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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.

  • American School to Attend WSCA Conference - American School will exhibit at the WSCA Conference from February 21-23 in Madison, Wisconsin.  We will be at table 7 in the Grand Terrace at the Hilton Monona Terrace from 4- 6 p.m. on February 21; from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on February 22; and from 8-11 a.m. on February 23.  We're excited to meet school... Read More
  • Remembering Mary E. McKeown - Late last week, American School received word that Mary E. McKeown passed away.  Mary devoted her entire adult life to American School and our students and held a variety of responsbilities during her 75 years of service.  Those roles included instructor, study guide author, principal, educational director, executive vice-president and, finally, trustee, a position she... Read More
  • American School Closed February 20 - American School will be closed Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents' Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, February 21.  Whether you have a three-day weekend or not, we invite you to take a look at our online high school diploma program, accredited high school program consisting of paper-based courses, or... Read More
  • Important Information About Our Emails - Late last week and early this week, American School had difficulty with its email server and spam filter.  The good news is that the problems have been solved, but because of these difficulties, emails sent to us between February 10-13 may not have reached their intended recipient.  We apologize for this error but remain ready... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: St. Louis - It's February 15, and the city of St. Louis, Missouri was founded on this date all the way back in 1764.  Its most famous landmark, the Gateway Arch, didn't arrive until more than 200 years later and is the tallest man-made structure west of the Mississippi River.  You can think of American School as your... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Valentine’s Day - It's February 14, and today is Valentine's Day.  We love our students, and we're always happy to hear that our students love us back.  In the past year, many students and their families have come to love our accredited middle school program.  Thus far it's consisted entirely of online middle school courses, but later this... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Coach K - It's February 13, and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski turns 70 years old today.  At as a college coach, Coach K has won 5 national championships at Duke and more than 1000 games overall.  He also coached the United States' men's basketball team from 2005-2016 and was 60-1 in international competitions, including leading the USA... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Deep Blue - It's February 10, and on this date in 1996, the supercomputer known as Deep Blue defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov for the first time.  If you think a computer beating a human being is amazing, you should check out our online middle school courses and online high school courses.  They're accessible on most every computer... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasions: National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day - It's February 9, and today we're celebrating National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day.  The toppings for pizzas and flavors for bagels are virtually endless, and the same is true for our course offerings and delivery methods.  We offer the best online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  You... Read More
  • Notice for Planning Your Career Students - Effective February 1, 2017, the SDS booklet is no longer a required element of the Planning Your Career course.  Current Planning Your Career students do not have to submit the SDS booklet to us even if they have the booklet in their possession, while new Planning Your Career students will receive a memo notifying them... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Safer Internet Day - Today is Safer Internet Day, so it's the perfect opportunity for us to tell you how we safeguard your data and ensure your safety when you take online middle school courses or online high school courses with us.  Our students access the best online high school courses and online middle school courses through at least... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Queen Elizabeth II - It's February 6, and on this date in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of England.  That means she's been on the throne for 65 years now.  To celebrate, we want to feature our British Literature course.  Certainly the queen would approve of you reading works by some of the greatest English authors of all... Read More
  • Super Bowl Preview - It's the Friday before the Super Bowl, and we assume many of you will be watching the New England Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons for the NFL championship Sunday night.  We're not going to pick a winner, but we will tell you about our ties to New England and Atlanta.  R.T. Miller and his colleagues... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Groundhog Day - It's February 2, and the American School Groundhog saw its shadow this morning.  Supposedly that means six more weeks of winter, but we'll see.  When spring officially arrives in March, we'll be closer to offering paper-based middle school courses.  Those will be available in time for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  We'll still... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Don Everly - Today singer Don Everly turns 80 years old.  He and his brother Phil had a string of hits in the 50s and 60s as the Everly Brothers, but before they reached the top of the charts, they were American School students who took high school correspondence courses with us.  One of the Everly Brothers' biggest... Read More
