Edmentum Updates Course Path View

Students who take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us soon will see a new way to monitor their progress.  Edmentum is adding target dates so that students can have a better idea of how to pace themselves.  The look and feel of the course path will change from a series of tiles to a horizontal bar, which should make for easier tracking.  As with anything else, the new course path view, target dates and progress tracking may take some getting used to.  If you have questions or concerns after you notice these changes, let us know.  We are happy to help and happy you chose us to be your distance education high school or middle school!

Older Alumni

It's September 29, and within a couple hours of each other, we heard great stories about two alumni who graduated more than 60 years ago.  One worked for NASA and was a professor at Stanford and the University of California at Santa Cruz.  The other migrated from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression and later went on to become a published author and was a poet laureate in her hometown.  The common bond is that both of them took our high school correspondence courses to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are proud to call them our graduates and would be happy to serve you as well.  Make us your distance education high school and enroll today!  

About Duplicate Diplomas and Duplicate Transcripts

Today's blog is about duplicate diplomas and duplicate transcripts.  All requests for duplicate diplomas and duplicate transcripts should follow the instructions listed on our FAQ page.  Following the instructions listed on the FAQ page is the quickest way for us to get you the documents you need.   We look forward to helping you receive proof of completing your accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or high school independent study program and are grateful you chose us for your education in grades 6-12. 

Last Day to Enroll in AP Courses

Today's blog is a reminder that today is the last day to enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Students normally can enroll in any of our courses at any time, but AP courses are different.  That's because students in AP courses can take AP exams offered in the spring and need ample time to learn the material on those exams.  These online high school courses are more rigorous than most high school courses, but they might make a great addition to your accredited high school diploma program if you plan to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  They can also be taken as part of an independent study high school program if you plan to get your diploma from another school.  Either way, visit here for more information about our AP courses and begin the enrollment process today if you plan to take any of them in 2020-2021.  We look forward to serving you!

Today’s Anniversary: 60 Minutes

It's September 24, and the very first episode of 60 Minutes aired on this date in 1968.  The title of the long-running news program got us thinking about time and brings up the question of how many minutes a day students should work on their American School courses.  The answer is that students can create their own schedules.  Our accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses do not include any seat time requirements.  Students who take middle school or high school correspondence courses also can work at their own pace.  A good rule of thumb is to try to complete an exam or project every week in every subject you take, but we give our students the flexibility to create their own schedules.  Take a couple of minutes to visit our enrollment page to get started today!

New Horticulture Course Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new Horticulture course has blossomed and is now available to students.  This course provides an introduction to horticulture and covers such areas as plant science, landscapring, floral design, lawn maintenance and more.  We are happy to count it among our high school correspondence courses and happy to have a wide variety of electives for our students.  Not everyone has a green thumb, so if horticulture isn't for you, maybe an automotive or electrical course is.  If you do have a green thumb, however, we are happy to offer horticulture.  Electives are important to students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we even count them among our high school independent study courses that students take for credit recovery.  Let your academic career bloom after you become our student.  Plant the seed and enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Fall

It's September 22, and today is the first day of fall.  When we think of fall, we might think about the leaves changing colors, football, pumpkins, cooler temperatures and much more, but fall can also be associated with going back to school. If you've wanted to earn a high school diploma at home but have kept putting it off, today would be a great day to enroll with American School.  We offer a general high school program for students who plan on joining the workforce or attending a community college after graduation.  We also offer a college preparatory program for students who plan on attending a four-year university after graduation.  Each program consists of 20 units of credit and costs $3600, with academic and financial credit available if you transfer credits to us from another accredited school.  We never want to let cost get in the way of an education, so monthly payment plans are available for students in our diploma programs. If you're not ready for high school just yet, consider enrolling in our accredited middle school program which contains 15 units of credit at a cost of $2700.  Again, monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of our middle school program.  Whether you choose to enroll in winter, spring, summer or fall, we are a school for all seasons and would be happy to have you as our student! 


Today’s Anniversary: The Hobbit

It's September 21, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published on this date in 1937.  The novel is featured in our Classic Adventure Literature course, which is a popular elective choice among our students.  We know that some students struggle with reading in general, while others might love to read certain genres of literature but don't care for reading others.  That is why we try to include many literary styles by authors of many different backgrounds in our English courses.  Whether you choose to take a high school correspondence class for credit recovery or enrichment, online high school courses to earn a high school diploma at home, or print or online middle school courses, you can expect to read a variety of stories, including some from the fantasy realm like The Hobbit.  If your religious beliefs make you uncomfortable reading certain types of literature, please let us know as soon as you begin the course so that we may make alternate assignments available to you.  Thank you for your understanding and for making us your distance education middle school or high school!     

Today’s Special Occasion: The 2000th Blog Post

It's September 18, and right now you're reading the 2000th post by the American School Blog.  We started this blog in 2006 as a way to communicate with our students on a regular basis, and unless circumstances dictate otherwise, we publish a new blog post every day American School is open.  Sometimes our blog promotes new courses that can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Other times our blog announces new services like our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  Our blog also focuses on birthdays or historical events and makes a connection between them and American School.  If you haven't made us your distance education high school or middle school just yet, give us another reason to celebrate today by enrolling and becoming our student.  Thank you for reading this blog over the years, and check back on Monday as we begin the next 2000 American School Blog posts.

Today’s Anniversary: The United States Constitution

It's September 17, and the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on this date in 1787.  The National Constitution Center has resources for celebrating Constitution Day and is a great place to visit if you're in Philadelphia.  The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and a good comparison is the American School student handbook.  Just as the United States Constitution provides guidelines and rules for being a United States citizen, the American School student handbook provides guidelines and rules for you to follow while you are an American School student.  The guidelines and rules are in effect for students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study high school program.  It is important that students follow the guidelines because doing so will give them the best chance for academic success.  If you have questions or concerns about the student handbook, please let us know.  We are happy to answer your questions and help you do your best.