Today’s Anniversary: Sputnik

It's October 4, and 60 years ago today, Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth, was launched.  If you're ready to lift off and reach new heights as a middle school or high school student, today would be a great day to enroll.  We offer an accredited middle school program and accredited high school program to suit every need.   Enroll in our college preparatory program if you plan on attending a four-year college or our general high school program if you plan on attending a community college and/or joining the workforce after graduation.  You can even enroll in our independent study high school program to recover credits from a local public or private high school.  No matter which you choose, we're confident you'll have an out of this world experience as our student!      

AP Courses Still Open

Today's blog is a reminder that you can enroll in our new AP courses through September 29.  We are proud to offer these online high school courses to those in our college preparatory program or independent study high school program.  We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to challenge yourself and learn in a new way and possibly earn college credit in the process.  Email us for more information or to enroll, and check back here Thursday for our next blog post.

Today’s Birthday: Alexander Calder

It's August 22, and artist Alexander Calder was born on this date in 1898.  If you've ever seen a mobile, you have Alexander Calder to thank.  He is credited with inventing that form of art.  Just like mobiles can have many different shapes and appearances, your American School curriculum can have a style that is uniquely yours.  Choose from our general high school or college preparatory program if you want to earn a high school diploma at home.  You'll take required online high school courses or high school correspondence courses but have plenty of room for electives of your choice.  The possibilities are endless, and your possibilities for a career will be endless too after you graduate and receive your American School diploma!   

American School Holds 79th Annual Scholarship Meeting

Today American School is holding its 79th annual Scholarship Committee Meeting.  Permanent committee members and American School Trustees Dr. John Kemp and Cher Tufly are being joined by this year's guest committee member, Leslie Ballard, Director of AdvancED Indiana, to select this year's winners, all of whom will be profiled in an upcoming All American newsletter.  This year's winners wanted to earn a high school diploma at home and did just that by using our college preparatory program or general high school diploma program.  Special thanks to Janet Howe and Kathy Peters for coordinating this year's scholarship process.  Applications for our 2018 scholarships will be sent to eligible graduates early next year.

American School to Attend WHO Convention

American School is pleased to return to Puyallup, Washington, and the 2017 Washington Homeschool Organization Convention.  We'll be in booth 301 at the Washington State Fair Showplex on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and as always we will have plenty of freebies and plenty of information about our accredited general high school and college preparatory program for high school students and our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  Individual online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses may be taken to enrich existing homeschool programs, and we'll have information about those possibilities too.  Come see us in the Pacific Northwest this weekend!    

Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date a little while back, 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 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 $21,000 in scholarships to 18 graduates.  You'll be able to read them and their future plans in the coming weeks after we announce this year's winners.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.


Reminder About Restarting With American School

Today's blog focuses on restarting your accredited online high school diploma program or accredited high school program with high school correspondence courses with American School.  We know that most people complete high school in four years or less, but we also know that sometimes life gets in the way and you can't complete yoru full general high school program or college preparatory program in that time.  Whether you've been gone a short time or even years, you can restart right where you left off and still earn your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma.  Just call us or send us an email or letter and explain your situation.  Be sure to have your name at the time you were enrolled, your address and phone number and your American School student number ready and we'll be happy to help you get started again.  We look forward to helping you earn your American School diploma no matter how old you might be or how many years have passed by since you took the first step and enrolled with us.  

Today’s Special Occasion: National Pet Day

It's April 11, and today is National Pet Day.  You may recall that yesterday celebrated siblings, and today celebrates another important member of many families.  If your academic career has gone to the dogs, don't despair.  We offer individual online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses for credit recovery.  Many students take those courses and ultimately graduate on time with their classes.  Others will earn a high school diploma at home alongside their dogs, cats, rabbits, fish or other pets by enrolling in our general high school or college preparatory program.  We look forward to being your school of choice, so enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: The Ides of March

It's March 15, also known as the Ides of March.  Today is the traditional date of the death of Julius Caesar, who was told to beware the Ides of March but went to the Roman Senate anyway and met his demise there.  You may think Latin is a dead language, but that's hardly the case.  Latin 1 can be beneficial to you in so many ways.  Not only will you learn about fascinating people like Julius Caesar, but you'll also learn about the many ways Latin has impacted the English language.  By the end of the course, you'll be a better writer, and the course can be beneficial if you plan a career in medicine or law.  Latin 1 is one of the high school correspondence courses that many other schools do not offer, but we do.  We offer a wide variety of courses that would be great fits in your college preparatory program or general high school program, or you can take them individually as part of our independent study high school program.  Make the Ides of March a day to remember and enroll today!


Notice for Planning Your Career Students

Effective February 1, 2017, the SDS booklet is no longer a required element of the Planning Your Career course.  Current Planning Your Career students do not have to submit the SDS booklet to us even if they have the booklet in their possession, while new Planning Your Career students will receive a memo notifying them of this change when they receive their course materials.  Thank you for your cooperation and for allowing us to provide you with accredited high school courses that you may take to earn a correspondence high school diploma in our general high school program or college preparatory program.