Today’s Special Occasion: The 2000th Blog Post

It's September 18, and right now you're reading the 2000th post by the American School Blog.  We started this blog in 2006 as a way to communicate with our students on a regular basis, and unless circumstances dictate otherwise, we publish a new blog post every day American School is open.  Sometimes our blog promotes new courses that can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Other times our blog announces new services like our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  Our blog also focuses on birthdays or historical events and makes a connection between them and American School.  If you haven't made us your distance education high school or middle school just yet, give us another reason to celebrate today by enrolling and becoming our student.  Thank you for reading this blog over the years, and check back on Monday as we begin the next 2000 American School Blog posts.

Looking Back at 22 Years at American School

It's September 15, and today the person who regularly writes this blog celebrates 22 years of employment at American School.  Like today, September 15, 1998, was also a Tuesday, but American School has evolved quite a bit since then.  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, 22 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 to work at American School and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

Four Weeks Left to Enroll in AP Courses

We are almost exactly halfway through the period in which students can enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Normally students can enroll in our courses any time of the year, but AP courses have a specific enrollment window.  That's because students in AP courses can take AP exams offered in the spring and need ample time to learn and master the material that is covered on those exams.  Please note that these online high school courses are more rigorous than most high school courses and should be taken by advanced students who have demonstrated high academic ability in 9th, 10th and 11th grades.  If you're an advanced student, considering adding an AP course to your accredited high school diploma program if you plan to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  AP courses 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 Anniversary: The 19th Amendment

It's August 26, and 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted.  This important amendment gave women the right to vote.  It might seem hard to believe that American School existed for 23 years before women held this fundamental right, but you should not be surprised to learn that we have never discriminated against any student.  Some of our earliest students were those who were among the marginalized and could not attend traditional school because they needed to have full-time jobs to support their families.  Today we continue to serve any student regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, creed or physical location, and we will not amend or change that policy in any way.  If you wish to earn a high school diploma at home or are looking for independent study high school programs or an accredited middle school program, we would be happy to serve you.  Make us your distance education high school or middle school and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Hawaii

It's August 21, and Hawaii became a state on this date in 1959.  Often when we celebrate a state's anniversary in this blog, we mention conventions we've attended in that state.  To our knowledge, we have not attended a convention in Hawaii for many years, and that's too bad because, in addition to being one of the most beautiful states, Hawaii is also the home of many American School students.  Some enroll in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program and study exclusively at home.  Others enroll in our independent study high school program and earn a diploma from a resident high school.  We are happy to serve them, and we would be happy to serve you no matter where you live or how beautiful your surroundings are.  Enroll today and let us help you earn a high school diploma at home.  You'll be glad you did!  

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we're back with another testimonial from a student or parent.  Today's testimonial comes from Richard from Texas, who writes, "American School provides a way for students to excel beyond the common limitations of a classroom."  We thank Richard for those words.  Even though Richard's testimonial is only one sentence long, it is a powerful statement.  Common limitations of today's classrooms might include too many students which could lead unsafe learning conditions for students.  Students in classrooms all work at the same pace, but what if you want to work more slowly or more quickly than your peers?  It is difficult to do that in a traditional classroom but easy to do that with American School.  Our students excel by working at their own pace and with the support of our instructors and staff.  Some take print or online high school courses, while others take print or online middle school courses, but all of our students receive the same type of quality education without having to leave their houses.  American School is a great way for someone to earn a high school diploma at home, and today is a great day for you or someone you know to get started.  Enroll now!

Today’s Birthday: Meriwether Lewis

It's August 18, and Meriwether Lewis was born on this date in 1774.  He and William Clark are the people behind the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition which took place from 1804-1806.  The expedition's purpose was to find the quickest way from the existing United States to the Pacific Ocean.  Lewis and Clark explored the lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, starting in Missouri, and eventually reached the Pacific Ocean as they hoped.  In these difficult days, perhaps you're looking for something new for yourself or a family member.  If you're looking to earn a high school diploma at home, consider enrolling in our general high school program or college preparatory program.  If you're not ready for high school yet, consider enrolling in our accredited middle school program.  Learning in a new way might seem scary at first, but our staff will be happy to be your guide as you enter uncharted territory.  Set off on your own expedition with American School and enroll today! 


American School Closing Early August 6

American School will close early on Thursday, August 6, for a staff event.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Friday, August 7.  You might be aware that American School has a handful of staff events each year.  Some of them are educational in nature while others are designed to be more social and to build camaraderie among the people who help you earn a high school diploma at home or complete your accredited middle school program.  We wish to be clear that this event will be done as safely as possible.  We want all of our employees to be healthy, and we want all of our students to be healthy too.  The August 6 event is a way for American School management to show appreciation for employees and to do so in a safe and socially distant way.  We are in no way jeopardizing our employees' health or the way in which we serve our students.  Thank you for understanding and for making us your distance education high school or middle school. 

Today’s Birthday: Elisha Otis

It's August 3, and inventor Elisha Otis was born on this date in 1811.  The Otis Elevator Company that he founded and which still bears his name makes elevators which take people where they need to go.  In the same way, a print or online high school diploma can take you where you need to go.  Studies have shown that people who earn a high school diploma at home or while attending a resident school make more money over the course of their careers than those who do not have a diploma.  Enrolling in our general high school program or college preparatory program should be your first step in this process.  Our innovative curriculum and affordable all-inclusive tuition will elevate you to new heights.  Get started today!


2020 Convention #12: FPEA Convention (Cancelled)

This weekend American School was scheduled to attend the Florida Parent Educators Association in Orlando, but the convention has been cancelled.  Had we attended, we would have had information about our general high school program and college preparatory program which students may use to earn a high school diploma at home.  We also would have had information about our accredited middle school program and been able to share with visitors how any of our accredited high school courses and middle school courses may be taken for enrichment.  The FPEA Convention is one of our favorite shows of the year and one of the biggest events of the year.  We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in 2021!