Today’s Anniversary: The Grand Canyon

It's February 26, and 99 years ago today, Woodrow Wilson signed an act of Congress that created the Grand Canyon National Park.  Today it is one of the most famous national parks in the United States and visited by millions of people each year.  Perhaps you feel like there is a canyon between where you are right now and where you want to be in the future.  Earning a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma from American School can be a bridge from one side of the canyon to the other.  We have been one of the leading distance education high schools for longer than the Grand Canyon has been an official national park and would be happy to have you as our student.  Enroll today and you should be able to start your courses by this time next week!

Today’s Birthday: George Washington

It's February 22, and George Washington was born on this date in 1732.  He's known as the father of our country, so today's a good day to say a few words about the father of the American School.  R.T. Miller and his friends from Harvard founded the American School in Boston in 1897 because they wanted to give people who couldn't attend a tradtional school a way to receive the education and training they need to succeed in life.  At the time, R.T. Miller probably had no idea that he and his school would move to Chicago a few years later and he'd continue at the helm until 1945.  He definitely had no idea that one day we'd offer an accredited middle school program with online middle school courses, but his vision more than 120 years ago set the stage for the school we are today.  R.T. Miller's school has helped more than three million students earn their high school diplomas and has become one of the best distance education high schools in the world.  Today we stand ready to serve you as well.  Enroll today!

American School Closed Monday, February 19

American School will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents' Day.  We're happy to be one of the leading distance education high schools and are grateful to have so many students working toward an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma.  We look forward to serving you when our offices reopen on Tuesday, February 20. 

Today’s Birthday: Sir Isaac Newton

It's January 4, and Sir Isaac Newton was born on this date in 1643.  He was a philosopher and mathematician but is perhaps best known as a physicist.  American School is proud to offer a paper-based Physics course and an online Physics course where you can learn about Newton's work with gravity and much more.  These courses would be a great addition to your college preparatory program or independent study high school program, but please note that each course has its own prerequisites.  Some of our courses have prerequisites because they are more advanced.  We want to make sure you are in a good position to succeed in these courses, which is why we have prerequisites in place before students can enroll in them.  We're one of the distance education high schools which care about students' welfare, and we look forward to having you as our student after you complete the enrollment process.  

Today’s Anniversary: The Optical Phonograph

It's October 17, and on this date in 1888, Thomas Edison filed a patent for the optical phongraph.  We know it better as a movie projector.  Movies and videos have come a long way in 129 years, and now many of our online high school courses and online middle school courses have video components to them.  Even our high school correspondence courses might contain links to optional videos that can help enhance your learning experience.  We like giving our students a variety of ways to learn.  It's one of the reasons we've been a leading distance education high school since shortly after Edison filed his patent.  See for yourself by enrolling with us today!

Today’s Birthday: Eleanor Roosevelt

It's October 11, and Eleanor Roosevelt was born on this date in 1884.  She is the longest serving First Lady, having served in that role for the 12 years Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States, and is equally well-known as an advocate for human rights.  Eleanor's early years were filled with sadness and difficulty, yet she went on to become one of history's most prominent women.  If you've had a difficult childhood, don't despair.  Taking our online middle school courses, online high school courses or high school correspondence courses can help you achieve a better life.  We've been one of the leading distance education high schools since the time Eleanor's uncle Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States, and we're still going strong today.  We look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.  

Today’s Anniversary: Old Faithful

It's September 18, and on this date in 1870, explorers in Wyoming oberserved a geyser that erupted on a regular basis throughout the day.  Because it seemingly erupted on a schedule, they named it Old Faithful, and visitors to Yellowstone National Park can see this geyser in action to this very day.  When it comes to distance education high schools, American School is like Old Faithful.  We're reliable, offering 120 years of experience in offering accredited high school courses.  Within the last year we added an accredited middle school program to our curriculum which will help us serve even more students.  If you're ready to receive education from a school which has been faithful to its students and mission for more than a century, we invite you to enroll today!


French Open Preview

Today's blog previews the French Open tennis tournament which begins next week in Paris.  The red clay of Roland Garros has been good to American School students and graduates over the years.  Andre Agassi completed the career Grand Slam with a French Open title in 1999, and fellow graduate Mary Pierce won the event in 2000.  This year Andre is back in Paris coaching top tournament contender Novak Djokovic, while Caroline Wozniacki and Anna Tatishvili will represent American School on the women's side.  As usual, this blog will keep you updated on their progress.  Over the years we've had many tennis players enroll with us to earn a high school diploma at home or while traveling around the world.  All of our students enjoy online high school courses or high school correspondence courses from one of the top distance education high schools anywhere in the world.  Enroll today!  We'd be happy to serve you.  

New Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy Course Available

American School is pleased to introduce a new Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy course.  The first half of the course covers financial literacy, personal financial planning, income and taxes, banking, savings, investing, retirement and estate planning, credit, credit management, consumer purchasing and consumer power.  The second half of the course covers housing decisions, purchasing a car, risk management and insurance for homes and autos, health, disability and life insurance, economic principles, functioning of the economy, business in the free enterprise, global trade and the economy, environmental responsibilities in an economic system, planning for your career, applying for and accepting employment and digital citizenship.  We are happy to introduce this course since it affirms our commitment to offering top-notch high school correspondence courses to those students who wish to take them as part of an accredited high school program.  We're one of the top distance education high schools, and this course will help us stay that way.


Chicago Tribune Honors Mary E. McKeown

Today we are pleased to share a Chicago Tribune article celebrating the life of Mary E. McKeown.  We are grateful to Joan Giangrasse Kates, who wrote the article, and the entire staff of the Chicago Tribune for their interest in Mary's life and times.  It is our hope that those who read the article will learn more about Mary's great impact on distance education high schools and the equally great impact she had on her family and co-workers.