Today’s Birthday: Davy Crockett

It's August 17, and Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, was born on this date in 1786.  He would die 50 years later at the Alamo but led a distinguished life, serving Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives, fighting in the Texas Revolution and more.  Let's get back to his nickname for a moment, though.  We realize that, for many of you, homeschooling may be a new and perhaps wild frontier.  You may be uncertain about how the process will work, whether to take online or paper-based courses, whether to enroll in the General High School Program or College Preparatory Program, how to make payments, how to apply to colleges, and the list could go on and on.  Those questions are natural, but our staff is trained to help you answer them.  Enroll today and embark on the new frontier of homeschooling with our support as you or a family member works toward an accredited high school diploma!

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American School Holds Emergency Preparedness Meetings

Yesterday American School welcomed Sgt. Gabriel Barajas from the Lansing Police Department to train employees on building safety and emergency preparedness.  We are grateful for Sgt. Barajas’s time and suggestions which will allow employees to act appropriately in the event of a building emergency.  We also appreciate him sharing how police departments and other law enforcement agencies effectively handle dangerous situations.  Although we never want to use the information Sgt. Barajas gave us, we take comfort in knowing we are better prepared to handle a dangerous situation and that the Lansing Police Department has experts such as Sgt. Barajas to support us and the rest of our local community.

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A Reminder About Plagiarism and a Site to Help You Cite Sources

We stress the importance of avoiding plagiarism in all of our courses but especially in our English classes.  It's important for students to cite their sources, and there are many ways for that to happen.  One web site called Citation Machine can help you get accustomed to citing your sources.  We take plagiarism very seriously and penalize students who do it.  Therefore we strongly recommend following the instructions in your study materials or visiting sites like Citation Machine to help you avoid plagiarism and the penalties that go along with it.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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American School Releases New Accounting Course

American School is proud to release a new version of its paper-based Fundamentals of Accounting course.  This news is proof that we are committed to offering the best in both online and paper-based courses.  We're excited about our online courses and new online diploma programs, and rightfully so, but we're not forgetting about the paper-based courses that have been our hallmark for more than a century.  We know that many students enjoy the conveniences afforded to them by online learning, but others prefer to learn on paper.  We're happy to have quality courses in both online and paper-based formats to serve any student and even offer online exams in many of our paper-based courses for students who want the best of both worlds!

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American School Adds Security Feature to Online Enrollment Applications

When you use our online applications to enroll and become our student, you'll notice something different at the bottom of the page.  We added a feature to ensure a human being is completing the application.  Most of the time you'll just have to check a box, but other times you may have to identify which picture or pictures show a certain item.  Do not think of these features as minor inconveniences.  Rather, think of them as additional steps we are taking to ensure that your personal information is safe and secure from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate and beyond.

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July-August All American Newsletter Available

We're proud to announce that the July-August All American newsletter is available on the Community page of our web site.  This issue features the 18 graduates to whom we awarded scholarships this year as well as a partial list of colleges which have accepted our graduates in 2015.  We are proud of the students featured in this newsletter and proud of those who got accepted at the colleges listed on its back page, but we are proud of all of our students who work hard every day toward achieving their goal of earning an accredited high school diploma.  If you want to be featured in an upcoming All American, let us know.  We'd be happy to profile you!

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Today’s Anniversary: The Electric Traffic Light

It's August 5, and on this date in 1914, the first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio.  Although they sometimes malfunction and at other times turn to yellow or red when you really want them to stay green, imagine how difficult transportation would be without traffic lights telling us when we should stop and when we can go.  After you enroll and become an American School student, you won't have anyone telling you to stop or go.  That's because all of our students work entirely at their own pace whether they are in our General High School or College Preparatory diploma programs or taking individual courses for enrichment or through our Independent Study Program.  Our students love the ability to go as quickly as they can in a course or to take a longer period of time if the topic is challenging to them.  They can even stop for small intervals of time if family or job commitments prevent them from working on their courses for a little while.  Our only concern is that students complete courses by the deadline specified on their enrollment contract.  Other than that, our students can stop and go when they please without the need of a traffic light!

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Today’s Birthday: Barack Obama

It's August 4, and President Barack Obama turns 54 years old today.  American School doesn't affiliate with any particular party or politician, but we mention President Obama on his birthday for a couple reasons.  First, you can learn about the presidency by taking our Social Civics (Government) and United States History courses.  Both are available in online and paper-based formats.  Second, you might be aware that President Obama is the 44th President of the United States since the office was established in 1789.  American School was established in 1897 and yet we've only had seven presidents.  Term limits for Presidents of the United States have something to do with that, but the fact that we've had only seven presidents in 118 years of service is testimony to the solid leadership we've had over the years.  Enroll today and be confident you're earning your accredited high school diploma from one of the longtime leaders in distance education!

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Method Test Prep Monday

It's Method Test Prep Monday, but we want to do something a little bit different.  Instead of talking specifically about their ACT and SAT prep courses, we want to share with you some of their advice for choosing a college.  First, try to do these things whenever you make a college visit.  After you've visited several schools, you can compare them and ultimately select the best school for you.  Don't forget that our school counselor can assist you at any point in the college admissions process.  Our school counselor and all of us are committed to helping you find the right college or university for you after you earn your accredited American School diploma.  Enroll today and take the first step toward attending the college or university of your dreams!    

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Today’s Anniversary: The First U.S. Patent

It's July 31, and on this date in 1790, Samuel Hopkins received a patent for the production of potash.  It was the very first patent given in the United States.  We don't have a patent on homeschooling and distance education, but we are one of the pioneers in that field.  We were founded in 1897 in Boston by R.T. Miller and his friends.  They wanted to create a school which could serve people who could not attend traditional schools.  Maybe these people had jobs, or maybe they were too old to attend school.  Whatever the reason, American School was there to serve them, and more than a century later, we're here to serve anyone who desires to earn his or her accredited high school diploma or simply take a course or two for enrichment purposes or credit recovery.  Take a look around the rest of our web site to see everything we offer.  Then, whenever you're ready, take the next step and enroll.  You'll feel confident learning from one of the pioneers in distance education–American School!

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