New Pricing Structure and Application for Individual Subjects

Today's blog has information about a new pricing structure for individual subjects that will go into effect on September 3.  Previously students who wished to take individual subjects as part of an independent study high school program filled out one application, while students who wished to take individual accredited high school courses or individual print or online middle school courses simply for enrichment filled out another application.  We're going to combine those two applications into one, and students who wish to enroll in courses to recover credit will need to fill out a special section on the application with pertinent school information.  At first, only printed applications will be available, but later in September or in October, students will be able to enroll online in individual subjects by going to the description of the course they wish to take and then adding that course to their shopping cart.  For your convenience, most individual subjects will be priced the same regardless of course delivery method.  The standard cost will be $300 for a full unit of credit and $250 for a half unit.  Some courses will be value-priced at $200 for a full unit of credit and $150 for a half unit, while AP courses and lab courses will be priced at $400 for a full unit of credit and $350 for a half unit.  As usual, all study materials and grading are included in the cost of tuition, and the enrollment fee on the previous independent study application has been eliminated.  If you have questions or comments about this new pricing and enrollment structure for individual subjects, please let us know.  We enjoy hearing from you and appreciate having the opportunity to serve you.  Thank you for making us your school of choice! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Panama Canal

It's August 15, and the Panama Canal opened on this date in 1914.  Before the Panama Canal opened, sailors had to go around Cape Horn on the southern end of South America if they wanted to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean or vice versa.  The Panama Canal provided a shortcut and dramatically cut down on travel times.  As nice as the Panama Canal and other shortcuts are, we don't recommend taking shortcuts when it comes to your accredited high school courses or courses in your accredited middle school program.  American School has an honor system which we expect students to follow.  It is permissible to work with others, but all exam answers must be your own.  There are penalties in place for those students who are caught cheating, so don't do it.  Instead, you may write, call or email your instructor for assistance.  All of us want to help you do your best and do your work honestly.  When you do that, your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma will mean more to you.

Six Flags Great America Homeschool Days

Six Flags Great America between Chicago and Milwaukee is hosting Homeschool Days from August 19-23, complete with curriculum for homeschoolers to complete as they ride roller coasters, log rides and much more.  We realize that not all of you live near Chicago or Milwaukee, but we wanted to mention this event because there may be similar ones at an amusement park near you.  Homeschool days are not exclusive to amusement parks either.  Sports teams, theaters, museums and other attractions might have special events set aside for homeschoolers, so check around your community and see if there is anything happening that may interest you.  We appreciate that you are taking accredited high school courses with us or are enrolled in our accredited middle school program, and we are always happy to share events and ideas that may bring you some fun and enhance your education as you work to earn a high school diploma at home.

 

Today’s Anniversary: Colorado

It's August 1, and Colorado became a state on this date in 1876.  Colorado is known for the Rocky Mountains, and maybe you think graduating from high school is a mountain too big to climb.  American School's accredited high school courses can help you reach the summit and earn a high school diploma at home.  Students can enroll any time and finish any time.  Along the way, they work at their own pace in their high school correspondence courses or online high school courses.  Our staff is here to assist you anytime you need us.  As you complete each course, you'll be one step closer to reaching your ultimate goal.  Instead of thinking about the total number of courses you need to complete, just focus on one or two courses at a time.  Set reasonable goals for yourself and eventually you'll reach your ultimate goal.  Take the first step and enroll today.     

2019 Convention #20: Southeast Homeschool Expo

This weekend we're heading to Atlanta for the Southeast Homeschool Expo.  It's one of the biggest and best homeschool conventions in the country, and we're proud to be a regular exhibitor at this event.  Join us in booth 401 at the Cobb Galleria Centre on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We will have information about our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses, as well as several different promotional items.  We are also participating in a scavenger hunt for attendees, so be sure to stop by our booth, see if our clue is on your card, and learn more about our print or online high school diploma program and print or online middle school courses.  We always leave Atlanta feeling peachy about the people we met at the Southeast Homeschool Expo, and we expect this year will be no different.  Come join us!  

 

2019 Convention #19: AFHE Homeschool Convention

We're going to feel the heat this weekend when we attend the Arizona Families for Home Education Homeschool Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Temperatures are sure to be in the triple digits, so why not cool off and come inside to see us in booth 628?  We'll be there July 19 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on July 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and have plenty of information about our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school program.  Our college preparatory program is great for high schoolers who plan on attending a four-year university, while the general high school program might be a good way to earn a high school diploma at home if you plan on joining the workforce or attending a community college.  All of our courses can be taken collectively as part of a full-year or full diploma program or individually to supplement an existing homeschool program.  If you've been wandering in the desert when it comes to finding the right education for your family, consider us a refreshing oasis.  We look forward to seeing you this weekend in Phoenix!  

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!