American School Opens Late On July 16

Due to a staff development meeting, American School will have different hours of operation on Tuesday, July 16.  Instead of opening at 8 a.m. to serve students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, we anticipate opening by 11 a.m.  The staff development meeting is very important and will help us provide you with better service in the future.  Therefore we ask for your patience and understanding.   Once we reopen, we will continue to have our normal business hours the rest of the day and be back to our regular business hours on Wednesday, July 17.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.  We consider it a privilege to educate you!

Today’s Anniversary: The American School Blog

It's July 11, and we posted our very first American School blog entry on this date in 2006.  Today is a good occasion to look back at some of the things that have happened here since we posted our first blog.  Back then we didn't have online high school courses.  Now we do.  We also didn't have an accredited middle school program consisting of print and online middle school courses.  Now we do.  Back then we didn't have AP courses for students in our accredited high school program.  Now we do.  Back in 2006 we had an extensive curriculum of high school correspondence courses.  We still do.  As you can see, we've added more courses and more programs to better serve our students, and this blog is often the place where we first announce important news.  The way people receive information has changed a lot in the past 13 years, and so the All American newsletter has been retired and replaced by this blog and our social media pages, especially Facebook.  Be sure to bookmark this blog and like us on Facebook to be the first to know what we're doing.  Thank you for reading the American School blog for the past 13 years.  We appreciate it and appreciate your interest in American School! 

Today’s Anniversary: Wyoming

It's July 10, and Wyoming became a state on this date in 1890.  As you know, we serve students in all 50 states, which means we have many students from Wyoming.  That said, we cannot recall ever visiting Wyoming to attend a convention or meet students in person.  It's a goal of ours to get to as many states as possible, and so we do hope to visit Wyoming and perhaps see Yellowstone National Park as soon as we can.   One prominent feature of Yellowstone National Park is Old Faithful, a geyser that's been spouting water on a regular basis for hundreds of years.  The American School might be considered an Old Faithful as well since we've remained true to our distance education roots since 1897.  No matter where you live, you can enjoy our print or online college preparatory program, our print or online general high school program or our accredited middle school program.  We'll be faithful to you and help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Enroll today! 


2019 Convention #18: ASCA Annual Conference

This weekend we're heading to Boston, where the American School was founded in 1897, to attend the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference.  Counselors are invited to visit us in booth 1011 at the Hynes Convention Center on June 29 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; June 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and July 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We'll have information about our independent study high school program which students and schools may use for credit recovery purposes as well as our print and online high school diploma program, which may be useful for the potential dropout.  We'll also have details about our accredited middle school program for counselors who work with students in grades 6-8.  If all that sounds good to you, we have something else that you may like just as much.  We're participating in a scavenger hunt, and everyone who stops by our booth and has his or her card stamped will be in the running for a free $100 Target gift card.  The ASCA Annual Conference is a can't-miss convention for us, and we want our booth to be can't-miss for you as well.  Come visit us in Boston this weekend! 

Today’s Birthday: Helen Keller

It's June 27, and Helen Keller was born on this date in 1880.  Helen contracted an illness as a child that left her deaf and blind, but with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, she started her education and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe, which is often considered the sister school of Harvard.  We mention her birthday because she is a great example of overcoming long odds to acquire an education.  One can only imagine that there were many days when Helen's deafness and blindness made receiving an education difficult, but she stuck with it and eventually reached her goals and surpassed the expectations of many people in society.  These days, we know that many students have many different health issues that make it difficult for them to succeed in a tradtional school setting.  Taking online high school courses or high school correspondence courses with us allows students to work at their own pace and not be concerned about falling behind their classmates.  If you're not feeling well, there is no pressure to work that day.  If you're feeling well, you can take advantage of those days and do a little more.  All of us are compassionate toward students' health issues and will do our best to accommodate you.  Consider enrolling in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program today and let us support you as you work toward meeting your educational goals.   

New Web Site Coming Soon

Over the last few weeks you've read and heard about our new online courses, and today we have something else to share with you.  We anticipate launching a new web site in July.  The site will be state-of-the-art and mobile-friendly and will better serve our past, present and future students.  There will be pages featuring our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study high school program, and students will be able to enroll in individual courses simply by going to the course description and then adding it to their shopping cart.  We will have a similar way for students to enroll in full-year or full diploma programs.  As with any new web site, there may be some bugs at first, but we're going to do our best to test the new site and then test it again to make sure everything works properly.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop new ways to better serve you!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have another testimonial.  This one is from Clifford in Michigan, who writes, "I particularly liked the instructors.  They were extremely helpful and kind.  It made me feel almost as if they had been right there talking to you personally the whole time."  We thank Clifford for those words.  Instructors in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school program are trained to make distance education as personal as possible.  They call students by name and write constructive feedback on every exam they grade.  Even online high school courses and online middle school courses are not graded entirely by machine.  There is a human element to every exam we grade, and that separates us from many other distance education high schools and middle schools.  Enroll today and experience the same type of instruction for yourself or a family member. 


Today’s Anniversary: Sally Ride

It's June 18, and on this date in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.  At one time, the idea of a female astronaut would have seemed far-fetched, but Sally Ride proved otherwise.  Now it's not uncommon to see females as astronauts, scientists or any number of professions.  Those of us at the American School encourage our students to follow their dreams whatever those dreams might be.  We offer a wide variety of accredited high school courses in a number of different subject areas.  In particular, we offer electives in business, career and technical education, fine arts and world languages to complement core subject areas such as English, math, science and social studies.  Take them toward an online high school diploma for adults or children, a correspondence high school diploma for adults or children, or simply for enrichment.  Students in grades 6-8 can do similar things after they enroll in our accredited middle school program.  Blast off toward the education and career of your dreams by enrolling with us today!   

Today’s Special Occasion: Flag Day

It's June 14, and today we're celebrating Flag Day.  As you might imagine, with the word American in our name, we're proud to fly the flag outside of our distance education high school offices.  We're proud to live in a country that grants its citizens many freedoms, including the choice to attend school wherever they choose, and we're proud to serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  We offer an online high school diploma program and a correspondence high school diploma program for students in grades 9-12.  We also offer an accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  It is our hope that one day you'll display your American School diploma as proudly as you display the American flag.  Enroll today!

2019 Convention #17: California Homeschool Convention

After spending last weekend at home, we're back on the road this week when we attend the California Homeschool Convention.  Come see us in booth 602 at the Ontario Convention Center on June 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.; on June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We will have plenty of details about how you can earn a high school diploma at home or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  Some students prefer to take accredited high school courses online, while others prefer to take high school correspondence courses.  The same options are available for students in grades 6-8.  We are happy to offer outstanding curriculum in print and online and do so at a very affordable cost.  We've always enjoyed our convention trips to California and are expecting this one to be no different.  Come see us later this week!