Today’s Anniversary: The Statue of Liberty

It's October 28, and the Statue of Liberty was dedicated on this date in 1886.  The Statue of Liberty is one of the most famous symbols of the United States, and an image of it appeared on previous versions of our web site.  We're excited about the upcoming new version of our web site which will contain new applications for our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program and accredited middle school program.  It also will be more mobile-friendly and easier to navigate, just like our new online course platform.  We are always on the lookout for ways to improve student experience, and our new web site will help us do that.  Look for it soon!   

Today’s Anniversary: The Walt Disney Company

It's October 16, and the Walt Disney Company was founded on this date in 1923.  If you've ever been to a Disney park, you've probably experienced exceptional customer service and felt like park employees (often referred to as cast members) went out of their way to make you have a wonderful day.  Here at American School, we want you to have a similar experience.  If you have questions about your general high school or college preparatory program, our independent study high school programs or our print or online middle school courses, let us know.  We'll take our time, listen to your concerns, and then try to come up with a solution that solves your problems.  Sometimes we won't be able to give you exactly what you want because we must follow a variety of policies, but we will do our best to give you excellent service as you work toward completing your courses.  Take the first step and enroll today! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Great Chicago Fire

It's October 8, and the Great Chicago Fire started on this date in 1871.  By the time it was contained two days later, most of the city had burned.  A few buildings survived the fire and remain standing to this day, including the Chicago Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.  Nobody wants to think about fires, hurricanes, tornados or other disasters, but they happen.  We have taken steps to ensure your records are safe if a disaster ever strikes our building.  We keep records and other important documents in fireproof safes or cabinets.  In addition, records for students who take our accredited high school courses as part of a general high school or college preparatory program or through our independent study high school program are backed up by our internal record system on a regular basis.  The same is true for records of students who enroll in our accredited middle school program.  We even have records of students who enrolled with us shortly after we moved to a rebuilt Chicago in 1903.  Safe and accurate record-keeping is one reason why more than three million students have enrolled with us over the years.  You can be next by enrolling today!

Chicago National College Fair Coming October 5

The Chicago National College Fair will be held October 5 at McCormick Place.  If you're in the Chicago area and are unsure of your college plans after you earn a high school diploma at home with us, we encourage you to attend.  You may visit booths of colleges you didn't know existed, and one of them may be the perfect fit for you.  If you don't live in Chicagoland, keep your eyes and ears open for college fairs near you.  As always, our guidance department can help with the college admissions process after you complete your general high school program or college preparatory program.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school! 


New Structure for High School Diploma Programs

Today's blog announces some changes to our high school diploma programs starting September 3.  Currently a diploma program consisting entirely of 18 high school correspondence courses costs $2250 and a diploma program consisting entirely of 18 online high school courses costs $3600.  At the time of enrollment, students had to declare which course delivery method they preferred, and it was difficult to take courses in the other delivery method.  Today we are announcing that students will no longer be locked in to a course delivery method at the time of enrollment.  For example, if a student wishes to take math online but literature in print, she will be able to do that.  If another student wants to take math in print but literature online, he will be able to do that.  The choice is entirely up to the student.  Because we know students have different education and career goals, the general high school program and college preparatory program will remain in place, but now each will consist of 20 units of credit rather than 18.  The increase in the number of credits required to graduate will help prepare students for college or the workforce and will allow our students to take 5 units of credit per year rather than the previous 4 1/2 units of credit.  In addition, students will have more flexilibity in choosing what subjects they want to take as long as they take a minimum number of subjects in required subject areas.  Because students can now mix and match courses and because the cost of printed textbooks and study materials continues to rise, a full 20-unit high school diploma program will cost $3600.  We thought it was important to make the cost of the new diploma program no more than the cost of the previous online diploma program, and a diploma program consisting of 20 units of credit for $3600 averages out to $180 per course with all study materials and grading included.  The average cost per course is far cheaper than many of our competitors and continues our long-standing policy of offering accredited high school courses at a cost students and parents can afford.  In addition, a new monthly payment plan structure will go into effect for students who enroll on or after September 3.  Students will pay $200 down and then make five monthly payments of $140 to finish the year.  Students will have access to all online courses at the start of enrollment but will receive additional printed materials as they make additional monthly payments.  If a student follows the payment plan, by the sixth month he or she will have access to all courses.  We appreciate your patience, cooperation and understanding as we implement these changes to better serve our students.  If you have questions or comments, please let us know.  We enjoy hearing from you and appreciate you making us your school of choice.

Today’s Anniversary: Social Security

It's August 14, and the Social Security Act became law on this date in 1935.  If you're a teenager interested in our accredited middle school program, college preparatory program or general high school program, then the thought of collecting your social security benefits during your retirement might seem light years away.  That's why today is a good occasion to remind everyone that earning a print or online high school diploma can increase your social security benefits.  How come?  Studies have shown that individuals who earn a high school diploma at home make more money during their careers than those who do not earn a high school diploma at all.  Getting a high school diploma really is a good investment for yourself and your family.  In fact, some may say that it's one of the best investments you'll ever make.  Why not take the first step and enroll today?

2019 Convention #19: AFHE Homeschool Convention

We're going to feel the heat this weekend when we attend the Arizona Families for Home Education Homeschool Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Temperatures are sure to be in the triple digits, so why not cool off and come inside to see us in booth 628?  We'll be there July 19 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on July 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and have plenty of information about our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school program.  Our college preparatory program is great for high schoolers who plan on attending a four-year university, while the general high school program might be a good way to earn a high school diploma at home if you plan on joining the workforce or attending a community college.  All of our courses can be taken collectively as part of a full-year or full diploma program or individually to supplement an existing homeschool program.  If you've been wandering in the desert when it comes to finding the right education for your family, consider us a refreshing oasis.  We look forward to seeing you this weekend in Phoenix!  

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!