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 Optical Phonograph - It's October 17, and on this date in 1888, Thomas Edison filed a patent for the optical phongraph.  We know it better as a movie projector.  Movies and videos have come a long way in 129 years, and now many of our online high school courses and online middle school courses have video components to... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Boss’s Day - It's October 16, and today is Boss's Day.  The first boss of American School was R.T. Miller.  He founded American School in 1897 and remained with us until 1945.  Since that time, only a few people have followed in R.T. Miller's footsteps and become American School President.  Valerie Riley currently holds that office, and she,... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Marie Osmond - It's October 13, and entertainer and former American School student Marie Osmond turns 58 years old today.  She's one of many famous people who have taken high school correspondence courses with us, but whether you take those or our newer online high school courses and online middle school courses, we promise to treat you like... Read More
  • NACAC Hosts Chicago National College Fair - The National Assocation for College Admission Counseling will host the Chicago National College Fair this Saturday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in McCormick Place's Hall C1-North Building.  Students who earn a high school diploma at home with American School often go on to attend many prestigious schools, but sometimes finding the right... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Eleanor Roosevelt - It's October 11, and Eleanor Roosevelt was born on this date in 1884.  She is the longest serving First Lady, having served in that role for the 12 years Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States, and is equally well-known as an advocate for human rights.  Eleanor's early years were filled with sadness... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Great Chicago Fire - It's October 10, and on this date in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire was finally extinguished after burning since the evening of October 8.  Nearly the whole city was destroyed, but at least two of the buildings that survived the fire are still standing on Michigan Avenue downtown.  In the 146 years since, the world... Read More
  • American School Closed October 9 - American School will be closed Monday, October 9, in observance of Columbus Day.  Christopher Columbus was an explorer, and if you're ready to explore new things, we invite you to take a look at our online middle school courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  There is something for everyone, whether you... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: PBS - It's October 5, and on this date in 1970, the Public Broadcasting Service, better known as PBS, began operations.  PBS airs educational programming for people of all ages, starting with shows like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Sesame Street and continuing with such things as documentaries on science, history and more.  Our accredited online high school... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Sputnik - It's October 4, and 60 years ago today, Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth, was launched.  If you're ready to lift off and reach new heights as a middle school or high school student, today would be a great day to enroll.  We offer an accredited middle school program and accredited high... Read More
  • Mount Vernon to Host Homeschool Day - From time to time this blog likes to encourage you to visit museums and historical sites to enhance your education.  Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington, is hosting a Homeschool Day on October 17.  If you're in the area, going to this event would be a great way to make your high school correspondence... Read More
  • Last Chance for AP Courses - Today's blog, the last until next week, is a reminder that enrollment in our AP courses ends on Friday, September 29.  Adding these special online high school courses in biology, language and composition, calculus, United States government and politics and United States history would enhance your accredited high school program and could lead to you... Read More
  • American School to Attend Tennessee School Counselor Convention - American School is back on the road this weekend with an appearance at the Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute.  The event will be at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro and is open on Sunday, October 1, from 2-6 p.m.; Monday, October 2, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 3, from 7:30-11 a.m. ... Read More
  • AP Course Enrollment Continues This Week - Today's blog is a reminder that enrollment in our AP courses continues this week.  This will be the last week students can enroll in these online high school courses for this academic year.  So far we are pleased with the number of students who have added these courses to their accredited high school program, but... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Wins Pan Pacific Open - American School student Caroline Wozniacki won her first WTA title of the year with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.  Click here to read all about her second straight win and third overall at the annual event in Tokyo.  We're happy to have Caroline as a student in our accredited high school program.  It... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Autumn - It's September 22, and today is the first day of autumn.  People equate autumn with colors changing, leaves falling, harvests and pumpkins and going back to school.  Perhaps you're ready to begin an accredited middle school program or accredited high school program, or maybe you were in one before but didn't complete your studies.  Either... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: International Day of Peace - It's September 21, and today is the International Day of Peace.  We have students taking high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses in more than 65 countries around the world, and we wish for peace among all nations.  We're proud to be an internationally relevant distance education high school... Read More
