American School Closed Friday, April 19

American School will be closed Friday, April 19.  We look forward to serving you and posting our next blog entry when we reopen with regular business hours on Monday, April 22.  Thank you and have a good weekend!


2019 Convention #10: Midwest Homeschool Convention

Yesterday's blog announced our presence at the NCEA Convention in Chicago in late April, but we're headed to the Queen City that same week.  Come see us at the Midwest Homeschool Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati from April 25-27.  We'll be in booth 1018 on April 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; on April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  As usual we'll have information about our general high school program and college preparatory program for students in grades 9-12 and our paper and online middle school courses for students in grades 6-8.  We'll have applications for full-year programs and individual subjects on site, and of course we'll bring along some of our famous promotional items as well.  We'd love the opportunity to become your distance education high school or middle school, so stop by and say hello.  We'll be just a long home run away from Great American Ball Park, and we think you'll find the American School to be great as well!

2019 Convention #9: NCEA Convention

The American School is attending two conventions the week after Easter, and first up is the National Catholic Educational Association Convention in Chicago from April 23-25.  We'll be in booth 835 at McCormick Place on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on April 24 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and on April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  We are looking forward to meeting Catholic educators from across the United States.  Many Catholic schools give our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses to their students to recover credits or avoid scheduling conflicts.  They can do the same things with our print and online middle school courses.  We've had the pleasure of attending this convention for many years, and it's always successful.  We hope convention attendees stop by our booth and enjoy Chicago as much as we do.  Check back tomorrow to learn where else we're headed next week!

Today’s Special Occasion: Tax Day

It's April 15, and today is Tax Day because it is the day on which federal and state taxes are due.  Many people who owe money decide to wait until today to mail their returns, but today's blog is going to talk about how the American School can save you money.  For starters, all study materials are included in the cost of tuition.  Some of our competitors might charge you a regular enrollment fee and then ask you to buy books for your middle school and high school correspondence courses or buy seat time or licenses for your online middle school courses and online high school courses.  With us, those costs are covered in your tuition.  We also offer convenient monthly payment plans for students in full years of our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  Simply make a down payment and then chip away at your balance every month.  It's far less taxing than being saddled with the burden of paying for everything up front if you do not have the means to do so.  Even though you may be tired of filling out forms, we invite you to fill out one of our applications and enroll today.  You'll be glad you did!

Our Busiest Time of the Year

It's April 12, and we are about to head into our busiest time of the year.  Students in our independent study high school program might be taking courses to graduate with their class in May or June.  Students in our general high school program or college preparatory program may have the same goal of finishing in May or June.  Students in our accredited middle school program may want to finish their current grade by May or June.  As you can see, many of our students have deadlines in May or June.  Because of that, exam volume goes up in April and May.  In fairness to all students, we grade exams in the order we receive them.  Please understand there may be a slight delay in turnaround time simply because of the increased exam volume.  While you wait for your exam to be graded, we recommend working ahead in the course so that you are prepared to submit your next exam as soon as your previous exam is graded.  We appreciate your cooperation and are grateful that you have made us your school of choice for accredited courses in grades 6-12. 

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Yazmin from Illinois writes, "The textbooks and study guides are great.  It’s great that when we do self-check tests, we can check our answers to make sure we get them right.  The instructors’ comments on our exams are very encouraging too."  We thank Yazmin for those words.  We might be a distance education high school and middle school, but we try to make education as personal as possible.  That's why our instructors write detailed comments on exams as Yazmin said.  We also try to make it affordable.  Textbooks, study guides and all other study materials are included in the cost of tuition for our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Tuition for our online middle school courses and online high school courses includes full access to course materials as well.  We look forward to making you a satisfied customer, but the only way to do that is if you enroll, so consider getting started today!

2019 Convention #8: ISCA Bloomington Conference

Last week we attended the Illinois School Counselor Assocation Conference in the Chicago suburbs, but this week we're headed downstate for the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference in Bloomington.  We'll be at the DoubleTree in Bloomington on April 12 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Stop by table E25 to learn about our independent study high school programs featuring high school correspondence courses and online high school courses.  Even if you'd just like to say hello or pick up one of our promotional items, that's fine too.  We're looking forward to seeing counselors whose students we already serve and introducing ourselves to new ones.  Although we serve students and schools in all 50 states, we're always happy to serve students and schools in the Land of Lincoln, and attending ISCA Conferences is one way we do that.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Recapping the NCAA Basketball Tournaments

It's April 9, and less than 12 hours ago, Virginia won the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.  The day before, Baylor won the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.  In the women's game, Baylor was cruising along against Notre Dame and then one of the Bears' best players got hurt.  Notre Dame rallied, but Baylor eventually recovered and won the game.  On the men's side, Virginia fell victim to a major upset in 2018 and needed miraculous finishes to beat Purdue in the Elite Eight and Auburn in the Final Four just to get to the final game this year.  In that game, the Cavaliers needed overtime and several big plays to defeat Texas Tech.  Whether or not you're a basketball fan, you can learn something from Baylor and Virginia's title runs.  As you work to earn a high school diploma at home, you're going to run into obstacles.  Some of your accredited high school courses may seem to be too hard for you.  You might have different life circumstances arise.  Things aren't always going to go according to plan.  Be like the Bears and Cavaliers and don't dwell on the past or on difficult times.  Instead, learn from them and use them as motivation toward your ultimate goal.  It won't necessarily be a basketball championship, but earning an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma can give you the same feeling of accomplishment.  Get started by enrolling today! 

American School Introduces New Seal

We're starting off a new week of blogs by unveiling a new seal.  This is our previous seal:

but going forward we will use this seal:

On first glance, you may not notice the difference, but take a closer look.  We removed the word "chartered" and put the word "established" in its place.  Charter schools do good work for students across the country, but we are not a charter school ourselves.  To avoid confusion and to remind people that we've been around since 1897, we changed our seal.  We believe education is the key to success, and we are happy to offer an accredited middle school program, an accredited high school program and an independent study high school program to students who take our courses.  We are happy to be your school of choice and your distance education high school and middle school.  Look for our new seal to appear in multiple locations in the coming months, including enrollment applications, our new web site, and perhaps the diploma you will earn after you enroll with us!

American School Phone System Upgrade Complete

The phone system upgrade we mentioned in a recent blog is now complete.  As employees get used to the features of their new phones, we ask for your continued patience.  As with any new electronic device, our phones will take some getting used to.  If we press a wrong button and disconnect you or transfer you elsewhere, please realize it was accidental.  In those cases, we will make every effort to contact you as soon as we can.  We had many choices when it came to picking a new phone system, just as you have many choices for online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  We're grateful you chose us, and we feel confident that our new phone system will better serve our students for many years to come.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.