advisory committee which has been meeting regularly to consider some of the recommendations put forth by the accrediting team.  These recommendations will help us become a better distance education high school and middle school.  Some of the things we'll be doing won't be visible to our students, but many of them will be.  We want to offer you the best accredited high school program and accredited middle school program we possibly can, so keep checking this blog and our social media pages regularly for updates. 

Today’s Anniversary: Indiana

It's December 11, and Indiana became a state on this date in 1816.  Since our offices are very close to the Indiana-Illinois border, we have many Hoosiers who work for us.  We also attend at least one convention in Indiana every year and are pleased that so many schools in Indiana use our high school independent study program for their students.  Of course, we're just as happy that many Hoosiers are enrolled in our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program as they work to earn a high school diploma at home.  Whether you live in Indiana or not, we'd love to serve you too.  Enroll today! 

Today’s Anniversary: Traffic Lights

It's December 10, and 150 years ago today the very first traffic lights were installed.  Today we take traffic lights for granted, but imagine how much of a mess traffic would be if we didn't have green lights telling us to go and red lights telling us to stop at major intersections.  Though we pride ourselves at allowing students to go at their own pace, we have some measures in places to ensure they do not go too quickly.  For example, students in our online middle school courses and online high school courses need to pass one exam before they can take the next exam.  The same is true for those students who take online exams in our middle school or high school correspondence courses.  We don't want students to make a mistake on the first exam or not master the material and then continue to make the same mistake or struggle on future exams.  Our instructors and entire staff care about our students and want them to do their very best.  Therefore, we ask our students to not despair if they receive a "red light" and cannot move on to the next exam for awhile.  Once they master the material, they'll get the "green light" to continue in the course and ultimately to an accredited high school diploma. 

Remembering Pearl Harbor

It's December 7, and today is the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled the United States into World War 2.  Special events are planned throughout the day in Hawaii, and we encourage you to click the link in this blog and read about them.  Two decades ago, the person who regularly writes this blog visited the USS Arizona Memorial, and it was a very moving experience.  It's not uncommon to see Pearl Harbor survivors on site sharing their memories of that horrific day.  Many of the soldiers who were at Pearl Harbor that day weren't much older than students who currently are taking high school correspondence courses or online high school courses with us.  Everyone who visits Pearl Harbor is grateful for their presence and service to our country, and today we remember them and the thousands of people who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.  They are among the reasons why we are proud to include the word "American" in our name. 

Testimonial Thursday

Today we present another in our series of Testimonial Thursdays.  Shelby from Ohio writes, "The textbooks were good.  I liked the self-check tests.  They were very helpful in showing me the areas I need to focus on.  The instructors who graded my exams were very good and kind when writing comments on my exams."  We thank Shelby for those comments about a high school correspondence class.  Whether students take high school correspondence courses or online high school courses, our instructors write detailed comments on every exam they grade.  We also offer quality study materials from leading curriculum providers.  Perhaps best of all, we keep costs to an absolute minimum, which ensures that students can afford the quality education and service we offer.  To receive the same benefits, we invite you to enroll today!  

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

It's December 5, and today is a National Day of Mourning for George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.  American School remains neutral in political matters, but as we've written many times before, visiting presidential libraries can be a great way to learn about the presidency and make history come alive.  The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center is one such place.  In recent years, American School employees have visited similar facilities and learned about Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama is building a presidential library near our former headquarters in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  If you're near any of the presidential libraries, consider stopping by for a visit.  You'll learn many things that will help enhance your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses and in some small way pay tribute to the presidency and the people who have served the United States in that office.

Celebrating Computer Science Education Week

We're in the middle of Computer Science Education Week, and so today's blog is a reminder that we offer courses that can improve your computer skills.  Ideally we'd love to offer accredited online high school courses and accredited high school correspondence courses that focus on computers, but certain computer courses are difficult to complete on paper.  One almost has to use a computer to complete them, so that is why certain courses are only available online.  If you are interested in becoming more tech-savvy, we recommend you take these courses individually as part of a high school independent study program or as part of a program that leads to a paper-based or online high school diploma.  Enroll today to get started!   

State of Illinois Celebrates Bicentennial

It's December 3, and our home state of Illinois is celebrating 200 years of statehood today.  As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial, we are proud to say that we've been an Illinois business for more than half of that time.  We were founded in Massachusetts in 1897 but moved to Illinois in the early 1900s.  We've stayed here ever since.  In that time, we've served more than three million students through our accredited high school courses and print or online middle school courses.  Some of them wanted to earn a high school diploma at home, while others enrolled as part of a high school independent study program that resulted in them earning a diploma from a resident school.  We're proud to serve students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world while being a proud Illinois business at the same time.  No matter where you live, we invite you to enroll today!     

Today’s Birthday: Mark Twain

It's November 30, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on this date in 1835.  We know him better as Mark Twain, and if you visit Hannibal, Missouri, you'll get to see many of things that inspired him to create the characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and write some of history's greatest novels.  We try to include great literature in our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence coures and online middle school courses.  We know that great literature is written by people from all backgrounds and includes all genres, so our students will read interesting material and be exposed to new ideas and cultures.  In the process, they'll learn to analyze literature and become better writers.  Who knows?  Maybe one of our students will write a novel that we'll feature in our literature courses many years from now!