Today’s Anniversary: The United Nations Charter

It's June 26, and the United Nations Charter was signed by 50 countries on this date in 1945.  The 74th anniversary of this occasion sounds like the perfect opportunity to remind you that we serve students in countries all over the world.  Our correspondence high school diploma and online high school diploma programs can be completed anywhere, and at last count we've served students in more than 65 countries worldwide.  Over the years we've had separate enrollment applications for students living overseas, and the reason we do this is that it costs more to ship books overseas than it does to ship books to students in the United States.  The prices for our courses remains the same; the only additional charges are for shipping and handling.   It's also worth noting that some countries have strict customs regulations that might delay the reception of your course materials.  For those reasons we recommend students overseas take online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we are happy to accommodate you no matter what course delivery method you prefer.  Enroll today! 

New Duplicate Diploma Request Form Available

If you have completed our print or online high school diploma program and earned a print or online high school diploma with us but no longer have a copy of your diploma, you can request a duplicate using this duplicate diploma request form.  Each duplicate diploma costs $25 and does not include a case or tassel.  The request form and payment must be received before we send your duplicate diploma to you.  Thank you for your cooperation and for making us your distance education high school!  

Recapping the NCAA Basketball Tournaments

It's April 9, and less than 12 hours ago, Virginia won the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.  The day before, Baylor won the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.  In the women's game, Baylor was cruising along against Notre Dame and then one of the Bears' best players got hurt.  Notre Dame rallied, but Baylor eventually recovered and won the game.  On the men's side, Virginia fell victim to a major upset in 2018 and needed miraculous finishes to beat Purdue in the Elite Eight and Auburn in the Final Four just to get to the final game this year.  In that game, the Cavaliers needed overtime and several big plays to defeat Texas Tech.  Whether or not you're a basketball fan, you can learn something from Baylor and Virginia's title runs.  As you work to earn a high school diploma at home, you're going to run into obstacles.  Some of your accredited high school courses may seem to be too hard for you.  You might have different life circumstances arise.  Things aren't always going to go according to plan.  Be like the Bears and Cavaliers and don't dwell on the past or on difficult times.  Instead, learn from them and use them as motivation toward your ultimate goal.  It won't necessarily be a basketball championship, but earning an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma can give you the same feeling of accomplishment.  Get started by enrolling today! 

Today’s Birthday: Lawrence Welk

It's March 11, and bandleader Lawrence Welk was born on this date in 1903.  If you've never heard of him, ask your parents or grandparents because they are probably familiar with him and his music.  He hosted a musical television show each week from 1951-1982, and reruns are still available on many PBS stations across the country.  After a particularly good performance by one of the members of his musical family, Lawrence Welk would often describe the music as "wonderful, wonderful," and we think you'll feel the same way about the American School.  We offer print and online high school diploma programs for those of you who want to earn a high school diploma at home.  We offer an accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  We also offer individual subjects for enrichment or credit recovery, the latter through our independent study high school program.  Tuition for any of the programs listed above includes all study materials, grading, and access to the online student center.  We look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student! 

Today’s Special Occasion: Digital Learning Day

It's February 28, and today has been designated Digital Learning Day.  We were a correspondence school for more than a century, but today we're happy to offer online middle school courses and online high school courses too.  We know that students learn differently, so that's why we have a wide variety of print and online courses.  Take them to earn a print or online high school diploma, or take the individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  Also, be on the lookout for a big announcement regarding our online courses later this spring.  We're excited about it and think you will be excited about it as well.  Whether you take online or print courses, we invite you to enroll and see what American School is all about.  We look forward to serving you! 

Today’s Birthday: Dmitri Mendeleev

It's February 8, and Dmitri Mendeleev was born on this date in 1834.  He is perhaps best-known for his work in putting together the periodic table of elements that is such an integral part of science, particularly in chemistry.  The American School is happy to offer a wide variety of science courses, and our biology and chemistry courses come with a lab option.  Some students take these courses individually as part of an independent study high school program or to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Others take them en route to a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma from us.  No matter your situation, we have the accredited courses you need at a cost you can afford, and we look forward to having you as our student.  Enroll now!

American School Debuts New Spanish 1 Course

Although we're proud to offer world language courses through Rosetta Stone as part of our robust lineup of online high school courses that students may take to earn an online high school diploma, we know that many of you have asked for world language courses on paper.  We're happy to announce the debut of a new Spanish 1 course that is a great addition to our roster of high school correspondence courses.  If you're a current student, contact our student service department to add Spanish 1 to your curriculum.  If you're a new student, contact our enrollments department to get started today.  Either way, we look forward to you saying "hola!" to this new course!

Today’s Birthday: Shannon Lucid

It's January 14, and scientist and astronaut Shannon Lucid is celebrating a birthday today.  She is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is that she once held the American record for the longest period of time living in outer space.  We wanted to feature her today because she is a great example of a woman having a career in science.  Enrolling in our accredited middle school program will give you a solid foundation for high school.  When you're ready to begin ninth grade, our accredited high school courses online and in print can help you reach for the stars and get there.  Along the way, our entire staff will serve as "mission control" and assist you in any way we can while you work toward your correspondence or online high school diploma.  We encourage everyone to aim high and are happy to support you as you strive for your educational and career goals!

Today’s Birthday: Zora Neale Hurston

It's January 7, and African-American author Zora Neale Hurston was born on this date in 1891.  She is perhaps best-known for Their Eyes Were Watching God, but she wrote more than 50 published works in total.  In the English and literature courses required to earn an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from us, we try to expose students to works by a variety of authors.  The authors have different ethnic backgrounds and life experiences which shape their writing.  In turn, our students become more well-rounded individuals.  We cannot guarantee students will enjoy everything they read, but we hope they take something out of everything they read.  As always, we have provisions in places if students cannot read a certain piece of literature because of religious reasons.  We are happy to include these works of literature in our accredited high school courses and middle school courses.  If you're happy about it too, we invite you to enroll today!    

Looking Back at 2018

This is the last blog of 2018, so it's an appropriate time to look back at some of the accomplishments of the past year.  One of our biggest accomplishments was the introduction of an accredited middle school program in print to complement our online middle school courses.  Now students have the ability to pick and choose the delivery methods for their courses in grades 6-8.  We also introduced several new high school correspondence courses and maintained our impressive curriculum of online high school courses.  As usual, we awarded scholarships to graduates who earned a print or online high school diploma, and we dedicated our library in honor of Mary McKeown, who served American School and its students for more than 75 years.  We were proud to serve students from all over the United States and all around the world in 2018, and everything we do is geared toward providing our students with an elite educational experience.  Thank you for making us your school of choice in 2018, and we look forward to more accomplishments (and our next blog post) in 2019.