It's December 5 and Martin Van Buren was born on this date in 1782. He was the 8th President of the United States and is perhaps best known for his interesting facial hair and being the inspiration for a made-up street gang on a popular television show in the 1990s. In reality, he was quite a politician and gave most of his adult life in public service to this country. The United States wasn't even a century old when Martin Van Buren became its 8th leader, but American School won't get its 8th President until its 120th year. That's a testimony to our stability and stature as a leading distance education high school and middle school. You can expect us to add more online high school courses and online middle school courses next year, and we're hoping to add paper-based courses to our accredited middle school program as well. 2017 will be an exciting year for us. Keep checking this blog for all of our latest news!