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Since 2006, the American School Blog has kept students, parents and school officials up to date on what’s happening at American School. Below are our most recent blog posts.  Visit the American School Blog Archive to read noteworthy blogs from over the years.

 

 

 

Today’s Anniversary: Pride and Prejudice

It’s January 28, and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom on this date in 1813.  We are glad the novel made its way to the United States because we include it in our Literature 4: Selected English Classes course.  That course is...

Today’s Anniversary: Michigan

It’s January 26, and Michigan became a state on this day in 1837.  American School has visited Michigan many times for conventions, and we always enjoy visiting the Wolverine State.  Sometimes we even travel from our Lansing in Illinois to the Lansing in Michigan for...

Preparing for Chinese New Year

It’s January 25, and Chinese New Year begins one week from today.  This coming year is the Year of the Tiger, and it’s a great opportunity to remind you that we offer a Mandarin Chinese course.  It’s one of several online middle school courses and online high school...

Today’s Birthday: Neil Diamond

It’s January 24, and singer Neil Diamond turns 81 years old today.  If you’ve read this blog from the beginning you know that in the early days we used to feature a musician celebrating a birthday and then try to include the titles or lyrics of his or her songs into...

Today’s Birthday: Karl Wallenda

It’s January 21, and Karl Wallenda was born on this date in 1905.  He was the patriarch of the Wallenda family and founded The Flying Wallendas, which consisted of members of his family performing high-wire acts and other daring feats in front of large crowds. ...

American School and the Australian Open

The Australian Open tennis tournament is underway in Melbourne, and so today is a good opportunity for us to look back at the success of some American School students and graduates who participated in the event in the past.  Our biggest champion Down Under is Andre...

Today’s Birthday: Phil Everly

It’s January 19, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and American School graduate Phil Everly was born on this date in 1939.  Phil and his brother Don formed the appropriately-named Everly Brothers and had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s.  Both brothers...

Today’s Birthday: A.A. Milne

It’s January 18, and author A.A. Milne was born on this date in 1882.  He is best known for writing stories about Winnie the Pooh and his friends, so today’s blog is going to focus on two of Winnie the Pooh’s friends.  The first is Eeyore, a depressed donkey.  Perhaps...

American School Closed Monday, January 17, 2022

American School will be closed Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, January 18 and look forward to assisting students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school...

Updates on Chemistry, Modern Carpentry and Sociology

Today's blog has updates on three of our popular high school correspondence courses.  First, we have a new Chemistry study guide that removed the need for a separate workbook.  The textbook for Chemistry has not changed.  Second, Modern Carpentry has a new study guide...

Today’s Birthday: Jack London

It’s January 12, and author Jack London was born on this date in 1876.  One of his most famous works is The Call of the Wild, and that novel is featured in our Classic Adventure Literature course.  We know that sometimes reading is difficult for students, and one of...

Today’s Birthday: Alexander Hamilton

It’s January 11, and Alexander Hamilton was born on this date in 1755.  We are not throwing away our shot to talk about him in today’s blog, and we’re going to focus on his role as the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.  As you probably know, the Secretary...

Today’s Anniversary: Common Sense

It’s January 10, and on this date in 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published a pamphlet called Common Sense.  The pamphlet was written to persuade colonists to declare their independence from Great Britain, and less than six months later, colonists did just that. ...

American School Closed to Visitors

Due to the recent surge in virus cases, American School is not open to any visitors at this time.  This includes prospective students and their families who were hoping to enroll in person in an accredited middle school program or accredited high school program as...

Today’s Anniversary: New Mexico

It’s January 6, and New Mexico became a state on this date in 1912.  New Mexico’s nickname is the Land of Enchantment, and over the years millions of students have found American School to be their educational land of enchantment.  One reason is that we have a robust...

About Delinquent Accounts and Online Access

Today's blog is about delinquent accounts and online access.  A delinquent account means that no monthly payment has been made recently, which is not acceptable under the terms of the contract signed at the time of enrollment.  When a student's account is delinquent,...

