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Welcome to the American School's blog.  You will see our last thirty blog posts on this page.  View the ten most recent blog posts here.  View some of our favorite blog posts from the past decade here.

  • Caroline Wozniacki Advances at Australian Open - Moments ago our student Caroline Wozniacki won her third round match at the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens.  Next up is a fourth round match on Sunday against Magdalena Rybarikova.  Check out our blog on Monday to find out how she did.  Caroline is in search of her first Grand... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Peter Mark Roget - It's January 18, and Peter Mark Roget was born on this date in 1779.  Roget compiled the first thesaurus, and if you don't have a thesaurus in your possession, we recommend you get one.  A thesaurus can be a great resource to you as you work on English courses in your accredited middle school program... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open - American School student Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a 1-5, 15-40 deficit in the final set of her second round match of the Australian Open and came back to defeat Jana Fett 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to move into the third round.  Seeded second, Caroline defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and remains a... Read More
  • Remembering John McCulley - Late last week American School received word that John McCulley passed away.  John was an integral part of American School for more than 20 years, first as an instructor and later as principal and educational director.  Most recently he served on our Board of Trustees and played in integral part in helping American School become... Read More
  • American School Closed January 15 - American School will be closed Monday, January 15.  We look forward to assisting you with your high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses when we reopen on Tuesday, January 16.  Have a great weekend!
  • Enter the Doodle 4 Google Contest - Students are invited to enter this year's Doodle 4 Google contest by clicking on the link in this blog.  We do our best to inform students of such contests and encourage them to enter as many contests and competitions as possible.  Perhaps some of you found this blog by using Google or another search engine. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Common Sense - It's January 10, and Thomas Paine published his Common Sense pamphlet on this date in 1776.  The pamphlet is mentioned in Hamilton and also appears in our online United States History course and our paper-based United States History course.  Students in our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The iPhone - It's January 9, and the original iPhone was introduced on this date in 2007.  Once upon a time people used phones strictly for talking to someone in a different location, but as we all know, today's phones can do just about everything.  One of our goals for 2018 is to debut a new web site... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Password Plus - It's January 8, and a game show called "Password Plus" premiered on this date in 1979.  It seems like everything has a password these days, and your online high school courses and online middle school courses from the American School are no exception.  All of our students, even those who take high school correspondence courses,... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Golden Gate Bridge - It's January 5, and construction on the Golden Gate Bridge began on this date in 1933.  You may think of the American School as a bridge from your current life to the life you've always wanted.  Studies have shown that high school graduates are more successful than those who never graduated from high school.  We... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Sir Isaac Newton - It's January 4, and Sir Isaac Newton was born on this date in 1643.  He was a philosopher and mathematician but is perhaps best known as a physicist.  American School is proud to offer a paper-based Physics course and an online Physics course where you can learn about Newton's work with gravity and much more. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Alaska - It's January 3, and Alaska became a state on this date in 1959.  We've attended conventions in our 49th state several times because many students there take our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Alaska is such a huge state that often schools are great distances from people's... Read More
  • First Blog of 2018 - It's January 2, and this is our first blog of 2018.  What's in store for American School in the new year?  Plenty.  We'll be introducing paper-based middle school courses to complement the online middle school courses already in our accredited middle school program.  Our accredited high school program will see some changes too as we... Read More
  • American School Closed January 1 - American School will be closed Monday, January 1, and reopen on Tuesday, January 2.  As we look back on the past year and look ahead to the new year, one constant is our gratitude toward our students.  We're grateful you have chosen to earn a high school diploma at home with us or take independent... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Iowa - It's December 28, and Iowa became a state on this date in 1846.  We have students in all 50 states and attend conventions in many states around the country each year, but to our knowledge, we've never attended a convention in the Hawkeye State.  Will that change in 2018?  You'll have to wait and see. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The HMS Beagle - It's December 27, and on this date in 1831, Charles Darwin set sail aboard the HMS Beagle.  We mention this today because Darwin and his theory of evolution appear in some of the materials for our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  The American School takes no official... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Boxing Day - It's December 26, and today is Boxing Day, a holiday observed in many countries but not in the United States.  As you might expect, American School goes through a LOT of boxes shipping high school correspondence courses to our students, but we're happy to ship books and study materials to all 50 states and more... Read More
  • American School Closed December 25 - American School will be closed Monday, December 25, and reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, December 26.  We know that many students in our correspondence high school diploma program, online high school diploma program and online middle school program have set goals for themselves to complete work by the end of the calendar year,... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Winter - It's December 21, and today is the first day of winter.  Perhaps you feel like your education is in the middle of winter with not much happening, or perhaps you're thinking about summer and all the fun you want to have after you graduate.  Either way, our high school correspondence courses and online high school... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Louisiana Purchase - It's December 20, and the Louisiana Purchase was completed on this date in 1803.  The land acquired in the deal nearly doubled the size of the United States and is regarded as one of the best purchases in history.  You can make a great purchase of your own by enrolling with us.  We offer a... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Valley Forge - It's December 19, and on this date in 1777, George Washington and the Continental Army began their winter encampment at Valley Forge.  As we've said many times before in this blog, visiting historic sites is a great way to make your high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses come... Read More
  • American School Closing at Noon December 19 - American School will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 19, for a special event.  We will reopen with our normal hours on Wednesday, December 20.  Although we will have different hours than normal, students can always email us for assistance, and we will reply to those emails as quickly as possible.  We're pleased that... Read More
  • American School at 120 (Part 5) - As we conclude our look at 120 years of American School history in advance of our 120th anniversary this coming Sunday, December 17, we can't help but thank the most important people in the last 12 decades–our students.  Whether they complete a general high school or college preparatory program or enroll in our correspondence or... Read More
  • American School at 120 (Part 4) - As American School has evolved over the years to offer accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses to go along with its existing high school correspondence courses, we should recognize certain American School employees who had large roles in making that evolution possible.  Earlier this week we discussed R.T. Miller.  He led... Read More
  • American School at 120 (Part 3) - As we continue to celebrate our 120th anniversary, it's worth mentioning some of the educational organizations which we founded or with which we have been members over the years, as well as an example of how we help our students after they've graduated.  We were a charter member of the National Home Study Council.  We... Read More
  • 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... Read More
  • American School at 120 (Part 1) - The American School received its charter on December 17, 1897, and in this week leading up to our 120th anniversary, we're doing a series of blogs about the past 12 decades.  The American School simply would not exist without Romanta Tillotson Miller, Jr.  Our founder, pictured below and better known as R.T., graduated from Oberlin... Read More
  • State of Illinois Begins Bicentennial Celebration - This week our home state of Illinois began its bicentennial celebration.  We've been pleased to call Illinois our home for more than half of those 200 years, but we're just as happy to serve students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  We've been a leading distance education high school... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Pearl Harbor - Today's blog solemnly remembers the day that will live in infamy–December 7, 1941.  On that day Pearl Harbor was attacked, and today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  We've said countless times over the years how visiting historic places can make your online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Washington Post - It's December 6, and on this date in 1877, the first edition of the Washington Post was published.  In its 140 years, the newspaper has been home to legendary journalists such as Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Tony Kornheiser.  If you're interested in a career in journalism, consider taking our paper-based... Read More