Today’s Anniversary: Boston

It's September 17, and the city of Boston was founded on this day in 1630.  Although we have been proud to call Chicago and the Chicago area home for the vast majority of our 122 years of operation, we have a special affinity for Boston because we were founded there in 1897.  R.T. Miller and his friends believed in a new way of education that allowed people to take high school correspondence courses at home.  We've held true to his mission by adding online high school courses and an accredited middle school program to our curriculum.  Boston is a historic city with the Freedom Trail and other Revolutionary War sites, and it is also a championship city with each of its four major sports teams winning championships within the last 11 years.  Similarly, we are a historic school that will help you become a champion in whatever field you pursue.  Get started by enrolling today!   

Looking Back at 21 Years at American School

It's September 16, and over the weekend the person who regularly writes this blog celebrated 21 years of work at American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't add an accredited middle school program until 2016.  Moreover, 21 years ago we only offered high school correspondence courses that students could take to earn a high school diploma at home.  Now we offer online high school courses and allow students to pick which courses they do online and which they do on paper.  We've always offered an independent study high school program, but we also offer individual courses to anyone who may wish to take them for enrichment.  One thing that hasn't changed over the years is our commitment to our students.  We strive to offer accredited courses at an affordable cost and provide the best possible service.  It's the vision our founder, R.T. Miller, had when he and his friends founded the American School in Boston in 1897.  That philosophy was passed down and instilled in other School leaders over the years, including those in charge in 1998 and those leading the School today.   All of us are grateful for you and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

Christopher Paolini to Appear in Missouri and Michigan

American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini will make appearances at two Barnes and Noble bookstores in Missouri and Michigan this fall.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, he will be in Springfield, Missouri, at 3 p.m., and on Friday, October 11, he will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for more information.  We are proud to call Christopher one of our graduates.  He completed a correspondence high school diploma program at age 15 and has gone on to become a successful science fiction author.  In fact, one of his books even was turned into a feature film!  A few years ago, Christopher visited our building, and we were happy to spend time with him.  We always enjoy meeting our students and graduates, whether they take online high school courses, online middle school courses or our traditional print courses.  If you're near Springfield or Grand Rapids and would like to meet a fellow American School student, we encourage you to visit Christopher Paolini at his book appearances.  We are happy to count him–and you–among our students and graduates!   

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have a testimonial from Molly in Oregon.  She writes, "American School is outstanding!  While I was studying high school I was able to work at my own pace and manage my own time so I could have a job and graduate early.  In addition to that, the material is put in a way I could easily understand, and I learned so much more because of that.  I would recommend the American School to anyone interested in preparing themselves for a better future."  We thank Molly for those thoughts.  Many of our students enroll in our print or online high school diploma program and hold full-time or part-time jobs like Molly did.  We offer students the flexibility to work in a high school correspondence class or in online high school courses whenever it's convenient for them.  Our accredited middle school program offers similar flexibility.  To experience the same benefits Molly did, we invite you to enroll today!    

Remembering September 11, 2001

Today is September 11, the 18th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site looking for information about online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and print and online middle school courses may not have been born when 9-11 occurred.  For those of us who were alive that day, the memories are still vivid.  No matter your age, if you are able, we encourage you to attend a local 9-11 memorial service today if there is one in your community.  You may also visit the 9-11 Memorial if you are ever in New York City, the Pentagon if you are in Washington, D.C. or the Flight 93 Memorial if you are ever in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

2019 Convention #21: KSCA Conference

After taking the month of August off, we're back on the road this week and making our first appearance at the Kentucky School Counselor Association Conference in Lexington.  Come see us at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa on September 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.; September 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and September 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  We'll have information about our independent study high school program and the online high school courses and high school correspondence courses available to students who enroll with us to recover credits.  We'll also have information about our print and online middle school courses in case any counselors who work with grades 6-8 stop by our booth.  We are always excited to attend conventions for the first time, and we cannot recall ever visiting Kentucky before, so please come join us.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you how we can serve your students!

Happy Grandparents Day from American School

This Sunday is Grandparents Day, and over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  For this, we are grateful.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others prefer our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Either way, we are happy to work with them as their grandchildren work to earn a high school diploma at home.  If you're a grandparent reading this blog, we wish you a happy Grandparents Day and encourage you to review our web site.  If you see something your grandchildren would like, we encourage you to have them enroll today!

American School and the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament is winding down in New York City, so today is the perfect time to review the successes of some American School students and graduates.  Andre Agassi is a two-time men's singles champion, defeating Michael Stich in 1994 and Todd Martin in 1999.  He is also a four-time runner-up, losing to Pete Sampras in 1990, 1995 and 2002 and Roger Federer in 2005.  On the women's side, Mary Pierce was runner-up to Kim Clijsters in 2005, and Caroline Wozniacki is a two-time runner-up, losing to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2014.  We are proud of all American School students and graduates who have competed in this country's most prestigious tennis tournament.  Then again, we're proud of all American School students and graduates who have achieved success in their chosen fields.  Our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses can prepare you for college or the workforce, and our accredited middle school program can prepare you for high school.  All of us would be happy to serve you, and the ball is in your court.  Enroll with us today! 

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!

New Structure for High School Diploma Programs

Today's blog announces some changes to our high school diploma programs starting September 3.  Currently a diploma program consisting entirely of 18 high school correspondence courses costs $2250 and a diploma program consisting entirely of 18 online high school courses costs $3600.  At the time of enrollment, students had to declare which course delivery method they preferred, and it was difficult to take courses in the other delivery method.  Today we are announcing that students will no longer be locked in to a course delivery method at the time of enrollment.  For example, if a student wishes to take math online but literature in print, she will be able to do that.  If another student wants to take math in print but literature online, he will be able to do that.  The choice is entirely up to the student.  Because we know students have different education and career goals, the general high school program and college preparatory program will remain in place, but now each will consist of 20 units of credit rather than 18.  The increase in the number of credits required to graduate will help prepare students for college or the workforce and will allow our students to take 5 units of credit per year rather than the previous 4 1/2 units of credit.  In addition, students will have more flexilibity in choosing what subjects they want to take as long as they take a minimum number of subjects in required subject areas.  Because students can now mix and match courses and because the cost of printed textbooks and study materials continues to rise, a full 20-unit high school diploma program will cost $3600.  We thought it was important to make the cost of the new diploma program no more than the cost of the previous online diploma program, and a diploma program consisting of 20 units of credit for $3600 averages out to $180 per course with all study materials and grading included.  The average cost per course is far cheaper than many of our competitors and continues our long-standing policy of offering accredited high school courses at a cost students and parents can afford.  In addition, a new monthly payment plan structure will go into effect for students who enroll on or after September 3.  Students will pay $200 down and then make five monthly payments of $140 to finish the year.  Students will have access to all online courses at the start of enrollment but will receive additional printed materials as they make additional monthly payments.  If a student follows the payment plan, by the sixth month he or she will have access to all courses.  We appreciate your patience, cooperation and understanding as we implement these changes to better serve our students.  If you have questions or comments, please let us know.  We enjoy hearing from you and appreciate you making us your school of choice.