Today’s Birthday: Andre Agassi

It's April 29, and American School graduate Andre Agassi turns 50 years old today.  He won eight Grand Slam tennis tournament titles and is one of only a few men to complete the career Grand Slam, meaning that he won the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at some point during his career.  Andre Agassi is one of several tennis players who have taken high school correspondence courses or online high school courses with us.  Athletes choose us because they can work on our courses whenever and wherever it is convenient for them.  We allow all students to work at their own pace and would be happy to serve you as you work to earn an online or correspondence high school diploma.  The ball is in your court.  Enroll with us today!

Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

Earlier today, American School's Board of Trustees unanimously decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications for this year's American School post-secondary scholarships.  Applications and other related materials now must be received by June 1.  The new deadline does not mean that American School will send applications to more students.  Rather, the new deadline gives those students who already were deemed eligible and who have already received applications more time to submit them, especially if the current pandemic has prevented them from completing their applications thus far.  We have already received several completed applications from those who earned a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma in 2019, and we look forward to receiving many more.  This summer, we will read and review the applications and award scholarships as we have done every year for more than eight decades.  Thank you for your patience, and please know how happy we are that you have decided to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  We are happy to have you as our student and graduate! 

Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick's Day, and many American School employees are wearing green to celebrate.  With green as the color of the day, today is a great time to talk about another kind of green–money.  As a non-profit distance education high school, American School is able to keep cost to an absolute minimum.  You can earn a high school diploma at home for as little as $140 a month.  A full 20-unit correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma costs $3600 or $900 per year.  If you have previous credit from an accredited high school, your cost will likely be much lower.  An accredited middle school program of 15 courses costs $2700 or $900 per year, and monthly payment plans are available.  Individual courses taken for enrichment or credit recovery typically cost between $250 and $300.   If you want to save some green while while getting a quality education, you don't need the luck of the Irish to do that!  Enroll in American School today!

American School Celebrates Boss’s Day

Yesterday was Boss's Day, and some American School employees took time to thank their immediate supervisors for their hard work throughout the year.  Like every other company, we have a corporate hierarchy.  We have a board of trustees, a president, an executive vice-president, a treasurer, and an educational director in prime exceutive roles.  They are assisted by others who supervise staff members in various departments.  No matter what position each staff member holds, we are all committed to offering you a quality education at an affordable cost whether you're in our accredited middle school program, taking print or online high school courses to earn a high school diploma at home, or taking individual subjects through our high school independent study program.  Perhaps best of all, our flexible structure and payment plan allows you to be your own boss and work when and where you want.  After you earn your online or correspondence high school diploma, you'll make more money than those without a diploma, so why not enroll today!    

Christopher Paolini to Appear in Missouri and Michigan

American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini will make appearances at two Barnes and Noble bookstores in Missouri and Michigan this fall.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, he will be in Springfield, Missouri, at 3 p.m., and on Friday, October 11, he will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for more information.  We are proud to call Christopher one of our graduates.  He completed a correspondence high school diploma program at age 15 and has gone on to become a successful science fiction author.  In fact, one of his books even was turned into a feature film!  A few years ago, Christopher visited our building, and we were happy to spend time with him.  We always enjoy meeting our students and graduates, whether they take online high school courses, online middle school courses or our traditional print courses.  If you're near Springfield or Grand Rapids and would like to meet a fellow American School student, we encourage you to visit Christopher Paolini at his book appearances.  We are happy to count him–and you–among our students and graduates!   

American School Celebrates College Colors Day

It's August 30, and today is College Colors Day.  Many American School employees are showing school spirit on this day which celebrates the start of the college football season.  It's quite possible American School graduates will be in the stands at college football games across the country because earning a online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from American School has the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional school.  That means our students are accepted into colleges and universities in all 50 states provided they meet the admissions requirements of a specific school.  Schools look for a combination of academic ability and extracurricular activities, and we are happy to supply you with transcripts and other records needed to help with the college admissions process.  The first transcript is free, and there is a modest fee for each additional transcript.  In addition, we have a full-time school counselor who is happy to help you get into the college of your choice.  We are happy you decided to earn a high school diploma at home with us, and if you haven't kicked off your studies with us, we invite you to enroll today!   

Today’s Anniversary: The Panama Canal

It's August 15, and the Panama Canal opened on this date in 1914.  Before the Panama Canal opened, sailors had to go around Cape Horn on the southern end of South America if they wanted to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean or vice versa.  The Panama Canal provided a shortcut and dramatically cut down on travel times.  As nice as the Panama Canal and other shortcuts are, we don't recommend taking shortcuts when it comes to your accredited high school courses or courses in your accredited middle school program.  American School has an honor system which we expect students to follow.  It is permissible to work with others, but all exam answers must be your own.  There are penalties in place for those students who are caught cheating, so don't do it.  Instead, you may write, call or email your instructor for assistance.  All of us want to help you do your best and do your work honestly.  When you do that, your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma will mean more to you.

Mary Pierce Joins International Tennis Hall of Fame

American School graduate Mary Pierce was recently inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.  In her career she won the Australian Open and French Open and was runner-up in four other Grand Slam tournaments.  We are proud to call her our graduate, and to this day an autographed picture of her in a cap and gown holding her correspondence high school diploma from American School is posted in our office.  When Mary was our student, we didn't have online high school courses so students couldn't earn an online high school diploma, but now those are options for students who want to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are proud of Mary and her Hall of Fame career, but a good high school education can help you become a Hall of Famer in whatever career you choose to pursue.  Take the first step and enroll today!   

Today’s Anniversary: The United Nations Charter

It's June 26, and the United Nations Charter was signed by 50 countries on this date in 1945.  The 74th anniversary of this occasion sounds like the perfect opportunity to remind you that we serve students in countries all over the world.  Our correspondence high school diploma and online high school diploma programs can be completed anywhere, and at last count we've served students in more than 65 countries worldwide.  Over the years we've had separate enrollment applications for students living overseas, and the reason we do this is that it costs more to ship books overseas than it does to ship books to students in the United States.  The prices for our courses remains the same; the only additional charges are for shipping and handling.   It's also worth noting that some countries have strict customs regulations that might delay the reception of your course materials.  For those reasons we recommend students overseas take online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we are happy to accommodate you no matter what course delivery method you prefer.  Enroll today! 

Today’s Anniversary: Sally Ride

It's June 18, and on this date in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.  At one time, the idea of a female astronaut would have seemed far-fetched, but Sally Ride proved otherwise.  Now it's not uncommon to see females as astronauts, scientists or any number of professions.  Those of us at the American School encourage our students to follow their dreams whatever those dreams might be.  We offer a wide variety of accredited high school courses in a number of different subject areas.  In particular, we offer electives in business, career and technical education, fine arts and world languages to complement core subject areas such as English, math, science and social studies.  Take them toward an online high school diploma for adults or children, a correspondence high school diploma for adults or children, or simply for enrichment.  Students in grades 6-8 can do similar things after they enroll in our accredited middle school program.  Blast off toward the education and career of your dreams by enrolling with us today!