American School at 120 (Part 2)

In 1902, the Armour Institute (currently called the Illinois Institute of Technology) invited American School to Chicago to develop and improve its existing home study courses and home study methods.  Chicago was a transportation hub and had many museums and other educational institutions.  It was also close to St. Louis, host of the 1904 World's Fair at which the American School exhibited.  Courses were added, enrollments grew, and in 1907, just 10 years after its founding, the American School moved into a building of its own on 58th and Drexel in the shadow of the University of Chicago.  That building, which still stands as a historic site, was our home for nearly 90 years until we moved to our current location in the far south suburbs of Chicago.  The American School continued to grow and still others took notice.  Sidney Mitchell was principal at Benton Harbor High School in Michigan.  His idea was to have his students take American School courses to enrich their studies.  Thus, our independent study high school program was born.  To this day, we've helped countless students graduate from high school by taking high school independent study courses, while others have decided to earn a high school diploma at home directly from us.  Either way, we're happy to have helped more than 3 million students graduate high school.  Check back tomorrow for another installment of some of the great moments in American School history!