Today’s Anniversary: The Post Office

It's February 20, and on this date in 1792, George Washington signed the Postal Service Act which established the United States Post Office Department.  As a leading distance education high school for more than a century, we are thankful for the Post Office.  Students in our high school correspondence courses rely on it to send us their exams, and we rely on it to return students' exams.  Over the years we've added online enrollment applications and online high school courses and online middle school courses, but the traditional mail continues to be a main part of what we do here.  We're continuing to create paper-based courses for our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program, and we have no plans to change.  We want to make sure that we have the courses you need whether you prefer to do them online or on paper, and we'd love to have you as our student.  Enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Fat Tuesday

It's February 13, the day before Ash Wednesday, often called Fat Tuesday.  Many of us will be eating paczki to celebrate today, even tough those delicious donuts probably aren't featured in our new Foods and Nutrition course.  That course teaches students how to eat a nutritionally balanced diet, and we're happy to have it in our curriculum.  Our course developers are working on a variety of other high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses, but they've also spent considerable time creating middle school correspondence courses which will be available soon.  We're excited about our course offerings, and we hope you are too.  Enroll today and start taking some of our courses yourself!

Today’s Birthday: Abraham Lincoln

It's February 12, and Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.  He was the 16th President of the United States and is considered one of the greatest leaders in American history.  A few years ago, a new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened in Springfield, Illinois, and we're headed to Springfield later this year for a convention.  Next week, however, is our first convention of 2018, so check back on Thursday to see where we're headed first.  We enjoy going to conventions to promote our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses, and we also enjoy promoting historical sites such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum which can be great resources as you work in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  Enroll with us today! 

Winter Weather on Friday, February 9

A winter storm is forecast starting tonight and continuing all day tomorrow, so the American School will be closed Friday, February 9.  We enjoy serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program who live in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, but the safety of our employees takes precedence in severe weather events.  If you live in the path of the storm, you can continue working on your high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses since our students can work whenever and wherever it is convenient for them regardless of the weather.  As with our power, heat and email issues this week, we hope to have the winter storm behind us and get back to normal next week!  Sincere thanks for your patience and understanding.  We appreciate it.

American School Email Update Part 2

It's February 8, and we continue to work on getting our servers repaired and upgraded so that all email addresses can send and receive emails.  We are hopeful the problem will be fixed later today.  Once emails start coming in again, we will answer them as quickly as possible.  Please be aware, however, that if you sent an email to us on Monday or Tuesday, it may not be delivered.  Sometimes emails don't go through after 24 or 48 hours of trying, and you may get an automated reply saying that your email could not be delivered.  If that is the case, please resend your email, and we will reply as quickly as possible.  As frustrating as this issue has been for us, we know it has been even more frustrating for you since you are contacting us for assistance with your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with these issues that are out of our control.  Please know how grateful we are to serve you, and we hope to be 100% back to normal next week.  

American School Power Outage and Weather Update

American School remains closed Tuesday, February 6, though the two of us who are in the building are encouraged that the power works, the internet works, the phone works, and soon we'll have our heat back to normal.  At this time, we anticipate reopening Wednesday, February 7, with our normal business hours, but please remember that this is winter in Chicago and that means snow.  Snow is forecast just about every day this week, so we ask for your understanding if our hours change or if we are closed due to weather later in the week.  Again, at this time, we plan on being open with regular business hours the rest of the week, but that may change.  We only do blogs when we are in the office, so your best bet for weather updates is to like us on Facebook. Between the power outage and weather, we ask for your patience this week as we get caught up on grading exams, replying to emails, processing enrollment applications and more.  For immediate assistance, email us and we will reply as soon as possible.  We appreciate your understanding as you work on your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, and we love having you as our students and employees!


American School Closed Today

American School is closed today due to inclement weather, and there is more inclement weather forecast all week.  Please check our Facebook page for updates.  In the meantime, we encourage you to continue working on your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  We are happy to have you as our students!


Today’s Special Occasion: Groundhog Day

It's Groundhog Day, and the official American School Groundhog saw his shadow early this morning, meaning there will be six more weeks of winter.  Even though that may seem depressing, we know that spring eventually will arrive, and when it does, you could be well on your way to a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma if you enroll today.  We'll process your application right away and do our best to ensure you have your first course within a week of enrollment.  Since all of our students work at their own pace in our online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, how quickly you finish a course is entirely up to you.  It's one of the many benefits of being an American School student and something that can brighten your day even in the midst of six more weeks of winter! 

Today’s Anniversary: Milwaukee

It's January 31, and the city of Milwaukee was incorporated on this date in 1846.  We've attended conventions in Wisconsin's most populous city several times and will be heading to another city in Wisconsin to kick off our 2018 convention campaign in a few weeks.  We enjoy traveling across the country and telling people about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Some may enroll and earn an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from us, while others may take individual courses through our independent study high school program.  We enjoy meeting students' needs in a variety of ways, and we look forward to meeting you at a convention in 2018!     

Today’s Birthday: William Hunding

It's January 30, and past American School President William Hunding would've turned 83 years old today.  He served American School for more than 40 years, most recently as a trustee until his death in 2013.  Only eight people have served as American School President, a job currently held by Valerie Riley.  The fact that we've had such a small number of presidents in our 121-year history as a distance education high school and middle school shows that we are a stable school.  We don't change leadership lightly or often.  Each president has brought his or her talents to the job and has helped shape us into the school we are today.  Later this year we'll offer more high school correspondence courses and online high school courses and introduce middle school correspondence courses to complement our online middle school courses.  2018 will be an exciting year for us, and we'd love to have you as a part of it.  Enroll today!