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!

New Diploma Program and Individual Subject Applications Available Soon

It's September 3, and if you read two of our blogs last week, you know we are very excited about what's happening this week.  That's because we're debuting a new structure and application for our accredited high school program and a new application for our independent study high school program and other individual subjects.  As with everything we do, we made these changes with students in mind.  Students wanting to earn a high school diploma at home will have more flexibility than ever before, and our enrollment applications are also much simpler.  There's even an updated application for our accredited middle school program.  As with any change, we ask for your patience.  When we post new applications this week, the only applications available will be those which you can print on paper and then email, fax or send us.  We will have online applications available in the coming weeks.  If you wish to enroll, contact our enrollments department and we will be happy to take your enrollment application over the phone.  Thank you for making us your school of choice.  We have even more changes planned in the coming weeks and months, and we think you'll like what you see!

American School Celebrates College Colors Day

It's August 30, and today is College Colors Day.  Many American School employees are showing school spirit on this day which celebrates the start of the college football season.  It's quite possible American School graduates will be in the stands at college football games across the country because earning a online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from American School has the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional school.  That means our students are accepted into colleges and universities in all 50 states provided they meet the admissions requirements of a specific school.  Schools look for a combination of academic ability and extracurricular activities, and we are happy to supply you with transcripts and other records needed to help with the college admissions process.  The first transcript is free, and there is a modest fee for each additional transcript.  In addition, we have a full-time school counselor who is happy to help you get into the college of your choice.  We are happy you decided to earn a high school diploma at home with us, and if you haven't kicked off your studies with us, we invite you to enroll today!   

Today’s Anniversary: Social Security

It's August 14, and the Social Security Act became law on this date in 1935.  If you're a teenager interested in our accredited middle school program, college preparatory program or general high school program, then the thought of collecting your social security benefits during your retirement might seem light years away.  That's why today is a good occasion to remind everyone that earning a print or online high school diploma can increase your social security benefits.  How come?  Studies have shown that individuals who earn a high school diploma at home make more money during their careers than those who do not earn a high school diploma at all.  Getting a high school diploma really is a good investment for yourself and your family.  In fact, some may say that it's one of the best investments you'll ever make.  Why not take the first step and enroll today?

Six Flags Great America Homeschool Days

Six Flags Great America between Chicago and Milwaukee is hosting Homeschool Days from August 19-23, complete with curriculum for homeschoolers to complete as they ride roller coasters, log rides and much more.  We realize that not all of you live near Chicago or Milwaukee, but we wanted to mention this event because there may be similar ones at an amusement park near you.  Homeschool days are not exclusive to amusement parks either.  Sports teams, theaters, museums and other attractions might have special events set aside for homeschoolers, so check around your community and see if there is anything happening that may interest you.  We appreciate that you are taking accredited high school courses with us or are enrolled in our accredited middle school program, and we are always happy to share events and ideas that may bring you some fun and enhance your education as you work to earn a high school diploma at home.


Today’s Birthday: Smokey Bear

It's August 9, and Smokey Bear turns 75 years old today.  In the beginning, Smokey Bear was a real live bear, but eventually he morphed into the Smokey Bear we know and love, namely the one stripped to the waist, wearing only a hat and a pair of blue jeans, and advocating for forest fire prevention with his familiar phrase, "Only you can prevent forest fires".  Occasionally people will ask us if American School has a mascot similar to Smokey Bear.  Sadly, we do not, though it would be interesting to have an costumed eagle or owl or other animal in our booth at conventions when we promote our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Don't feel like you've burned through your chance to get a high school diploma.  Enroll with us and let us help you earn a high school diploma at home.  We look forward to the day you'll grin and bear it while holding your American School diploma! 

Today’s Anniversary: Colorado

It's August 1, and Colorado became a state on this date in 1876.  Colorado is known for the Rocky Mountains, and maybe you think graduating from high school is a mountain too big to climb.  American School's accredited high school courses can help you reach the summit and earn a high school diploma at home.  Students can enroll any time and finish any time.  Along the way, they work at their own pace in their high school correspondence courses or online high school courses.  Our staff is here to assist you anytime you need us.  As you complete each course, you'll be one step closer to reaching your ultimate goal.  Instead of thinking about the total number of courses you need to complete, just focus on one or two courses at a time.  Set reasonable goals for yourself and eventually you'll reach your ultimate goal.  Take the first step and enroll today.     

Today’s Anniversary: Baltimore

It's July 30, and the city of Baltimore was founded on this date in 1729.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we highlight the conventions and cities we visit throughout the year.  In fact, the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta that we attended last weekend was our 20th convention of 2019.  The month of August is convention-free for us, but we are already planning our 2020 convention schedule, and one of the cities we'll be visiting is Baltimore.  Some conventions are geared for homeschoolers and those who want to earn a high school diploma at home, and we promote our print or online high school diploma program at those events.  Other conventions are geared for counselors or teachers, and usually we promote our independent study high school programs at those conventions.  We look forward to visiting Baltimore and hopefully a city near you in 2020, but we have a few more shows to attend in 2019, starting in September.  Stay tuned to learn where we are headed next, and check back Thursday for our latest blog entry.

Today’s Anniversary: New York

It's July 26, and New York became the 11th state on this date in 1788.  We are proud to have many students in the state of New York, but sometimes they have to do more than our students who live in the other 49 states.  That is not because those of us at American School ask them to do more, but some states have special requirements for their homeschooled students.  It is important that students who take our online high school courses or high school correspondence courses in order to earn a high school diploma at home check with their state to see if their state has any special requirements.  Most states won't have any special requirements, but some states do.  We want to make you aware of this so that there are no surprises along the way.  Thank you for letting us serve you whether you live in New York or not!