Today’s Anniversary: Common Sense

It's January 10, and Thomas Paine published his Common Sense pamphlet on this date in 1776.  The pamphlet is mentioned in Hamilton and also appears in our online United States History course and our paper-based United States History course.  Students in our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses often read from primary sources to enhance their studies.  When you combine outstanding curriculum, affordable cost, caring student service and more than 120 years of credibility as a leading distance education high school and middle school, common sense would tell you that you should enroll with American School today!

Today’s Anniversary: The HMS Beagle

It's December 27, and on this date in 1831, Charles Darwin set sail aboard the HMS Beagle.  We mention this today because Darwin and his theory of evolution appear in some of the materials for our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  The American School takes no official stance on evolution.  We know it is an important issue for many of our students, and if students and their families are uncomfortable studying evolution, we make other units available to replace units on evolution.  We are dedicated to offering courses that serve everyone and are happy to make appropriate accommodations when asked.  It's one of the reasons we have been a top distance education high school for the past 120 years, and we have no plans to change that philosophy when we flip the calendar to 2018 next week. 

 

State of Illinois Begins Bicentennial Celebration

This week our home state of Illinois began its bicentennial celebration.  We've been pleased to call Illinois our home for more than half of those 200 years, but we're just as happy to serve students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  We've been a leading distance education high school for almost 120 years, and we're proud of our history too.  Be sure to read this blog next week for a series of reflections as we look back on 120 years of offering accredited high school courses, an accredited middle school program and much more!

Illinois Announces Statewide Poster and Poetry Contest

We love all of our students and all of our blog readers, but today's blog applies only to students who live in Illinois and are in 5th or 6th grade.  If you're in 6th grade of our accredited middle school program consisting of online middle school courses (and in 2018 paper-based middle school courses), keep reading!  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is holding its annual Environmental Pathways poster and poetry/prose contest.  Click the link in this blog for more information.  We hope our eligible students will participate and are happy to share contests like this one with students in our distance education middle school and distance education high school programs.

 

National Distance Learning Week Begins Today

National Distance Learning Week begins today, and we're happy to be a leading distance education high school and distance education middle school.  Since our founding in 1897, we have helped more than three million students earn a high school diploma at home through various distance learning methods.  Distance learning allows students to study high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses when and where it is convenient for them.  Many students feel more comfortable working in a classroom of one, free from distractions that may occur in a traditional classroom setting.  If you're ready to try distance learning, we invite you to enroll today.  We'd be happy to have you as an American School student! 

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Today's blog is a reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.  You'll want to turn your clock back Saturday night before you go to bed and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.  If you haven't finished high school yet, you can turn back the clock and enroll with us.  We offer a general high school program for those who wish to join the workforce or attend a community college and a college preparatory program for those who wish to attend a four-year university after completing their accredited high school program.  You'll feel comfortable taking courses from a leading distance education high school, and our flexible schedule allows you to study any hour of the day or night, even during the extra hour you get this weekend!

American School Welcomes Board of Trustees

Today American School is happy to welcome our Board of Trustees to our offices for its annual fall meeting.  Our Trustees have many decades of experience in education, both with a distance education high school and middle school such as American School and also with traditional schools across the country.  Their expertise helps us to improve our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program and provide our students with outstanding curriculum at an affordable cost.  We are grateful to our Board of Trustees and are confident our students and graduates share our gratitude. 

Mount Vernon to Host Homeschool Day

From time to time this blog likes to encourage you to visit museums and historical sites to enhance your education.  Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington, is hosting a Homeschool Day on October 17.  If you're in the area, going to this event would be a great way to make your high school correspondence courses or online high school courses come to life.  Keep checking this blog for similar events in other parts of the country.  We are happy to have you as a part of our distance education high school! 

AP Course Enrollment Continues This Week

Today's blog is a reminder that enrollment in our AP courses continues this week.  This will be the last week students can enroll in these online high school courses for this academic year.  So far we are pleased with the number of students who have added these courses to their accredited high school program, but there's always room for more.  Click the link above for more information.  We believe AP courses make us an even better distance education high school and we hope you do as well! 

Today’s Special Occasion: International Day of Peace

It's September 21, and today is the International Day of Peace.  We have students taking high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses in more than 65 countries around the world, and we wish for peace among all nations.  We're proud to be an internationally relevant distance education high school and middle school and would be happy to have you as our student no matter where you live.  Enroll today!