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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.

  • Today’s Special Occasion: National Coffee Day - It's September 29, and today is National Coffee Day.  If you want to know what's brewing at American School, we have a variety of ways of informing you.  This blog is one of them.  We also post regularly on Facebook and Twitter.  Finally, we have our All American newsletter which comes out a few times... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Ask a Stupid Question Day - It's September 28, and today is the traditional date of the wacky holiday called Ask a Stupid Question Day.  It's a good time to remind you that there are no stupid questions and you should not be afraid to contact us should you need assistance with anything we do.  Have questions about our new online... Read More
  • American School Resumes Phone Calls to Prospective Students - American School is pleased to announce the return of phone calls to prospective students.  These students are interested in our online high school courses or high school correspondence courses and indicate they would like a call from us when they fill out a form to request more information or view an enrollment application.  We are... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Wins First Title of 2016 - American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of 2016 by defeating Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.  Click here to watch a post-match interview with her.  We are happy to have Caroline as our student, but we're also happy to have as our students... Read More
  • Revised Introduction to Business Course Available - This week American School released a revised Introduction to Business course.  The course is available individually as part of an independent study high school program or may be taken as part of a general high school or college preparatory program en route to an American School diploma.  We're pleased to offer elective courses such as... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Fall - It's September 22, and today is the first day of fall.  There's something about the first day of fall that makes people think of going back to school even though students in traditional schools have been in the classroom for at least two weeks now.  The nice thing about American School is that you can... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: International Day of Peace - It's September 21, and today is the International Day of Peace.  It's a good chance to remind you that students from more than 65 countries around the world take part in our accredited high school program.  Some take the best online high school courses while others do our high school correspondence courses, but all benefit... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Gas-Powered Automobile - It's September 20, and on this date in 1893, Charles Duryea and his brother tested the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.  This anniversary seems like the perfect time to remind you that we have two car-themed courses that you can take to help earn a high school diploma at home.  Know Your Car is designed for... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Mary Tyler Moore Show - It's September 19, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered on television on this date in 1970.  We realize this show is probably before your time, but it can be seen in reruns to this very day.  What's important for this blog is the last line of The Mary Tyler Moore Show's theme song, which... Read More
  • Revised Social Civics Course Now Available - American School is pleased to release a revised edition of its paper-based Social Civics course.  The course is a required subject if you wish to earn a correspondence high school diploma in our general high school or college preparatory program and may be taken individually as part of an independent study high school program for... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The American School Blogger - It's September 15, and on this date in 1998, the person who would become the American School Blogger started working at American School.  Obviously a lot has changed in nearly two decades.  Back in 1998, American School was strictly focused on high school correspondence courses that students could take as part of an accredited high... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Reaches Semifinals at U.S. Open - American School student Caroline Wozniacki came into this year's U.S. Open unseeded but left as a semifinalist, showing signs that her game is on the rebound after an uncharacteristic slow start to 2016.  She notched big wins over former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round and eliminated rising star Madison Keys in... Read More
  • Revised Office Procedures Course Available - Today we are releasing an updated version of our Office Procedures course.  This paper-based course may be taken as part of a correspondence high school diploma program or individually to supplement another accredited high school program.  It's a good way to prepare yourself for a career working in an office in your hometown or halfway... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Battle of Marathon - It's September 12, and today is the traditional date of the Battle of Marathon, which took place in ancient Greece in 490 B.C.  The Greeks beat the Persians that day, and legend has it that a runner travelled 26.2 miles on foot to announce the victory to the Athenians, thus giving rise to the race... Read More
  • American School Marks Grandparents’ Day and Patriot Day - This Sunday is a special day on the calendar for two very different reasons.  The first Sunday after Labor Day each year is Grandparents' Day, and we're grateful for the support grandparents give their grandchildren as they work toward a correspondence high school diploma or a diploma comprised of accredited online high school courses.  It's... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Scotch Tape - It's September 8, and 3M began marketing scotch tape on this date in 1930.  Scotch tape has many uses, but it is especially popular when it comes to wrapping birthday or Christmas presents.  Think of the best present or gift that you ever received.  Did it bring happiness to your life?  Probably.  Did it radically... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Miss America Pageant - It's September 7, and on this date in 1921, the very first Miss America Pageant was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  We know that selecting a distance education high school or middle school for yourself or a family member is like viewing a beauty pageant in some regards.  You, as a member of the... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Piggly Wiggly - It's September 6, and on this date 100 years ago, the first self-service grocery store opened in Memphis, Tennessee.  For reasons still unknown, Clarence Saunders named it Piggly Wiggly, and the chain, which now has 600 stores in 17 states, has been in business for a century.  Before Piggly Wiggly, grocery stores were full-service places... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, September 5 - American School will be closed Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.  Our staff works hard to serve our students who are working hard to earn a high school diploma at home.  It is our hope that everyone has a restful weekend and is refreshed and renewed when our offices reopen with regular business... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Old Man and the Sea - It's September 1, and Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea was published on this date in 1952.  The novel is part of our American Literature course, and American Literature is a required subject in our college preparatory program that will award you a correspondence high school diploma upon complettion.  We have a... Read More
  • New Courses, Prices Coming soon - It's the last day of August, but before we wrap up this month's blogs, we want to give you a sneak preview of what you can expect from one of the best distance education high schools and middle schools in the last third of 2016.  We'll be adding more online high school courses that may... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Ernest Rutherford - It's August 30, and scientist Ernest Rutherford was born on this date in 1871.  His particular area of expertise was nuclear physics and radiation.  He proved that atoms have most of their mass and charge concentrated in a single nucleus, and he also discovered and named the proton, which is a unit of positive charge... Read More
  • U.S. Open Begins in New York - It's August 29, and today is the first day of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.  American School students and graduates have been very successful in this event, none more than 1994 and 1999 champion Andre Agassi, who has runner-up finishes in 1990, 1995, 2002 and 2005 to go along with those two... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: National Dog Day - It's August 26 and today is National Dog Day.  If you want to draw a pretty picture of your perfect pooch, you can learn how to do that by taking our Art: Drawing Animals course.  It's one of hundreds of accredited high school courses that may be taken individually to recover credit or for enrichment... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: The National Park Service - It's August 25, and the National Park Service was established on this date in 1916.  Over the years this blog has suggested visiting historical sites and presidential libraries and museums, but trips to those places may require quite a bit of travel.  That's not the case with the national parks since there are national parks... Read More
  • July-August All American Newsletter Available - The July-August All American newsletter is now available, and it's our biggest issue of the year.  This edition features profiles of the 18 graduates who won scholarships this year and profiles of three other graduates who are ready to make their mark on the world.  We've also included a partial list of colleges and universities... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: The Internet - It's August 23, and the Internet turns 25 years old today.  While we are pleased to offer a general high school program and a college preparatory program among our paper-based options and have no plans whatsoever to discontinue those options, we're excited to offer the best online high school courses and online middle school courses... Read More
  • Reminder About Sending Us Transcripts - Last week we shared a blog about requesting transcripts from us if you are our student or graduate, but what if the situation is reversed and you wish to send us an official transcript from a previous school before enrolling in our accredited high school program?  We are happy to receive and evaluate such transcripts... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: World Photo Day - It's August 19, and today is World Photo Day.  Since we offer the best online high school courses as well as the best correspondence high school courses, you're probably not surprised that we offer photography courses in both formats.  Our online Digital Photography course is among our more popular online high school courses, and our... Read More
  • American School Closing Early August 19 - American School is closing at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 19.  We wish all of you a good weekend and look forward to serving you when we reopen with regular business hours on Monday, August 22.