Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle

It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  When our Writing 1 and Writing 2 courses were in production, we included an excerpt about the life of Gertrude Ederle, who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.  Not only did her story make for interesting reading and writing, but it can also serve as an inspiration to our students.  Perhaps you feel like you're on one side of a body of water and you need to get to the other to have the life you've always wanted.  Our accredited high school courses online or in print can help you get there.  Unlike Gertrude Ederle, who swam by herself, you'll have the support of our instructors and entire staff while you work to earn a high school diploma at home.  Like Gertrude Ederle, you'll be able to go at your own pace and move through our accredited high school program as quickly or as slowly as you need.  Dip your toe in the water and enroll today!

Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing

Today's blog is about Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing.  If you click the link we've included in this blog, you'll learn what they are and see American School listed as an approved curriculum provider by the Illinois Community College Board.  If you live in another state, you should check with your local board to see if we are approved there as well.  We are happy to provide high school correspondence courses and online high school courses to anyone who wants to take them for any reason.   We offer accredited high school courses online and in print to ensure that you have the course delivery method that is comfortable to you.  Please contact us if you have any questions about how we can serve you.  We are happy to help you reach your educational goals!

American School Closed Monday, October 14

American School will be closed Monday, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 15.  If you're willing to explore something new, why not consider enrolling with us?  We offer accredited high school courses online or in print and offer similar courses in our accredited middle school program.  Take them collectively to complete full grades or earn a high school diploma at home, or take them individually as part of an independent study high school program or simply for your own enrichment.  We'd be happy to have you as our student!

New Biology Course Available

Today we are pleased to announced that a new Biology course is available to students.  This high school correspondence class replaces the previous version and is the basis for our lab and non-lab biology courses.  The lab kit for the lab version of the course remains the same.  We are happy to offer a wide variety of high school correspondence courses for those who wish to study on paper, and we are also happy to offer a wide variety of accredited high school courses online for those who wish to study on a computer.  No matter which course delivery method you choose, we are glad you made us your school of choice for courses in grades 6-12!

2019 Convention #17: California Homeschool Convention

After spending last weekend at home, we're back on the road this week when we attend the California Homeschool Convention.  Come see us in booth 602 at the Ontario Convention Center on June 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.; on June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We will have plenty of details about how you can earn a high school diploma at home or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  Some students prefer to take accredited high school courses online, while others prefer to take high school correspondence courses.  The same options are available for students in grades 6-8.  We are happy to offer outstanding curriculum in print and online and do so at a very affordable cost.  We've always enjoyed our convention trips to California and are expecting this one to be no different.  Come see us later this week!

Important Announcement Coming Monday

We admit that today's blog is a tease, but we're very excited about an announcement we have for you on Monday.  As you know, we spent more than a century offering high school correspondence courses.  Don't worry…we have no plans to stop offering high school or middle school courses in print.  A few years ago we began to offer accredited high school courses online, and then we offered online middle school courses.  Students have enjoyed taking online courses with us in recent years, but we're always looking for ways to improve students' experiences with us.  We think we've found a great way to make our online courses even better, and we can't wait to share it with you on Monday.  Check back then to see what we have in store!

2019 Convention #6: ISCA Rosemont Conference

Just like last week, we're attending two conventions this week.  The first is the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference in Rosemont.  We'll be in booth 40 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on April 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit with counselors from around Chicagoland.  Many schools take advantage of our independent study high school programs which are perfect for credit recovery.  Others might be interested in our print or online high school diploma program which is perfect for the potential dropout.  Either way, we're happy to serve these counselors and their students with our accredited high school courses online or in print.  We always enjoy visiting with counselors who use us, but we particularly enjoy visiting with those counselors whose schools are close by our office.  If you're planning on attending the ISCA Conference in Rosemont, stop by and say hello.  We'd love to renew acquaintances or introduce ourselves to you!     

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have a testimonial from Ashley from Oklahoma.  She writes, "I loved this course.  I understood everything really well, even better than when I was in public school.  I recommend this school for anyone.  You can learn at your own speed and can really understand everything."  We thank Ashley for those words.  Our accredited high school courses online and in print are designed to allow students to work entirely at their own pace.  Millions of people have decided to earn a high school diploma at home in this way because working at your own pace makes them comfortable and gives them an outstanding opportunity to do their best work.  Even though you're in a classroom of one, you're never alone.  Our instructors are available to help you via phone, email or letter.  Make us your distance education high school or middle school and enroll today! 

Today’s Birthday: John Hancock

It's January 23, and originally we weren't going to have a blog post today, but plans changed and so here we are.  American statesman John Hancock was born on this date in 1737.  You've probably seen his signature many times because it's by far the largest one on the Declaration of Independence.  The birthday of the man with perhaps the most famous signature in American history is a good time to remind you to put your name and student number on every page of every exam you send us, whether it's a high school correspondence class or a middle school correspondence class.  Thousands of exams come into our building every day, and we want to make sure the exams you send us for your high school correspondence courses or middle school correspondence courses stay together and don't get lost.  Following the completion of all of your accredited high school courses online or on paper, we look forward to putting your name and our signature on your transcript and/or diploma!      

Today’s Birthday: Shannon Lucid

It's January 14, and scientist and astronaut Shannon Lucid is celebrating a birthday today.  She is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is that she once held the American record for the longest period of time living in outer space.  We wanted to feature her today because she is a great example of a woman having a career in science.  Enrolling in our accredited middle school program will give you a solid foundation for high school.  When you're ready to begin ninth grade, our accredited high school courses online and in print can help you reach for the stars and get there.  Along the way, our entire staff will serve as "mission control" and assist you in any way we can while you work toward your correspondence or online high school diploma.  We encourage everyone to aim high and are happy to support you as you strive for your educational and career goals!