We Want Your New Course Ideas

As a leader in distance education since 1897, American School is proud to offer a wide variety of high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Soon we'll add middle school correspondence courses to our curriculum, but we don't want to stop there.  We want to hear from you and get your opinion on what specific courses or subjects we should add next.  Simply email us your ideas.  We'll read every single email sent to us and we'll do our best to create as many of your course suggestions as possible.  Thank you for helping us make American School even better!

Today’s Anniversary: The Post Office

It's February 20, and on this date in 1792, George Washington signed the Postal Service Act which established the United States Post Office Department.  As a leading distance education high school for more than a century, we are thankful for the Post Office.  Students in our high school correspondence courses rely on it to send us their exams, and we rely on it to return students' exams.  Over the years we've added online enrollment applications and online high school courses and online middle school courses, but the traditional mail continues to be a main part of what we do here.  We're continuing to create paper-based courses for our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program, and we have no plans to change.  We want to make sure that we have the courses you need whether you prefer to do them online or on paper, and we'd love to have you as our student.  Enroll today!

2018 Convention #1: WSCA

We're headed to the first convention of 2018 next week when we exhibit at the WSCA Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.  This event for Wisconsin school counselors gives us the opportunity to showcase our high school independent study program that students may use for credit recovery.  Students can choose from accredited online high school courses or accredited high school correspondence courses and ultimately graduate on time with their classes.  Counselors may visit us at table 37 at the Monona Terrace on February 20 from 4-6 p.m., February 21 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and February 22 from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.  We've always enjoyed visiting the Badger State and know this year will be no different.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day

It's February 14, and today is Valentine's Day.  It's the perfect occasion to tell you some of the things our students love about us.  Many of them like that we offer online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Others like that we have a general high school diploma program and a college preparatory program for students in grades 9-12.  Still others like that we have an accredited middle school program.  What people seem to love most, though, is that we offer students the ability to work at their own pace.  Students can work slowly in one subject if they need more time or move faster in a subject they master quickly.  It's entirely up to them.  Along the way, they'll have the support of our entire staff, including instructors who are highly qualified in their fields.  We're confident you'll love our school as much as we'll love having you as our student.  Show us some love and enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Fat Tuesday

It's February 13, the day before Ash Wednesday, often called Fat Tuesday.  Many of us will be eating paczki to celebrate today, even tough those delicious donuts probably aren't featured in our new Foods and Nutrition course.  That course teaches students how to eat a nutritionally balanced diet, and we're happy to have it in our curriculum.  Our course developers are working on a variety of other high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses, but they've also spent considerable time creating middle school correspondence courses which will be available soon.  We're excited about our course offerings, and we hope you are too.  Enroll today and start taking some of our courses yourself!

Today’s Birthday: Abraham Lincoln

It's February 12, and Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.  He was the 16th President of the United States and is considered one of the greatest leaders in American history.  A few years ago, a new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened in Springfield, Illinois, and we're headed to Springfield later this year for a convention.  Next week, however, is our first convention of 2018, so check back on Thursday to see where we're headed first.  We enjoy going to conventions to promote our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses, and we also enjoy promoting historical sites such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum which can be great resources as you work in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  Enroll with us today! 

Winter Weather on Friday, February 9

A winter storm is forecast starting tonight and continuing all day tomorrow, so the American School will be closed Friday, February 9.  We enjoy serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program who live in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, but the safety of our employees takes precedence in severe weather events.  If you live in the path of the storm, you can continue working on your high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses since our students can work whenever and wherever it is convenient for them regardless of the weather.  As with our power, heat and email issues this week, we hope to have the winter storm behind us and get back to normal next week!  Sincere thanks for your patience and understanding.  We appreciate it.

American School Email Update Part 2

It's February 8, and we continue to work on getting our servers repaired and upgraded so that all @americanschool.org email addresses can send and receive emails.  We are hopeful the problem will be fixed later today.  Once emails start coming in again, we will answer them as quickly as possible.  Please be aware, however, that if you sent an email to us on Monday or Tuesday, it may not be delivered.  Sometimes emails don't go through after 24 or 48 hours of trying, and you may get an automated reply saying that your email could not be delivered.  If that is the case, please resend your email, and we will reply as quickly as possible.  As frustrating as this issue has been for us, we know it has been even more frustrating for you since you are contacting us for assistance with your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with these issues that are out of our control.  Please know how grateful we are to serve you, and we hope to be 100% back to normal next week.  

American School Power Outage and Weather Update

American School remains closed Tuesday, February 6, though the two of us who are in the building are encouraged that the power works, the internet works, the phone works, and soon we'll have our heat back to normal.  At this time, we anticipate reopening Wednesday, February 7, with our normal business hours, but please remember that this is winter in Chicago and that means snow.  Snow is forecast just about every day this week, so we ask for your understanding if our hours change or if we are closed due to weather later in the week.  Again, at this time, we plan on being open with regular business hours the rest of the week, but that may change.  We only do blogs when we are in the office, so your best bet for weather updates is to like us on Facebook. Between the power outage and weather, we ask for your patience this week as we get caught up on grading exams, replying to emails, processing enrollment applications and more.  For immediate assistance, email us and we will reply as soon as possible.  We appreciate your understanding as you work on your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, and we love having you as our students and employees!


American School Closed Today

American School is closed today due to inclement weather, and there is more inclement weather forecast all week.  Please check our Facebook page for updates.  In the meantime, we encourage you to continue working on your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  We are happy to have you as our students!