Update on GradPoint Courses

Today's blog is a reminder that access to GradPoint courses will end no later than July 31.  If you are using GradPoint for your online high school courses or online middle school courses with us, please have those courses completed as quickly as possible.  We will continue to offer online courses through our partnerships with Edmentum and Rosetta Stone.  Students who wish to earn an online high school diploma from us or who wish to complete online courses for middle school credit, credit recovery or personal enrichment may use Edmentum or Rosetta Stone in the future.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  We are happy to have you as our student!

Today’s Anniversary: Wisconsin

It's May 29, and Wisconsin became a state on this date in 1848.  Wisconsin is our neighbor to the north, and some of you might be familiar with the friendly rivalry between Illinois and Wisconsin, particularly when it comes to sports matchups such as the Cubs vs. the Brewers in baseball and the Bears vs. the Packers in football.  In reality, American School loves the state of Wisconsin and visits it for a convention at least once a year.  There's nothing cheesy about the fine education services we provide to students in Dairyland and the 49 other states.  We offer a high school independent study program for credit recovery, a print or online high school diploma program for students in grades 9-12, an accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8, and individual courses for anyone who wants to take them for personal enrichment.  We offer all of the above at an affordable cost and with exceptional personalized customer service.  With courses and services like those, there's no reason for us to Badger you about enrolling.  Get started today!

American School Scholarship Application Deadline Approaches

Today's blog has a reminder that the deadline for submitting American School scholarship applications is June 1.  Entries must be postmarked by this date in order to be eligible to receive one of the scholarships we award to those graduates who earned a print or online high school diploma by completing our general high school program or college preparatory program in 2019.  We are looking forward to judging the applications sometime this summer and notifying the winners shortly thereafter.  We've offered scholarships for graduates to continue their education for many years now, and we are happy to do so.  If you are interested in receiving one, the first thing to do is to enroll and plan to earn a high school diploma at home from us.  We would be happy to serve you!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and it's been awhile since we've had a testimonial from one of our students, but fortunately Sarah from Missouri shared her thoughts.  She wrote, "I love the American School because it gives me a sense of freedom and responsibility.  It also helps me develop self-discipline which helps shape the person I will become in the future."  We thank Sarah for those words, and we wish to focus on three of them.  The first is freedom.  When you enroll in our print or online high school diploma program, you work at your own pace and in your own learning environment.  The second is responsbility.  While American School staff is available to help you, ultimately you are responsible for doing your online high school courses or high school correspondence courses.  The third is self-discipline, which combines freedom and responsibility.  After you enroll, you will have great freedom to work at your own pace, but you will need to take responsibility for keeping yourself on track to earn a high school diploma at home.  We believe our students are up to that challenge, and we are happy to serve them.     


BBB Educational Foundation College Scholarship Video Contest

The 2020 Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation College Scholarship Video Contest is accepting entries through June 12.  Click here for all necessary information, including eligibility requirements.  As you know, we try to make information about college scholarships available to students in our college preparatory program.  They earn a print or online high school diploma by taking high school correspondence courses or online high school courses with us.  American School has our own scholarship program too, and eligible applicants who received information have until the end of May to submit their applications.  We value learning not just at the middle school and high school levels but before and after too, which is why we are happy to promote college scholarships whenever we can.

Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

Earlier today, American School's Board of Trustees unanimously decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications for this year's American School post-secondary scholarships.  Applications and other related materials now must be received by June 1.  The new deadline does not mean that American School will send applications to more students.  Rather, the new deadline gives those students who already were deemed eligible and who have already received applications more time to submit them, especially if the current pandemic has prevented them from completing their applications thus far.  We have already received several completed applications from those who earned a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma in 2019, and we look forward to receiving many more.  This summer, we will read and review the applications and award scholarships as we have done every year for more than eight decades.  Thank you for your patience, and please know how happy we are that you have decided to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  We are happy to have you as our student and graduate! 

Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick's Day, and many American School employees are wearing green to celebrate.  With green as the color of the day, today is a great time to talk about another kind of green–money.  As a non-profit distance education high school, American School is able to keep cost to an absolute minimum.  You can earn a high school diploma at home for as little as $140 a month.  A full 20-unit correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma costs $3600 or $900 per year.  If you have previous credit from an accredited high school, your cost will likely be much lower.  An accredited middle school program of 15 courses costs $2700 or $900 per year, and monthly payment plans are available.  Individual courses taken for enrichment or credit recovery typically cost between $250 and $300.   If you want to save some green while while getting a quality education, you don't need the luck of the Irish to do that!  Enroll in American School today!

Celebrating National School Counseling Week

It's February 5, and we are right in the middle of National School Counseling Week.  American School has a full-time guidance counselor who can assist students in picking the right print or online high school courses and print or online middle school courses for their program.  Our school counselor also assists with the college admissions process for our students who soon will earn their accredited print or online high school diploma and plan to apply to colleges and universities across the country.  Our guidance counselor and counseling staff perform many other tasks for our students and graduates, and we are grateful for them and the services they provide. 


Today’s Anniversary: George Washington’s Farewell Address

It's September 19, and George Washington's Farewell Address was published on this date in 1796.  These days, the speech would've been on every TV station and all over the internet, but back then it was published in the American Daily Advertiser, one of the first newspapers in the United States.  Although it wasn't a speech, it was one of the most important presidential addresses or documents in history.  In any given year, about 2000 people say farewell to American School and leave with a print or online high school diploma.  Others may take just one course with us through our independent study high school program.  Even after students complete their studies, we never say farewell to them.  We keep their records on file in case they ever need them in the future.  It's one of the many ways we make distance education as personal as possible.  Enroll today and make us your distance education high school or middle school!   

American School Celebrates College Colors Day

It's August 30, and today is College Colors Day.  Many American School employees are showing school spirit on this day which celebrates the start of the college football season.  It's quite possible American School graduates will be in the stands at college football games across the country because earning a online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from American School has the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional school.  That means our students are accepted into colleges and universities in all 50 states provided they meet the admissions requirements of a specific school.  Schools look for a combination of academic ability and extracurricular activities, and we are happy to supply you with transcripts and other records needed to help with the college admissions process.  The first transcript is free, and there is a modest fee for each additional transcript.  In addition, we have a full-time school counselor who is happy to help you get into the college of your choice.  We are happy you decided to earn a high school diploma at home with us, and if you haven't kicked off your studies with us, we invite you to enroll today!