Today’s Anniversary: The Telephone

It's March 7, and Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone on this date in 1876.  Though we use email to communicate with students in our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program and accredited middle school program more than ever before, we definitely are available to assist our students via telephone.  Call us at 708-418-2800 or 866-260-7221 and we'll be happy to assist you.  We're open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday, but if we miss you and you leave a message, we'll return your call the next business day.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

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: George Washington

It's February 22, and George Washington was born on this date in 1732.  He's known as the father of our country, so today's a good day to say a few words about the father of the American School.  R.T. Miller and his friends from Harvard founded the American School in Boston in 1897 because they wanted to give people who couldn't attend a tradtional school a way to receive the education and training they need to succeed in life.  At the time, R.T. Miller probably had no idea that he and his school would move to Chicago a few years later and he'd continue at the helm until 1945.  He definitely had no idea that one day we'd offer an accredited middle school program with online middle school courses, but his vision more than 120 years ago set the stage for the school we are today.  R.T. Miller's school has helped more than three million students earn their high school diplomas and has become one of the best distance education high schools in the world.  Today we stand ready to serve you as well.  Enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day

It's February 14, and today is Valentine's Day.  It's the perfect occasion to tell you some of the things our students love about us.  Many of them like that we offer online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Others like that we have a general high school diploma program and a college preparatory program for students in grades 9-12.  Still others like that we have an accredited middle school program.  What people seem to love most, though, is that we offer students the ability to work at their own pace.  Students can work slowly in one subject if they need more time or move faster in a subject they master quickly.  It's entirely up to them.  Along the way, they'll have the support of our entire staff, including instructors who are highly qualified in their fields.  We're confident you'll love our school as much as we'll love having you as our student.  Show us some love and enroll 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.

American School Email Update

It's February 7, and we're close to being back to normal after the power outage that closed our offices Monday and Tuesday, but we're not quite there yet.  The power surge knocked out the server that holds our email addresses, meaning that any emails sent to those addresses have not been delivered yet.  We are hopeful to have access to those emails later today.  Again we ask for your patience as we get everything fixed and start replying to your emails as quickly as possible.  This delay is due to circumstances beyond our control, and we remain committed to offering outstanding online high school diploma and correspondence high school diploma programs and an accredited middle school program.  Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to being back to 100% very soon. 

American School’s Australian Open Championship Tradition

We've been following Caroline Wozniacki's run to the Australian Open final for the better part of two weeks, but if she wins the championship tomorrow, she won't be the first American School student to overcome all foes and win a Grand Slam event Down Under.  Andre Agassi won the men's singles event in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003, and Mary Pierce won the women's singles event in 1995 before adding a runner-up finish in 1997.  We're proud of Caroline, Andre and Mary, but we're proud of all of our students.  They're all part of a special kind of championship tradition that stems from our 121 years as a leading distance education high school.  When we started, no one could've imagined that we'd offer an online high school diploma for adults or children, and yet many people have earned our online high school diploma since we started offering that program a few years ago.  Of course, we're proud to offer a correspondence high school diploma program too, and later this year our accredited middle school program will consist of online and paper-based courses.  We'd be honored to include you join our tradition of excellence, and you can get started by enrolling today!  


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!


Caroline Wozniacki Advances at Australian Open

Moments ago our student Caroline Wozniacki won her third round match at the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens.  Next up is a fourth round match on Sunday against Magdalena Rybarikova.  Check out our blog on Monday to find out how she did.  Caroline is in search of her first Grand Slam title, and perhaps you're in search of something major for yourself or a family member or friend.  Earning an accredited correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma is a huge accomplishment.  Enrolling in an accredited middle school program can give you a great foundation on which to build in grades 9-12.  American School offers the courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Enroll today and you'll likely have your first courses by the time the Australian Open concludes next weekend.