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 Walt Disney Company - It's October 16, and the Walt Disney Company was founded on this date in 1923.  If you've ever been to a Disney park, you've probably experienced exceptional customer service and felt like park employees (often referred to as cast members) went out of their way to make you have a wonderful day.  Here at American... Read More
  • Starting Over or Starting Again - On a regular basis we hear from people who enrolled with us a long time ago, passed a few of their high school correspondence courses or online high school courses and then had to stop and abandon their studies.  Often they contact us and ask us if they can start over or start again, and... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, October 14 - American School will be closed Monday, October 14, in observance of Columbus Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 15.  If you're willing to explore something new, why not consider enrolling with us?  We offer accredited high school courses online or in print and offer similar courses in our accredited middle... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's a Thursday, so we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Harley from Arkansas writes, "I am very happy that I chose to take World History and English IV: Composition and Grammar through the American School.  Because of this decision, I can pursue my dreams at a faster rate than expected."  We thank... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Black Sox Scandal - It's October 9, and on this date 100 years ago, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series by defeating the Chicago White Sox.  You may think there is nothing terribly unusual about that, but we didn't mention that eight members of the White Sox actually threw the World Series and ensured the Reds won in... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Great Chicago Fire - It's October 8, and the Great Chicago Fire started on this date in 1871.  By the time it was contained two days later, most of the city had burned.  A few buildings survived the fire and remain standing to this day, including the Chicago Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue in... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #22: LEA Convocation - This week we are back on the road as we attend the Lutheran Education Association Convocation in St. Louis.  Come see us in booth 530 at the St. Louis America's Center on October 10 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again on October 11 from 10 a.m. to... Read More
  • American School Nominated for BBB Torch Award - American School is proud to earn a nomination to receive the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics presented by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  According to the Better Business Bureau, the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is the most prestigious award the Better Business Bureau presents to a business. Being a recipient... Read More
  • Chicago National College Fair Coming October 5 - The Chicago National College Fair will be held October 5 at McCormick Place.  If you're in the Chicago area and are unsure of your college plans after you earn a high school diploma at home with us, we encourage you to attend.  You may visit booths of colleges you didn't know existed, and one of... Read More
  • Logging Into Edmentum - We are currently dealing with technical issues that prevent students from accessing online high school courses or online middle school courses directly from the online student center.  While we work to resolve this matter once and for all, please follow the steps below to access your Edmentum courses: Edmentum Login Page: https://login.edmentum.com/ Account Login: ASOC... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Mensa - It's October 1, and Mensa was founded on this date in 1946.  Mensa is an organization for people with very high IQs, so today's blog will talk about what we offer for those types of students.  For starters, we have no age restrictions.  If you're much younger than those who normally begin taking print or... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Hoover Dam - It's September 30, and the Hoover Dam was dedicated on this date in 1935.  Hoover Dam helps control flood waters while providing energy and power for residents of Nevada, Arizona and California as well as irrigation water for farmers in those states.  When people think of dams, they often think of a structure that prevents... Read More
  • Last Day to Enroll in AP Courses - Today is your last chance to enroll in AP courses for the 2019-2020 academic year.  All the information you need is in the link included in today's blog.  Normally we allow students to enroll in online high school courses anytime, but AP courses are geared toward the AP exams that are offered in the spring. ... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, so we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Mariah from Washington writes, "I loved the simplicity of the course and the fact that I could go at my own speed.  I could go into as much depth or as much explanation as I wanted."  We thank Mariah for those words.  When... Read More
  • Emails from studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com - Today's blog has a reminder about emails you receive from studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com.  These emails are automated and are usually sent when you ask for or make changes to your online student center password.  Please DO NOT REPLY to these emails.  They are being sent automatically and the account is not checked for replies.  If you have... Read More
  • Emails from donotreply@americanschool.org - Today's blog has a reminder about emails you receive from donotreply@americanschool.org.  These emails are automated and are usually sent when you have a new grade posted in the online student center or are nearing the end of your enrollment period.  As the email address implies, please DO NOT REPLY to these emails.  If you have... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Autumn - It's September 23, and today is the first day of autumn.  Even though the new school year starts in August for many students these days, people still equate fall with going back to school.  Soon the warm summer days and trips to the beach will be replaced by falling leaves and pumpkins and colder temperatures,... Read More
  • One Week Left to Enroll in AP Courses - Today's blog is a reminder that there is one week left to enroll in AP courses for the 2019-2020 academic year.  These online high school courses can be a nice addition to your accredited high school program or online high school diploma program if you are a senior or qualified junior.  They also may be... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: George Washington’s Farewell Address - It's September 19, and George Washington's Farewell Address was published on this date in 1796.  These days, the speech would've been on every TV station and all over the internet, but back then it was published in the American Daily Advertiser, one of the first newspapers in the United States.  Although it wasn't a speech,... Read More
  • Rosetta Stone Receives Improvements - Recently our Rosetta Stone courses were updated and no longer include Adobe Flash.  Not having Adobe Flash should make these online high school courses and online middle school courses easier to use, and we are hopeful that one of the 22 languages we offer through Rosetta Stone will appeal to you.  More information is available... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Boston - It's September 17, and the city of Boston was founded on this day in 1630.  Although we have been proud to call Chicago and the Chicago area home for the vast majority of our 122 years of operation, we have a special affinity for Boston because we were founded there in 1897.  R.T. Miller and... Read More
  • Looking Back at 21 Years at American School - It's September 16, and over the weekend the person who regularly writes this blog celebrated 21 years of work at American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't... Read More
  • Christopher Paolini to Appear in Missouri and Michigan - American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini will make appearances at two Barnes and Noble bookstores in Missouri and Michigan this fall.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, he will be in Springfield, Missouri, at 3 p.m., and on Friday, October 11, he will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for more... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have a testimonial from Molly in Oregon.  She writes, "American School is outstanding!  While I was studying high school I was able to work at my own pace and manage my own time so I could have a job and graduate early.  In addition to that, the material is put in a way... Read More
  • Remembering September 11, 2001 - Today is September 11, the 18th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #21: KSCA Conference - After taking the month of August off, we're back on the road this week and making our first appearance at the Kentucky School Counselor Association Conference in Lexington.  Come see us at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa on September 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.; September 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.;... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: California - It's September 9, and California became the 31st state on this date in 1850.  You will note that 1850 is just one year after the start of a famous gold rush in which people flocked to California in search of fortune.  On the anniversary of California statehood, we will remind you that enrolling in our... Read More
  • Happy Grandparents Day from American School - This Sunday is Grandparents Day, and over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  For this, we are grateful.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others... Read More
  • American School and the U.S. Open - The U.S. Open tennis tournament is winding down in New York City, so today is the perfect time to review the successes of some American School students and graduates.  Andre Agassi is a two-time men's singles champion, defeating Michael Stich in 1994 and Todd Martin in 1999.  He is also a four-time runner-up, losing to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Price is Right - It's September 4, and The Price is Right premiered on this date in 1972.  If you've read this blog from the beginning, then you know we've featured the show and its games many times.  In fact we did a whole week of blogs related to the show when long-time host Bob Barker retired in 2007. ... Read More