Today’s Birthday: Johnny Carson

It's October 23, and the late Johnny Carson was born on this date in 1925.  He revolutionized late-night television by hosting The Tonight Show for 30 years from 1962-1992.  Today some of his most memorable interviews, monologues and sketches have been compiled into a popluar series of DVDs.  Even though most of our students weren't even born yet when he retired, we're guessing that they would find these clips just as amusing as their parents or grandparents did when they originally aired.  At the beginning of every show, sidekick Ed McMahon would introduce the host by saying "Heeeeere's Johnny!" so today is a good opportunity to say "Heeeeere's what you'll receive after you enroll and become our student".  You'll get accredited high school courses in online or paper-based formats, whichever one is your preferred method of learning.  You can even do online exams in many of our paper-based courses.  You'll get caring student service and assistance whenever you need it.  You'll get low tuition and a monthly payment program.  You'll get credit for courses completed at another accredited high school.  Finally, you'll get the ability to work when and where it's convenient for you.  That means if you want to work during the day, you can, but if you want to work while Johnny Carson's successors are on late-night television you can do that instead.  You don't need to be Carnac the Magnificent to see that American School offers the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford!  Enroll today!  

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Today’s Birthday: Barack Obama

It's August 4, and President Barack Obama turns 54 years old today.  American School doesn't affiliate with any particular party or politician, but we mention President Obama on his birthday for a couple reasons.  First, you can learn about the presidency by taking our Social Civics (Government) and United States History courses.  Both are available in online and paper-based formats.  Second, you might be aware that President Obama is the 44th President of the United States since the office was established in 1789.  American School was established in 1897 and yet we've only had seven presidents.  Term limits for Presidents of the United States have something to do with that, but the fact that we've had only seven presidents in 118 years of service is testimony to the solid leadership we've had over the years.  Enroll today and be confident you're earning your accredited high school diploma from one of the longtime leaders in distance education!

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Today’s Anniversary: Man Lands on the Moon

It's July 20, and on this date in 1969, man landed on the moon for the very first time.  Today we take space travel for granted.  Just last week a satellite zoomed past Pluto and sent back the most detailed pictures we've ever seen of the dwarf planet, but nearly a half-century ago, just getting to the moon took considerable effort.  Coupled with tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, Americans took special pride as Apollo 11's astronauts completed their mission.  Perhaps your mission is to earn your accredited high school diploma, whether it be from American School or a public or private school near your hometown.  Either way, we can help you since we offer the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Enroll today and get ready to be sent over the moon as you work toward your diploma!

**NOTE: This blog is taking a bit of a summer vacation and will return Monday, July 27.**  

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American School to Attend THSC Convention in The Woodlands

We're heading to two conventions next week and will use our blog today and tomorrow to preview each of them.  First up is the Texas Home School Coalition Convention from July 23-25 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.  Those of you in the Houston area are invited to visit us in booth 104 on July 23 from 5-7 p.m; July 24 from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m; and July 25 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  As usual, we'll have plenty of information about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs, as well as plenty of giveaway items for everybody.  The THSC Convention in The Woodlands has been on our calendar for several years, and this year we were excited to exhibit at its sister event in Arlington for the first time.  Please make plans to join us in The Woodlands, but if you're not in Texas, don't fret.  As we said, we're going someplace else next week too.  Check back tomorrow to find out where!

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American School to Attend AFHE Convention in Phoenix

We were in Phoenix a week or so ago for a school counselors convention, but this time we're headed to the Valley of the Sun for a homeschool convention.  We'll be in booth 1112 at the Arizona Families for Home Education Convention from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11.  We've gone to the AFHE event for several years running and always enjoy meeting homeschoolers and their families who visit our booth.  As always, we'll have information about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs as well as our famous giveaway items.  Beat the heat and come join us inside the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center!

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Today’s Anniversary: The Battle of Waterloo

It's June 18, and the famous Battle of Waterloo took place 200 years ago today.  Because the battle marked the end of Napoleon's once-insurmountable power, today the term "waterloo" can refer to anything that causes someone's demise.  Not having a high school diploma should never be your waterloo.  We offer online and paper-based programs if you desire to earn our accredited diploma, and we make individual courses available if you need to recover credit or wish to enhance an existing homeschool program.  Go on the offensive and enroll today! 

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Today’s Special Occasion: The Stanley Cup

It's June 16 and last night the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years, making many American School employees very happy in the process.  The Stanley Cup is perhaps the most revered trophy in all of sports, in part because the names of each player are engraved on it for posterity.  At American School, we're looking forward to putting your name on something even more important than the Stanley Cup, namely your accredited high school diploma.  We have a wide variety of online and paper-based courses and diploma programs to fill every need.  Enroll today and let us help you achieve your one goal of becoming a high school graduate! 


Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so let's hear a testimonial from one of our students.  Normally we'd identify the student by first name and hometown, but we're keeping this one anonymous other than to tell you that she is in her 30s, owns her own business and was commenting on her instructor's feedback on a recent exam in our online  Life Management Skills course..  She writes, "Thank you for believing in me.  Your response made a difference to me.  It gave me encouragement that I can do it as long as I try.  And I wanted to see that if I didn't rush could I do it better.  And I saw that.  It's just owning a business and schooling was hard, but I may have figured something out like I did last night.  Thanks again."  We're thankful for those thoughts.  They verify that our instructors write detailed personalized comments on every exam they grade, and they also serve as a reminder that anyone can enroll with us.  We are grateful to have students of all ages, of all backgrounds and from all 50 states who are taking individual courses for enrichment or credit recovery or who are working toward their accredited high school diplomas.

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Flashback Friday

We're heading back to 1979 for today's Flashback Friday.  There are three stories on the front page of the American School newsletter shown below.  The main story is about Dr. Edward C. Estabrooke's appearance at the World Conference of the International Council for Correspondence Education in New Delhi, India.  Though we have not traveled to India for any conferences recently, we have traveled all across the United States and continue to be internationally relevant by having students in more than 65 countries.  In the upper right, Harrison Fisher (whose name is familiar to many American School employees during the month of March) introduces us to the business courses we were offering in 1979.  Back then, all of our courses were on paper, but today we offer both online and paper-based courses, as well as online exams in many paper-based courses.  Finally, the article at the bottom describes a cold, snowy winter.  We hope that today's minor snow will be the last of the season for us because we have exciting things planned for you as we head into spring.  Keep reading this blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.