Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, either our general high school program or our college preparatory program in particular, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We offer online high school courses as well as high school correspondence courses, and doing so ensures students can take courses in the delivery method they want.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but the pace is entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving graduates.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.  Take the first step and enroll today!

2019 Convention #14: FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

One week from today we will be in the Orlando area for the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.  Visit us in booth 216 at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As usual we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we'll also bring along our latest promotional items for anyone who visits our booth.  We have come to this convention for many years, but this is the first time it's being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek.  We're excited to check out the convention's new home, and we hope you're excited to visit us and learn how we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Come join us in the Sunshine State next week!   

American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in their communities.  Our scholarship awards will help winners continue their educations at the accredited college or university of their choice.  Many of them were enrolled in our college preparatory program, which is designed especially for students who wish to attend a four-year college or university.  Awarding scholarships is one of our greatest traditions, and plans are already underway for the 2020 scholarship season.  To be eligible, you must earn a high school diploma at home with us in 2019 and meet other eligibility requirements.  More information will be available later this year.  In the meantime, let us thank our judges and applicants and congratulate this year's scholarship recipients.  We are proud of you!

American School Class Jewelry

If you read yesterday's blog, you know we're doing a series of blogs about American School merchandise available from Jostens.  We do not sell these items directly or profit from them, but there is a way for you to get graduation products, class jewelry and other merchandise online.  Today's blog will focus on class jewelry.  For years class rings have been a source of pride and accomplishment for students and graduates, but as times and tastes have changed, other forms of jewelry have become popular.  If you wish to show your American School pride, you may wish to consider purchasing some of the items in the links we've included in this blog.  We are proud you've chosen us as your distance education high school or middle school, and if you enjoy your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, we'd appreciate you telling a friend or family member too.  Check back tomorrow for the final installment of our American School merchandise blogs. 

2019 Convention #13: THSC Dallas Convention

We're kicking off a new week of blogs by previewing a convention coming up later this week.  We're going to attend the Texas Home School Coalition Convention at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  Come visit us in booth 306 on May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  We'll have information about both programs as well as information about taking middle school or high school independent study courses for enrichment.  We've attended this convention for many years, though this is the first time it will be held at the Sheraton Dallas.  We're confident that residents of North Texas will turn out in great numbers, and we'd love to say howdy to you when you stop by our booth!  

BBB Embody Integrity Scholarship

Today's blog features the Embody Integrity Scholarship Contest sponsored by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.  Click the link above for eligibility and submission requirements.  If you are not eligible for this particular scholarship, be on the lookout for other scholarship opportunities in your local area.  Regardless of the dollar amount awarded, every scholarship can be helpful to you.  Winning several smaller scholarships can have the same financial impact as winning one or two larger scholarships, so we encourage our students in our accredited high school program who plan to earn a high school diploma at home to apply for as many scholarships as possible.  The American School has had a long-standing relationship with the Better Business Bureau, and we strive to uphold their high standards in everything we do.  We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to serve you as your distance education high school and middle school! 

Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day

It's April 25, and today is Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  If our employees brought their sons and daughters to our office today, here is what they'd see.  Children would see several instructors grading exams in online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  They'd also see other instructors grading exams in online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  In other parts of the building children would see staff members enrolling students into our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program or answering questions from students, parents and school officials.  Daughters and sons would see members of the accounting department monitor student accounts and members of the shipping department preparing to send study materials to students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  All of us here are happy to serve our students, and we'd like to serve you as well.  Enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Earth Day

It's April 22, and today is Earth Day.  We have online middle school courses and online high school courses that teach our students about the environment, but today's blog is going to focus on some of our other environmental initiatives.  For many years now we've had a paper recycling program in our building, and we also have receptacles for aluminum cans and other materials that can be recycled.  In order to save paper and provide more efficient customer service, we have started an online billing process for students in our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  We encourage you to do your part to save the earth and preserve or planet as well.  After a day off tomorrow, check back Wednesday for our next blog post.

American School Introduces New Seal

We're starting off a new week of blogs by unveiling a new seal.  This is our previous seal:

but going forward we will use this seal:

On first glance, you may not notice the difference, but take a closer look.  We removed the word "chartered" and put the word "established" in its place.  Charter schools do good work for students across the country, but we are not a charter school ourselves.  To avoid confusion and to remind people that we've been around since 1897, we changed our seal.  We believe education is the key to success, and we are happy to offer an accredited middle school program, an accredited high school program and an independent study high school program to students who take our courses.  We are happy to be your school of choice and your distance education high school and middle school.  Look for our new seal to appear in multiple locations in the coming months, including enrollment applications, our new web site, and perhaps the diploma you will earn after you enroll with us!

Today’s Anniversary: The Coinage Act

It's April 2, and on this date in 1792, the Coinage Act was passed.  It created the dollar as the standard unit of money for the United States and also established the United States Mint.  As you might imagine, today's blog will be all about money.  You might think it would cost a fortune to earn a high school diploma at home, but we make it as affordable as possible.  Students in full years of our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program may make monthly payments to avoid a heavy burden of having to pay for everything at once.  No matter how many courses you take with us, our tuition always includes all study materials, so you do not have to pay one tuition price and then go buy books, study guides or other materials.  Our course prices are all-inclusive.  Finally, we do not nickel and dime our students and graduates every time they need something from us.  There might be an additional cost for transcripts and duplicate diplomas, but many other services are provided at no charge.  Keep some extra dollars in your pocket while you study with us.  Get started by enrolling today!