  • Web Site, Applications Fully Operational - This weekend our web site and enrollment applications were temporarily unavailable.  We apologize for the error but got them up and running as quickly as possible.  The online student center, online counselor office, online high school courses and online middle school courses were not affected by this outage.  We do our best to keep you... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: William Hunding - It's January 30, the birthday of past American School President William Hunding.  He worked for American School full-time for nearly 40 years and remained a trustee after his retirement in 2006 until his death in 2013.  During his tenure, American School solidified its place as a top distance education high school.  We expanded our correspondence... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The University of Georgia - It's January 27, and the University of Georgia was founded on this date in 1785.  We don't have any particular ties to UGA, but we feature it in our blog today because it is the first public university in the United States.  That got us thinking about colleges and universities, and each year American School... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Michigan - It's January 26, and Michigan became a state on this date in 1837.  When people think of Michigan, they often think about cars, and our Automotive Systems course tells you plenty about how a vehicle operates.  Automotive Systems is one of hundreds of accredited high school courses in our curriculum, and we have several online... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Transcontinental Telephone Call - It's January 25, and on this date in 1915, Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York City, called Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco, and when he did, he made the very first transcontinental telephone call.  More than a century later, phone calls from across the country and around the world are common,... Read More
  • Australian Open Third Round Update - American School student Caroline Wozniacki fell in the third round of the Australian Open, losing to Johanna Konta of Britain in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.  While neither she nor Anna Tatishvili made the second week of the first major tennis tournament of the year, they are still among the best 128 players in the world. ... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: 1-23 - Today is January 23, commonly abbreviated 1-23.  Enrolling with is as easy as 1-2-3!  First, go to our enrollment page.  You'll be able to choose from a online high school diploma for adults or children, a correspondence high school diploma, independent study high school courses, individual courses, or our accredited middle school program.  Click the... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Presidential Inauguration - It's January 20, and today Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States.  American School does not take any political stances, but presidential inaugurations are always historic.  The site linked above is the official inaugural site.  You can watch a live stream of today's events, follow along with the official program, learn about... Read More
  • Australian Open Second Round Update - American School student Caroline Wozniacki roared into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Donna Vekic of Croatia in the second round.  She is now five wins away from her first Australian Open title, but if she wins, she won't be the first American School student or graduate to... Read More
  • Enter the Illinois High School Radon Video Contest - Our high school students living in Illinois are encouraged to enter the Illinois High School Radon Video Contest.  Videos must be submitted by March 9, so you have nearly 2 months to complete this project if you so choose.  Ten different cash prizes are available, and whether you win one of those or not, entering... Read More
  • Australian Open First Round Update - Two American School students are competing in the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, but Anna Tatishvili and Caroline Wozniacki had different results in their first round matches.  Anna lost to Jaimee Fourlis of Australia, 6-4, 6-3, while Caroline, who is seeded 17th, defeated Arina Rodionova, 6-1, 6-2.  We'll have updates on Caroline's progress as... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - It's January 16, and today the United States is observing the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As we've said many times before in this blog, one way to make history come alive while you take online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses is to visit museums, libraries... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Friday the 13th - It's January 13, and it's also a Friday, so today's blog is about Friday the 13th.  It's been an infamous date associated with bad luck, but it doesn't have to be.  You can make Friday the 13th memorable by enrolling and becoming our student.  There's nothing scary about becoming our student.  We offer accredited high... Read More
  • Know Your Car Discontinued - Effective immediately, American School's Know Your Car course has been discontinued.  Students with this course pending in their programs may contact us to request a replacement course.  Although we are discontinuing Know Your Car at this time, we will be adding more online high school courses and high school correspondence courses throughout 2017.  We'll also... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Life Insurance - It's January 11, and on this date in 1759, the first American life insurance company was incorporated.  More than 250 years later, American School continues to offer a different kind of life insurance.  Individuals who earn a high school diploma at home or at a resident school make more money over the course of their... Read More