American School Closed May 27, Blog Returns May 28

This blog contains two announcements.  First, today's blog will be our last until next Tuesday, May 28.  Next Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, and the American School will be closed in observance of that national holiday.  Even though we won't have blogs the rest of this week, rest assured that we are open and ready to serve students, especially those who are nearing the end of their high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and check back here May 28 for our next blog post.

Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, either our general high school program or our college preparatory program in particular, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We offer online high school courses as well as high school correspondence courses, and doing so ensures students can take courses in the delivery method they want.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but the pace is entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving graduates.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.  Take the first step and enroll today!

2019 Convention #14: FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

One week from today we will be in the Orlando area for the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.  Visit us in booth 216 at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As usual we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we'll also bring along our latest promotional items for anyone who visits our booth.  We have come to this convention for many years, but this is the first time it's being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek.  We're excited to check out the convention's new home, and we hope you're excited to visit us and learn how we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Come join us in the Sunshine State next week!   

Today’s Birthday: L. Frank Baum

It's May 15, and author L. Frank Baum was born on this date in 1856.  He is best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so let's review what each of the four main characters in the book wanted from the Wizard and how their wants tie in to the American School.  Dorothy wanted to go home, and you can earn a high school diploma at home with us.  The Scarecrow wanted a brain, and you'll use your brain as you take accredited high school courses or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  The Tin Man wanted a heart, and we think you'll love our rigorous courses, personalized service and affordable tuition.  Finally, the Lion wanted courage, and we know enrolling with us takes a little courage, especially if you've never homeschooled before, but we believe your courage will pay off shortly after you enroll and get into a good studying schedule.  There's no wizardry needed for you to be successful with us.  We're looking forward to having you as our student!    

American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in their communities.  Our scholarship awards will help winners continue their educations at the accredited college or university of their choice.  Many of them were enrolled in our college preparatory program, which is designed especially for students who wish to attend a four-year college or university.  Awarding scholarships is one of our greatest traditions, and plans are already underway for the 2020 scholarship season.  To be eligible, you must earn a high school diploma at home with us in 2019 and meet other eligibility requirements.  More information will be available later this year.  In the meantime, let us thank our judges and applicants and congratulate this year's scholarship recipients.  We are proud of you!

New Duplicate Diploma Request Form Available

If you have completed our print or online high school diploma program and earned a print or online high school diploma with us but no longer have a copy of your diploma, you can request a duplicate using this duplicate diploma request form.  Each duplicate diploma costs $25 and does not include a case or tassel.  The request form and payment must be received before we send your duplicate diploma to you.  Thank you for your cooperation and for making us your distance education high school!  

Happy Mother’s Day from American School

It's the Friday before Mother's Day, so we want to extend our Mother's Day greetings in today's blog.  We know how instrumental mothers are in their children's educations. Mothers are often their children's first teachers, and we're appreciative that so many mothers have remained deeply involved in their children's educations when they reach grades 6-12.  We provide high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspodnence courses and online middle school courses that would be perfect for your family.  We'd love to add your family to our family, and you can do that by enrolling today!

American School General Merchandise

Today is the last of a series of three blogs about American School merchandise found on the Jostens web site.  As we've noted previously, we do not sell items ourselves, nor do we profit from items sold by Jostens.  Today we'd like to focus on general merchandise.   Much of the general merchandise is apparel featuring various sports teams that we do not have.  After all, with students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, it's difficult to get athletes together to compete as one team.  Still, some of these items might interest you, and so we wanted to let you know they are available.  Whether you're in our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program, we hope that you take pride in your school.  We definitely take pride in having you as our student!  

American School Class Jewelry

If you read yesterday's blog, you know we're doing a series of blogs about American School merchandise available from Jostens.  We do not sell these items directly or profit from them, but there is a way for you to get graduation products, class jewelry and other merchandise online.  Today's blog will focus on class jewelry.  For years class rings have been a source of pride and accomplishment for students and graduates, but as times and tastes have changed, other forms of jewelry have become popular.  If you wish to show your American School pride, you may wish to consider purchasing some of the items in the links we've included in this blog.  We are proud you've chosen us as your distance education high school or middle school, and if you enjoy your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, we'd appreciate you telling a friend or family member too.  Check back tomorrow for the final installment of our American School merchandise blogs. 

American School Graduation Merchandise

Many times over the years people have contacted us regarding class rings, graduation announcements and other American School merchandise.  While it is important to note that we do not officially offer these items ourselves nor make money from them, there is a way for you to order these items and more online.  Our blogs today, tomorrow and Thursday will tell you how to do so.  Jostens has an American School page on its web site.  If the link in this blog doesn't work or if you don't recall the link, you can search for us on Jostens' web site too, simply by entering our name and location in Lansing, Illinois.  Do not worry if we come up as American School of Correspondence.  That is our official name because for years we offered only high school correspondence classes.  As you know, we offer online middle school courses and online high school courses too, so we often shorten our name to simply American School.  Once you find our page you will see three categories, one for graduation, one for class jewelry and one for other merchandise.  Today we'l focus on graduation.  There are several packages available for you on the graduation page.  Any of them could make nice keepsakes of the day you earn a high school diploma at home from us.  If you have other keepsakes in mind, check back tomorrow and we will offer some other ideas.