Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, either our general high school program or our college preparatory program in particular, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We offer online high school courses as well as high school correspondence courses, and doing so ensures students can take courses in the delivery method they want.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but the pace is entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving graduates.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.  Take the first step and enroll today!

American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in their communities.  Our scholarship awards will help winners continue their educations at the accredited college or university of their choice.  Many of them were enrolled in our college preparatory program, which is designed especially for students who wish to attend a four-year college or university.  Awarding scholarships is one of our greatest traditions, and plans are already underway for the 2020 scholarship season.  To be eligible, you must earn a high school diploma at home with us in 2019 and meet other eligibility requirements.  More information will be available later this year.  In the meantime, let us thank our judges and applicants and congratulate this year's scholarship recipients.  We are proud of you!

American School General Merchandise

Today is the last of a series of three blogs about American School merchandise found on the Jostens web site.  As we've noted previously, we do not sell items ourselves, nor do we profit from items sold by Jostens.  Today we'd like to focus on general merchandise.   Much of the general merchandise is apparel featuring various sports teams that we do not have.  After all, with students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, it's difficult to get athletes together to compete as one team.  Still, some of these items might interest you, and so we wanted to let you know they are available.  Whether you're in our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program, we hope that you take pride in your school.  We definitely take pride in having you as our student!  

2019 Convention #10: Midwest Homeschool Convention

Yesterday's blog announced our presence at the NCEA Convention in Chicago in late April, but we're headed to the Queen City that same week.  Come see us at the Midwest Homeschool Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati from April 25-27.  We'll be in booth 1018 on April 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; on April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  As usual we'll have information about our general high school program and college preparatory program for students in grades 9-12 and our paper and online middle school courses for students in grades 6-8.  We'll have applications for full-year programs and individual subjects on site, and of course we'll bring along some of our famous promotional items as well.  We'd love the opportunity to become your distance education high school or middle school, so stop by and say hello.  We'll be just a long home run away from Great American Ball Park, and we think you'll find the American School to be great as well!

Our Busiest Time of the Year

It's April 12, and we are about to head into our busiest time of the year.  Students in our independent study high school program might be taking courses to graduate with their class in May or June.  Students in our general high school program or college preparatory program may have the same goal of finishing in May or June.  Students in our accredited middle school program may want to finish their current grade by May or June.  As you can see, many of our students have deadlines in May or June.  Because of that, exam volume goes up in April and May.  In fairness to all students, we grade exams in the order we receive them.  Please understand there may be a slight delay in turnaround time simply because of the increased exam volume.  While you wait for your exam to be graded, we recommend working ahead in the course so that you are prepared to submit your next exam as soon as your previous exam is graded.  We appreciate your cooperation and are grateful that you have made us your school of choice for accredited courses in grades 6-12. 

2019 Convention #2: Texas Homeschool Convention

This week we're heading to the Lone Star State for our second convention of 2019.  Come see us at the Texas Homeschool Convention at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  We'll be there Thursday, March 7, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  As usual we'll have information about our general high school program and college preparatory program for students in grades 9-12 and our paper and online middle school courses for students in grades 6-8.  We'll have applications for full-year programs and individual subjects on site, and of course we'll bring along some of our famous promotional items as well.  Stop by booth 109 and say hello.  We'd love for you to make us your distance education high school or middle school!

Today’s Anniversary: Hiram Rhodes Revels

It's February 25, and on this date in 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African-American to serve in Congress when he was elected to the United States Senate.  After this term ended, he became president of what would become Alcorn State University and became an example of how a person can overcome prejudices and make an impact on thousands of people's lives.  We are proud to accept students of all genders and races into our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  Our college preparatory program can prepare you for attending the college or university of your choice, while our general high school program might be more appropriate if you plan to attend a community college or join the workforce after you earn a high school diploma at home.  You can start the program of your choice by enrolling today. 

Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day

It's February 14, and our blog is feeling the love today because it's Valentine's Day.  When we ask our students what they love most about studying with us, some will say our high school independent study program that allows them to graduate on time with their class.  Others like our general high school program or college preparatory program.  Lately, families are enjoying our accredited middle school program, too, but consistently the thing students like best about the American School is that we allow them to work at their own pace.  There's no pressure to keep up with classmates if you're falling behind and no need to slow down if you're mastering concepts that others aren't.  Many people also love that we're a non-profit school that keeps costs to a minimum.  What will you love best?  Enroll today and find out!

Testimonial Thursday

It's another Testimonial Thursday, and today we have one from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a city that was featured in last Friday's blog.  Jess writes, "I feel that the Understanding English 2 course was great as a second chance for me to get my diploma when I was denied that chance in school.  Thank you!"  Jess's testimonial points out that we are a second-chance school.  If you're behind at your traditional high school and need to make up a course or two, consider our high school independent study courses.  You can take them and graduate on time with your class.  If you're older and dropped out of school, you can earn a high school diploma at home.  Work as your schedule allows and graduate as quickly as possible with the help of our general high school or college preparatory program.  Visit our enrollment page, select the program of your choice, and get started toay.  We're happy to give you the second chance you need to graduate from high school!  

Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day

It's November 6, and today is Election Day.  As a reminder, American School does not take any political stances or support any political candidate, but today is still a good time for us to tell you why you should vote for us and make us your distance education high school or middle school.  We allow students to earn a high school diploma at home, where students can feel safe learning at their own pace.  Choose from a general high school program if you plan on joining the workforce or attending community college after graduation or a college preparatory program if you plan on attending a four-year university after graduation.  You also can take individual courses to recover credits or enhance an existing homeschool program.  As a non-profit school, we keep costs to a minimum and offer monthly payment plans to students in full-year or full diploma programs.  If you're ready to vote for us as your school, we invite you to enroll today!