Today’s Anniversary: Boston

It's September 17, and the city of Boston was founded on this day in 1630.  Although we have been proud to call Chicago and the Chicago area home for the vast majority of our 122 years of operation, we have a special affinity for Boston because we were founded there in 1897.  R.T. Miller and his friends believed in a new way of education that allowed people to take high school correspondence courses at home.  We've held true to his mission by adding online high school courses and an accredited middle school program to our curriculum.  Boston is a historic city with the Freedom Trail and other Revolutionary War sites, and it is also a championship city with each of its four major sports teams winning championships within the last 11 years.  Similarly, we are a historic school that will help you become a champion in whatever field you pursue.  Get started by enrolling today!   

Looking Back at 21 Years at American School

It's September 16, and over the weekend the person who regularly writes this blog celebrated 21 years of work at American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't add an accredited middle school program until 2016.  Moreover, 21 years ago we only offered high school correspondence courses that students could take to earn a high school diploma at home.  Now we offer online high school courses and allow students to pick which courses they do online and which they do on paper.  We've always offered an independent study high school program, but we also offer individual courses to anyone who may wish to take them for enrichment.  One thing that hasn't changed over the years is our commitment to our students.  We strive to offer accredited courses at an affordable cost and provide the best possible service.  It's the vision our founder, R.T. Miller, had when he and his friends founded the American School in Boston in 1897.  That philosophy was passed down and instilled in other School leaders over the years, including those in charge in 1998 and those leading the School today.   All of us are grateful for you and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have a testimonial from Molly in Oregon.  She writes, "American School is outstanding!  While I was studying high school I was able to work at my own pace and manage my own time so I could have a job and graduate early.  In addition to that, the material is put in a way I could easily understand, and I learned so much more because of that.  I would recommend the American School to anyone interested in preparing themselves for a better future."  We thank Molly for those thoughts.  Many of our students enroll in our print or online high school diploma program and hold full-time or part-time jobs like Molly did.  We offer students the flexibility to work in a high school correspondence class or in online high school courses whenever it's convenient for them.  Our accredited middle school program offers similar flexibility.  To experience the same benefits Molly did, we invite you to enroll today!    

Today’s Anniversary: California

It's September 9, and California became the 31st state on this date in 1850.  You will note that 1850 is just one year after the start of a famous gold rush in which people flocked to California in search of fortune.  On the anniversary of California statehood, we will remind you that enrolling in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program will not cost you a fortune.  As a non-profit school, we keep costs to an absolute minimum.  Our tuition is also all-inclusive, which means the tuition includes all study materials, all grading, all access to the online student center and much more.  We want to make our courses and programs affordable to everyone, so we even have a simple monthly payment schedule for students who enroll in full years or full diploma programs.  Compare our curriculum and tuition with other places and we are confident you'll make us your distance education high school or middle school.  If you are already convinced we are the right place for you, we invite you to enroll today!

American School and the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament is winding down in New York City, so today is the perfect time to review the successes of some American School students and graduates.  Andre Agassi is a two-time men's singles champion, defeating Michael Stich in 1994 and Todd Martin in 1999.  He is also a four-time runner-up, losing to Pete Sampras in 1990, 1995 and 2002 and Roger Federer in 2005.  On the women's side, Mary Pierce was runner-up to Kim Clijsters in 2005, and Caroline Wozniacki is a two-time runner-up, losing to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2014.  We are proud of all American School students and graduates who have competed in this country's most prestigious tennis tournament.  Then again, we're proud of all American School students and graduates who have achieved success in their chosen fields.  Our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses can prepare you for college or the workforce, and our accredited middle school program can prepare you for high school.  All of us would be happy to serve you, and the ball is in your court.  Enroll with us today! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Price is Right

