Today’s Birthday: Mark Goodson

It's January 14, and television producer Mark Goodson was born on this date in 1915.  Before he died in 1992, he produced some of television's greatest game shows, many of which are seen in reruns to this day.  In today's blog we're going to go through some of them and tell you how the title of the game show relates to your experiences as an American School student.  The first is Beat the Clock, and once you become an American School student, you won't have to worry about beating the clock.  You can work at your own pace in our accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  The only clock you'd have to beat is completing your courses within the terms of your enrollment contract.  Next is Match Game, and after you enroll in full years of middle school or high school, we will match you with the courses of your choosing.  Another game show is Password, and you'll get a password to log into our Online Student Center to review your grades and receive help.  Mark Goodson also produced The Price is Right, and you can get a great education at a great price after you enroll with us.  Finally, we have To Tell the Truth, and our 122 years of credibility is proof that we run an honest business and always tell our students the truth.  Put yourself in the game and enroll with us.  We'd love to have you as our student!    

Today’s Anniversary: Alaska

It's January 3, and Alaska became a state on this date in 1959.  We've attended conventions in our 49th state several times because many students there take our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Alaska is such a huge state that often schools are great distances from people's homes.  It's easier for families to have school come to them rather than brave snow and cold to attend school an hour away.  We're happy to serve those students.  No matter where you live, we offer accredited courses at an affordable cost, and we'd love to have you as our student.  Enroll today!

The First Blog of 2020

It's January 2, and since we were closed yesterday, today is the first blog of 2020.  Every year people make New Year's resolutions, so that will be the theme of today's blog.  Our resolution is to continue to provide our students with outstanding curriculum and caring student service for an affordable cost.  The curriculum includes print and online high school courses for students in grades 9-12 and print and online middle school courses for students in grades 6-8.  Caring student service includes calling students by name on every exam we grade and replying to emails within one business day.  An affordable cost includes a monthly payment plan for students in our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program and a tuition that includes all study materials.  If you've been struggling with your education, why not make it your resolution to enroll with American School?  You can work at your own pace in a safe environment, and enrolling with us will be one of the best things you'll do for yourself in the new year.  Take the first step and get started today!    

Today’s Special Occasion: Boxing Day

It's December 26, and countries all around the world are observing Boxing Day.  No one knows for sure how Boxing Day got its name, but one theory is that, on the day after Christmas, people would give boxes of gifts to needy service workers in their towns.  Over time, like many other holidays, Boxing Day turned commercial.  It's one of the biggest shopping days of the year in countries like Canada, Great Britain and Australia, and, even in the United States, today is a big shopping day because many people return Christmas gifts.  One thing nobody should ever want to return is a quality education like the one offered by American School.  We have a strong curriculum of high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, and we offer them at a very affordable cost.  Our tuition also includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center, and much more, and monthly payment plans are available for many students.  You can still make the holiday season one to remember by enrolling today.  We'd be happy to serve you!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Devin from Michigan writes, "I liked the fact that my instructors commented on my exams.  It added a personal touch.  They also gave me hope that I was doing ok.  I also liked the self-check tests.  They just added that little extra chance to know the material more thoroughly."  We thank Devin for those words.  Although we are a distance education high school and middle school, we try to make distance education as personal as possible.  Devin correctly noted that we add personalized comments on every exam we grade.  We offer accredited high school courses online and in print as well as print and online middle school courses, and we are happy to help our students succeed.  You can join them by enrolling today! 

American School Announces 2019-2020 Holiday Schedule

While many schools take a week or two off at the end of the year, that is not the case with us at American School.  We will work most of the next two weeks but will be closed December 24, December 25 and January 1.  We plan to have regular business hours on all other weekdays.  Most students might take time off at the end of the year as well, and we understand that.  We are proud to give students taking our accredited online high school courses, print high school courses, online middle school courses and print middle school courses the opportunity to work when and where it is convenient for them.  If you do choose to work during the next two weeks, however, that is fine too.  We understand students have deadlines for completing courses, especially those who take individual subjects through our independent study high school program, and we want to give you outstanding service as you finish your courses.  Please keep this schedule handy and know of our best wishes to you as 2019 draws to a close.  

American School Celebrates 122nd Anniversary

It's December 17, and today is our 122nd anniversary.  We received our charter on this date way back in 1897, and our founder R.T. Miller would probably be surprised to see what we've become in 2019.  High school correspondence courses have always been an important part of us, and we have no plans to eliminate them even as we expand our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  One thing that hasn't changed is that American School has always been willing to serve those individuals who cannot attend traditional school for whatever reason.  We allow our students to work when and where it is convenient for them, and although students work on their courses independently, they are never alone.  Our staff is always available for assistance.  In this past year, we debuted a new high school diploma program and new enrollment applications for our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and individual subjects which sometimes are taken through our independent study high school program and other times for enrichment.  We have more changes planned for the coming year, and you can take part in them and help us celebrate our anniversary by enrolling today.  You'll be joining more than three million others who have made American School their school of choice!   

Today’s Anniversary: An American in Paris

It's December 13, and George Gershwin's An American in Paris was first performed on this date in 1928.  Since we know that many Americans live in Paris or elsewhere outside the United States, today's blog will be about enrolling with us if you do not live in the United States.  If you live outside the United States and want to take online middle school courses or online high school courses, you will not have to pay any additional shipping charges.  On the other hand, if you live outside the United States and want to take middle school correspondence courses or high school correspondence courses, you will have to pay the cost of shipping study materials to your home country.  Keep in mind that costs will vary depending upon how many paper courses you take and where you live.  Each country has its own shipping rates and customs policies, so you may have to pay to cover customs charges as well.  No matter where you live, we'd be happy to serve you, so get started and enroll today.   

Today’s Anniversary: Indiana

It's December 11, and Indiana became a state on this date in 1816.  Because we are located so close to the Illinois-Indiana border, many of our employees are Hoosiers, and we are happy to have them.  Of course we also have many residents of Illinois working for us, and we are happy to have them as well.  Although we serve students in all 50 states, at this time all of our employees live in either Indiana or Illinois.  In the future, we may look to hire instructors from out of state to grade our online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we do not have plans to do this at this time.  We appreciate interest from those who wish to be instructors in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, but our employees need to live within driving distance of our offices for now.  Thank you for understanding, and should our needs change, we will post something in this blog and on our web site.   

78th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Today's blog remembers the day that will live in infamy–December 7, 1941.  On that day 78 years ago tomorrow, Pearl Harbor was attacked.  We've said countless times over the years how visiting historic places can make your online middle school courses, middle school correspondence courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses come to life.  There is no better place to experience history than Pearl Harbor.  If you go there, you may even be fortunate enough to visit with one of the survivors of the events of 78 years ago.  We thank them and all members of the military for their service in keeping our country safe.  No matter where you might be tomorrow, we encourage you to keep track of anniversary events by going here and here.