2019 Convention #26: ISCA Fall Conference

American School is pleased to conclude its 2019 convention year by attending the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  Join us on Thursday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We'll be in booth 40 in the Grand Ballroom Salon 1-5 and will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited high school program and accredited middle school program for counselors from the Hoosier State.  We always enjoy attending this convention and meeting so many counselors from our neighbor to the east.  It's the perfect place for us to end our busy 2019 convention season, and we'll take most of the winter off before going back on the road in early 2020.  If we met you at a convention this year, we thank you for your interest, and if we missed you, we hope to see you next year! 

2019 Convention #25: AkSCA Counselor Conference

Today's blog promotes the Alaska School Counselor Association Annual Conference at the Anchroage Marriott Downtown.  Normally a convention blog would promote our appearance at a convention, but since it's a loooooong way to fly to Alaska, we won't be at this one in person.  The AkSCA team, however, realizes that American School can be a great resource for children who live in Alaska, and so they invited us to send materials and information to be displayed at an unmanned table.  We are grateful for this opportunity and are happy to serve students in Alaska.  Counselors can pick up information on Thursday, November 14, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  Our full-year middle school and high school programs may be of particular use to students who live in remote areas and travel one hour or more each way to attend school, a trip that can be even longer in wintry weather.  Although we wish we could attend this convention in person, we hope many school counselors stop by our table and take information.  We'd be happy to help their students!

American School Closed Monday, November 11

American School will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We thank veterans for their service.  Because of them, we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.  We look forward to serving our students and assisting them with their accredited high school program or accredited middle school program when we reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, November 12.

Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day

It's Election Day, and while American School is neutral when it comes to political matters, we are going to use this occasion to share some reasons why you should vote for us as your distance education high school or middle school.  First, we offer print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses, and doing so allows students to choose the course delivery method that is better for them.  We offer affordable monthly payment plans to students in full years of our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, and we have 122 years of credibility as a leader in distance education.  That credibility is proof that we keep our campaign promises to our students and graduates!  Now is a great time to get started, so cast your ballot for us and enroll today!   

Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween

It's October 31, and today is Halloween.  Halloween is often characterized by jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts and children trick-or-treating while wearing interesting costumes.  If you're taking one of our print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses and are uncomfortable if you're asked to read stories that contain witches or ghosts, let us know.  We respect your beliefs and are happy to make alternate arrangements for you.  Halloween is also a good time to remind you that there is nothing scary about becoming our student.  Homeschooling may seem frightening, but our staff is here to put your mind at ease and assist you with your accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  Thank you for reading today's blog, and look for our next post on Monday.     

Today’s Birthday: Brian Kelly

It's October 25, and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly turns 58 years old today.  If you're thinking of playing college football at Notre Dame or participating in any other sport for any other NCAA school, please read this blog carefully.  At this time our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses are not NCAA-approved.  That means that if you take our courses, you likely will not be able to play college sports.  We are working diligently toward making our accredited high school program NCAA-approved, and we have always thought that the education our students and graduates receive matches or exceeds the education students receive in more traditional schools.  We thank you for your understanding and hope to have an update for you soon.

Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle

It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  When our Writing 1 and Writing 2 courses were in production, we included an excerpt about the life of Gertrude Ederle, who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.  Not only did her story make for interesting reading and writing, but it can also serve as an inspiration to our students.  Perhaps you feel like you're on one side of a body of water and you need to get to the other to have the life you've always wanted.  Our accredited high school courses online or in print can help you get there.  Unlike Gertrude Ederle, who swam by herself, you'll have the support of our instructors and entire staff while you work to earn a high school diploma at home.  Like Gertrude Ederle, you'll be able to go at your own pace and move through our accredited high school program as quickly or as slowly as you need.  Dip your toe in the water and enroll today!

American School Holds 122nd Annual Meeting

Yesterday American School held its 122nd Annual Meeting of trustees and corporate members.  The event was an opportunity to look back at the challenges and accomplishments of the past year and plan for the future.  A major accomplishment of the past year was the move to Edmentum for our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  So far feedback from students, parents and counselors has been positive, and we expect that to continue in the coming year.  We're also excited about the new 20-unit accredited high school program that will better serve students who plan to go to a four-year college or university, two-year college or the workforce after they earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Those are two of the major highlights of the past year, and the Annual Meeting helps us to plan for more highlights in the year head.  We're grateful to our trustees for their support, and all of us are happy to serve you! 


Today’s Anniversary: Mensa

It's October 1, and Mensa was founded on this date in 1946.  Mensa is an organization for people with very high IQs, so today's blog will talk about what we offer for those types of students.  For starters, we have no age restrictions.  If you're much younger than those who normally begin taking print or online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses or online high school courses, that's fine with us.  We know students learn differently, so if you're an advanced student, all we need is proof that you completed the previous grade before you enroll in the next grade.  We also are happy to offer Advanced Placement courses for students in our accredited high school program.  Although the enrollment period for this year's AP courses just ended, we will have AP courses in the 2020-2021 school year, and registration will open next summer.  Finally, we allow all students to work at their own pace.  If you're doing well in a subject, you can complete it quickly and then move on to the next course or grade.  It's very possible for you to graduate a year or two earlier than your peers in traditional school.  No matter your academic ability, we look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student. 


Today’s Anniversary: The Hoover Dam

It's September 30, and the Hoover Dam was dedicated on this date in 1935.  Hoover Dam helps control flood waters while providing energy and power for residents of Nevada, Arizona and California as well as irrigation water for farmers in those states.  When people think of dams, they often think of a structure that prevents or blocks something, so let's take a look at some of the things that might be obstacles to you enrolling with us.  First, maybe you've never homeschooled or worked independently in an accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  While it's true you'll be working at home, you won't be alone.  Our instructors and staff are here to give you the support and assistance you need.  Second, maybe you're worried about money.  Our courses are all-inclusive and we offer monthly payment plans for students taking a package of courses with us.  Last, maybe you're worried your print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses will be too hard.  You can take comfort in knowing you'll work at your own pace, and that will help you master new material.  We look forward to helping you remove whatever is in the way of you earning a quality education and invite you to enroll today!