Today’s Anniversary: The Four Freedoms Speech

It’s January 6, and on this date in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his Four Freedoms Speech.  FDR’s four freedoms were freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  That quartet got us thinking about a quartet of our own.  We call them our Four C’s, and they are curriculum, cost, credibility and caring student service.   Our curriculum includes high-quality middle school correspondence courses, online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses and online high school courses.  Take them individually for credit recovery purposes or enrichment, or you can take them collectively as part of full-year or full diploma programs.  Our cost is much lower than competitors because we are a non-profit business and offer all-inclusive tuition.  Our credibility comes from being accredited by three accrediting bodies and recognized by our home state of Illinois.  Finally, our caring student service ensures that you’ll be supported every step of your way.    You’ll have freedom from fear after you enroll and become our student, so why not get started by enrolling today?

American School Celebrates 123rd Anniversary

It’s December 17, and today American School is celebrating its 123rd anniversary.  Our charter is dated December 17, 1897 and comes from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because R.T. Miller and his friends founded American School near Boston.  We were based in Massachusetts for a few years before moving to Chicago in the early 1900s.  The Chicago area has been our home ever since.  R.T. Miller established American School because many people worked during the day and still needed an education.  Doing correspondence courses was a way for them to do that.  R.T. Miller was a visionary but even he could not have imagined that one day high school correspondence courses would be offered along with online high school courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses, but that is how we have evolved over the years.  American School continues to evolve to best serve our students, and we are grateful for the three million students and graduates who have made us their distance education high school or middle school.  Be a part of our great history by enrolling today!

New Pre-Algebra Course Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new paper-based Pre-Algebra course is now available.  The course is perfect for students in our accredited middle school program if they are on an accelerated math track, and it is also acceptable for students in our accredited high school program who might need additional time to prepare for algebra and geometry courses.  No matter your math track, many of the concepts can be utilized in a variety of professions such as construction, music, scientific research, education, business, engineering, cooking, architecture, and medicine.  Please note that a calculator with a square root key is required for this course, and, like all of our math courses, students will need to show work on their exams.  We are happy to add Pre-Algebra to our middle school correspondence courses and high school correspondence courses, but we would be happier if you or someone you know became our student.  Get started by enrolling today!

About Upcoming Conventions

As you might imagine, several conventions this spring at which American School planned to have a booth have been postponed or cancelled.  While we will miss seeing familiar faces and introducing new ones to our online middle school courses, middle school correspondence courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, we support the organizers of these conventions and their decisions to postpone or cancel them.  With that said, we plan to publish blogs promoting the conventions we would have attended.  We are doing this for two reasons.  First, we attend conventions run by reputable organizations. These organizations have been good to us over the years, and we want to give them an extra boost of publicity during this difficult time.  Second, we want to show you the type of conventions and places we visit throughout the year to spread the word about American School's services.  Each blog entry will give the name of the convention and indicate whether the event has been postponed or cancelled.  We hope you enjoy these blogs and plan to visit us at a convention whenever it is safe to do so!     

American School Closed Monday, September 2

American School will be closed Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen with our regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3.  We work hard to assist students in high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, but we wouldn't want it any other way.  We are happy to serve you and hope you check back here tomorrow for our Friday blog and then have a great weekend!

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.

American School and the French Open

This weekend the French Open concludes in Paris.  It's one of the four biggest tennis tournaments of the year and one at which American School students and graduates have been successful.  Andre Agassi won the men's tournament in 1999, and Mary Pierce won the women's tournament the following year.  Caroline Wozniacki and Anna Tatishvili competed in the women's tournament this year.  We're proud of our students and graduates no matter what they accomplish.  It's not uncommon for players to literally leave marks on the red clay courts at Roland Garros, but our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses will help you leave your mark in whatever career you pursue.  Take the first step toward a bright future and enroll today!