Today’s Birthday: Michelangelo

It's March 6, and Renaissance artist Michelangelo was born on this date in 1506.  He sculpted the Pieta and David and also painted the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel.  While we can't promise you'll become the next Michelangelo, we're proud to offer you more Fine Arts courses than ever before.  Our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses can help you improve your drawing and photography skills, give you a greater appreciation for art and music, or maybe even help you become an actor or actress on stage or screen.  Any of our fine arts courses would be a great addition to your accredited high school program, and individually they are available through our independent study high school program.  Let your inner Michelangelo shine and enroll today!   



Today’s Anniversary: The United States Census

It's March 1, and the first United States Census was taken on this date way back in 1790.  If we counted up all of the students who have taken our accredited high school courses online or on paper over the years, that number would be more than 3 million.  That's more than every city in the United States except for New York and Los Angeles!  We're proud to have students from coast to coast working on an online high school diploma program, paper-based accredited high school program, high school independent study program, or accredited middle school program.  At American School, you're more than just a number.  We take sincere interest in our students' learning and offer the best curriculum and support we possibly can.  Count yourselves among our students by enrolling today!

Today’s Birthday: Abraham Lincoln

It's February 12, and Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.  He was the 16th President of the United States and is considered one of the greatest leaders in American history.  A few years ago, a new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened in Springfield, Illinois, and we're headed to Springfield later this year for a convention.  Next week, however, is our first convention of 2018, so check back on Thursday to see where we're headed first.  We enjoy going to conventions to promote our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses, and we also enjoy promoting historical sites such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum which can be great resources as you work in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  Enroll with us today! 

Winter Weather on Friday, February 9

A winter storm is forecast starting tonight and continuing all day tomorrow, so the American School will be closed Friday, February 9.  We enjoy serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program who live in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, but the safety of our employees takes precedence in severe weather events.  If you live in the path of the storm, you can continue working on your high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses since our students can work whenever and wherever it is convenient for them regardless of the weather.  As with our power, heat and email issues this week, we hope to have the winter storm behind us and get back to normal next week!  Sincere thanks for your patience and understanding.  We appreciate it.

Caroline Wozniacki Moves Into Aussie Open Semis

American School student Caroline Wozniacki defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open semifinals.  Now just two matches away from winning her first major title, Caroline next plays Thursday afternoon (Wednesday night in the United States) against Elise Mertens.  We'll have a report on that match in Thursday's blog, but in the meantime, we encourage you to join Caroline as one of our students by enrolling today.  We offer an accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Take a package of courses and ultimately earn a high school diploma at home, or take individual subjects to enrich an existing homeschool program.  We also have an independent study high school program for credit recovery if you are attending a traditional school.  Either way, we'd be happy to serve you and have you as our student!


Today’s Birthday: Peter Mark Roget

It's January 18, and Peter Mark Roget was born on this date in 1779.  Roget compiled the first thesaurus, and if you don't have a thesaurus in your possession, we recommend you get one.  A thesaurus can be a great resource to you as you work on English courses in your accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  Once you start using a thesaurus and finding synonyms for words you use over and over again, your writing will improve, and you'll likely get higher grades in your online middle school courses and online high school courses.  All of us want you to succeed, and we're happy to share tips that will help you do your best and earn a high school diploma at home.   

First Blog of 2018

It's January 2, and this is our first blog of 2018.  What's in store for American School in the new year?  Plenty.  We'll be introducing paper-based middle school courses to complement the online middle school courses already in our accredited middle school program.  Our accredited high school program will see some changes too as we plan to offer students more flexibility in choosing high school correspondence courses and online high school courses as they work to earn a high school diploma at home.  One thing that won't change is our commitment to offering outstanding curriculum at an affordable cost.  We're looking forward to a great year and encourage you to get your year off to a flying start by enrolling with us today! 

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Winter

It's December 21, and today is the first day of winter.  Perhaps you feel like your education is in the middle of winter with not much happening, or perhaps you're thinking about summer and all the fun you want to have after you graduate.  Either way, our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses can help.  Enroll in an accredited high school program and one day earn your American School diploma.  Enroll in independent study high school programs for credit recovery if you plan on earning your diploma from another school.  Don't be left out in the cold without an education.  Enroll with us today!

American School at 120 (Part 3)

As we continue to celebrate our 120th anniversary, it's worth mentioning some of the educational organizations which we founded or with which we have been members over the years, as well as an example of how we help our students after they've graduated.  We were a charter member of the National Home Study Council.  We helped members of the United States Military during World War 2.  When the North Central Association accredited us, we became the first private home study high school to earn accreditation by a regional accrediting body.  When the Illinois State Board of Education recognized us, we became the first home-study school to receive such recognition.  We mention these organizations not to pat ourselves on the back but to give our students the comfort of knowing they are enrolled in an accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  We take our accreditations and recognitions very seriously.  We also take our scholarship program seriously.  We've awarded scholarships to those who have earned our correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma each year since 1938, and the scholarship meeting is one of the highlights of our year.  Check back tomorrow for more highlights of American School's 120 years of service!

Today’s Anniversary: The Washington Post

It's December 6, and on this date in 1877, the first edition of the Washington Post was published.  In its 140 years, the newspaper has been home to legendary journalists such as Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Tony Kornheiser.  If you're interested in a career in journalism, consider taking our paper-based journalism course or our online journalism course.  Either would be a great addition to your accredited high school program or independent study program.  Be sure to check this blog often for any breaking news from the American School.  We'll keep you posted on all the exciting things we have coming up in 2018!