Blog

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 Anniversary: The Environmental Protection Agency - It's December 2, and the Environmental Protection Agency began operations on this date in 1970.  We have online and paper-based Environmental Science courses that you can take if you are interested in learning about some of the issues faced by the EPA on a daily basis.  We're proud to offer accredited high school courses in... Read More
  • Announcing the Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition - Today's blog announces the annual Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition. Click on the link in this blog for all the information you need to enter this competition.  We are pleased to promote this competition for students who are between ages 13 and 18.  Prizes include scholarships that you can use after you earn... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Mark Twain - It's November 30, and Mark Twain was born on this date in 1835.  He died 75 years later in 1910, and Halley's Comet passed by earth within days of his entrance into the world and his exit from it.  You probably know that Mark Twain wasn't his real name (Samuel Clemens was) and that he... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Louisa May Alcott - It's November 29, and author Louisa May Alcott was born on this date in 1832.  She is best known for writing Little Women but also wrote a number of other novels.  American School offers a variety of English courses in which students read works from famous authors.  These English courses include online high school courses,... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday - It's the Monday after Thanksgiving, and in the retail world today is known as Cyber Monday because of all of the great deals people find online.  It seems like today is the perfect day to mention our online high school diploma program which consists of 18 accredited online high school courses or our accredited middle... Read More
  • Fall All American Newsletter Available - The Fall 2016 All American newsletter is now available on this page and on our Community page.  While you're there you can access archived copies of the All American and learn more about your distance education high school and middle school.  In the coming year, the All American will be published quarterly, but we want... Read More
  • American School Announces Thanksgiving Schedule - American School will be closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will reopen with our regular business hours on Monday, November 28.  We are thankful for our students who are in our general high school program or college preparatory program and will ultimately earn their diplomas from American School. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The State of North Carolina - It's November 21, and on this date in 1789, North Carolina became the 12th member of the United States.  North Carolina is home to a great college basketball program that makes appearances in this blog from time to time, but more importantly the Tar Heel State is home to many American School students.  They're not... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Time Zones - It's November 18, and on this day in 1883, time zones were established across the continental United States.  We're happy to have students taking online high school courses, online middle school courses and high school correspondence courses all throughout this great land of ours.  Since we are located near Chicago, we are in the Central... Read More
  • Reminder About Transcripts and Duplicate Diplomas - Today we have a reminder about transcripts and duplicate diplomas.  Many students will email us asking how they can get transcripts or duplicate diplomas, and while we are happy to assist students via email, you don't have to email us to find the answers to those questions and others.  We have a Frequently Asked Questions... Read More
  • New All American Newsletter Coming Soon - It's been a while since we've published a new All American newsletter, but that's about to change.  Within the week, we'll have the fall edition available for you.  In it, you'll read about our annual meeting, see pictures of staff members celebrating milestone anniversaries, and much more.  We're always looking to spotlight our students and... Read More
  • American School to Attend NYSSCA Conference - American School will make its final convention appearance of 2016 this weekend in Tarrytown, New York.  For the first time, we're exhibiting at the New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference.  We'll be at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown on November 18 from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. and November 19 from 7 a.m.... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Roger Apery - It's November 14, and French mathematician Roger Apery is among the very important people who would've turned 100 years old today.  We have many mathematics courses among our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, from beginning math courses all the way to courses that will help you get a head start on... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Veterans Day - Today is November 11, and we're celebrating Veterans Day by thanking all veterans and their families.  We're proud to have the word "American" in our name and proud to serve students all across the United States and in more than 65 countries around the world.  We couldn't do that without the men and women who,... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, so let's do another testimonial from one of our students.  Today Sydney from Illinois writes, "I really love the self-check tests.  Sometimes I think that I completely understand a concept and then I do really badly on the self-check test.  It helps me to study what I’m struggling with."  Sydney makes a great... Read More
