American School and Wimbledon

Wimbledon wrapped up this past weekend, but we don't want to let the world's pre-eminent grass court tennis tournament fade into the background without highlighting some American School students and graduates who succeeded in London.  At the top of the list is Andre Agassi, who won the gentlemen's title in 1992 and was runner-up in 1999.  Andrea Jaeger is the top American School student on the ladies' side, where she was runner-up in 1983.  Other American School students who have played at Wimbledon include Caroline Wozniacki, Anna Tatishvili, Mary Pierce, Anna Kournikova and Kathy Horvath.  One reason tennis players have preferred our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses over the years is that they can study wherever they are.  As a top distance education high school, all of our students can study wherever and whenever they want, whether they're an elite athlete or not.  If you're interested in the same type of curriculum and schedule, enroll now.  We'd be happy to serve you!

Today’s Special Occasion: The MLB All-Star Game

It's July 9, and today the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland.  We write about the MLB All-Star Game every year because it was the subject of the very first American School blog entry way back in 2006.  The theme of that blog was how the American School can help you become an all-star, and although 13 years have gone by since that entry, the basic premise remains the same.  Enrolling in our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses will give you a solid education that will be helpful as you think about going to college or joining the workforce.  You'll work at your own pace and have the full support of our staff along the way.  Back in 2006 we didn't have print or online middle school courses, but you can be an all-star in grades 6-8 if you enroll and take those courses before moving on to high school.  As usual, all of our courses may be taken collectively if you wish to complete full years or earn a high school diploma at home or individually as part of an independent study high school or middle school program or to supplement an existing homeschool program.  If you want to become an all-star in grades 6-12 and beyond, we invite you to step into the batter's box and enroll with us today! 

Today’s Birthday: Helen Keller

It's June 27, and Helen Keller was born on this date in 1880.  Helen contracted an illness as a child that left her deaf and blind, but with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, she started her education and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe, which is often considered the sister school of Harvard.  We mention her birthday because she is a great example of overcoming long odds to acquire an education.  One can only imagine that there were many days when Helen's deafness and blindness made receiving an education difficult, but she stuck with it and eventually reached her goals and surpassed the expectations of many people in society.  These days, we know that many students have many different health issues that make it difficult for them to succeed in a tradtional school setting.  Taking online high school courses or high school correspondence courses with us allows students to work at their own pace and not be concerned about falling behind their classmates.  If you're not feeling well, there is no pressure to work that day.  If you're feeling well, you can take advantage of those days and do a little more.  All of us are compassionate toward students' health issues and will do our best to accommodate you.  Consider enrolling in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program today and let us support you as you work toward meeting your educational goals.   

New Grading Policy Takes Effect July 1

Today's blog contains an important notice regarding a change in grading procedures that will take effect July 1, 2019.  In order to receive credit for any individual submission (exam, assignment, project, etc.) in high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses or online middle school courses, a student must receive a grade of 65 or higher.  A student who does not earn a score of 65 or higher on the first attempt on any course submission will be given up to two additional attempts. If that student does not earn a score of 65 or higher by the third attempt, the highest of the three grades will stand. No student will receive more than three attempts on a course submission.  Students must pass a course with an overall grade of 65 or better in order to receive credit.  Please contact our Student Service department if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we make changes to better serve our students.

Today’s Anniversary: The First NASCAR race

It's June 19, and NASCAR ran its first stock car race on this date in 1949.  You might think of your time with American School as a car race.  You take the green flag when you begin one of your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  Sometimes you might see a yellow caution flag if you're struggling in a course, but our instructors and staff will be your "pit crew" and provide support so that you can do your best.  Eventually you'll take the checkered flag and cross the finish line with your accredited high school diploma in hand.  Get your engine started by enrolling with us today!   

Toll-Free Phone Number Ends Today

Today's blog is a reminder that our toll-free phone will no longer work after today.  We have done our best to remove this number from our web site, social media pages and other forms of advertising, so if you need to reach us by phone, please call us at 708-418-2800.  If you call during our regular business hours, you will have the opportunity to speak with a staff member.  If you call after our regular business hours, you will have the opportunity to leave us a message with the expectation that we will reply within one business day.  If you leave a message, please include the student's full name, his or her student number, his or her location, and the reason for your call.  Giving us these four pieces of information will help us find student records quickly and give you the quickest possible service.  We appreciate your understanding and are grateful that you have chosen us for online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.

Happy Father’s Day from American School

It's the Thursday before Father's Day, so we want to extend our Father's Day greetings in today's blog.  We know how instrumental fathers are in their children's educations. Fathers are often their children's first teachers, and we're appreciative that so many fathers have remained deeply involved in their children's educations when they reach grades 6-12.  We provide high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspodnence courses and online middle school courses that would be perfect for your family.  We'd love to add your family to our family, and you can do that by enrolling today!

Today’s Anniversary: High School Graduation

It's June 12, and on this date in a year we won't identify, the person who writes this blog graduated from high school.  Graduating from high school is a milestone for anyone, and we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  American School offers high school correspondence courses and online high school courses that help prepare you for the college or university of your choice or a career in the workforce, whichever you prefer.  You can start anytime, study anywhere, and graduate whenever you have completed all of your requirements.  Enroll today and you can start thinking of your own graduation date in the near future!

2019 Convention #17: California Homeschool Convention

After spending last weekend at home, we're back on the road this week when we attend the California Homeschool Convention.  Come see us in booth 602 at the Ontario Convention Center on June 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.; on June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We will have plenty of details about how you can earn a high school diploma at home or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  Some students prefer to take accredited high school courses online, while others prefer to take high school correspondence courses.  The same options are available for students in grades 6-8.  We are happy to offer outstanding curriculum in print and online and do so at a very affordable cost.  We've always enjoyed our convention trips to California and are expecting this one to be no different.  Come see us later this week!

Toll-Free Phone Number Update

In today's blog, we are announcing that our toll-free phone number will no longer work after June 17.  If you need to reach us by phone, please call us at 708-418-2800.  If you call during our regular business hours, you will have the opportunity to speak with a staff member.  If you call after our regular business hours, you will have the opportunity to leave us a message with the expectation that we will reply within one business day.  If you leave a message, please include the student's full name, his or her student number, his or her location, and the reason for your call.  Giving us these four pieces of information will help us find student records quickly and give you the quickest possible service.  We appreciate your understanding and are grateful that you have chosen us for online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.