Today’s Anniversary: The First U.S. Patent

It's July 31, and on this date in 1790, Samuel Hopkins received a patent for the production of potash.  It was the very first patent given in the United States.  We don't have a patent on homeschooling and distance education, but we are one of the pioneers in that field.  We were founded in 1897 in Boston by R.T. Miller and his friends.  They wanted to create a school which could serve people who could not attend traditional schools.  Maybe these people had jobs, or maybe they were too old to attend school.  Whatever the reason, American School was there to serve them, and more than a century later, we're here to serve anyone who desires to earn his or her accredited high school diploma or simply take a course or two for enrichment purposes or credit recovery.  Take a look around the rest of our web site to see everything we offer.  Then, whenever you're ready, take the next step and enroll.  You'll feel confident learning from one of the pioneers in distance education–American School!

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Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so let's hear a testimonial from one of our students.  Normally we'd identify the student by first name and hometown, but we're keeping this one anonymous other than to tell you that she is in her 30s, owns her own business and was commenting on her instructor's feedback on a recent exam in our online  Life Management Skills course..  She writes, "Thank you for believing in me.  Your response made a difference to me.  It gave me encouragement that I can do it as long as I try.  And I wanted to see that if I didn't rush could I do it better.  And I saw that.  It's just owning a business and schooling was hard, but I may have figured something out like I did last night.  Thanks again."  We're thankful for those thoughts.  They verify that our instructors write detailed personalized comments on every exam they grade, and they also serve as a reminder that anyone can enroll with us.  We are grateful to have students of all ages, of all backgrounds and from all 50 states who are taking individual courses for enrichment or credit recovery or who are working toward their accredited high school diplomas.

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American School Heads to Fort Wayne for FWAHS Resource Expo

This Saturday, May 16, we're headed due east to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Home Education Resource Expo.  This special one-day only event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  We'll be in booth 12 with plenty of information about our online and paper-based diploma programs as well as applications if you wish to take individual courses for enrichment purposes.  As usual, we'll bring along some of our famous freebies too.  This is our first trip to Fort Wayne, and we hope to make it an annual event.  Come join us!

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