Recapping the NCAA Basketball Tournaments

It's April 9, and less than 12 hours ago, Virginia won the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.  The day before, Baylor won the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.  In the women's game, Baylor was cruising along against Notre Dame and then one of the Bears' best players got hurt.  Notre Dame rallied, but Baylor eventually recovered and won the game.  On the men's side, Virginia fell victim to a major upset in 2018 and needed miraculous finishes to beat Purdue in the Elite Eight and Auburn in the Final Four just to get to the final game this year.  In that game, the Cavaliers needed overtime and several big plays to defeat Texas Tech.  Whether or not you're a basketball fan, you can learn something from Baylor and Virginia's title runs.  As you work to earn a high school diploma at home, you're going to run into obstacles.  Some of your accredited high school courses may seem to be too hard for you.  You might have different life circumstances arise.  Things aren't always going to go according to plan.  Be like the Bears and Cavaliers and don't dwell on the past or on difficult times.  Instead, learn from them and use them as motivation toward your ultimate goal.  It won't necessarily be a basketball championship, but earning an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma can give you the same feeling of accomplishment.  Get started by enrolling today! 

2019 Convention #7: MPE Conference

Kansas City, here we come!  Again this year we're exhibiting at the Midwest Parent Educators Conference at the KCI Expo Center.  We'll be in booth 813 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 5 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6 with information about our correspondence high school diploma program, online high school diploma program, accredited middle school program, and individual courses available for students in grades 6-12.  The MPE Conference attracts families from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and we enjoy meeting each and every one of them.  Let us give you the Royal treatment in the home city of the 2015 World Series champions.  We look forward to meeting you!

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring

It's March 20, and today is the first day of spring.  Spring is often associated with new beginnings and new possibilities, so why not try something new and enroll in one of our courses or programs.  American School offers an online high school diploma program, a correspondence high school diploma program, an accredited middle school program, and individual courses for credit recovery or enrichment.  We'll be debuting new courses and programs in late spring or early summer, so keep checking this blog often for the latest news.  In the meantime, let your potential blossom and make the first day of spring one to remember.  Become our student today!

Today’s Special Occasion: The Ides of March

It's March 15, and on the ancient Roman calendar, today was known as the Ides of March.  It's the fateful day on which Julius Caesar was assassinated after being forewarned that such a catastrophe could happen.  There's no reason for you to beware the Ides of March or any other date on the calendar if you're thinking about becoming an American School student.  We offer a high school diploma online for adults or children and are pleased to offer a correspondence high school diploma program and accredited middle school program as well.  If you don't need to complete whole years or an entire diploma program, you may take individual courses for credit recovery or enrichment instead.  Although learning by yourself might seem scary, our instructors and staff are available to assist you whenever you need help, and because we are a non-profit school that offers monthly payment plans for students in full-year programs, the cost of learning with us shouldn't alarm you either.  Make it an Ides of March to remember and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: The Telephone

It's March 7, and on this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.  The American School receives hundreds of telephone calls each day.  Some of them are from prospective students who are interested in learning more about our accredited high school program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program.  Others are from people who have an online or correspondence high school diploma from us and need their records sent to another school.  Most of them, however, are from students currently taking print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses with us.  We're happy to receive these calls and answer them as quickly as possible.  If we have to return your call, we do so within one business day.  It's important to leave your full name and student number if you have to leave a message.  Doing so will help us find you in our record system and provide you with timely service.  If you need to call us for any reason, please do so at 708-418-2800.  We're here Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time and we'd be happy to assist you however we can. 

Today’s Anniversary: Chicago

It's March 4, and Chicago was incorporated as a city on this date in 1837.  That's 60 years before the American School was founded in Boston, but for most of our 122-year history, we had our headquarters in the city of Chicago itself.  Today we're located in the far south suburbs of Chicago, but for nearly 90 years our headquarters were near the campus of the University of Chicago on the city's south side.  From there, we helped thousands of students earn a correspondence high school diploma, and in our new location, we continue to offer high school correspondence courses but also offer a high school diploma online for adults or children as well as an accredited middle school program.  Chicago has evolved over the last 182 years, and the American School has evolved over time as well.  Stay tuned for more information on how we will evolve later in 2019!

Today’s Birthday: Dmitri Mendeleev

It's February 8, and Dmitri Mendeleev was born on this date in 1834.  He is perhaps best-known for his work in putting together the periodic table of elements that is such an integral part of science, particularly in chemistry.  The American School is happy to offer a wide variety of science courses, and our biology and chemistry courses come with a lab option.  Some students take these courses individually as part of an independent study high school program or to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Others take them en route to a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma from us.  No matter your situation, we have the accredited courses you need at a cost you can afford, and we look forward to having you as our student.  Enroll now!

2019 Australian Open Recap

52 weeks ago tonight, American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title by winning the 2018 Australian Open.  A repeat was not in the cards, however, as she fell to Maria Sharapova in three sets in the third round of the 2019 Australian Open.  Although she came up short this year, we are proud of Caroline's effort and proud to have her as our student.  We'd be happy to have you as our student as well.  If you've been "Down Under" with your education and have fallen behind, we can help you catch up.  You can work at your own pace in our online high school diploma program or correspondence high school diploma program, or you can take individual courses through our independent study high school program to make up credits at a resident school.  Either way we'd be happy to server you.  Enroll today and you should have your first course within a few days! 

Caroline Wozniacki to Defend Australian Open Title

American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open, and next week she begins defense of that title.  American School students and graduates have had great success Down Under.  Andre Agassi won the men's singles title four times, and Mary Pierce won the women's singles title one time.  One reason so many tennis players have chosen us as their distance education high school is that they can work on our courses all over the world.  They either work toward a correspondence high school diploma by carrying course materials with them or work toward an online high school diploma for adults simply by logging into a computer or mobile device.  We wish Caroline good luck in this year's Australian Open and would be happy to serve you as well.  Enroll today!

About Class Rings and Other American School Merchandise

Today's blog is about American School merchandise.  Every so often we hear from someone who has earned a correspondence high school diploma or an online high school diploma for adults or children and wants to purchase a class ring.  We no longer offer class rings, but that doesn't mean you cannot get a class ring.  Many local jewelers or big box stores have plenty of possiblities for you to create a nice class ring for yourself.  Also, there is no official American School apparel or other merchandise available for purchase at this time.  It's something we're investigating because we want our students and alumni to have pride in their school and be able to purchase items with our name on them, but we have not made any decisions at this time.  If you have ideas for us, we'd love to hear from you, and we appreciate your support as we remain among the best distance education high schools and middle schools anywhere in the world.