Today’s Birthday: Mickey Mouse

It's November 18, and today is considered to be Mickey Mouse's birthday.  On this date in 1928, he appeared in Steamboat Willie, and the rest is history.  Mickey Mouse is now one of the most recognizable figures in the world, and in his 91 years he has brought joy and happiness to millions of people.  On the other hand, nobody wants to be part of a "Mickey Mouse operation" because a Mickey Mouse operation is an idiom for something that's thought to be poorly-run, simple or trivial.  Our 122 years of experience as a distance education high school and middle school proves we are not a Mickey Mouse operation.  In fact, we take our credibility very seriously.  We are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by our home state of Illinois.  Those accreditations and recognitions testify to the high quality of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Disneyland is considered the Happiest Place on Earth, but you'll be at your happiest once you earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Get started by enrolling today!    

Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle

It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  When our Writing 1 and Writing 2 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!

American School Holds 122nd Annual Meeting

Yesterday American School held its 122nd Annual Meeting of trustees and corporate members.  The event was an opportunity to look back at the challenges and accomplishments of the past year and plan for the future.  A major accomplishment of the past year was the move to Edmentum for our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  So far feedback from students, parents and counselors has been positive, and we expect that to continue in the coming year.  We're also excited about the new 20-unit accredited high school program that will better serve students who plan to go to a four-year college or university, two-year college or the workforce after they earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Those are two of the major highlights of the past year, and the Annual Meeting helps us to plan for more highlights in the year head.  We're grateful to our trustees for their support, and all of us are happy to serve you! 


American School Celebrates Boss’s Day

Yesterday was Boss's Day, and some American School employees took time to thank their immediate supervisors for their hard work throughout the year.  Like every other company, we have a corporate hierarchy.  We have a board of trustees, a president, an executive vice-president, a treasurer, and an educational director in prime exceutive roles.  They are assisted by others who supervise staff members in various departments.  No matter what position each staff member holds, we are all committed to offering you a quality education at an affordable cost whether you're in our accredited middle school program, taking print or online high school courses to earn a high school diploma at home, or taking individual subjects through our high school independent study program.  Perhaps best of all, our flexible structure and payment plan allows you to be your own boss and work when and where you want.  After you earn your online or correspondence high school diploma, you'll make more money than those without a diploma, so why not enroll today!    

Starting Over or Starting Again

On a regular basis we hear from people who enrolled with us a long time ago, passed a few of their high school correspondence courses or online high school courses and then had to stop and abandon their studies.  Often they contact us and ask us if they can start over or start again, and our answer is always an enthusiastic yes!  We know that sometimes life can get in the way of you trying to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are happy to help you get started again, and whatever courses you completed with us previously will still count toward the number of credits needed to earn your accredited high school diploma.  We often say that it's never too late to graduate, so if you've been on the sidelines for awhile but want to start over or start again, just let us know.  We're happy to help!  

Chicago National College Fair Coming October 5

The Chicago National College Fair will be held October 5 at McCormick Place.  If you're in the Chicago area and are unsure of your college plans after you earn a high school diploma at home with us, we encourage you to attend.  You may visit booths of colleges you didn't know existed, and one of them may be the perfect fit for you.  If you don't live in Chicagoland, keep your eyes and ears open for college fairs near you.  As always, our guidance department can help with the college admissions process after you complete your general high school program or college preparatory program.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school! 


Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Autumn

It's September 23, and today is the first day of autumn.  Even though the new school year starts in August for many students these days, people still equate fall with going back to school.  Soon the warm summer days and trips to the beach will be replaced by falling leaves and pumpkins and colder temperatures, so why not spend some time inside (or outside while the weather cooperates) taking our courses?  We offer high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Take them collectively and earn a high school diploma at home, or take them individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  Enroll today and you'll have your course materials shortly and could have a course or two complete by the time winter arrives in three months!

One Week Left to Enroll in AP Courses

Today's blog is a reminder that there is one week left to enroll in AP courses for the 2019-2020 academic year.  These online high school courses can be a nice addition to your accredited high school program or online high school diploma program if you are a senior or qualified junior.  They also may be taken as part of online independent study programs if you are not planning to earn a high school diploma at home from American School.  All the information you need is in the link included in today's blog.  We look forward to you enrolling in AP courses with us!

Looking Back at 21 Years at American School

It's September 16, and over the weekend the person who regularly writes this blog celebrated 21 years of work at American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't add an accredited middle school program until 2016.  Moreover, 21 years ago we only offered high school correspondence courses that students could take to earn a high school diploma at home.  Now we offer online high school courses and allow students to pick which courses they do online and which they do on paper.  We've always offered an independent study high school program, but we also offer individual courses to anyone who may wish to take them for enrichment.  One thing that hasn't changed over the years is our commitment to our students.  We strive to offer accredited courses at an affordable cost and provide the best possible service.  It's the vision our founder, R.T. Miller, had when he and his friends founded the American School in Boston in 1897.  That philosophy was passed down and instilled in other School leaders over the years, including those in charge in 1998 and those leading the School today.   All of us are grateful for you and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

Happy Grandparents Day from American School

This Sunday is Grandparents Day, and over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  For this, we are grateful.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others prefer our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Either way, we are happy to work with them as their grandchildren work to earn a high school diploma at home.  If you're a grandparent reading this blog, we wish you a happy Grandparents Day and encourage you to review our web site.  If you see something your grandchildren would like, we encourage you to have them enroll today!