American School Closed Monday, January 20

American School will be closed Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours and post our next blog entry on Tuesday, January 21.  We wish you a good weekend and look forward to serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program when we reopen next week.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Kristian from Colorado writes, "I really felt the feedback and comments on my exams were so encouraging.  I never have had that in previous schools.  The American School has great encouraging instructors grading exams.  Thanks for helping me complete my U.S. History class."  We thank Kristian for those words.  It is true that our instructors are trained to write constructive comments and call students by name when they grade exams in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  Distance education can be difficult because students and teachers aren't working together in person, so why try to make distance education as personal as possible.  The type of student-teacher interaction that allows our staff to write detailed feedback on exams is one way we do that.  Experience it for yourself by enrolling today! 

Today’s Birthday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's January 15, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  Until his death in 1968, he was a leader in the civil rights movement, and if you're in Atlanta, you can visit the King Center or the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to learn more about his life.  American School has always welcomed students of all races and backgrounds.  You may be asked to identify yourself by race on enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program, but that is only for classification purposes.  It makes no difference to us what your race or background is.  We want to help you reach all of your educational goals and would be happy to serve you!   

Today’s Anniversary: Public Radio Broadcasting

It's January 13, and the first public radio broadcast happened on this date in 1910.  It was an opera performance that occurred in New York City.  This anniversary got us thinking about the different media we use to try to reach new students who might be interested in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  We haven't done many radio or television ads, but we've always had a big presence in magazines.  Years ago we advertised in mainstream magazines, but now we focus on publications geared toward homeschoolers or education professionals.  We advertise a lot on homeschool or education web sites, and we also advertise in person when we attend conventions.  All of those advertising options combined do not equal our best form of advertising, which is word of mouth.  If someone is satisfied with the education and service he or she received from us, he or she will likely tell a family member or friend.  We are happy so many people have made us their distance education high school or middle school, and we invite you to do the same.  Enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Connecticut

It's January 9, and Connecticut became a state on this date in 1788.  Some years ago, we attended a homeschool conference in Hartford, Connecticut, where we distributed information about our high school correspondence courses.  We didn't have online high school courses or an accredited middle school program back then, so maybe it's time for us to return to the Nutmeg State and meet its residents in person.  We do our best to attend conventions in all portions of the country, but it can be difficult to do that at times.  When we can't attend a convention in person, sometimes we send information to be placed in giveaway bags.  Other times we will take out an ad in a convention program.  We love having students from Connecticut and all 50 states whether they meet us in person or learn about us in other ways.  Since you've already become familiar with us by reading this blog, why not become even more familiar with us and enroll now?  We'd be happy to serve you! 


Today’s Anniversary: A National Debt of Zero Dollars

It's January 8, and on this date in 1835, the national debt was zero dollars for the first and only time in American history.  Contast that with the current national debt, which is more than 20 trillion dollars, and you'll see why having a national debt of zero dollars was such a big deal.  Nobody wants to go into debt, and so American School offers very affordable tuition prices.  A year of courses in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program is $900.  The tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and much more.  Our standard payment plan consists of a $200 down payment followed by five monthly payments of $140 each until the entire $900 balance for the year is paid.  When you factor in everything, we believe we offer the most affordable program anywhere.  Students who take individual subjects, perhaps as part of an independent study high school program, can expect to pay between $150 and $400 per course, and they receive the same benefits as those listed above minus the payment plan.  We ask that students who take individual subjects may in full at the time of enrollment.  No matter what program you choose, we will do our best to ensure you don't go into debt paying for it!  

New Earth Science Course Available

American School recently released a new Earth Science course. The course is the latest addition to our impressive roster of high school correspondence courses and is a great fit for students in our accredited high school program.  We also have a robust lineup of online high school courses and an equally impressive accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  We're always working to improve our curriculum to make it even better for our students, so keep checking this blog regularly for more updates!

About Using Old Enrollment Applications

Last fall we introduced new enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  These new applications were available as PDF documents on our web site or by request through the mail and remain current today.  We hope to have online enrollment applications available shortly.  Old enrollment applications are no longer being honored.  If you attempt to enroll using an old enrollment application, you will be contacted and asked to pay the difference in number of credits and/or price between your old enrollment application and the current enrollment application.  Thank you for your cooperation and allowing us to serve you!


The First Blog of 2020

It's January 2, and since we were closed yesterday, today is the first blog of 2020.  Every year people make New Year's resolutions, so that will be the theme of today's blog.  Our resolution is to continue to provide our students with outstanding curriculum and caring student service for an affordable cost.  The curriculum includes print and online high school courses for students in grades 9-12 and print and online middle school courses for students in grades 6-8.  Caring student service includes calling students by name on every exam we grade and replying to emails within one business day.  An affordable cost includes a monthly payment plan for students in our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program and a tuition that includes all study materials.  If you've been struggling with your education, why not make it your resolution to enroll with American School?  You can work at your own pace in a safe environment, and enrolling with us will be one of the best things you'll do for yourself in the new year.  Take the first step and get started today!    

The Last Blog of 2019

It's December 31, and today we are writing the last blog of 2019.  It's New Year's Eve, and since we are closed tomorrow on New Year's Day, our next blog will be the first blog of 2020.  Today is a good chance for us to look back on what we've accomplished in 2019.  Most notable is the expansion of our accredited high school program which now includes 20 units of credit for students in grades 9-12.  The new program also allows students to take a mix of online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Similar provisions have been made to our accredited middle school program, which continues its initial design of 5 units of credit per year for a total of 15 credits for students in grades 6-8.  Also in 2019 we switched online course providers and made a number of other changes to better serve our students.  We hope you had a good 2019 as well and have an even better 2020 planned!