Winter Weather Reminder

The calendar has flipped to December, which means that winter weather is now a possibility.  Should American School be closed or have a delayed opening, we will post information on our Facebook page and on our phone system.  Some of our instructors who teach online high school courses and online middle school courses may choose to be available on days in which American School is closed or has a delay, but they are not required to do so.  Thank you for your understanding if we have to be closed or have a change in hours due to weather.  We make these decisions to keep our employees safe.  All of us enjoy serving you and are grateful you have chosen us to be your distance education high school or distance education middle school.

Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday

It's November 30 and today is Cyber Monday.  It's known as Cyber Monday because many people choose to shop online today, and perhaps some of you are looking for a distance education high school or middle school for yourself, a family member or a friend.  If so, you've come to the right place.  We offer accredited high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Take them collectively as part of an accredited high school program or middle school program, or take them individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  Whether you take one course or many, our tuition is all-inclusive, meaning that tuition includes study materials, grading, record-keeping, access to the online student center and much more.  Since you're already in the mood to shop online today, why not purchase the most valuable gift you can–an education.  Visit our enrollment page to get started!

Today’s Anniversary: Oklahoma

It's November 16, and Oklahoma became a state on this date in 1907.  We've attended many conventions in Tulsa and Oklahoma City over the years, and Sooner or later we will return to Oklahoma for another homeschool or counselor convention.  Whenever we visit the Sooner State, we always meet people who enjoy what American School offers.  Parents and students like that we allow students to work at their own pace in accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  Counselors like that we provide all instruction and record-keeping services for students in our independent study high school program who will be earning a diploma from a resident school.  Everyone likes that we are a non-profit institution who charges affordable all-inclusive tuition.  We hope that Sooner or later you will become our student too.  You can do so by enrolling today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Friday the 13th

It's November 13, and today is Friday the 13th.  Friday the 13th is often associated with fear and bad luck, and indeed the previous Friday the 13th this year was a difficult day.  That occurred on March 13 at the beginning of the pandemic, and people were understandably scared of what the coming days might bring.  Eight months later, we are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic and might have similar concerns about what the future holds.  A constant in the last eight months has been the dedication of American School staff.  Many of them have been in the building on a consistent basis and have followed all health and safety protocols.  We know students who take our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses rely on us now more than ever to offer them a quality education in a safe environment.  Hopefully things will be much better by the time the next Friday the 13th rolls around in August 2021, but in all circumstances, American School is happy to serve our students, and we are happy you have made us your distance education high school or middle school.

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week

It's November 9, and today is the first day of National Distance Learning Week.  American School has been a leader in distance learning since 1897, and today we are happy to be a leading distance education high school and middle school.  We try to make distance learning as personal as possible.  That means we call students by name when we grade their exams in online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  In addition, our staff is available to help during regular business hours, and we always reply to phone calls or emails within one business day.  There is no better way for you and for us to celebrate National Distance Learning Week than to have you become our student.  Begin the process by enrolling today! 

Today’s Anniversary: The National Security Agency

It's November 4, and the National Security Agency was founded on this date in 1952.  The NSA's anniversary is a good day for us to tell you the steps we take to keep your personal information safe and secure.  Our internal student record system is password-protected and backed up weekly.  That means that your records are always safe and secure.  In addition, our internal email system and office computers all have the latest security technology which allows our staff to communicate with students safely.  All of our students have access to a password-protected online student center.  Students who take our high school correspondence courses can log on to the site to do their exams online or review their records.  Students who take our online high school courses or online middle school courses also must enter a user name and password before accessing those courses.  As you can see, we have many security features in place to keep our students and staff safe.  Discover them for yourself by enrolling today! 

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Today's blog is a reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning.  By turning our clocks back, we gain an extra hour of sleep and our students get an extra hour to work on their high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  All of us look forward to serving you when our offices reopen at 8 a.m. Central Standard Time on Monday morning!

2020 Convention #7: ISCA Conference (Cancelled)

American School was planning to exhibit at the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference this weekend at the Tinley Park Convention Center, but the event was cancelled.  Had we made the short drive from Lansing to Tinley Park, we would have had information about our print or online high school courses and print or online middle school courses that students may take for credit recovery.  We also would have brought information about our general high school program and college preparatory program which students may complete to earn an accredited high school diploma.  We are happy to have students in all 50 states but particularly enjoy meeting counselors from our home state of Illinois.  We are grateful that so many of them have chosen us as a distance education high school or middle school for their students, but we always have room for more, which is why we continue to attend conventions throughout the country and close to home when it is safe to do so.

Today’s Anniversary: The Chicago World’s Fair

It's October 21, and dedication ceremonies for the Chicago World's Fair were held on this date in 1892.  The fair was held on the south side of Chicago near the University of Chicago, and a few years after the fair ended, American School moved to that part of town.  We stayed there until 1996, when we moved to our current location in a south suburb of Chicago, but our ties to the city still run deep.  Just as Chicago welcomed the world in 1892 and 1893, we welcome students from all over the world.  In fact, students from more than 65 countries take American School's high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, and we are happy to serve those students.  For international students, we recommend online courses since sometimes materials for print courses can be delayed in customs.  We also ask that international students interested in our accredited high school program have their transcripts evaluated by NACES before enrolling.  No matter where you live–in Chicagoland, in the United States or abroad–we'd be happy to serve you.  Enroll today!

Christopher Paolini Pens New Book

American School graduate Christopher Paolini recently wrote To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, and the novel appeared on many best seller lists shortly after its release.  We are proud to call Christopher our graduate and recall the time he visited our building while on a book tour promoting his Eragon series.  Under normal circumstances, we welcome students and graduates to our building for tours, but we cannot accommodate guests during the current pandemic.  We look forward to once again welcoming people to our building when the situation improves.  No matter where you live we are happy to have you take our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Taking them will prepare you for sleeping in a dorm room while you attend college, sleeping in your bed at home after a long day of work, or perhaps even sleeping in a sea of stars.  Become a star of your own by enrolling with us today!