Today’s Anniversary: Wyoming

It's July 10, and Wyoming became a state on this date in 1890.  As you know, we serve students in all 50 states, which means we have many students from Wyoming.  That said, we cannot recall ever visiting Wyoming to attend a convention or meet students in person.  It's a goal of ours to get to as many states as possible, and so we do hope to visit Wyoming and perhaps see Yellowstone National Park as soon as we can.   One prominent feature of Yellowstone National Park is Old Faithful, a geyser that's been spouting water on a regular basis for hundreds of years.  The American School might be considered an Old Faithful as well since we've remained true to our distance education roots since 1897.  No matter where you live, you can enjoy our print or online college preparatory program, our print or online general high school program or our accredited middle school program.  We'll be faithful to you and help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Enroll today! 

 

Today’s Special Occasion: The MLB All-Star Game

It's July 9, and today the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland.  We write about the MLB All-Star Game every year because it was the subject of the very first American School blog entry way back in 2006.  The theme of that blog was how the American School can help you become an all-star, and although 13 years have gone by since that entry, the basic premise remains the same.  Enrolling in our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses will give you a solid education that will be helpful as you think about going to college or joining the workforce.  You'll work at your own pace and have the full support of our staff along the way.  Back in 2006 we didn't have print or online middle school courses, but you can be an all-star in grades 6-8 if you enroll and take those courses before moving on to high school.  As usual, all of our courses may be taken collectively if you wish to complete full years or earn a high school diploma at home or individually as part of an independent study high school or middle school program or to supplement an existing homeschool program.  If you want to become an all-star in grades 6-12 and beyond, we invite you to step into the batter's box and enroll with us today! 

Today’s Anniversary: High School Graduation

It's June 12, and on this date in a year we won't identify, the person who writes this blog graduated from high school.  Graduating from high school is a milestone for anyone, and we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  American School offers high school correspondence courses and online high school courses that help prepare you for the college or university of your choice or a career in the workforce, whichever you prefer.  You can start anytime, study anywhere, and graduate whenever you have completed all of your requirements.  Enroll today and you can start thinking of your own graduation date in the near future!

2019 Convention #17: California Homeschool Convention

After spending last weekend at home, we're back on the road this week when we attend the California Homeschool Convention.  Come see us in booth 602 at the Ontario Convention Center on June 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.; on June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We will have plenty of details about how you can earn a high school diploma at home or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  Some students prefer to take accredited high school courses online, while others prefer to take high school correspondence courses.  The same options are available for students in grades 6-8.  We are happy to offer outstanding curriculum in print and online and do so at a very affordable cost.  We've always enjoyed our convention trips to California and are expecting this one to be no different.  Come see us later this week!

Today’s Anniversary: D-Day

Today is June 6 and the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a turning point in World War 2.  Few things can top the heroic acts of the Allied forces who invaded Normandy that day, and we are grateful for their service and sacrifice.  In recent years, the term "D-Day" has become synonymous with making a decision that will have a lasting impact.  Deciding to earn a high school diploma at home can be one of those occasions.  We invite you to be part of our accredited high school diploma program or our accredited middle school program.  You can even take individual online or paper-based courses to recover credits or enhance an existing homeschool program.  Whatever you choose, we are happy to be of service to you after you make us your distance education high school or middle school.  Enroll now!

2019 Convention #14: FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

One week from today we will be in the Orlando area for the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.  Visit us in booth 216 at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As usual we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we'll also bring along our latest promotional items for anyone who visits our booth.  We have come to this convention for many years, but this is the first time it's being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek.  We're excited to check out the convention's new home, and we hope you're excited to visit us and learn how we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Come join us in the Sunshine State next week!   

Today’s Birthday: L. Frank Baum

It's May 15, and author L. Frank Baum was born on this date in 1856.  He is best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so let's review what each of the four main characters in the book wanted from the Wizard and how their wants tie in to the American School.  Dorothy wanted to go home, and you can earn a high school diploma at home with us.  The Scarecrow wanted a brain, and you'll use your brain as you take accredited high school courses or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  The Tin Man wanted a heart, and we think you'll love our rigorous courses, personalized service and affordable tuition.  Finally, the Lion wanted courage, and we know enrolling with us takes a little courage, especially if you've never homeschooled before, but we believe your courage will pay off shortly after you enroll and get into a good studying schedule.  There's no wizardry needed for you to be successful with us.  We're looking forward to having you as our student!    

American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in their communities.  Our scholarship awards will help winners continue their educations at the accredited college or university of their choice.  Many of them were enrolled in our college preparatory program, which is designed especially for students who wish to attend a four-year college or university.  Awarding scholarships is one of our greatest traditions, and plans are already underway for the 2020 scholarship season.  To be eligible, you must earn a high school diploma at home with us in 2019 and meet other eligibility requirements.  More information will be available later this year.  In the meantime, let us thank our judges and applicants and congratulate this year's scholarship recipients.  We are proud of you!

American School Graduation Merchandise

Many times over the years people have contacted us regarding class rings, graduation announcements and other American School merchandise.  While it is important to note that we do not officially offer these items ourselves nor make money from them, there is a way for you to order these items and more online.  Our blogs today, tomorrow and Thursday will tell you how to do so.  Jostens has an American School page on its web site.  If the link in this blog doesn't work or if you don't recall the link, you can search for us on Jostens' web site too, simply by entering our name and location in Lansing, Illinois.  Do not worry if we come up as American School of Correspondence.  That is our official name because for years we offered only high school correspondence classes.  As you know, we offer online middle school courses and online high school courses too, so we often shorten our name to simply American School.  Once you find our page you will see three categories, one for graduation, one for class jewelry and one for other merchandise.  Today we'l focus on graduation.  There are several packages available for you on the graduation page.  Any of them could make nice keepsakes of the day you earn a high school diploma at home from us.  If you have other keepsakes in mind, check back tomorrow and we will offer some other ideas.       

2019 Convention #12: FWAHS Resource Expo

Once again this year, the American School is pleased to exhibit at the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Home Education Resource Expo.  We'll be in booth 8 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  As usual, we'll have information about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  Take them individually to enhance an existing homeschool program, or take them collectively to earn a high school diploma at home.  We'll also bring along some of our famous promotional items, so be sure to check those out as well.  Although this is a one-day event, it attracts people from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, so we make a point to attend every year if possible.  Come join us!