Today’s Birthday: George Eastman

It's July 12, and George Eastman was born on this date in 1854.  He founded Eastman Kodak, invented roll film and is considered instrumental in making photography accessible to the general public.  Our two photography courses have proven to be popular electives for students in our accredited high school program as well as popular options for students in our independent study high school program who need to recover a credit at their local high schools.  We offer Photography in print and Digital Photography online, which is an example of how we try to offer courses in multiple formats to best suit our students' needs.  Some students like learning on paper, while others enjoy learning online.  It's one of the reasons why we're always listed among the best distance education high schools and middle schools.  Most people smile in photographs, and we hope you'll be smiling after you take our courses.  Get started and enroll today!

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!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have another testimonial.  This one is from Clifford in Michigan, who writes, "I particularly liked the instructors.  They were extremely helpful and kind.  It made me feel almost as if they had been right there talking to you personally the whole time."  We thank Clifford for those words.  Instructors in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school program are trained to make distance education as personal as possible.  They call students by name and write constructive feedback on every exam they grade.  Even online high school courses and online middle school courses are not graded entirely by machine.  There is a human element to every exam we grade, and that separates us from many other distance education high schools and middle schools.  Enroll today and experience the same type of instruction for yourself or a family member. 


2019 Convention #5: NSBA Conference

Yesterday's blog contained information about the first convention we're attending this week, the Missouri Homeschool Convention in St. Charles.  In this blog we're happy to announce that we're attending the National School Boards Assocation Annual Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia as well.  We'll be in booth 217 on March 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on March 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  School board members who visit our booth might be interested in our high school independent study courses which can be used to improve graduation rates in their districts.  We'll also have information about our paper-based high school diploma program and our online high school diploma program, both of which can be helpful to potential dropouts.  As one of the leading distance education high schools and middle schools, we enjoy attending national conferences and meeting people from all corners of the country, but sometimes travel can be tiring.  That's why we're excited about having a presence at a convention that doesn't involve travel.  Check back tomorrow to see what we mean!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and we have yet another testimonial from one of our students.  Temitape from Arkansas writes, "I found everything so helpful, especially the textbooks and study guides.  The instruction was very helpful too.  The notes the instructor wrote on the top of the exams were very helpful and motivated me to do well and keep going."  We are grateful for those words.  Although we offer online middle school courses and online high school courses in addition to middle school and high school correspondence courses, there is a human element to how every exam of every course is graded.  Nothing is graded entirely by machine.  In fact, our instructors do write or type notes on every exam they grade.  We are hopeful that these notes politely correct students when they are incorrect and give them encouragement to succeed on future exams.  It's that kind of personal attention and support that separates us from other distance education high schools and middle schools.  See for yourself and enroll today!




About Class Rings and Other American School Merchandise

Today's blog is about American School merchandise.  Every so often we hear from someone who has earned a correspondence high school diploma or an online high school diploma for adults or children and wants to purchase a class ring.  We no longer offer class rings, but that doesn't mean you cannot get a class ring.  Many local jewelers or big box stores have plenty of possiblities for you to create a nice class ring for yourself.  Also, there is no official American School apparel or other merchandise available for purchase at this time.  It's something we're investigating because we want our students and alumni to have pride in their school and be able to purchase items with our name on them, but we have not made any decisions at this time.  If you have ideas for us, we'd love to hear from you, and we appreciate your support as we remain among the best distance education high schools and middle schools anywhere in the world. 

Happy Thanksgiving from American School

It's two days before Thanksgiving, and today's blog is a great opportunity for us to thank the students, parents, school officials and others who have made us their school of choice during the past year.  We know you have many options for print and online middle school courses and print and online high school courses, but we're grateful you chose us. We're constantly working to give you a better educational experience, and we do our best to put your needs first.  Between now and next Thanksgiving, we plan to introduce more courses and new high school programs which will help us remain as one of the best distance education high schools anywhere.   Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and if you're pleased with the education and service we give you, tell a friend.  We'd be happy to serve him or her as well! 

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have another testimonial for you.  Today's comes from Corey in Nevada, who writes, "Everything was helpful.  The comments from the instructor really helped me in future exams.  I like the American School so much that I’m taking another course next year.  Thank you for helping me and having such a great course.  Everything that you’ve done has helped me."  We thank Corey for those words.  Our instructors write helpful comments on every exam they grade.  That's one of the reasons we rank among the top distance education high schools anywhere in the world.  Some students in our independent study high school program only take one course with us, but others in our print or online high school program take many more.  We offer the same outstanding service to students no matter how many courses they take.  Let us serve you in the same way after you enroll and become our student!

Today’s Anniversary: The Price is Right

It's September 4, and The Price is Right premiered on this date in 1972.  Longtime blog readers might remember that we did a whole week of blogs related to the show in 2007 when longtime host Bob Barker retired, but today's blog won't be a Cliff Hanger.  We'll get straight to the point and tell you that, whether you want to enroll in a print or online high school diploma program, accredited middle school program or one of our independent study high school programs, our price is right!  We keep costs to an absolute minimum, and our tuition always includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and more.  Other distance education high schools might seem to have cheaper prices, but they often charge for courses by semester, ask you to pay for study materials and do not include other services in their fees.  When you combine our outstanding curriculum with our affordable prices, we believe we're the best option for you.  Enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Michael Phelps

It's August 17, and on this date in 2008, swimmer Michael Phelps became the first athlete to win 8 gold medals in one Olympics.  This great accomplishment got us thinking about American School students who've earned medals in the Olympics.  Tennis star Andre Agassi won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.  Swimmer Katie Hoff competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and earned a silver medal and two bronze medals.  Other American School students and graduates have competed in the Olympics too.  Even though you may not have outstanding athletic ability, American School is here to help you go for the gold in whatever field you wish to pursue.  Our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses have made us one of the best distance education high schools in the world.  We're proud to offer print and online middle school courses to students in grades 6-8.  Enroll now.  You'll feel like a winner after you earn a high school diploma at home!