Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have another testimonial.  This one is from Clifford in Michigan, who writes, "I particularly liked the instructors.  They were extremely helpful and kind.  It made me feel almost as if they had been right there talking to you personally the whole time."  We thank Clifford for those words.  Instructors in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school program are trained to make distance education as personal as possible.  They call students by name and write constructive feedback on every exam they grade.  Even online high school courses and online middle school courses are not graded entirely by machine.  There is a human element to every exam we grade, and that separates us from many other distance education high schools and middle schools.  Enroll today and experience the same type of instruction for yourself or a family member. 


Today’s Anniversary: Sally Ride

It's June 18, and on this date in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.  At one time, the idea of a female astronaut would have seemed far-fetched, but Sally Ride proved otherwise.  Now it's not uncommon to see females as astronauts, scientists or any number of professions.  Those of us at the American School encourage our students to follow their dreams whatever those dreams might be.  We offer a wide variety of accredited high school courses in a number of different subject areas.  In particular, we offer electives in business, career and technical education, fine arts and world languages to complement core subject areas such as English, math, science and social studies.  Take them toward an online high school diploma for adults or children, a correspondence high school diploma for adults or children, or simply for enrichment.  Students in grades 6-8 can do similar things after they enroll in our accredited middle school program.  Blast off toward the education and career of your dreams by enrolling with us today!   

Today’s Birthday: L. Frank Baum

It's May 15, and author L. Frank Baum was born on this date in 1856.  He is best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so let's review what each of the four main characters in the book wanted from the Wizard and how their wants tie in to the American School.  Dorothy wanted to go home, and you can earn a high school diploma at home with us.  The Scarecrow wanted a brain, and you'll use your brain as you take accredited high school courses or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  The Tin Man wanted a heart, and we think you'll love our rigorous courses, personalized service and affordable tuition.  Finally, the Lion wanted courage, and we know enrolling with us takes a little courage, especially if you've never homeschooled before, but we believe your courage will pay off shortly after you enroll and get into a good studying schedule.  There's no wizardry needed for you to be successful with us.  We're looking forward to having you as our student!    

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we're back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Today's comes from Ashley in Arizona, who writes, "I loved how the instructors seem to be giving you and only you their attention.  It’s a really nice change."  We thank Ashley for those words.  The people who grade our accredited high school courses and middle school courses try to make distance education as personal as possible.  Even before students submit exams, they may call, write or email their instructors for assistance.  When instrcutors grade exams, they call students by name and offer constructive criticism.  Although online high school courses and online middle school courses may have online exams, there is a human element to grading every exam in every course.  Nothing is graded entirely by a computer.  Over the years, millions of students have appreciated this personal touch, and we're confident you will too.  Enroll today and see for yourself! 

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! 

2019 Convention #4: Missouri Homeschool Convention

We're hitting the road this week for two conventions, and the first is the Missouri Homeschool Convention at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Come see us in booth 705 on March 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on March 29 from 10:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on March 30 from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.  As usual we will have information about our print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses, and we'll also have several promotional items to pass out to anyone who visits our booth.  Last year was our first visit to this convention, and it was such a success that we're going back this year.  Just as the Gateway Arch might be seen as the gateway to the western half of the United States, our accredited middle school courses and accredited high school courses can be your gateway to a brighter future.  Check back tomorrow to learn about our second convention this week!


Today’s Special Occasion: Mardi Gras

It's March 5, and today is Mardi Gras.  In some parts of the country it's better known as Fat Tuesday, and at our office today, people are enjoying paczki, which are fancy bismarck donuts stuffed with cheese or fruit that are typically served on this last day before Lent begins.  Just as there are many fillings for paczki, there's an American School subject for every taste.  We offer online and high school correspondence courses in core subjects such as English, math, science and social studies.  We also offer accredited high school courses in world languages, fine arts, and business, career and technical education.  A similar variety of courses exists for our accredited middle school program.  You can take courses for credit recovery or take multiple years of courses to earn a high school diploma at home.  The choice is yours, and you can get started by enrolling today.    

Today’s Birthday: Coach K

It's February 13, and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski turns 72 years old today.  Better known as Coach K, he has led Duke to five national championships and served as head coach of the United States Olympic teams that won gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.  Basketball aside, Duke is consistently ranked among the nation's top universities, and it's not uncommon for American School graduates to attend high-quality universities all across the country.  Sometimes people think that students who earn a high school diploma at home have no chance at being accepted to elite schools.  That is simply not true.  Each college has its own admissions criteria.  Often schools will look at a student's academic record, extracurricular activities, test scores and more while deciding whether or not to accept the student.  Choosing the right college is not a slam dunk for most students, but our print or online college preparatory program offers you the accredited high school courses you need to be successful at whatever school interests you. Our guidance department is here to assist you if you have any questions about the college admissions process, and we're proud to offer scholarships to some of our graduates who wish to further their educations at accredited schools.  We are here to help you become successful both in high school and beyond, so tip off your American School career by enrolling with us today!  

American School Celebrates Groundhog Day

It's February 1, but since we're closed tomorrow, we're celebrating Groundhog Day a little early.  Early this morning the American School Groundhog saw her shadow, which means we're in for six more weeks of winter rather than getting an early spring.  Based on the snow and cold we've had this week, we're not too happy with our groundhog right now, but in reality any season is the right season to work on American School courses.  We accept enrollments into our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program throughout the year.  Students work at their own pace and can finish courses or programs any time of year as well.  That means it's possible for students to finish their accredited high school courses or accredited middle school courses more quickly than they would if they attended traditional schools.  Get your middle school or high school off the ground and enroll with us today! 

Today’s Birthday: Zora Neale Hurston

It's January 7, and African-American author Zora Neale Hurston was born on this date in 1891.  She is perhaps best-known for Their Eyes Were Watching God, but she wrote more than 50 published works in total.  In the English and literature courses required to earn an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from us, we try to expose students to works by a variety of authors.  The authors have different ethnic backgrounds and life experiences which shape their writing.  In turn, our students become more well-rounded individuals.  We cannot guarantee students will enjoy everything they read, but we hope they take something out of everything they read.  As always, we have provisions in places if students cannot read a certain piece of literature because of religious reasons.  We are happy to include these works of literature in our accredited high school courses and middle school courses.  If you're happy about it too, we invite you to enroll today!