  • AP Courses Still Open - Today's blog is a reminder that you can enroll in our new AP courses through September 29.  We are proud to offer these online high school courses to those in our college preparatory program or independent study high school program.  We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to challenge yourself and learn in a... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Old Faithful - It's September 18, and on this date in 1870, explorers in Wyoming oberserved a geyser that erupted on a regular basis throughout the day.  Because it seemingly erupted on a schedule, they named it Old Faithful, and visitors to Yellowstone National Park can see this geyser in action to this very day.  When it comes... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: American School Blogger - It's September 15, and even though our offices are closed today, we still have a blog post to share with you.  On this date in 1998 the person who writes this blog began working at American School.  Since that time, quite a bit has changed around here.  We didn't offer online high school courses, but... Read More
  • AP Courses Enrollment Still Available - Today's blog is a reminder that we are offering Advanced Placement courses in United States Government and Politics, United States History, Biology, Calculus AB and English Language and Composition.  These online high school courses can be a great addition to an existing online high school diploma program, or they can be taken through our independent... Read More
  • American School Closed Friday, September 15 - American School will be closed on Friday, September 15.  We expect to reopen with normal business hours on Monday, September 18.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to become an even better distance education high school and distance education middle school.  Although our office will be closed on Friday, we encourage our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Battle of Marathon - It's September 12, the traditional date of the Battle of Marathon which occurred all the way back in 490 B.C.  Maybe you feel like getting a high school diploma is like running a marathon.  Perhaps you think it's difficult, it's long and it requires a lot of hard work.  Sometimes it can feel that way,... Read More
  • American School Offers AP Courses - American School is pleased to offer five online Advanced Placement (AP) courses for the 2017-2018 academic year.  To ensure that students have sufficient time to learn material and prepare for their AP exams next spring, enrollment in these online high school courses is only available from September 11-29, with classes scheduled to start the first... Read More
  • Major Announcement Coming Monday - Need a reason to look forward to Monday?  We're happy to oblige.  Be sure to check this blog Monday morning for a major announcement for students in our accredited high school program or who are interested in taking accredited online high school courses as part of an independent study high school program.  We're excited to... Read More
  • Reminder About NCAA Eligibility - Today's blog contains information about our relationship with the NCAA.  At this time, our high school correspondence courses or online high school courses may not be used to meet the NCAA core course requirements for initial eligibility for Division I or Division II sports or for NJCAA and NAIA purposes.  This decision was not based... Read More
  • Regarding Hurricanes - American School sends best wishes to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma.  If you are taking our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses or online middle school courses and live in those regions, please know that we are willing to make accommodations for you on a... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki’s U.S. Open Run Ends - American School student Caroline Wozniacki couldn't duplicate her 2016 run to the U.S. Open semifinals as she fell 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of this year's event.  Although her Grand Slam season is over, her 2017 season is not finished.  She has reached the finals in five tournaments this year... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, September 4 - American School will be closed Monday, September 4.  While we take a break on Labor Day, please know that we've been working hard to give you the best educational experience possible.  This fall our accredited middle school program will expand to include paper-based courses along with online middle school courses.  Before then we'll introduce new... Read More
  • Some Study Guides Available in Online Student Center - Study guides for our Planning Your Career, Physiology and Health and Psychology high school correspondence courses are now available in the Online Student Center.  Printed study guides for these three courses are currently out of stock but are expected to arrive soon.  If you recently enrolled in one of these accredited high school courses, you... Read More
  • Caroline Wozniacki Wins U.S. Open Opener - American School student Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Monday evening with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu.  In the second round she'll face Ekaterina Makarova, and we'll have coverage of that match in a future blog.  Caroline takes our accredited high school courses wherever she goes, and you... Read More