2020 Convention #14: ICHE Family Conference (Cancelled)

This weekend American School was looking forward to exhibiting at the Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, but the in-person event was cancelled.  Under normal circumstances we would have been at the Perry Rec Center this weekend, and we would have brought information about our accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  This convention is a short drive from our office in Lansing, and we attended it last year for the first time.  Now we look forward to returning to the ICHE Family Conference in 2021.  Make plans to join us next year!

Today’s Anniversary: Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points

It's March 2, and on this date in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the New York Knicks by a score of 169-147.  Even in today's fast-paced, high-scoring NBA, to have a player score 100 points in a game by himself is quite an accomplishment and one that has not been duplicated.  Kobe Bryant came the closest when he scored 81 points in a game midway through his career.  The number 100 has a great significance for American School students because the maximum score they can receive on their exams is 100.  We know it's difficult to get 100 on every exam, which is why we have several methods of assistance for our students in our accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  First, our instructors give helpful feedback on every exam they grade.  Second, students can use their books or other materials when they take their exams.  Third, our Online Student Center contains help sheets and links to homework web sites.  You can receive this type of assistance and try to shoot for 100 yourself after you enroll and become our student!

American School Announces 2019-2020 Holiday Schedule

While many schools take a week or two off at the end of the year, that is not the case with us at American School.  We will work most of the next two weeks but will be closed December 24, December 25 and January 1.  We plan to have regular business hours on all other weekdays.  Most students might take time off at the end of the year as well, and we understand that.  We are proud to give students taking our accredited online high school courses, print high school courses, online middle school courses and print middle school courses the opportunity to work when and where it is convenient for them.  If you do choose to work during the next two weeks, however, that is fine too.  We understand students have deadlines for completing courses, especially those who take individual subjects through our independent study high school program, and we want to give you outstanding service as you finish your courses.  Please keep this schedule handy and know of our best wishes to you as 2019 draws to a close.  

Today’s Birthday: Frederick William Herschel

It's November 15, and Frederick William Herschel was born on this date in 1738.  He was a scientist and astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and later discovered infrared radiation.  If you're interested in learning more about Uranus and other planets and moons, we have an online astronomy course and online earth and space science courses that may interest you.  We try to offer accredited online high school courses that excite students and get them interested in learning.  The same is true for our high school correspondence courses, and when we launched our accredited middle school program in 2017, we had the same idea in mind.  Having interesting courses is important to us because we want to make learning fun and have something for everyone.  If you're interested in something, chances are you will approcach it with enthusiasm.  We can't promise that all of our courses will interest you in the same way because it is rare that everything will appeal to everybody, but we do make an effort.  We hope you'll find our courses interesting and educational after you enroll and become our student.  

From GradPoint to Edmentum

Today's blog has important information for students interested in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Earlier this summer we announced a partnership with Edmentum.  This partnership went into effect earlier this month, and with it came some minor changes to online course policy.  For example, Edmentum's courses come in semesters, so a student will need to complete the first semester of a course before moving on to the second.  It is suggested that students complete the first semester within six months so that they can have six additional months to complete the second semester of the course.  More information about all of our online learning offerings is available on our online learning page, and even more information about our accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses will be available on our new web site which we anticipate launching this fall.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We appreciate your understanding and the opportunity to serve you.  

Today’s Anniversary: Spam

It's July 5, and the canned meat product known as Spam was introduced on this date in 1937.  These days spam is a common term for junk email, so today's blog is going to talk about that.  We know that different emails have different spam filters, and we don't want you to miss any important emails we send  you.  Therefore, we ask that you mark @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com as safe email domains.  We use the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains to send you information about your accredited online high school courses, accredited online middle school courses, accredited print high school courses and accredited print middle school courses.  We also use them to address any customer service or billing questions you might have.  We want to be the best distance education high school and middle school for you, and we never want you to think we neglect you or don't reply to any emails you send us.  Marking the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains as not spam will help us do that.  On the other hand, we don't want to miss any important emails you send us.  Therefore we ask that when you write us, you include your name and student number in the body of the email and make sure your email has a concise subject line.  Please do not write your entire message in the subject line, but instead use the body of the email for that.  Thank you for your cooperation and for being our student!  

Today’s Birthday: George Washington

It's February 22, and George Washington was born on this date in 1732.  Since he is sometimes referred to as the father of our country, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about someone who might be referred to as the father of American School, and that's our founder, R.T. Miller.  He and a group of his friends founded American School in 1897 in Boston, and, although he was a visionary when it came to making home education available to people who had to work during the day, R.T. Miller himself probably could not have envisioned what American School would become.  Today we are a leading distance education high school offering accredited high school correspondence courses and accredited online high school courses.  We're also proud to offer an accredited middle school program as well.  Take the first step toward accomplishing something great and enroll today!

Today’s Birthday: Thomas Edison

It's February 11, and inventor Thomas Edison was born on this date in 1847.  A list of all of his inventions would make for the longest blog post ever, but today we're just going to focus on the light bulb.  A light bulb is often a symbol for a good idea or a brainstorm, and it's a good idea for you to become our student.  Our students work at their own pace in accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  As our student, you'll work when and where it is convenient for you, but you can always contact us for assistance.  Depending what your needs are, you may wind up graduating more quickly than your classmates, but no matter your circumstances, we're convinced that you'll think taking American School classes is a bright idea.  Why not get started today?   

Celebrating Computer Science Education Week

We're in the middle of Computer Science Education Week, and so today's blog is a reminder that we offer courses that can improve your computer skills.  Ideally we'd love to offer accredited online high school courses and accredited high school correspondence courses that focus on computers, but certain computer courses are difficult to complete on paper.  One almost has to use a computer to complete them, so that is why certain courses are only available online.  If you are interested in becoming more tech-savvy, we recommend you take these courses individually as part of a high school independent study program or as part of a program that leads to a paper-based or online high school diploma.  Enroll today to get started!   

Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday

It's November 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving and the day traditionally known as Cyber Monday.  Today's blog will highlight some of the online resources we have for our students.  We have a solid lineup of quality online middle school courses and online high school courses.  Included in those accredited online high school courses are world language courses powered by Rosetta Stone.  In addition, we have online exams available in many of our print courses.  Even if you don't take any online classes or exams, you can still log into our Online Student Center to view your grades and receive additional assistance.  Finally, if you don't want to take online courses, online exams or even use the Online Student Center, you're on our web site right now reading this blog, and elsewhere on our site you can enroll and become our student.  Take advantage of our cyber resources if you wish.  They are another way we are pleased to provide service to our students!