Today’s Birthday: Twitter

It's March 21, and Twitter was founded on this date in 2006.  Today's blog, which is longer than 140 or 280 characters, is a reminder that we have a presence on Twitter.  You can find us there @as_hsdiploma.  We're also on Facebook.  You can find us there @americanschoolofcorrespondence.  We're happy to reach people in our online high school diploma program, correspondence high school diploma program or independent study high school program on social media, and you can bet we will post information about our middle school correspondence courses on Twitter and Facebook as soon as they become available.  In the meantime, we're proud to offer online middle school courses to students in grades 6-8.  Thank you for following us on Twitter and Facebook, and tell someone you know to do the same! 

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!  

Reminder About Our Academic Programs

We're happy to be a leading distance education high school and middle school, but sometimes people don't realize what that entails.  Today's blog should help.  We offer a correspondence high school diploma program and an online high school diploma program.  Enrolling in either of these programs results in students earning our accredited high school diploma.  Because we are accredited, our diploma carries the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional public or private school, and we accept students of all ages into our high school diploma programs.  Those students can choose from a general high school program if they wish to join the workforce immediately after graduating or a college preparatory program if they wish to attend college after graduating.  If you don't want or need to earn our diploma, you may take individual courses with us through our independent study high school program or independent study middle school program and earn credit toward your work at another school.  You can also take individual courses to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Whether you need 1 course or 18, whether you're homeschooled or attend a traditional school, American School has the courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Consider enrolling today!     

Today’s Anniversary: The Telephone

It's March 7, and Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone on this date in 1876.  Though we use email to communicate with students in our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program and accredited middle school program more than ever before, we definitely are available to assist our students via telephone.  Call us at 708-418-2800 or 866-260-7221 and we'll be happy to assist you.  We're open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday, but if we miss you and you leave a message, we'll return your call the next business day.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

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 Anniversary: Milwaukee

It's January 31, and the city of Milwaukee was incorporated on this date in 1846.  We've attended conventions in Wisconsin's most populous city several times and will be heading to another city in Wisconsin to kick off our 2018 convention campaign in a few weeks.  We enjoy traveling across the country and telling people about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Some may enroll and earn an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from us, while others may take individual courses through our independent study high school program.  We enjoy meeting students' needs in a variety of ways, and we look forward to meeting you at a convention in 2018!     

Caroline Wozniacki Moves Into Aussie Open Semis

American School student Caroline Wozniacki defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open semifinals.  Now just two matches away from winning her first major title, Caroline next plays Thursday afternoon (Wednesday night in the United States) against Elise Mertens.  We'll have a report on that match in Thursday's blog, but in the meantime, we encourage you to join Caroline as one of our students by enrolling today.  We offer an accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Take a package of courses and ultimately earn a high school diploma at home, or take individual subjects to enrich an existing homeschool program.  We also have an independent study high school program for credit recovery if you are attending a traditional school.  Either way, we'd be happy to serve you and have you as our student!


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!