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!

Today’s Anniversary: Wimbledon

It's July 9, and the very first Wimbledon tennis tournament began on this date in 1877.  This year July 9 falls on the second Monday of the tournament, a day where all 16 remaining gentlemen and all 16 remaining ladies take the court in search of berths in the quarterfinals.  American School graduate Andre Agassi won Wimbledon in 1992, and fellow American School students Andrea Jaeger, Kathy Horvath, Anna Kournikova, Mary Pierce and Caroline Wozniacki all have competed in tennis's most prestigious tournament.  Those people and more than three million others have taken high school correspondence courses or online high school courses from one of the most prestigious distance education high schools–American School!  We were founded 20 years after Wimbledon and have been educating people all over the world ever since.  In additional to our accredited high school courses, we're proud to offer an accredited middle school program consisting of online middle school courses and paper-based middle school courses.  We think you'll love us, so be sure to enroll today!

2018 Scholarship Winners: Part 4

We might be halfway through the week, but after today we'll be two-thirds through our profiles of this year's scholarship winners.  They took online high school courses or high school correspondence courses to earn their diploma from one of the best distance education high schools.  We are excited to tell you more about them.


Claire from Washington gets a kick out of playing soccer.  She will play goalkeeper this fall at Western Washington University, where she plans on earning a degree in kinesiology and health sciences.  She has already been a student at Peninsula College.

“As a student-athlete, I have had the opportunity to interact with physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons,” Claire wrote.  “I have observed them focus on fitness for myself and others and to contribute to improved health as well as promote healing of injuries.”

After graduating, Claire plans become a physician assistant, volunteer in Haiti and then return to her roots to provide healthcare in rural communities.


Ethan from Maine lives on his family farm when he is not studying forestry at the University of Maine.  He is interested in preserving natural resources and his culture and credits homeschooling for giving him the opportunity to do so.

“Homeschooling has provided me the gateways to my inherited Native culture (more specifically the Passmaquoddy tribe),” Ethan wrote.  “I have been able to become a peer leader, top student and now participate as council and guidance through the WaYS (Wabanaki Youth in Science) program.”

In his free time, Ethan enjoys enhancing survival skills such as hunting and fishing and is interested in the emerald ash borer’s effect on basketmaking.


A family member’s medical condition inspired Alexandria from Arkansas to become an occupational therapy assistant, and she is taking classes at Arkansas State University Beebe to help her reach that goal.  She plans to continue her education at Baptist Health College.

“I’ve spent some time shadowing one of the OTAs in my hometown, and I loved working with the kids,” Alexandria wrote.  “I want to help them reach their full potential and to make a real, positive difference in their lives.”

Alexandria also enjoys volunteering, camping, hiking and developing a good work ethic while working as an apprentice in her father’s woodworking business.


Today’s Anniversary: The Brooklyn Bridge

It's May 24, and the Brooklyn Bridge opened on this date in 1883.  We've written about famous bridges in this blog before, but the metaphor is appropriate for how we can be the bridge you need to cross to take you from where you are now to where you want to be.  We've been one of the leading distance education high schools for more than a century.  Some students take accredited high school courses to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Others enroll in a full accredited high school program and earn a high school diploma at home.  Still others take individual subjects through our independent study high school program and earn a high school diploma from another accredited school.  No matter where you are on your educational journey, we can help you earn a diploma and go to college, join the workforce or do both.  Take the first step and enroll today!