Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day

It's March 14, and today is Pi Day.  That's because pi is typically shortened to 3.14, and today is 3-14 on the calendar.  Pi is used in many of our mathematics courses, and we encourage you to view that list.  You'll see that we have a variety of high school correspondence courses and online high school courses available.  Some of them are more basic, while some of them are more advanced.  We know that people learn differently and have different abilities and interests.  That's why we like having a wide variety of available subjects.  Not all of them are as easy as pie (or pi) but our instructors are happy to answer any questions you have so that you can do your very best.  Take a look at the rest of our web site to learn more about us and what we do.  When you add everything up, we believe we are the best distance education high school around.  Enroll today! 

Reminder About Our Academic Programs

We're happy to be a leading distance education high school and middle school, but sometimes people don't realize what that entails.  Today's blog should help.  We offer a correspondence high school diploma program and an online high school diploma program.  Enrolling in either of these programs results in students earning our accredited high school diploma.  Because we are accredited, our diploma carries the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional public or private school, and we accept students of all ages into our high school diploma programs.  Those students can choose from a general high school program if they wish to join the workforce immediately after graduating or a college preparatory program if they wish to attend college after graduating.  If you don't want or need to earn our diploma, you may take individual courses with us through our independent study high school program or independent study middle school program and earn credit toward your work at another school.  You can also take individual courses to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Whether you need 1 course or 18, whether you're homeschooled or attend a traditional school, American School has the courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Consider enrolling today!     

Today’s Anniversary: The Post Office

It's February 20, and on this date in 1792, George Washington signed the Postal Service Act which established the United States Post Office Department.  As a leading distance education high school for more than a century, we are thankful for the Post Office.  Students in our high school correspondence courses rely on it to send us their exams, and we rely on it to return students' exams.  Over the years we've added online enrollment applications and online high school courses and online middle school courses, but the traditional mail continues to be a main part of what we do here.  We're continuing to create paper-based courses for our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program, and we have no plans to change.  We want to make sure that we have the courses you need whether you prefer to do them online or on paper, and we'd love to have you as our student.  Enroll today!

Today’s Birthday: William Hunding

It's January 30, and past American School President William Hunding would've turned 83 years old today.  He served American School for more than 40 years, most recently as a trustee until his death in 2013.  Only eight people have served as American School President, a job currently held by Valerie Riley.  The fact that we've had such a small number of presidents in our 121-year history as a distance education high school and middle school shows that we are a stable school.  We don't change leadership lightly or often.  Each president has brought his or her talents to the job and has helped shape us into the school we are today.  Later this year we'll offer more high school correspondence courses and online high school courses and introduce middle school correspondence courses to complement our online middle school courses.  2018 will be an exciting year for us, and we'd love to have you as a part of it.  Enroll today!  

Fax Machine Update

The fax machine associated with our regular fax number (708-418-2831) was out of order since Friday morning.  The fax machine is fixed, the fax number is working again, and we're ready to accept your faxes and provide you with the caring customer service that you've come to expect.  If you faxed anything to 708-418-2831 between January 19 and January 22, please fax it again.  We'll process your requests as quickly as we can.  We know that this is a busy time of year for people enrolling in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses, so we appreciate your patience and understanding.   We're happy to have you as part of our distance education high school and middle school and look forward to serving you!

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!