Today’s Anniversary: The New York Stock Exchange

It's March 8, and the New York Stock Exchange was founded on this date in 1817.  Though we are not a publicly-owned company, we monitor the NYSE as closely as we can because it has a major impact on the national and global economy.  You can learn more about the stock market by taking one or more of our accredited high school courses.  We have a paper-based Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy course and an online Economics course to offer you.  Although the stock market and go up and down and be very inconsistent, you can always count on our caring student service to assist you after you enroll and become our student.  We'd be happy to have you earn a high school diploma at home with us or enter our high school independent study program!

Today’s Birthday: Don Everly

It's February 1, and Don Everly turns 81 years old today.  He and his brother Phil comprised the Everly Brothers, one of the most successful duos in American music history.  Before Don and Phil reached the top of the charts, though, they were American School students, and they're just two of the many famous students we've had over the years.  Visit our Community page to read about the Everly Brothers and others.  No matter who you are or what you do after you earn a high school diploma at home with us, we promise to give you the red carpet treatment while you work on your accredited high school courses or accredited middle school courses with us.  Enroll today and see for yourself!

Fax Machine Update

The fax machine associated with our regular fax number (708-418-2831) was out of order since Friday morning.  The fax machine is fixed, the fax number is working again, and we're ready to accept your faxes and provide you with the caring customer service that you've come to expect.  If you faxed anything to 708-418-2831 between January 19 and January 22, please fax it again.  We'll process your requests as quickly as we can.  We know that this is a busy time of year for people enrolling in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses, so we appreciate your patience and understanding.   We're happy to have you as part of our distance education high school and middle school and look forward to serving you!

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.