American School and Wimbledon

Wimbledon wrapped up this past weekend, but we don't want to let the world's pre-eminent grass court tennis tournament fade into the background without highlighting some American School students and graduates who succeeded in London.  At the top of the list is Andre Agassi, who won the gentlemen's title in 1992 and was runner-up in 1999.  Andrea Jaeger is the top American School student on the ladies' side, where she was runner-up in 1983.  Other American School students who have played at Wimbledon include Caroline Wozniacki, Anna Tatishvili, Mary Pierce, Anna Kournikova and Kathy Horvath.  One reason tennis players have preferred our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses over the years is that they can study wherever they are.  As a top distance education high school, all of our students can study wherever and whenever they want, whether they're an elite athlete or not.  If you're interested in the same type of curriculum and schedule, enroll now.  We'd be happy to serve you!

American School Opens Late On July 16

Due to a staff development meeting, American School will have different hours of operation on Tuesday, July 16.  Instead of opening at 8 a.m. to serve students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, we anticipate opening by 11 a.m.  The staff development meeting is very important and will help us provide you with better service in the future.  Therefore we ask for your patience and understanding.   Once we reopen, we will continue to have our normal business hours the rest of the day and be back to our regular business hours on Wednesday, July 17.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.  We consider it a privilege to educate you!

Today’s Anniversary: The Wall Street Journal

It's July 8, and the Wall Street Journal published its first issue on this date in 1889.  In addition to having challenging puzzles in its weekend edition, the newspaper is a leading source of information for those individuals particularly interested in money and the markets at home and overseas.  The American School has several investments which are managed by a leading wealth management firm with a great reputation.  We trust them to manage our investments because our investments help ensure a bright future for us and our students.  We've been a leading distance education high school and middle school for more than a century and want to be one of the best distance education high schools and middle schools for centuries to come.  When our investments do well, we reinvest our earnings into projects that will benefit our students and staff.  Adding a new platform for online high school courses and online middle school courses while maintaining our current platform for the next year is one example of how we use investments to help our students.  Making much-needed repairs and upgrades to our office building is a way our staff benefits from us having solid investments.  One of the best investments you can make for yourself is an investment in your education, and our non-profit status ensures you can spend money on education and still have some left over to invest in the stock market if you so choose.  Enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Spam

It's July 5, and the canned meat product known as Spam was introduced on this date in 1937.  These days spam is a common term for junk email, so today's blog is going to talk about that.  We know that different emails have different spam filters, and we don't want you to miss any important emails we send  you.  Therefore, we ask that you mark @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com as safe email domains.  We use the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains to send you information about your accredited online high school courses, accredited online middle school courses, accredited print high school courses and accredited print middle school courses.  We also use them to address any customer service or billing questions you might have.  We want to be the best distance education high school and middle school for you, and we never want you to think we neglect you or don't reply to any emails you send us.  Marking the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains as not spam will help us do that.  On the other hand, we don't want to miss any important emails you send us.  Therefore we ask that when you write us, you include your name and student number in the body of the email and make sure your email has a concise subject line.  Please do not write your entire message in the subject line, but instead use the body of the email for that.  Thank you for your cooperation and for being our student!  

Today’s Special Occasion: The Exact Midpoint of 2019

It's July 2, and today is the exact midpoint of 2019.  How do we know this?  It's the 183rd day of the year, which means that we have 182 days behind us and 182 days still go to before we ring out 2019 and ring in 2020.  As we look back on the first half of 2019, we realize that we've done a lot so far this year.  For example, we installed a new phone system and we decided on a new platform for students wishing to take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us.  As we look ahead to the second half of 2019, we plan to introduce that new online course platform as well as debut a new web site and new enrollment applications.  Those should be ready to go in July or August and then we will move on to other projects.  Today is a great day to look back at what you've accomplished so far this year and start setting goals for what you'd like to accomplish the rest of the year.  If you want a high-quality education without leaving your home, we invite you to join us by enrolling today.  We strive to be the best distance education high school and middle school anywhere in the world and would be happy to serve you.  We are also happy you read our blog and invite you to read our next blog post this Friday.

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Summer

It's June 21, and today is the first day of summer.  Many people do not think about school at all during the summer.  Instead they choose to focus on nice warm weather, trips to the beach, vacations and more.  All of those things are perfectly fine, but many American School students opt to focus on school during the summer months.  Some may take individual subjects through an independent study high school program so that they can recover credits in time for the start of the next school year.  Others who enroll in a print or online college preparatory program or print or online general high school program may want to work ahead so that they can graduate earlier than expected.  Some may enroll in print or online middle school courses to get a head start on their peers.  We are open 12 months a year and accept enrollments 12 months a year.  If you are ready to make us your distance education high school or middle school, we invite you to enroll and make the first day of summer memorable.  If you do so, there's a good chance you'll have your first course completed by the first day of fall! 

Today’s Special Occasion: Flag Day

It's June 14, and today we're celebrating Flag Day.  As you might imagine, with the word American in our name, we're proud to fly the flag outside of our distance education high school offices.  We're proud to live in a country that grants its citizens many freedoms, including the choice to attend school wherever they choose, and we're proud to serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  We offer an online high school diploma program and a correspondence high school diploma program for students in grades 9-12.  We also offer an accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  It is our hope that one day you'll display your American School diploma as proudly as you display the American flag.  Enroll today!

Touring the American School

Now that we're into June, people might be paying more attention to summer vacation plans.  If you're going to be in the Chicago area and would like to visit us, tours of the American School building are available between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.  Please note that we strongly recommend making an appointment to ensure a tour guide is available to you.  Tours vary in length depending upon the tour group's size and interest in the American School and its history, but each tour includes visits to various departments and a stop in the Mary McKeown Library, where textbooks of our early high school independent study courses and high school correspondence courses are on display.  Since we are a leading distance education high school and middle school, it is a treat for us to see our students and their families in person.  We look forward to your visit!

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have a testimonial from Yesika who lives in New York.  She writes, "The American School is quite simply the best school in the United States of America and I am extremely blessed to be a student at the American School.  Thank you again for all your kindness throughout my school year. You inspire your students to learn, but more importantly you inspire your students to dream."  We thank Yesika for those words.  We strive to be the best distance education high school and middle school we can be.  We do so by offering a print and online college preparatory program, a print and online general high school program and an accredited middle school program, but many other schools offer the same things.  So what separates us from them?  One is the quality of instructors and staff that Yesika mentioned in her comments.  We inspire students to be the best students and people they can be.  We genuinely care about students and their well-being.  See for yourself by enrolling today!

New Duplicate Diploma Request Form Available

If you have completed our print or online high school diploma program and earned a print or online high school diploma with us but no longer have a copy of your diploma, you can request a duplicate using this duplicate diploma request form.  Each duplicate diploma costs $25 and does not include a case or tassel.  The request form and payment must be received before we send your duplicate diploma to you.  Thank you for your cooperation and for making us your distance education high school!