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.

  • Reminder About Restarting With American School - Today's blog focuses on restarting your accredited online high school diploma program or accredited high school program with high school correspondence courses with American School.  We know that most people complete high school in four years or less, but we also know that sometimes life gets in the way and you can't complete yoru full... Read More
  • New Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy Course Available - American School is pleased to introduce a new Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy course.  The first half of the course covers financial literacy, personal financial planning, income and taxes, banking, savings, investing, retirement and estate planning, credit, credit management, consumer purchasing and consumer power.  The second half of the course covers housing decisions, purchasing a... Read More
  • American School to Attend Midwest Homeschool Convention - American School is proud to attend the Midwest Homeschool Convention this week in Cincinnati.  We'll be in booth 1106 at the Duke Energy Convention Center on April 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and April 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This is one of... Read More
  • American School to Attend Chicagoland ISCA Conference - American School is proud to exhibit at the Illinois School Counselors Association Conference this Friday, April 21.  We'll be at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Conference Center on Level 2 all day long and invite school counselors to stop by our booth.  We'll have information about our online high school courses, high... Read More
  • American School to Attend NCEA Conference - American School is attending three conventions this week. The first is the National Catholic Educational Association Convention in St. Louis.  We'll be in booth 1240 in halls 3 and 4 of the Cervantes Convention Center on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; April 19 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and April 20... Read More
  • American School Closed April 14 - American School will be closed Friday, April 14.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, April 17.  We wish all of our students a great weekend!
  • New Courses Coming Soon - In today's blog we're going to promote some upcoming courses.  A new Consumer Economics and Financial Literacy course will be available very soon.  We're also working on new courses for foods and computers and have several other courses in the works, including paper-based middle school courses to go along with our online middle school courses. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: National Pet Day - It's April 11, and today is National Pet Day.  You may recall that yesterday celebrated siblings, and today celebrates another important member of many families.  If your academic career has gone to the dogs, don't despair.  We offer individual online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses for credit recovery. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Siblings Day - It's April 10, and today our blog is celebrating Siblings Day.  You may know that more than three million students have earned a high school diploma thanks to our accredited high school courses, and we're willing to bet that many of our graduates are siblings of other American School graduates.  Once one family member enrolls... Read More
  • American School on 2017 Ultimate Homeschool Curriculum List - American School is proud to appear on the 2017 Ultimate Homeschool Curriculum List.  The list is a great resource for people looking for information on the best online high school courses and high school correspondence courses, as well as the best online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  We're looking forward to adding... Read More
  • American School Welcomes Board of Trustees - American School is proud to welcome its Board of Trustees to our headquarters for their semi-annual meeting.  According to our by-laws, members of our Board of Trustees govern the School and elect full-time employees to operate the School on a daily basis.  We are grateful to have Trustees who live close to the School but... Read More
  • American School to Attend MPE Conference - American School is proud to attend the Midwest Parent Educator Conference this weekend in Kansas City.  We'll be in booth 910 at the KCI Expo Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 7 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 8.  We made our first appearance at this show last year... Read More
  • American School to Attend Downstate ISCA Conference - American School is proud to exhibit at the Illinois School Counselors Association Conference this Friday, April 7.  We'll be at the Bloomington DoubleTree Hotel all day long and invite school counselors to stop by our booth.  We'll have information about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, any... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Opening Day - It's April 3, and today is Opening Day for most Major League Baseball teams.  There is something about Opening Day that brings optimism to all 30 teams and their fans, but maybe you haven't felt optimistic about your educational plans for a long time.  Don't worry.  Let today be your personal Opening Day with American... Read More
  • Update on FAFSA - Some of our students have continued to have difficulty answering question 27 on the FAFSA form, so we contacted FAFSA and asked for some help.  We were told that students should be able to manually enter our name (American School or American School of Correspondence) and our address, phone number and other contact information if... Read More
  • Update on Payments - As of today, all payment options are available for new or current students.  We have upgraded our PayPal account, so you may once again pay via PayPal, or you can pay by credit card online or over the phone, or by check or money order through the mail.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation while... Read More
  • Scholarship Information Coming Soon - American School is pleased to announce that information on this year's Scholarship Program will be available soon.  We expect applications to be mailed to eligible students in early April.  From there, students will have approximately 4-6 weeks to return completed applications to us.  We'll look at all returned applications and from them choose 30 finalists. ... Read More
  • PayPal No Longer Payment Option - American School is not currently accepting PayPal as a payment option for new or current students.  If you wish to pay for a new enrollment or make a payment on an existing account, you have three options.  First, you may call us, and we'll take payment information over the phone.  Second, you may send us... Read More
  • American School Blog on Spring Break - The American School Blog is taking a spring break tomorrow and Monday.  Check back on Tuesday for our latest blog post.  We wish all of you a great weekend!
  • American School to Attend NSBA Annual Conference - American School is proud to attend the NSBA Annual Conference this weekend in Denver.  School board members from across the country are expected to attend, and we're happy to share information about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses with them.  We'll be in booth 225 in the... Read More
  • American School FAFSA Code Information - If you're an American School student or graduate filling out a FAFSA form, you may be asked for our high school code.  That code is 07016272Y010000.  We know that's long and not particularly easy to remember, which is why we've added that information to our FAQ page.  That page contains answers to frequently asked questions from... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring - It's March 20, and today is the first day of spring.  Of all the seasons, spring is associated with new beginnings.  The weather is getting warmer, birds have begun chirping, and flowers are beginning to bloom.  If you need a new beginning for your education, there is no better day than today to enroll.  American... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day - It's March 17, and American School is celebrating St. Patrick's Day in a variety of ways.  First, did you know we offer a course in Irish?  It's one of more than 20 online high school courses in world languages that are part of our curriculum.  Irish would be a perfect addition to your online high... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The NCAA Tournament - It's March 16, and today the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament begins in earnest.  From time to time people will ask us if our accredited high school courses are NCAA-approved, and sadly the answer is no.  More information is on our FAQ page.  That doesn't mean we're not trying to get NCAA approval for our online... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The Ides of March - It's March 15, also known as the Ides of March.  Today is the traditional date of the death of Julius Caesar, who was told to beware the Ides of March but went to the Roman Senate anyway and met his demise there.  You may think Latin is a dead language, but that's hardly the case. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day - It's March 14, sometimes abbreviated 3-14, and that abbreviation is crucial to understanding why we're celebrating Pi Day today.  Pi is a never-ending mathematical ratio which is very close to 3.14, so you can see why we celebrate pi on 3-14.  You can learn all about pi by taking math courses as part of our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Uranus - It's March 13, and on this date in 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.  It's a perfect day to mention our online Introductory Astronomy course that will teach you more about Uranus and other heavenly bodies.  If you think that course is out of this world, just wait till you see what other accredited... Read More
  • Reminder About Daylight Saving Time - This blog serves as a reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday.  Most of the country will "spring forward" and turn clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.  It's a time to remind you how you can "spring forward" academically when you become an American School student.  You'll have your choice... Read More
  • Chicago Tribune Honors Mary E. McKeown - Today we are pleased to share a Chicago Tribune article celebrating the life of Mary E. McKeown.  We are grateful to Joan Giangrasse Kates, who wrote the article, and the entire staff of the Chicago Tribune for their interest in Mary's life and times.  It is our hope that those who read the article will... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: International Women’s Day - Today is International Women's Day, and it's a great opportunity to pay tribute to the countless women who have helped make American School the excellent distance education high school and middle school that it is today.  We wouldn't be where we are without all of them.  Many of them worked in the days when we... Read More