Today’s Anniversary: Utah

It’s January 4, and Utah became a state on this date in 1896.  When people think of Utah, they may think of it as the home of many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and so today’s blog is going to talk about American School’s views on...

Today’s Anniversary: Alaska

It’s January 3, and our very first blog of 2022 celebrates the anniversary of Alaska statehood.  On this date in 1959, Alaska became the 49th state, and you might be surprised to know that American School has had many students from Alaska in the 63 years that have...

American School Closed Friday, December 31

American School will be closed Friday, December 31, and will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, January 3.  At this time of year when people look back at the previous year and look ahead to the new year, we wish to thank those of you who made us your...

Today’s Anniversary: Texas

It’s December 29, and Texas became a state on this date in 1845.  Texas is known as the Lone Star State in reference to the single star on its flag.  That got us thinking about how many of our students are lone stars themselves.  By that we mean that our students...

Today’s Anniversary: Iowa

It’s December 28, and Iowa became a state on this date in 1846.   As you know, American School is based in Illinois, so Iowa is due west of us.  Surprisingly we’ve never been to a convention in Iowa, but we hope to change that in the future.  Iowa is perhaps best...

December 27 Supply Chain Update

Today’s blog has good news.  We have been informed that textbooks for 19 paper-based high school courses are back in stock and will be shipped to American School within the next two weeks.  Once we receive the shipments, we will start processing orders and ship...

American School Closed Friday, December 24

American School will be closed Friday, December 24, and will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, December 27.  At this time of year when people give and receive gifts, all of us at American School realize our students are gifts.  We know each student in our...

Homeschooling has taught me a lot of new things.  It has taught me self-discipline and made me take my studies more seriously than before.  I have learned to study properly.  The books and materials were very helpful.  It is a fun experience to do homeschooling.  Many people are amazed to know that I did homeschooling.  This has opened and changed a lot of people’s minds.

– Jekah from United Arab Emirates

American School has more to offer than any public school.  Two of my children, two of my grandchildren, and one niece completed their high school education with American School, and my sister and I are enrolled at the present time.

– Marilyn from Missouri

I learned a lot, and the skills are helping me in my college classes.

The most important thing I learned was how to schedule my time and organize my work.  The study guides helped to show me how much work to do at one time.  I’m glad to be part of American School.

– Peter from Illinois

I have found the methods, instruction, textbooks, study guides and service satisfactory because they are all up-to-date and made ready for me to learn.  I am greatly thankful for this service because now I can graduate early with all my credits in.  Thank you very much, American School!

– Ada from Michigan

American School was an easy yet efficient way to earn the extra credit I needed to graduate.

– Elizabeth from Illinois

I greatly enjoyed American School.  The instructors’ comments were very helpful.  I enjoyed this method of learning.  I feel I have learned a lot more than I did in public school.  I was able to keep up with school through all the moves I made without going through the hassle of switching school systems.  I enjoyed the honesty of the

instructors and the overall program.   I will recommend American School to anyone interested.

– Enoch from Texas

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Curriculum

American School’s innovative paper-based and online curriculum offers something for everyone in grades 6-12. Students can choose from more than 100 self-paced courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, social studies and science and take electives in such subject areas as business, career and technical education, fine arts, and world languages,

Cost

As a not-for-profit institution, American School puts students’ educations first. Our tuition is affordable—much lower than many other distance education and online high schools—and all textbooks and study materials are included at no additional cost.  Monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of American School’s middle school or high school program.

Caring Student Service

When students are accepted at American School, they not only receive interesting curriculum at a reasonable cost from a pioneer in distance education; they also receive outstanding, caring student service.  Students may enroll anytime and work at their own pace.  Help is available from American School staff during business hours and around the clock in American School’s Online Student Center.

Credibility

Founded in 1897, American School later became the first correspondence school to become regionally accredited. Today we are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as a non-public high school.  American School’s diploma is accepted by colleges and universities, and thousands of high schools use our courses for credit recovery.

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