Today’s Special Occasion: First Day of Summer

It's June 21, and today is the first day of summer.  Many people enjoy summer vacations and think of anything but school during the months of June, July and August, but American School accepts enrollments year-round.  Some students who enroll in the summer take accredited high school courses or online middle school courses for credit recovery.  Other students who want to complete full years of middle school or earn a high school diploma at home enroll in the summer to get a head start on their studies.  Whatever your reason for enrolling, don't put it off until the fall.  If you enroll today, you'll have your first course by the end of this month and could have it complete by the time autumn rolls around.  Get started today!

Today’s Special Occasion: U.S. Open

It's June 15, and today is the first day of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.  This is the first U.S. Open in the Midwest since 2003, and American School employees were at that event held at nearby Olympia Fields Country Club.  Our employees worked as marshals and will call representatives and got to see some of the best golfers in the world up close and personal.  If you watch any of this year's U.S. Open, you may be impressed by the natural topography of Erin Hills, which was formed by glaciers.  It may inspire you to take our Drawing Landscapes course as an elective in your accredited high school program or individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  We offer a wide variety of accredited high school courses in both online and paper-based formats, and this summer we're happy to announce that we'll have online middle school courses and paper-based middle school courses available too.  If you're ready to tee off and begin your American School education, we invite you to enroll today!   

French Open Flashback: Kathleen Horvath

We've written about the French Open quite a bit recently as we've followed Caroline Wozniacki all tournament long, but another American School student deserves some attention before we put the French Open in our rearview mirror for another year.  Kathleen Horvath pulled off one of tennis's greatest upsets in the 1984 French Open.  She defeated Martina Navratilova in the fourth round and prevented her from winning the calendar year Grand Slam.  Read more about the achievement in this recent New York Times article.  We're proud to count Kathleen among the tennis players who have chosen to take our accredited high school courses, but we're proud to serve all of our students whether you play tennis or not.  Millions of students have taken our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses over the years, and we'd be happy to count you among that number.  Enroll today!  

2017 National Spelling Bee

The finals of the 2017 National Spelling Bee take place tonight near Washington, D.C.  As you watch, you'll be amazed at how students figure out how to spell complex words, but the skills they are displaying are the same ones you'll learn if you take our Spelling course.  We're happy to include it among our accredited high school courses which help make us a leading distance education high school.  Some students take the course while trying to earn a high school diploma at home, while others take our spelling course through our independent study high school programs.  Enrolling in the course is as easy as A-B-C, so we invite you to do so today!   

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have a testimonial from a graduate who lived in Wisconsin at the time he was a student with us.  He writes, "Hello American School.  I've been meaning to send an update email for a while.  I graduated in 2005, attended hometown university for a couple years, UW Fox Valley, and then double-majored in programmer analyst/network infrastructure at the local community college for a couple years after that.  I've never received a degree, but it turns out I'm making 100K+ before I'm 30.  American School was the first major stepping stone on this journey.  My high school put me in night school in the middle of my first semester sophomore year, and I got straight A's in all my core classes, except biology, which, long story short, it was the second quarter, I had a 12% in the class, even though I had A's on the tests, but there was no working with the instructor/it was too late to change anything.  As such, since the deal I made was to pass all my core classes, the principal was looking forward to expelling me.  I tried to work with him, I described the situation, and even at the endorsement of my three other class teachers — whose instruction I was not even receiving but doing phenomenal work — top of the class, the expulsion was going to happen anyway.  And this is where American School became my alternative.  Having the flexible schedule correspondence education allows, but mostly getting a real high school diploma, not a G.E.D., and a diploma with college prep classes even… I've just been meaning to send a thank you and just a general update for a while.  Not sure what the statistics out there are for American School graduates, but with your accreditation & program structure, I was able to educate myself, had the credentials to get into universities — I'm actually enrolled at UVU now for dance classes — apparently the dance program out here is amazing — and I wound up out here for work, and with the university education and the tech school education, I was able to get real jobs in my field, and, with luck and hard work, I'm not Monopoly-MoneyBags, only because I don't apply myself which is a problem I've been struggling with my entire life, but with American School's help I was able to break the chain of abuse and of poverty with which I thought I was forever doomed to struggle.  I just wanted to say thank you, and I hope this message finds you well.  Thank you so much."  We were touched by this letter which shows that our accredited high school courses and accredited high school program make real differences in our students' lives.  No matter your situation, you can benefit from the best online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Enroll today!


Scholarship Opportunity Available

From time to time we like to inform our students of scholarship opportunities beyond the ones we award each year.  Today we are featuring the Work Ethic Scholarship Program.  The link on this page contains all the information you need to apply.  We're proud to have so many talented students in our distance education high school.  One of the nice things about taking accredited high school courses with us is that we offer a general high school program for students who wish to join the workforce or attend a two-year college after graduating and a college prep program for students who plan to attend a four-year university after graduating.  Both options are available in our online high school diploma program and our paper-based high school diploma program.  


New Courses Coming Soon

In today's blog we're going to promote some upcoming courses.  A new Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy course will be available very soon.  We're also working on new courses for foods and computers and have several other courses in the works, including paper-based middle school courses to go along with our online middle school courses.  Our commitment has always been to offer high-quality accredited high school courses and middle school courses, and revising and adding courses will help us to do that.  Keep checking this blog often for more information. 

Today’s Special Occasion: Siblings Day

It's April 10, and today our blog is celebrating Siblings Day.  You may know that more than three million students have earned a high school diploma thanks to our accredited high school courses, and we're willing to bet that many of our graduates are siblings of other American School graduates.  Once one family member enrolls in our online high school diploma program or correspondence high school diploma program, other family members see that student succeed and then decide to enroll too.  We're pleased to serve many siblings and count them among our graduates.  To make the same thing happen in your household, we invite you to enroll today! 

Today’s Special Occasion: The NCAA Tournament

It's March 16, and today the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament begins in earnest.  From time to time people will ask us if our accredited high school courses are NCAA-approved, and sadly the answer is no.  More information is on our FAQ page.  That doesn't mean we're not trying to get NCAA approval for our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  It is our hope that a review of our accredited online high school courses and traditional paper-based high school courses will result in NCAA approval, perhaps as early as 2018.  It is important to us to be able to serve all high school students who wish to go on and play sports at the college level, and we will work hard to make that a reality.


Today’s Anniversary: Uranus

It's March 13, and on this date in 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.  It's a perfect day to mention our online Introductory Astronomy course that will teach you more about Uranus and other heavenly bodies.  If you think that course is out of this world, just wait till you see what other accredited high school courses and middle school courses we're adding later this year.  More details will be coming soon.  We'll offer certain types of courses for the first time and are excited to add exciting options to our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  The sky is the limit for American School students, so if you're ready to blast off on your high school career, enroll today.