It's September 4, and The Price is Right premiered on this date in 1972.  If you've read this blog from the beginning, then you know we've featured the show and its games many times.  In fact we did a whole week of blogs related to the show when long-time host Bob Barker retired in 2007.  If you're wondering, our favorite games are Cliff Hangers, Plinko and anything that includes supermarket items, but today's blog is going to focus entirely on the name of the show.  We believe our price is right whether you need to enroll in an entire accredited high school program or accredited middle school program or enroll in individual subjects through our independent study high school program or simply for enrichment.  When we give you a price, that is the price.  Our tuition includes all study materials, access to the online student center, grading of exams and more.  The only times you may have to pay more than the tuition cost is if you lose study materials or need additional transcripts sent to schools.  Please do not be fooled by other schools which promote a seemingly cheap tuition price but then turn around and ask you to pay for study materials and nickel and dime you along the way.  We simply do not operate in that way.  When you look at the outstanding curriculum materials we provide and combine that with our vey reasonable prices, we are confident you'll say our price is right and many other things are right as well.  Enroll now!   


New Diploma Program and Individual Subject Applications Available Soon

It's September 3, and if you read two of our blogs last week, you know we are very excited about what's happening this week.  That's because we're debuting a new structure and application for our accredited high school program and a new application for our independent study high school program and other individual subjects.  As with everything we do, we made these changes with students in mind.  Students wanting to earn a high school diploma at home will have more flexibility than ever before, and our enrollment applications are also much simpler.  There's even an updated application for our accredited middle school program.  As with any change, we ask for your patience.  When we post new applications this week, the only applications available will be those which you can print on paper and then email, fax or send us.  We will have online applications available in the coming weeks.  If you wish to enroll, contact our enrollments department and we will be happy to take your enrollment application over the phone.  Thank you for making us your school of choice.  We have even more changes planned in the coming weeks and months, and we think you'll like what you see!

Today’s Anniversary: The Adding Machine

It's August 21, and William Seward Burroughs patented the first adding machine on this date in 1888.  Over the years adding machines were replaced by calculators, which are smaller and can do more things than the original adding machine.  Simple calculators perform basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, while others can perform higher-level math operations and even show graphs.  As you take print and online middle school courses and print and online high school courses with us, it's important to note what kind of calculators are allowed or recommended.  Some math courses require you to have a graphing calculator.  Others might prohibit the use of calculators altogether.  Information may be found in the individual course descriptions or by contacting us.  Whether you use an adding machine or any type of calculator, it's also important to note that your savings will add up after you enroll with us.  We offer all-inclusive tuition into our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  That means you don't pay a separate enrollment fee and then have to purchase study materials on top of that.  Compare our outstanding curriculum and affordable tuition to what is offered by our competitors, and we're confident you'll make us your school of choice.  Enroll now! 

Today’s Birthday: Benjamin Harrison

It's August 20, and Benjamin Harrison was born on this date in 1833.  He was the 23rd President of the United States and the grandson of William Henry Harrison, who was the 9th President of the United States.  To this day, they are the only grandparent-grandchild combination to hold the office.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you know we encourage students to visit historic sites whenever possible.  Although President Harrison's home is not an official presidential library and museum, it is still well worth a visit if you're in Indianapolis.  The home is located just east of downtown and within walking distance of many other attractions.  The house is preserved to look like it was at the time President Harrison and his family lived there.  Visiting historic sites or museums can enhance your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  You'll see items that were referenced in your courses, and this type of field trip can bring your distance education high school or middle school closer to home.        

Today’s Birthday: Orville Wright

It's August 19, and Orville Wright was born on this date in 1871.  Orville and his brother Wilbur are often considered the fathers of aviation since their aircraft made the first flight on December 17, 1903.  Exactly six years before that famous flight, American School received its charter.  That means we've been around nearly 122 years, and in that time we've educated more than 3 million students in the United States and abroad.  Most of them took high school correspondence courses with us since that's what we offered for most of our years of service, but in recent years we've been pleased to educate others through online high school courses and an accredited middle school program.  The Wright Brothers went through several failed attempts to get an aircraft off the ground, and we know that sometimes you might feel the same way when it comes to starting your courses.  We're happy to help however we can and give you an extra push when needed.  We're confident you'll soar to new heights as you learn many new things in our courses, so taxi down the runway and enroll with us today!