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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: New Hampshire

It’s June 21, and New Hampshire became a state on this date in 1788.  New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live Free or Die” and so today’s blog is an opportunity for us to tell you about some of the things that are included for free when you enroll and become an American...

Happy Father’s Day

This coming Sunday is Father’s Day, and so today’s blog will focus on the holiday.  Fathers play a very important role in their children’s educations, and we are grateful that so many fathers have made us their family’s distance education middle school or distance...

Summer Begins Sunday

It’s June 17, and summer begins late Sunday evening.  Many people think of the warm weather, family vacations and going to the beach when they think of summer, but summer is also a great time to take an American School course or two.  Students can work on our middle...

Today’s Anniversary: Arkansas

It’s June 15, and Arkansas became a state on this date in 1836.  One of the state’s nicknames over the years was the Land of Opportunity, and in many ways American School can be your school of opportunity.  We offer an accredited middle school program for students in...

Today’s Special Occasion: Flag Day

It’s June 14, and today is Flag Day.  On this date in 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that officially adopted the flag of the United States.  More than a century later in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day, and in...

Tomorrow’s Anniversary: High School Graduation

It’s June 11, and tomorrow is the anniversary of the day the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from high school.  Graduation marked the end of four years of hard work in the classroom and extracurricular activities outside the classroom and also served...

Testimonial Thursday

We haven’t done a Testimonial Thursday blog in a while, but today is a great day to change that.  Laura from Georgia writes, “I found the instructors’ comments to be very encouraging and positive.  I liked the study guide as well.  It provided extra work in the areas...

American School Trustees Hold Spring Meeting

Yesterday American School Trustees held their spring quarterly meeting.  The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the accomplishments and challenges of the first few months of 2021 and plan for the second half of the year.  We are grateful for the work of our...

Today’s Birthday: Frank Lloyd Wright

It’s June 8, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this date in 1867.  One of his most famous buildings is Robie House on the campus of the University of Chicago.  It is a prime example of the Prairie School type of architecture that some describe as the first...

2021-2022 Common App Essay Prompts

Today’s blog contains information about Common App essay prompts for 2021-2022.  If you click on the link in this blog, you will see all of the 2021-2022 prompts, including a new prompt which focuses on gratitude and kindness.  American School is full of gratitude...

Today’s Special Occasion: World Bicycle Day

It’s June 3, and the United Nations has designated today as World Bicycle Day.   Learning to ride a bike is a milestone in any child’s life, and the same is true about studying with American School.  Most children begin by riding a three-wheeled bike called a...

American School to Attend ICHE Family Conference

American School is pleased to attend the Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference this weekend at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.  Join us in the exhibit hall on Thursday, June 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m. to...

Today’s Anniversaries: Kentucky and Tennessee

It’s June 1, but it’s two for the price of one in terms of statehood anniversaries today.  Kentucky became a state on this date in 1792 and Tennessee became a state on this date in 1796.  American School has attended counseling conventions in both states to promote...

American School Closed May 31

American School will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.  As we have written many times before, we are proud to include the word “American” in our name.  One of the main reasons why we are proud is the fact that so many Americans over the years...

Today’s Special Occasion: National Paper Airplane Day

Today’s Special Occasion: National Paper Airplane Day It’s May 26, and today’s unofficial holiday is National Paper Airplane Day.  We mention this because sometimes people wonder what to do with graded exams and other documents in their middle school correspondence...

New Consumer Economics Exam Booklet Available

Students who need to complete Consumer Economics in their accredited high school program or independent study high school program and do not have course materials already will soon be receiving an updated exam booklet for this course.  The textbook and study guide for...

American School to Attend FPEA Homeschool Convention

American School is pleased to exhibit at the Florida Parent Educators Association Homeschool Convention this weekend at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.  Families are invited to visit us in booth 1027 on Thursday, May 27, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; on Friday, May 28,...

Cream of the Crop Photo Contest

Today’s blog is about the Cream of the Crop Photo Contest which is open to Illinois students between ages 8 and 18.  The contest asks students to submit a photograph that best describes their vision of agriculture in Illinois, and prizes include attending a reception...

Today’s Anniversary: The American Red Cross

It’s May 21, and Clara Barton established the American Red Cross on this date in 1881.  The American Red Cross has helped millions of people in various ways since its founding 140 years ago, and American School employees are included in that number.  Every two years...

Today’s Anniversary: The First Modern Atlas

It’s May 20, and on this date in 1570, Abraham Ortelius printed Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, which many consider to be the first modern world atlas.  Today internet map programs and GPS systems have greatly reduced the need for atlases, but until the early 21st century,...

American School Set to Hold 83rd Annual Scholarship Meeting

Later today American School will hold its 83rd Annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges will award scholarships to several graduates who earned an accredited high school diploma from American School in 2020.  Winners of the Henry Buresh...

Today’s Birthday: Mathew Brady

It’s May 18, and photographer Mathew Brady was born on this date in 1822.  He lived at a time when photography was just starting to evolve, and he used his photographic skills to document American history in the mid-1800s.  On a bright note, he and his assistants...

Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It’s May 17, and the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college on this date many years ago.  College graduation was the culmination of 17 years of hard work which started in kindergarten and continued through elementary school, middle school, high...

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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Why you should enroll with American School…
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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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