  • American School Web Site Fully Operational - Over the past two days our web site has been slow, sluggish and sometimes not fully operational.  We know that is frustrating for you since you want to work on your online high school courses and online middle school courses or learn more about those online courses as well as our high school correspondence courses,... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day - It's Election Day, but since American School takes no official stance on political matters, we instead will give you our campaign platform as we try to earn your vote when you consider distance education high schools and middle schools.  We offer a complete curriculum consisting of online middle school courses, online high school courses and... Read More
  • National Distance Learning Week Begins - Today is the first day of National Distance Learning Week, and so it's a great opportunity for us to remind you of the different distance learning techniques we offer at American School.  Students may take accredited high school correspondence courses and accredited online high school courses to help earn a high school diploma at home... Read More
  • American School To Make First Trip to MSCA Fall Conference - American School is pleased to make its first appearance at the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference on November 6-7 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.  We'll be at table 51 on November 6 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on November 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. to discuss our independent study... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The Cubs Win the World Series - In 1908, American School was 11 years old and just been in Chicago a handful of years.  We were just starting out as a distance education high school and no one could have imagined one day we'd be offering accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Before last night, 1908 was also... Read More
  • Phone Calls to Prospective Students and Enrollees - We are happy to make phone calls to prospective students and their parents if they request calls from us during our business hours.  These calls are a good time for them to learn more about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Prospective students request these calls by... Read More
  • American School To Attend ISCA Fall Conference - American School is back on the road this week, and we're making our first convention appearance of November at the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference on November 3-4 in Indianapolis.  We'll be at table 37 at the Indianapolis Marriott East on November 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on November 4 from... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween - Happy Halloween from American School!  We realize that enrolling in a distance education high school or middle school can be scarier than some of the costumes you'll see tonight, but there's nothing to fear.  We have nearly 120 years of experience and credibility and are happy to help you earn a high school diploma at... Read More
  • Flashback Friday - We haven't done a Flashback Friday in quite some time, and this week's Annual Meeting got us thinking about the last time American School chose a new President.  That was back at the 2005 Annual Meeting, and so we've included a page from an All American newsletter which recaps the events of that day.  You'll... Read More
  • Officers and Committees Chosen at 119th Annual Meeting - In addition to Tim Pivarnik being named American School President effective January 1, 2017, additional officers and committees were chosen at American School's 119th Annual Meeting.  Judy Piscione was named Comptroller, and she will join President Gary R. Masterton and Vice-Presidents Tim Pivarnik and Marie Limback on American School's Executive Committee.  Public Relations Coordinator Jeff... Read More
  • Tim Pivarnik Named American School President - American School's Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Tim Pivarnik as American School's 8th President.  He will start his new position on January 1, 2017, replacing Gary R. Masterton, who has served as American School President since July 1, 2006.  Tim since has served as American School Principal since August 10, 2015.  Before he joined... Read More
  • American School Holds 119th Annual Meeting - Today American School holds its 119th annual meeting of trustees, corporate members and other invited guests.  The annual meeting is a chance to look back at the accomplishments and challenges of the past year and an opportunity to start planning for the future.  In the past year the biggest news around here has been the... Read More
  • American School Welcomes Board of Trustees - Today American School welcomes our Board of Trustees to our building for a series of meetings.  They're here in part to help us improve our standing as one of the best distance education high schools and middle schools.  Since their last visit we've added numerous accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses,... Read More
  • A Visit to the Gerald R. Ford Museum - Last week when we exhibited at the LEA Convocation in Grand Rapids, we had the chance to visit the President Gerald R. Ford Museum one morning before the LEA exhibit hall opened.  If you read this blog regularly, you know that we believe visiting presidential libraries and museums is a great way to make your... Read More
  • Reminder About Homeschoolers and School Activities - This recent news story about legislation in Kentucky is a good reminder that each state has its own laws regarding homeschoolers' participation in sports and other school activities.  While you're an American School student working to earn a high school school diploma at home consisting of the best online high school courses or high school... Read More