State of Illinois Begins Bicentennial Celebration

This week our home state of Illinois began its bicentennial celebration.  We've been pleased to call Illinois our home for more than half of those 200 years, but we're just as happy to serve students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  We've been a leading distance education high school for almost 120 years, and we're proud of our history too.  Be sure to read this blog next week for a series of reflections as we look back on 120 years of offering accredited high school courses, an accredited middle school program and much more!

Today’s Special Occasion: Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside for giving back during the holiday season.  This blog will not ask for your money, but it will remind you that American School is a non-profit institution.  That means that we put students’ educations above everything, including financial gain.  We keep the cost of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program to a minimum without sacrificing the quality of our accredited high school courses and accredited online middle school courses.  Give yourself or someone you know a great education by enrolling today!

American School Releases New Child Development Course

American School is pleased to release a new Child Development course.  The course will teach you how children develop from infancy through age 12, and in a way it will further your own development too.  We say that because taking accredited high school courses with us can help you develop into the person you've always wanted to be.  You'll be on your eay to earning an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma, and once you have your diploma, a whole new world of opportunities awaits you.  Let us help you develop into the person you've always wanted to be.  Enroll with American School today!


Today’s Anniversary: The Great Chicago Fire

It's October 10, and on this date in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire was finally extinguished after burning since the evening of October 8.  Nearly the whole city was destroyed, but at least two of the buildings that survived the fire are still standing on Michigan Avenue downtown.  In the 146 years since, the world has evolved in so many ways, set in many ways we remain powerless against natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.  If you are taking our accredited high school courses or are a student in our accredited middle school program and have been affected by a natural disaster, please let us know.  We are ready to support you in every way we can.

American School to Attend Tennessee School Counselor Convention

American School is back on the road this weekend with an appearance at the Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute.  The event will be at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro and is open on Sunday, October 1, from 2-6 p.m.; Monday, October 2, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 3, from 7:30-11 a.m.  We'll have plenty of information about our accredited high school courses, accredited middle school program and our independent study high school program and are excited to share it with counselors from the Volunteer State.

Today’s Anniversary: Old Faithful

It's September 18, and on this date in 1870, explorers in Wyoming oberserved a geyser that erupted on a regular basis throughout the day.  Because it seemingly erupted on a schedule, they named it Old Faithful, and visitors to Yellowstone National Park can see this geyser in action to this very day.  When it comes to distance education high schools, American School is like Old Faithful.  We're reliable, offering 120 years of experience in offering accredited high school courses.  Within the last year we added an accredited middle school program to our curriculum which will help us serve even more students.  If you're ready to receive education from a school which has been faithful to its students and mission for more than a century, we invite you to enroll today!


Reminder About NCAA Eligibility

Today's blog contains information about our relationship with the NCAA.  At this time, our high school correspondence courses or online high school courses may not be used to meet the NCAA core course requirements for initial eligibility for Division I or Division II sports or for NJCAA and NAIA purposes.  This decision was not based on the content of our accredited high school courses but, rather, on issues involving interaction with students in "nontraditional" courses.  You should not apply to take our courses if you plan on playing sports for a school affiliated with the organizations listed above.  If you have further questions about college eligibility, please contact our guidance department.  Thank you.

Some Study Guides Available in Online Student Center

Study guides for our Planning Your Career, Physiology and Health and Psychology high school correspondence courses are now available in the Online Student Center.  Printed study guides for these three courses are currently out of stock but are expected to arrive soon.  If you recently enrolled in one of these accredited high school courses, you can access a copy of your study guide by going to, entering your student code and password, clicking the "All Subjects" link in the upper left hand corner of the screen you see after successfully logging into the site and then scrolling down to the subject of your choice.  You can also access study guides and exams by clicking the "All Course Help Sheets and Other Resources" link in the "My American School" box in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  At either place you will be able to view a pdf copy of the study guide as well as print the unit exams. 

Please note that you should only do exams for subjects in which you are enrolled.  You will not receive credit for doing exams in subjects in which you are not enrolled. 

If you do not have access to your login information or have trouble once you've access the site, please contact our Student Service Department by email at or by phone at (708) 418-2800, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience with this matter.

Caroline Wozniacki Wins U.S. Open Opener

American School student Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Monday evening with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.  In the second round she'll face Ekaterina Makarova, and we'll have coverage of that match in a future blog.  Caroline takes our accredited high school courses wherever she goes, and you can too after you enroll and become our student.  Choose from online high school courses or high school correspondence courses and work whenever it is convenient for you.  We'd be happy to have you as our student!  

Today’s Anniversary: Colorado

It's August 1, and Colorado became a state on this day in 1876.  We had the pleasure of attending two conventions in Colorado this year and were struck by the natural beauty of the state, especially the Rocky Mountains in the background as we explored downtown Denver.  Perhaps you feel the "mountain" of earning an online high school diploma or a correspondence high school diploma is too big a hill for you to climb.  That doesn't have to be the case.  You can earn a high school diploma at home after you enroll with us.  Work at your own pace while taking accredited high school courses that will prepare you for college or a career of your choice.  You'll have the support of our staff every step of the way as you ascend toward the summit of graduation.  Now is the perfect time to get started, so enroll today!