Today’s Anniversary: California

It's September 9, and California became the 31st state on this date in 1850.  You will note that 1850 is just one year after the start of a famous gold rush in which people flocked to California in search of fortune.  On the anniversary of California statehood, we will remind you that enrolling in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program will not cost you a fortune.  As a non-profit school, we keep costs to an absolute minimum.  Our tuition is also all-inclusive, which means the tuition includes all study materials, all grading, all access to the online student center and much more.  We want to make our courses and programs affordable to everyone, so we even have a simple monthly payment schedule for students who enroll in full years or full diploma programs.  Compare our curriculum and tuition with other places and we are confident you'll make us your distance education high school or middle school.  If you are already convinced we are the right place for you, we invite you to enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: The Price is Right

It's September 4, and The Price is Right premiered on this date in 1972.  If you've read this blog from the beginning, then you know we've featured the show and its games many times.  In fact we did a whole week of blogs related to the show when long-time host Bob Barker retired in 2007.  If you're wondering, our favorite games are Cliff Hangers, Plinko and anything that includes supermarket items, but today's blog is going to focus entirely on the name of the show.  We believe our price is right whether you need to enroll in an entire accredited high school program or accredited middle school program or enroll in individual subjects through our independent study high school program or simply for enrichment.  When we give you a price, that is the price.  Our tuition includes all study materials, access to the online student center, grading of exams and more.  The only times you may have to pay more than the tuition cost is if you lose study materials or need additional transcripts sent to schools.  Please do not be fooled by other schools which promote a seemingly cheap tuition price but then turn around and ask you to pay for study materials and nickel and dime you along the way.  We simply do not operate in that way.  When you look at the outstanding curriculum materials we provide and combine that with our vey reasonable prices, we are confident you'll say our price is right and many other things are right as well.  Enroll now!   


New Diploma Program and Individual Subject Applications Available Soon

It's September 3, and if you read two of our blogs last week, you know we are very excited about what's happening this week.  That's because we're debuting a new structure and application for our accredited high school program and a new application for our independent study high school program and other individual subjects.  As with everything we do, we made these changes with students in mind.  Students wanting to earn a high school diploma at home will have more flexibility than ever before, and our enrollment applications are also much simpler.  There's even an updated application for our accredited middle school program.  As with any change, we ask for your patience.  When we post new applications this week, the only applications available will be those which you can print on paper and then email, fax or send us.  We will have online applications available in the coming weeks.  If you wish to enroll, contact our enrollments department and we will be happy to take your enrollment application over the phone.  Thank you for making us your school of choice.  We have even more changes planned in the coming weeks and months, and we think you'll like what you see!

Today’s Anniversary: The Adding Machine

It's August 21, and William Seward Burroughs patented the first adding machine on this date in 1888.  Over the years adding machines were replaced by calculators, which are smaller and can do more things than the original adding machine.  Simple calculators perform basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, while others can perform higher-level math operations and even show graphs.  As you take print and online middle school courses and print and online high school courses with us, it's important to note what kind of calculators are allowed or recommended.  Some math courses require you to have a graphing calculator.  Others might prohibit the use of calculators altogether.  Information may be found in the individual course descriptions or by contacting us.  Whether you use an adding machine or any type of calculator, it's also important to note that your savings will add up after you enroll with us.  We offer all-inclusive tuition into our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  That means you don't pay a separate enrollment fee and then have to purchase study materials on top of that.  Compare our outstanding curriculum and affordable tuition to what is offered by our competitors, and we're confident you'll make us your school of choice.  Enroll now! 

Today’s Birthday: Benjamin Harrison

It's August 20, and Benjamin Harrison was born on this date in 1833.  He was the 23rd President of the United States and the grandson of William Henry Harrison, who was the 9th President of the United States.  To this day, they are the only grandparent-grandchild combination to hold the office.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you know we encourage students to visit historic sites whenever possible.  Although President Harrison's home is not an official presidential library and museum, it is still well worth a visit if you're in Indianapolis.  The home is located just east of downtown and within walking distance of many other attractions.  The house is preserved to look like it was at the time President Harrison and his family lived there.  Visiting historic sites or museums can enhance your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  You'll see items that were referenced in your courses, and this type of field trip can bring your distance education high school or middle school closer to home.        

Enroll in AP Courses for 2019-2020!

American School is pleased to open enrollments in our AP courses for the 2019-2020 school year.  All the information you need is available on the AP Courses page on our web site.  Unlike most of our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses, there is a specific enrollment period for AP courses. That's because the courses are designed to be taken over a period of several months and culminate with AP exams in the spring.  Please note the prices for AP courses if you are currently in our accredited high school program or if you wish to take the course are part of our independent study high school program.  Also, please note the specific enrollment requirements for each online AP course.  We are happy to offer AP courses to our students and hope that those who meet the enrollment requirements add AP courses to their curriculum!

Emails from

Today's blog is about emails being sent from the email address.  This email address is used only to send automated announcements from the online student center to the email you have on file with us.  Typical emails sent from this address include those which discuss grades, email address changes and password updates.  This email address is not checked, so please do not reply to any email you receive from  You will not receive a reply.  If you have questions about your accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school courses, please contact our student service department.  Thank you for your cooperation.

American School Trustees Hold Quarterly Meeting

Earlier this week the American School Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting.  Longtime blog readers might recall that we have a big annual meeting every October during which we review the past year's accomplishments and plan for the future so that we can be an even better distance education high school and middle school.  The Board of Trustees also typically meets in the spring in conjunction with our scholarship meeting, but in recent years the board has decided to take a more active role and hold meetings in the winter and summer as well.  We are grateful that the current members of the Board of Trustees have helped us through several new initiatives.  These include the launch of our accredited middle school program and the upcoming restructuring of our accredited high school program that will give students more flexibility and greater opportunities to learn skills that will benefit them in college or the workforce.  All of us work hard to ensure that our students attend the best school we can offer, and every decision we make is with the best interests of our students at heart.  Become our student and enroll today!  

American School Closing at Noon on August 6

American School will be closing at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 6, for a staff event.  We look forward to helping you with your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program when we reopen with regular business hours on Wednesday, August 7.  Thank you for your understanding.

American School Once Again Receives BBB Accreditation

Last week American School received official word of its accreditation with the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  We have been accredited by BBB since 1934, and their accreditation verifies that we strive to uphold eight BBB standards for trust.  They are to build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, safeguard privacy and embody integrity.  We do these things for students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  It doesn't matter how many classes you take with us.  We want to give you an excellent experience, and upholding the eight standards listed in this blog post helps us do that.  We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with the Better Business Bureau, and we hope you are as well!