Happy St. Patrick’s Day from American School!

St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, but we're closed that day, so our blog is celebrating St. Patrick's Day today.  Green is the traditional color of St. Patrick's Day, and taking our courses will save you plenty of green.  As a non-profit school, we keep costs as low as possible.  Tuition for our high school correspondence courses and soon our middle school correspondence courses includes all study materials.  You don't have to buy books or other materials.  They are included in the cost of tuition.  Tuition for our online high school courses and online middle school courses includes all study materials as well.  If you take a package of courses with us to complete a grade or earn a high school diploma at home, you'll save more money than if you take courses individually, and monthly payment plans are available.  Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green and saving green.  Enroll with us today!

Today’s Anniversary: The New York Stock Exchange

It's March 8, and the New York Stock Exchange was founded on this date in 1817.  Though we are not a publicly-owned company, we monitor the NYSE as closely as we can because it has a major impact on the national and global economy.  You can learn more about the stock market by taking one or more of our accredited high school courses.  We have a paper-based Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy course and an online Economics course to offer you.  Although the stock market and go up and down and be very inconsistent, you can always count on our caring student service to assist you after you enroll and become our student.  We'd be happy to have you earn a high school diploma at home with us or enter our high school independent study program!

Today’s Birthday: Gerardus Mercator

It's March 5, and mapmaker Gerardus Mercator was born on this date in 1512.  As we all know, the earth is round, and so the most accurate depiction of earth and its geography is on a globe.  That said, it's not always easy to carry around a globe, so Mercator came up with one of the first maps of the earth that was suitable for hanging on a wall, being printed in a book, or being folded up and put in your pocket.  Many of these maps found their way into an atlas, and you'll become familiar with atlases and geography when you take one of our geography courses.  They're among our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses, and either is useful as you attempt to earn a high school diploma at home.  Enroll today and let us help map out a bright future for you!

Ryan Hartman Heads to Nashville

Yesterday former American School student Ryan Hartman was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Nashville Predators.  While we enjoyed watching Ryan play for our hometown team, we know he'll be successful in Music City for the rest of this season.  If your goal is to earn a high school diploma at home, American School can help you do that.  We have a wide variety of high school correspondence courses and online high school courses in our curriculum.  As a non-profit institution, we are able to keep tuition cost to an absolute minimum, and monthly payment plans are available to students in our paper-based or online high school diploma program.  If you're ready to break the ice and enroll, we encourage you to do so today! 

Reminder About Credits from Previous Schools

Many times people want to enroll in our online high school diploma program or correspondence high school diploma program after they have earned credits at another school.  In these cases, as stated on our FAQ page, we ask that you send us an official transcript from your previous school.  We'll evaluate it and let you know what credits will transfer to us and count toward your diploma.  We'll also let you know what credits you'll have to do with us and how much it will cost for you to earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Please note that until you have enrolled and become our student, we cannot request a transcript for you.  You must request and send us a transcript yourself if you have not formally enrolled with us.  We appreciate your cooperation and are happy to have you as our student!

Today’s Birthday: Don Everly

It's February 1, and Don Everly turns 81 years old today.  He and his brother Phil comprised the Everly Brothers, one of the most successful duos in American music history.  Before Don and Phil reached the top of the charts, though, they were American School students, and they're just two of the many famous students we've had over the years.  Visit our Community page to read about the Everly Brothers and others.  No matter who you are or what you do after you earn a high school diploma at home with us, we promise to give you the red carpet treatment while you work on your accredited high school courses or accredited middle school courses with us.  Enroll today and see for yourself!

Caroline Wozniacki Moves Into Aussie Open Semis

American School student Caroline Wozniacki defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open semifinals.  Now just two matches away from winning her first major title, Caroline next plays Thursday afternoon (Wednesday night in the United States) against Elise Mertens.  We'll have a report on that match in Thursday's blog, but in the meantime, we encourage you to join Caroline as one of our students by enrolling today.  We offer an accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Take a package of courses and ultimately earn a high school diploma at home, or take individual subjects to enrich an existing homeschool program.  We also have an independent study high school program for credit recovery if you are attending a traditional school.  Either way, we'd be happy to serve you and have you as our student!


Today’s Birthday: Peter Mark Roget

It's January 18, and Peter Mark Roget was born on this date in 1779.  Roget compiled the first thesaurus, and if you don't have a thesaurus in your possession, we recommend you get one.  A thesaurus can be a great resource to you as you work on English courses in your accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  Once you start using a thesaurus and finding synonyms for words you use over and over again, your writing will improve, and you'll likely get higher grades in your online middle school courses and online high school courses.  All of us want you to succeed, and we're happy to share tips that will help you do your best and earn a high school diploma at home.   

Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open

American School student Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a 1-5, 15-40 deficit in the final set of her second round match of the Australian Open and came back to defeat Jana Fett 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to move into the third round.  Seeded second, Caroline defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and remains a top contender in this year's event even though she was one point away from being eliminated in the second round.  Perhaps you've faced similar long odds in trying to earn a high school diploma at home or in a traditional school.  Let us help you reach all of your goals.  We offer online high school courses, online middle school courses and high school correspondence courses and will debut middle school correspondence courses soon.  All of our students work at their own pace in an environment that is comfortable for them.  In addition, we keep tuition to a minimum and offer a convenient monthly payment program for students in our full-year or diploma programs.  Get started with us by enrolling today.  We're happy to serve you! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Golden Gate Bridge

It's January 5, and construction on the Golden Gate Bridge began on this date in 1933.  You may think of the American School as a bridge from your current life to the life you've always wanted.  Studies have shown that high school graduates are more successful than those who never graduated from high school.  We offer an online high school diploma for adults or children in addition to a correspondence high school diploma.  Both consist of 18 units of credit, and monthly payment plans are available to make an already cost-effective tuition even more affordable.  Over the years we've helped more than 3 million people earn a high school diploma at home, and we want to include you in that number.  Enroll today and take the first step across the bridge to your bright future.