March 20 Coronavirus Statement

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation changes frequently.  We have created a specific web page to address the situation while continuing to update our blog and social media pages as best we can.  Please visit www.americanschool.org/covid-19 for all of our statements with the most recent one at the top and others following in chronological order.

At this time, American School remains closed to the public.  Only American School staff members are allowed in the building.  Several staff members are working at home, but the ones who are in the building are practicing social distancing, washing their hands frequently, and doing their best to stay healthy.

In addition, the State of Illinois has issued a shelter-in-place policy until April 7.  The policy allows distance learning institutions to remain open.

The following information applies to all students:

If students are enrolled in a print course but wish to switch to online exams, please send an email to instructiondept@americanschool.org.  You can switch to online exams at any point in your course and pick up right where you left off.  As usual, remember to put your full name, student number, and the course(s) in which you wish to take online exams.  A list of courses with online exams available is here.  If a course has a computer symbol next to it, it has an online exam option.  In addition, online exams are available for Introduction to Business (2018 version) and Office Procedures (2016 version) and Physics (2010 version).  Online exams are not available for Physics (2019 version) and any print middle school courses.  

In addition, most print courses have a corresponding online version.  If students have not yet begun a course and have not had study materials sent to them, students can switch from the print version to the online version at no charge.  If you have study materials in a new, unused condition, have not started the course, and would like to make the change to the online course, please send an email to studentservice@americanschool.org.

All requests to switch over to online exams or online courses must be done in writing via email or letter.  Each student record will be evaluated and the student will receive a response within 1-2 business days.

The following information applies to students in our independent study high school program whose schools may not reopen for some time:

If students are in GradPoint courses with final exam requirements and and cannot take their final exam before the end of their enrollment period, American School will allow them access to take the final exam whenever their local school reopens, provided students have completed all other required coursework and the school reopens by July. 

If students are in Edmentum courses with final exam requirements and cannot take their final exam before the end of their enrollment period, American School will allow them access to take the final exam whenever their local school reopens, provided students have completed all other required coursework. 

If students are in a full-credit Edmentum course and completes all other coursework in the first semester section, American School will activate the second semester section even if the first semester final exam has not been taken.  Once their school reopens, American School will ensure them access to both the first semester and second semester final exams. 

Thank you for making American School your distance education high school or middle school.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope you and your family stay healthy.

New English 10 Course Available

American School is happy to announce that a new paper-based English 10 course is now available.  This course can be taken as a credit recovery course through our independent study high school program or may be taken as part of a general high school or college preparatory program as you work to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are always looking to add new courses to our curriculum or revise older courses to bring them up-to-date.  Keep checking this blog to learn what's coming next!

 

New Algebra 2 Course Available

American School is proud to release a new Algebra 2 course.  The course is a great addition to our lineup of high school correspondence courses and maybe be taken as part of our general high school program, college preparatory program or independent study high school program.   Take a look around our web site and see what courses appeal to you.  We offer core subjects like English, math, science and social studies as well as specialty or elective areas such as business, career and technical education, fine arts and world languages.  We have courses for every need and would be happy to serve you.  Enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Vermont

It's March 4, and Vermont became a state on this date in 1791.  We like featuring statehood anniversaries in this blog because it gives us the chance to remind you that we serve students in all corners of the United States.  Some decide to earn a high school diploma at home for a variety of reasons.  Others enroll in independent study high school courses to recover credit and earn a diploma from a resident school.  Still others take accredited print or online middle school courses or high school courses to complete grades or simply for enrichment and personal satisfaction.  This time of year Vermont is known for maple syrup, but we're known for providing an outstanding education at an affordable cost.  Discover it for yourself by enrolling today.   

New Physics Course Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new Physics course is available.  The course is perfect for students attempting to earn a high school diploma at home through our general high school program or college preparatory program.  Physics might also be useful for students in our independent study high school program who need to recover credits in order to graduate on time.  More information is available on our web site, or you can head over to our enrollment page and begin the enrollment process today!

Today’s Anniversary: Kansas

It's January 29, and Kansas became a state on this date in 1861.  To our knowledge, we've never attended a convention in the Sunflower State, but we do attend a convention in Kansas City, Missouri on an annual basis.  As we've said in previous blogs, we do our best to meet students where they are.  We have an exciting convention lineup for 2020 and will be announcing details soon.  At every show we promote our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  We also bring along some unique promotional items, including a brand new one we will debut in 2020.  Whether you live in Kansas or any of the other 49 states, we look forward to meeting you in person later this year!

About the Online Counselor Office

Today's blog is about our Online Counselor Office.  The Online Counselor Office is available to school officials who have students enrolled in our middle school and high school independent study program.  Counselors can log into the Online Counselor Office anytime to view their students' records, download final exams, and much more.  We allow for one school code and one password per school, so it is important for school officials to share their information with others on staff so that everyone can have access to the site.  When counselors access the Online Counselor Office, they will see a list of names of their students who are taking our accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses.  They can click on the name of a particular student and view that student's records.  We are happy to offer this service to counselors who have students in our independent study high school program or middle school program and hope you visit the Online Counselor Office often!

American School and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Recently American School renewed its membership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.  The Illinois Chamber is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and American School has been a part of it for more than 70 years.  We joined in 1946 when we only offered high school correspondence courses and our independent study high school program was in its infancy.  Today we offer online high school courses and print and online middle school courses to students in all 50 states.  We are proud to be a member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and wish the Illinois Chamber another 100 years of success serving businesses throughout our home state.

 

American School Sends Bulk Mailing

American School is always looking for ways to reach people who might be interested in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Recently we did a bulk mailing to school counselors in all 50 states to introduce, or in some cases reintroduce, ourselves to them.  The mailing contained information about our independent study high school program which is helpful for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate with their class.  It also mentioned that American School can serve the potential dropout by giving him or her the chance to earn a high school diploma at home at an affordable cost.  In total more than 120,000 counselors, including counselors who currently use us, received this mailing.  While we are unsure if we will send similar mailings in the future, it is our hope that the counselors who received this mailing will consider allowing us to serve their students in 2020 and beyond. 

About Using Old Enrollment Applications

Last fall we introduced new enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  These new applications were available as PDF documents on our web site or by request through the mail and remain current today.  We hope to have online enrollment applications available shortly.  Old enrollment applications are no longer being honored.  If you attempt to enroll using an old enrollment application, you will be contacted and asked to pay the difference in number of credits and/or price between your old enrollment application and the current enrollment application.  Thank you for your cooperation and allowing us to serve you!