Today’s Special Occasion: Giving Tuesday

It's December 1, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and today is known as Giving Tuesday.  We might be more familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday is a day to give to charities and non-profit institutions to support their mission of doing good.  American School is proud to be a non-profit institution, and we do welcome charitable gifts from anyone interested in supporting our mission of educating those who need to take courses in grades 6-12.  By supporting us, you support students who wish to earn a high school diploma at home by enrolling in our general high school program or college preparatory program.  You also support students who wish to take individual subjects through our independent study high school program en route to a diploma from a local public or private school.  Click here to contact us if you are interested in supporting our mission.  We–and our students–would be grateful for your support. 

Today’s Anniversary: The Gettysburg Address

It's November 19, and Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this date in 1863.  American School has always believed that public speaking is a fine skill to have.  That's why we include speech courses in our curriculum.  Our curriculum includes core subject areas like English, math, science and social studies as well as a wide-range of electives for students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  These electives include business, career and technical education courses, as well as fine arts and world language courses.  Our courses might be taken collectively to earn a high school diploma at home or individually for credit recovery or to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Make your voice heard as an American School student by enrolling with us today!  

FAFSA Applications Open

This year's FAFSA applications are open.  Please click here for more information.  FAFSA is useful if you are a student in our college preparatory program who plans to earn a high school diploma at home and then attend a college or university.  It is also useful for students in our independent study high school program who plan to earn a diploma from a resident school and then attend a college or university.  If you have questions about the FAFSA process, please contact our guidance department.  We are happy to serve you and happy to help you reach all of your educational goals.


Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle

It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  Before they were called Writing 1 and Writing 2, our introductory English courses were called Build Your Writing Skills 1 and Build Your Writing Skills 2.  When those courses were in production, we included an excerpt about the life of Gertrude Ederle, who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.  Not only did her story make for interesting reading and writing, but it can also serve as an inspiration to our students.  Perhaps you feel like you're on one side of a body of water and you need to get to the other to have the life you've always wanted.  Our accredited high school courses online or in print can help you get there.  Unlike Gertrude Ederle, who swam by herself, you'll have the support of our instructors and entire staff while you work to earn a high school diploma at home.  Like Gertrude Ederle, you'll be able to go at your own pace and move through our accredited high school program as quickly or as slowly as you need.  Dip your toe in the water and enroll today!

National Dropout Prevention Month

We're about halfway through National Dropout Prevention Month, so today's blog will focus on how American School can help prevent students from dropping out.  For starters, we offer an independent study high school program for students in grades 9-12.  These students attend a traditional high school but take our high school correspondence courses or online high school coures on an individual basis for credit recovery.  The end result is that they earn a high school diploma from their resident school.  Another option is our acccredited high school program which allows students to earn a high school diploma at home.  These students may enroll in a general high school program or college preparatory program and work at their own pace.  Most credits from other accredited schools count toward earning our diploma, and we welcome students of all ages who wish to complete their high school education.  If you or someone you know is a potential dropout, we can help.  Visit our enrollment page to get started today.

Today’s Anniversary: Instagram

It's October 6, and Instagram debuted on this date in 2010.  At this time, American School does not have an official Instagram page, but we are on two other social media sites.  We use Twitter to share important news items about new courses, school closings and more, but we use Facebook far more often.  Visitors to our Facebook page see our daily blog posts and also see an article related to education later in the day.  Our Twitter and Facebook pages are closely monitored because we want to create a safe online environment for any visitors to those pages.  Some visitors might be looking for a place where they can earn a high school diploma at home.  Others might be interested in print or online middle school courses.  Still others may want to take individual subjects for enrichment or for credit recovery through our independent study high school program.  Whatever the reason, we are happy to connect with you on our social media sites and hope you will join us there.

Older Alumni

It's September 29, and within a couple hours of each other, we heard great stories about two alumni who graduated more than 60 years ago.  One worked for NASA and was a professor at Stanford and the University of California at Santa Cruz.  The other migrated from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression and later went on to become a published author and was a poet laureate in her hometown.  The common bond is that both of them took our high school correspondence courses to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are proud to call them our graduates and would be happy to serve you as well.  Make us your distance education high school and enroll today!  

Last Day to Enroll in AP Courses

Today's blog is a reminder that today is the last day to enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Students normally can enroll in any of our courses at any time, but AP courses are different.  That's because students in AP courses can take AP exams offered in the spring and need ample time to learn the material on those exams.  These online high school courses are more rigorous than most high school courses, but they might make a great addition to your accredited high school diploma program if you plan to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  They can also be taken as part of an independent study high school program if you plan to get your diploma from another school.  Either way, visit here for more information about our AP courses and begin the enrollment process today if you plan to take any of them in 2020-2021.  We look forward to serving you!

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Fall

It's September 22, and today is the first day of fall.  When we think of fall, we might think about the leaves changing colors, football, pumpkins, cooler temperatures and much more, but fall can also be associated with going back to school. If you've wanted to earn a high school diploma at home but have kept putting it off, today would be a great day to enroll with American School.  We offer a general high school program for students who plan on joining the workforce or attending a community college after graduation.  We also offer a college preparatory program for students who plan on attending a four-year university after graduation.  Each program consists of 20 units of credit and costs $3600, with academic and financial credit available if you transfer credits to us from another accredited school.  We never want to let cost get in the way of an education, so monthly payment plans are available for students in our diploma programs. If you're not ready for high school just yet, consider enrolling in our accredited middle school program which contains 15 units of credit at a cost of $2700.  Again, monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of our middle school program.  Whether you choose to enroll in winter, spring, summer or fall, we are a school for all seasons and would be happy to have you as our student! 


Today’s Anniversary: The Hobbit

It's September 21, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published on this date in 1937.  The novel is featured in our Classic Adventure Literature course, which is a popular elective choice among our students.  We know that some students struggle with reading in general, while others might love to read certain genres of literature but don't care for reading others.  That is why we try to include many literary styles by authors of many different backgrounds in our English courses.  Whether you choose to take a high school correspondence class for credit recovery or enrichment, online high school courses to earn a high school diploma at home, or print or online middle school courses, you can expect to read a variety of stories, including some from the fantasy realm like The Hobbit.  If your religious beliefs make you uncomfortable reading certain types of literature, please let us know as soon as you begin the course so that we may make alternate assignments available to you.  Thank you for your understanding and for making us your distance education middle school or high school!