Today’s Anniversary: The Otis Elevator

It's March 23, and on this date in 1857, Elisha Otis installed his first elevator.  Today Otis elevators are in buildings all over the world, including two at the American School's office.  As you know, elevators can take you to new heights if you're standing on the ground floor.  Maybe you're on the ground floor with your education, or you're somewhere in the middle and wish to go to the highest possible floor and earn a high school diploma at home.  Whatever your situation, American School would be proud to serve you and have you as our student.  If you've previously completed some high school courses, send us a transcript from your previous school.  We'll evaluate it and let you know what high school correspondence courses or online high school courses you'll need to take in order to earn your diploma from American School.  We're accredited by three major accrediting bodies, so your diploma would carry the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional school.  Get on board with American School and enroll today.  You'll be glad you did!  

2018 Convention #3: ASCD Empower 18

We're shipping off to Boston this week for our third convention of 2018.  We're happy to exhibit at ASCD Empower 18 at the Boston Convention Center, and we're looking forward to meeting curriculum developers from around the country at this annual event.  We'll be in booth 1540 on March 24 and March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days and on March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Our course developers are creating and revising high school correspondence courses and paper-based middle school courses on a regular basis, and you'll see the fruits of their labor later this spring.  At the same time, we're continuing to refine our online high school courses and online middle school courses, so please keep those in mind as well.  Attending events like ASCD Empower 18 will help us give you an even better educational experience, and your satisfaction and success are top priorities for us.  We hope to see many curriculum developers in Boston and see many more of you at a convention in early April.  Stay tuned to our blog next week to see where we are headed next!

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring

It's March 20, and today is the first day of spring.  Spring is a season of new beginnings, so today is the perfect day to begin something new.  If you're wondering about enrolling in our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, why not enroll today?  Not only will grass, trees and flowers grow in spring, but your knowledge will grow during the season as well.  If you enroll today, you could even have a course or two complete by the first day of summer since all of our students work at their own pace.  Make the first day of spring one to remember and become our student today!

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 Special Occasion: The Ides of March

It's March 15, and today is the Ides of March.  Some of you may be familiar with the phrase "Beware the Ides of March" if you've read the play Julius Caesar or know some history about Julius Caesar himself, but the Ides of March has a different significance for students in our independent study high school program who are taking high school independent study courses to graduate on time with their classes this year or recover credits so they can be promoted to the next grade.  While we allow students to enroll any time, it is very difficult for students who enroll after March 15 to have their course or courses completed in time to graduate this year.  That's because our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses contain several exams or projects, and students need to spend time mastering each lesson or unit before taking those exams or completing those projects.  Ideally students would have all of their work submitted to us by early April, though we are here to grade exams as quickly and accurately as possible all throughout the year.  We enjoy having the opportunity to serve you and help you earn a high school diploma however we can!  

Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day

It's March 14, and today is Pi Day.  That's because pi is typically shortened to 3.14, and today is 3-14 on the calendar.  Pi is used in many of our mathematics courses, and we encourage you to view that list.  You'll see that we have a variety of high school correspondence courses and online high school courses available.  Some of them are more basic, while some of them are more advanced.  We know that people learn differently and have different abilities and interests.  That's why we like having a wide variety of available subjects.  Not all of them are as easy as pie (or pi) but our instructors are happy to answer any questions you have so that you can do your very best.  Take a look at the rest of our web site to learn more about us and what we do.  When you add everything up, we believe we are the best distance education high school around.  Enroll today! 

2018 Convention #2: Texas Homeschool Convention

We're on the road again this week and invite you to join us at the Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth.  We'll be in booth 404 at the Fort Worth Convention Center on March 15 from 6-9 p.m.; March 16 from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and March 17 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses and pick up one of our promotional items during your visit.  We've had great success at conventions in the Lone Star State in the past, and we're confident this year will be no different.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday

Today's blog is a reminder to move your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  Daylight Saving Time begins early Sunday morning, which means you'll lose an hour of sleep this weekend, but the sun will be out later.  Losing an hour of time won't hurt our students too much because they work when and where it is convenient for them.  Some work on online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses on a regular basis.  Others take longer breaks in between units or courses.  Whatever schedule works best for you is fine with us.  Enroll today and give yourself the flexibility of working whenever and wherever it is convenient for you.  You'll be glad you did!

Today’s Birthday: Michelangelo

It's March 6, and Renaissance artist Michelangelo was born on this date in 1506.  He sculpted the Pieta and David and also painted the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel.  While we can't promise you'll become the next Michelangelo, we're proud to offer you more Fine Arts courses than ever before.  Our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses can help you improve your drawing and photography skills, give you a greater appreciation for art and music, or maybe even help you become an actor or actress on stage or screen.  Any of our fine arts courses would be a great addition to your accredited high school program, and individually they are available through our independent study high school program.  Let your inner Michelangelo shine and enroll today!   



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!