Today’s Birthday: Sir Isaac Newton

It's January 4, and Sir Isaac Newton was born on this date in 1643.  He was a philosopher and mathematician but is perhaps best known as a physicist.  American School is proud to offer a paper-based Physics course and an online Physics course where you can learn about Newton's work with gravity and much more.  These courses would be a great addition to your college preparatory program or independent study high school program, but please note that each course has its own prerequisites.  Some of our courses have prerequisites because they are more advanced.  We want to make sure you are in a good position to succeed in these courses, which is why we have prerequisites in place before students can enroll in them.  We're one of the distance education high schools which care about students' welfare, and we look forward to having you as our student after you complete the enrollment process.  

American School at 120 (Part 2)

In 1902, the Armour Institute (currently called the Illinois Institute of Technology) invited American School to Chicago to develop and improve its existing home study courses and home study methods.  Chicago was a transportation hub and had many museums and other educational institutions.  It was also close to St. Louis, host of the 1904 World's Fair at which the American School exhibited.  Courses were added, enrollments grew, and in 1907, just 10 years after its founding, the American School moved into a building of its own on 58th and Drexel in the shadow of the University of Chicago.  That building, which still stands as a historic site, was our home for nearly 90 years until we moved to our current location in the far south suburbs of Chicago.  The American School continued to grow and still others took notice.  Sidney Mitchell was principal at Benton Harbor High School in Michigan.  His idea was to have his students take American School courses to enrich their studies.  Thus, our independent study high school program was born.  To this day, we've helped countless students graduate from high school by taking high school independent study courses, while others have decided to earn a high school diploma at home directly from us.  Either way, we're happy to have helped more than 3 million students graduate high school.  Check back tomorrow for another installment of some of the great moments in American School history!


Today’s Anniversary: The Assembly Line

It's December 1, and on this date in 1913, the Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.  We thought this anniversary might be a good occasion to tell you how your exams move throughout our building after you submit them as part of your correspondence high school diploma program or independent study high school program.  When they arrive, exams are sent to our mail table, where they are opened and sorted by subject.  Then they move to the exam distribution office which further separates and organizes them.  After that, they're given to our instructors, who are trained to call students by name and write constructive feedback on every exam they grade.  After exams are graded in the order in which they are received, they return to the exam distribution office and later recorded in our grading system.  Shortly after they are recorded, grades appear in the online student center.  Finally, graded exams are placed in envelopes and mailed back to our students.  The whole process is like an assembly line, and we are grateful to have so many exams from students who are working to earn a high school diploma at home with American School!


American School to Attend ISCA Conference

American School is pleased to attend the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference this week at the Marriott Indianapolis East.  School counselors are invited to stop by table 57 on November 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and November 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about our accredited high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses.  We have thousands of students in our independent study high school program and look forward to adding more from the Hoosier State after this event.  Come join us!

American School to Attend Tennessee School Counselor Convention

American School is back on the road this weekend with an appearance at the Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute.  The event will be at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro and is open on Sunday, October 1, from 2-6 p.m.; Monday, October 2, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 3, from 7:30-11 a.m.  We'll have plenty of information about our accredited high school courses, accredited middle school program and our independent study high school program and are excited to share it with counselors from the Volunteer State.

AP Courses Enrollment Still Available

Today's blog is a reminder that we are offering Advanced Placement courses in United States Government and Politics, United States History, Biology, Calculus AB and English Language and Composition.  These online high school courses can be a great addition to an existing online high school diploma program, or they can be taken through our independent study high school program.  Click here for more information! 

Major Announcement Coming Monday

Need a reason to look forward to Monday?  We're happy to oblige.  Be sure to check this blog Monday morning for a major announcement for students in our accredited high school program or who are interested in taking accredited online high school courses as part of an independent study high school program.  We're excited to offer new courses and services for you, and we hope you'll be as excited about them as we are!

New Foods and Nutrition Course Available

American School is pleased to announce the debut of a new Foods and Nutrition course.  This course replaces our Food Study course and has 7 exams.  It may be taken as a full unit or half unit course.  We're pleased to offer Foods and Nutrition among our high school correspondence courses.  Students take these courses en route to a correspondence high school diploma or for credit recovery or enrichment through our independent study high school program.  Keep checking this blog often because we'll be adding more courses later this year.

American School to Attend ASCA Annual Conference

American School is pleased to exhibit at the ASCA Annual Conference next weekend in Denver.  School counselors from across the country are invited to visit us in booth 603 at the Colorado Convention Center on July 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; July 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and July 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We'll have information about our independent study high school program that allows students to take high school correspondence courses and online high school courses for credit recovery or enrichment.  Our online middle school courses have the same possibilities for students in grades 6-8.  In addition to our promotional items, guests at our booth have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card just for stopping by.  Stop by and see us.  We promise to do everything we can to make your students' experience with us anything but rocky!

Today’s Anniversary: Charles Lindbergh Ticker Tape Parade

It's June 13, and 90 years ago today, Charles Lindbergh received a ticker tape parade in New York City after he returned from his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  His voyage was quite an accomplishment, and you can achieve something just as big after you enroll and become our student.  Maybe you feel like you can't get off the ground when it comes to your education.  We have online middle school courses now and will add paper middle school courses in the next couple months.  We also offer online high school courses and high school correspondence courses that you can take toward your high school diploma, either from us or from another accredited school through our independent study high school program.  We look forward to having you as our student and helping you soar to new heights along the way!