Accreditation

 
American School was the first distance learning school to receive regional accreditation.  Today American School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), Accreditation International (Ai) and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). American School is also recognized as a non-public secondary school by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
 
 
MIDDLE STATES ASSOCIATION COMMISSIONS ON ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)  accredits early-childhood through post-secondary, non-degree granting public, private, faith-based educational institutions including special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions.

https://www.msa-cess.org/RelId/606553/AccountID/17580/ISvars/default/School_Search.htm

 

ACCREDITATION INTERNATIONAL AND THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL ACCREDITATION

Accreditation by Accreditation International (Ai) and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) means that the American School has met standards for:

  • defining appropriate educational goals and providing educational programs to achieve them;
  • maintaining a qualified faculty and an effective school organization;
  • assessing outcomes of school experiences and controlling the quality of educational programs;
  • responding to the concerns of parents and needs of the school community;
  • providing for the continuity of its programs and planning for their future;
  • describing with accuracy the content of its services and programs;
  • developing plans and activities for continuous school improvement

www.aiaccredits.org

www.ncpsa.org

http://worldwideaccreditedschools.org/

 

ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

 
American School is also recognized as a non-public secondary school by the Illinois State Board of Education. We are proud to have held this distinction since 1978, when we became the first home-study school to be recognized in this way.
 
 
 
 

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

 
Our 87-year affiliation with the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois demonstrates our consistent efforts to give students and schools the best service we can, as well. Our A+ grade is the highest a business can receive under the BBB’s new rating system, which replaces the previous ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ rating. Letter grades are calculated by computer using a ratings formula that takes into account 17 weighted factors, the largest single factor being the company’s overall complaint history with the BBB. We are proud of our 80-year affiliation with the BBB and even prouder to receive this A+ rating.  View our listing here:
 
 
 
 
 
In addition to the organizations listed above, American School was a founding member of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).  Our accreditations, recognitions and affiliations are proof that American School is a reputable business and a leader in distance education.
 
 

Homeschooling has taught me a lot of new things.  It has taught me self-discipline and made me take my studies more seriously than before.  I have learned to study properly.  The books and materials were very helpful.  It is a fun experience to do homeschooling.  Many people are amazed to know that I did homeschooling.  This has opened and changed a lot of people’s minds.

– Jekah from United Arab Emirates

American School has more to offer than any public school.  Two of my children, two of my grandchildren, and one niece completed their high school education with American School, and my sister and I are enrolled at the present time.

– Marilyn from Missouri

I learned a lot, and the skills are helping me in my college classes.

The most important thing I learned was how to schedule my time and organize my work.  The study guides helped to show me how much work to do at one time.  I’m glad to be part of American School.

– Peter from Illinois

I have found the methods, instruction, textbooks, study guides and service satisfactory because they are all up-to-date and made ready for me to learn.  I am greatly thankful for this service because now I can graduate early with all my credits in.  Thank you very much, American School!

– Ada from Michigan

American School was an easy yet efficient way to earn the extra credit I needed to graduate.

– Elizabeth from Illinois

I greatly enjoyed American School.  The instructors’ comments were very helpful.  I enjoyed this method of learning.  I feel I have learned a lot more than I did in public school.  I was able to keep up with school through all the moves I made without going through the hassle of switching school systems.  I enjoyed the honesty of the

instructors and the overall program.   I will recommend American School to anyone interested.

– Enoch from Texas

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Why you should enroll with American School…
We call these our Four C’s.

Curriculum

American School’s innovative paper-based and online curriculum offers something for everyone in grades 6-12. Students can choose from more than 100 self-paced courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, social studies and science and take electives in such subject areas as business, career and technical education, fine arts, and world languages,

Cost

As a not-for-profit institution, American School puts students’ educations first. Our tuition is affordable—much lower than many other distance education and online high schools—and all textbooks and study materials are included at no additional cost.  Monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of American School’s middle school or high school program.

Caring Student Service

When students are accepted at American School, they not only receive interesting curriculum at a reasonable cost from a pioneer in distance education; they also receive outstanding, caring student service.  Students may enroll anytime and work at their own pace.  Help is available from American School staff during business hours and around the clock in American School’s Online Student Center.

Credibility

Founded in 1897, American School later became the first correspondence school to become regionally accredited. Today we are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as a non-public high school.  American School’s diploma is accepted by colleges and universities, and thousands of high schools use our courses for credit recovery.

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