Today’s Anniversary: The Origin of Species

It's November 24, and Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was published on this date in 1859.  We mention this today because we know that some students who take our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses do not want to read about evolution.  We do our best to accommodate students' beliefs, but some material in some courses is mandatory because it is required by state and national standards.  If you find something objectionable in our courses, we ask that you notify us as quickly as possible so that we can make adjustments or provide you with an explanation of why the material is required.  Thank you for your understanding and for making us your distance education high school and middle school.

Today’s Special Occasion: Friday the 13th

It's November 13, and today is Friday the 13th.  Friday the 13th is often associated with fear and bad luck, and indeed the previous Friday the 13th this year was a difficult day.  That occurred on March 13 at the beginning of the pandemic, and people were understandably scared of what the coming days might bring.  Eight months later, we are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic and might have similar concerns about what the future holds.  A constant in the last eight months has been the dedication of American School staff.  Many of them have been in the building on a consistent basis and have followed all health and safety protocols.  We know students who take our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses rely on us now more than ever to offer them a quality education in a safe environment.  Hopefully things will be much better by the time the next Friday the 13th rolls around in August 2021, but in all circumstances, American School is happy to serve our students, and we are happy you have made us your distance education high school or middle school.

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week

It's November 9, and today is the first day of National Distance Learning Week.  American School has been a leader in distance learning since 1897, and today we are happy to be a leading distance education high school and middle school.  We try to make distance learning as personal as possible.  That means we call students by name when we grade their exams in online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  In addition, our staff is available to help during regular business hours, and we always reply to phone calls or emails within one business day.  There is no better way for you and for us to celebrate National Distance Learning Week than to have you become our student.  Begin the process by enrolling today! 

Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day

It's November 3, and today is Election Day.  American School is always neutral when it comes to politics, but today we are happy to share some of the reasons why students and families have "voted" for us by making us their distance education high school or middle school.  The main reason is that we allow students to work at their own pace in their accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  Students can move quickly through courses if they are easily mastering the material, or they can take more time in certain courses if additional studying is needed.  Another reason is that we offer all-inclusive tuition and monthly payment plans for students in full-year programs.  Tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and much more.  Finally, people like that we have been in business since 1897, the year William McKinley was inaugurated as President of the United States. That means we have 123 years of outstanding credibility and service.  No matter who is elected tonight, American School will be here to serve you.  Cast your ballot with us and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversaries: North Dakota and South Dakota

It's November 2, and North Dakota and South Dakota both became states on this date in 1889.  To our knowledge, we have never visited North Dakota or South Dakota for a convention, but we'd like to visit those states in the future.  Sometimes people from North Dakota, South Dakota or 47 other states wonder if they can take our courses because we are recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and they live out of state.  The answer is yes.  The ISBE reviews our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program to make sure they meet standards.  We welcome their review and expect them to visit us in early 2021.  In the meantime, we are happy to serve residents of North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as residents of the other 48 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Make us your distance education high school or middle school and enroll today! 

2020 Convention #7: ISCA Conference (Cancelled)

American School was planning to exhibit at the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference this weekend at the Tinley Park Convention Center, but the event was cancelled.  Had we made the short drive from Lansing to Tinley Park, we would have had information about our print or online high school courses and print or online middle school courses that students may take for credit recovery.  We also would have brought information about our general high school program and college preparatory program which students may complete to earn an accredited high school diploma.  We are happy to have students in all 50 states but particularly enjoy meeting counselors from our home state of Illinois.  We are grateful that so many of them have chosen us as a distance education high school or middle school for their students, but we always have room for more, which is why we continue to attend conventions throughout the country and close to home when it is safe to do so.

American School Holds 123rd Annual Meeting

Yesterday American School held its 123rd Annual Meeting of Trustees and Corporate Members.  The annual meeting is a time to look back at the challenges and triumphs of the past year and to look ahead to the next year and beyond.  The 2019-2020 fiscal year had its share of challenges, most notably the pandemic and how it affected American School students and staff, but it also had plenty of bright spots for students and staff, most notably how they responded to the pandemic and the challenges it presented and how they plan to move forward during and after the pandemic.  For more than a century, American School has offered a correspondence high school diploma program, and actions at past annual meetings resulted in us offering an online high school diploma program and an accredited middle school program, both of which debuted in recent years.  Now more than ever, students are in need of a strong distance education high school or middle school that will allow them to work at their own pace in a safe environment.  American School is happy to be there for our students, and the ideas discussed at this year's annual meeting will help us be there for our students for many years to come.

New American School Web Site Coming Soon

Today's blog announces that American School soon will have a new web site.  This project has been a long time coming, but the end result will be a new web site that is more modern, better organized and more user-friendly.  Among the biggest changes you will see is a new way to enroll in full years of our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  A similar process will be in place for students wishing to enroll in individual subjects for enrichment or as part of an independent study high school program.  We are hopeful the new site will launch within the next few weeks.  In the meantime, thank you for your patience with our current site and for making us your distance education high school or middle school.  We appreciate having the opportunity to serve you!

American School Closed Monday, October 12

American School will closed Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 13, and look forward to serving students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program at that time.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.  We are happy to serve you.

Today’s Birthday: Yo-Yo Ma

It's October 7, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma turns 65 years old today.  His birthday has us thinking about music, and because we are a distance learning high school and middle school, it is virtually impossible for us to have our own band, orchestra or choir.  We do appreciate the arts, however, and are happy to have a music appreciation course among our online high school courses.  Students who play a musical instrument, take private lessons, or sing for fun may want to add our it to their accredited high school program.  Music Appreciation is also available as an individual subject for credit recovery or enrichment.  We do our best to offer courses that interest our students, and if Music Appreciation is music to your ears, we invite you to enroll today.