Today’s Special Occasion: Presidential and Vice-Presidential Inaugurations

It’s January 20, and today Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President of the United States, and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as Vice-President of the United States.  American School is neutral when it comes to politics, but a presidential inauguration day is a time for new beginnings regardless of whether the president is taking the oath of office for the first or second time.  As you know, the term of a president and vice-president is four years, and four years is also the time it takes many people to earn an accredited high school diploma from a traditional school.  At American School, you can earn a high school diploma at home in less than four years since all of our students work at their own pace.  We offer a wide variety of accredited high school courses in print and online formats, and our tuition is all-inclusive, meaning that all study materials, grading and access to the online student center is included.  Enroll today, stay on schedule and you’ll have your high school diploma before the next presidential and vice-presidential inauguration day on January 20, 2025.

Today’s Birthday: Edgar Allan Poe

It’s January 19, and author Edgar Allan Poe was born on this date in 1809.  He is best known for writing spooky and scary stories such as “The Raven” and you can read his works in our Literature 3: Selected American Classics course.  It’s one of many high school correspondence courses we have available to students.  Take it individually as part of an independent study high school program or collectively as part of an accredited high school diploma program.  Unlike many of Poe’s stories, there is nothing scary about becoming an American School student.  Our instructors call students by name and offer helpful hints whenever they grade an exam, and the rest of our staff is ready to reply to your needs within one business day.  Start writing your educational story today and enroll with American School.  You’ll be glad you did!

American School Closed Monday, January 18

American School will be closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, January 19.  Today, January 15, is Dr. King’s actual birthday, and so we encourage you to visit the web sites of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park and the King Center to learn more about his life and legacy.  Doing so will be a great supplement to your print or online middle school courses, print or online high school courses and independent study high school courses.

Terra American School Students Abroad Science and Engineering Fair

Today’s blog contains information about the Terra American School Students Abroad Science and Engineering Fair.  As the name implies, this fair is open to American students who are studying abroad and do not have access to a traditional science fair in their hometowns.  Click the link for more details.  We are happy to share information about these kinds of events with students in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  If you know of events in your community and would like us to share them with others, email us and let us know.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or distance education middle school!

Today’s Anniversary: The National Geographic Society

It’s January 13, and the National Geographic Society was founded on this date in 1888.   The National Geographic Society is interested in far more than finding places on a map.  In fact, it has many programs in place to explore the entire planet and care for its overall well-being.  You can learn more about the different climates and conditions around the world by taking any of our geography courses.  They’re available to students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program and would be a great way for you to learn more about the world around you.  Get started by enrolling today!

Common App Launches Mobile Application

Recently Common App launched a new mobile application which makes applying to college easier than ever.  The new app might be particularly useful for students in our college preparatory program when they apply to the college or university of their choice.  Please know that students who earn our online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma are accepted into colleges and universities in all 50 states.  A big reason for this is our accreditation, but more important is the student’s overall academic record, which might include transcripts, extracurricular activities, community service and more.  Our counseling department can assist with the college application process, so please contact our staff if you have questions.  We are happy to serve you!


Today's blog is about, which is a great resource if you are thinking about applying to college.  Our college preparatory program is designed for students who are thinking of attending a four-year college or university, while our general high school program can be done to earn a high school diploma at home if you are thinking of applying to a junior college or community college after graduating.  That said, it is important to know the entrance requirements for colleges that interest you so that you can make the proper courses part of your accredited high school program.  Our counseling department can assist with this process as well as answer any questions about applying to college.  We are happy to serve you and look forward to helping you reach all of your educational goals! 

Today’s Anniversary: Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points

It’s January 8, and on this date in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson presented his Fourteen Points which paved the way to peace after World War 1.  When it comes to points on your exams in our online high school courses, online middle school courses, paper-based high school courses or paper-based middle school courses, you should always aim for 100 points rather than 14.  Getting 100 points on an exam means you got everything correct, so that should be your goal.  We know, however, that you won’t be perfect all the time.  In fact, you won’t be perfect most of the time, so that is where our instructors come into play.  They provide helpful, personalized feedback on every exam they grade.  They also include page references and explain where to go in the course to find the correct answer.  Finally, our instructors call students by name.  It’s our way of making distance education as personal as possible.  We think you will find our curriculum to be on point, but the only way to know for sure is if you enroll and become our student.  We invite you to point and click on our enrollment page to begin that process today.

Testimonial Thursday

It’s the first Thursday of 2021, which makes it the perfect time for the first Testimonial Thursday of the new year.   Although we’re always happy to serve students in the United States, sometimes we wish to remind you that we are internationally relevant and serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  One of those countries is South Africa, and that’s where we find Valentina, who writes, “American School is one of the better homeschooling systems I have ever enjoyed.  The instructors are very helpful and thorough with their comments.  The books are helpful too and are very interesting indeed.  Thank you for all your help and support.”  We thank Valentina for those words and wish to expand upon one of her thoughts.  Our instructors are indeed helpful when students call, email or write asking for assistance.  They are also thorough with their comments when they grade exams in high school courses and middle school courses.  We try to make distance education as personal as possible, and that includes having our instructors call students by name whenever they communicate with them.  That same level of personal attention in distance education extends to our entire staff.  All of us want to help you earn a high school diploma at home, but we can’t do that unless you enroll and become our student.  Get started today!

Today’s Anniversary: The Four Freedoms Speech

It’s January 6, and on this date in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his Four Freedoms Speech.  FDR’s four freedoms were freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  That quartet got us thinking about a quartet of our own.  We call them our Four C’s, and they are curriculum, cost, credibility and caring student service.   Our curriculum includes high-quality middle school correspondence courses, online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses and online high school courses.  Take them individually for credit recovery purposes or enrichment, or you can take them collectively as part of full-year or full diploma programs.  Our cost is much lower than competitors because we are a non-profit business and offer all-inclusive tuition.  Our credibility comes from being accredited by three accrediting bodies and recognized by our home state of Illinois.  Finally, our caring student service ensures that you’ll be supported every step of your way.    You’ll have freedom from fear after you enroll and become our student, so why not get started by enrolling today?