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.

  • American School and Earth Day - Because April 22 falls on a Sunday this year, we're celebrating Earth Day a couple days early in our blog.  American School is proud to have an office recycling program which helps save and protect the environment, and we're also proud to offer online high school courses and high school correspondence courses that discuss the... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Battles of Lexington and Concord - It's April 19, and on this date in 1775, the American Revolution began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  You can learn more about the American Revolution in our United States History courses.  We offer high school correspondence courses and online high school courses, and United States History is available in both formats.  We... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #9: ISCA Rosemont - Last week we attended the ISCA Annual Conference in Springfield, and this Friday we're attending the ISCA Conference in Rosemont.  The Illinois School Counselors Association holds two conventions each year, and we're happy to attend both.  We look forward to meeting counselors at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center all day on April 20.  School... Read More
  • 2018-19 AP Courses - This past year we offered AP courses for the first time, and students who enrolled in them are preparing to take AP exams in May.  We're preparing to offer AP courses again in 2018-19 but would like your assistance to help us choose which courses we should offer.  Please email us and let us know... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Natural Bridges National Monument - It's April 16, and the Natural Bridges National Monument became a monument on this date in 1908.  American School can be a natural bridge for you in terms of your education.  We offer an accredited middle school program and an accredited high school program.  Take a package of courses to complete full years or earn... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Holocaust Remembrance Day - It's April 12, and today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  If you're in Washington, D.C., you may wish to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, but no matter where you are, you may enroll in our History of the Holocaust course to learn more about one of the saddest events in history.  It's one of... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #8: ISCA Springfield - In addition to attending the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati this week, we're attending a convention in our home state as well.  We'll be at the Illinois School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Springfield on April 13.  School counselors are invited to stop by our booth at the Crowne Plaza Springfield to learn more about... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #7: Midwest Homeschool Convention - We're attending two conventions this week, and the first is in one of the cities we visited last week.  We were in Cincinnati a week ago meeting with Catholic educators from across the country, but this week we're attending the Midwest Homeschool Convention which will be attended by an entirely different group of people.  Homeschoolers... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Astrodome - It's April 9, and our blog is back!  On this date in 1965, the Astrodome opened.  It was called the 8th wonder of the world, and although the Astros moved to Minute Maid Park many years ago, the Astrodome still stands.  In fact, those of us who attended a convention last year in Houston saw... Read More
  • American School Closed March 30, Blog Returns April 9 - American School will be closed Friday, March 30.  We will reopen with normal business hours on Monday, April 2.  Although American School will be back in business on Monday, our blog is taking a break until Monday, April 9.  While we're gone, our students should continue to work on their online high school courses, high... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #6: NSBA Conference - As if going to Cincinnati and Kansas City wasn't enough next week, we're also headed to San Antonio, not for the Final Four this weekend but for the National School Boards Association Conference.  We'll be in booth 746 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on April 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #5: Midwest Parent Educators Conference - Today we continue our convention previews with the Midwest Parent Educators Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  We'll be in booth 804 at the KCI Expo Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 6 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 7.  We've enjoyed attending this convention for three years running.  One... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #4: NCEA - This week our blog is previewing three conventions we'll be attending in the first week of April.  First up is the NCEA convention from April 3-5 in Cincinnati.  Catholic educators from across the United States are invited to stop by booth 740 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.  We'll be there on April 3 from... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Otis Elevator - It's March 23, and on this date in 1857, Elisha Otis installed his first elevator.  Today Otis elevators are in buildings all over the world, including two at the American School's office.  As you know, elevators can take you to new heights if you're standing on the ground floor.  Maybe you're on the ground floor... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #3: ASCD Empower 18 - We're shipping off to Boston this week for our third convention of 2018.  We're happy to exhibit at ASCD Empower 18 at the Boston Convention Center, and we're looking forward to meeting curriculum developers from around the country at this annual event.  We'll be in booth 1540 on March 24 and March 25 from 8:30... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Twitter - It's March 21, and Twitter was founded on this date in 2006.  Today's blog, which is longer than 140 or 280 characters, is a reminder that we have a presence on Twitter.  You can find us there @as_hsdiploma.  We're also on Facebook.  You can find us there @americanschoolofcorrespondence.  We're happy to reach people in our... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Spring - It's March 20, and today is the first day of spring.  Spring is a season of new beginnings, so today is the perfect day to begin something new.  If you're wondering about enrolling in our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, why not enroll today?  Not only will... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Time Zones - It's March 19, and 100 years ago today, the United States Congress established time zones.  American School is located in the central time zone, and that's something for you to keep in mind if you need to call us.  We're happy to help students in our correspondence high school diploma program, online high school diploma... Read More
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day from American School! - St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, but we're closed that day, so our blog is celebrating St. Patrick's Day today.  Green is the traditional color of St. Patrick's Day, and taking our courses will save you plenty of green.  As a non-profit school, we keep costs as low as possible.  Tuition for our high school correspondence... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The Ides of March - It's March 15, and today is the Ides of March.  Some of you may be familiar with the phrase "Beware the Ides of March" if you've read the play Julius Caesar or know some history about Julius Caesar himself, but the Ides of March has a different significance for students in our independent study high... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day - It's March 14, and today is Pi Day.  That's because pi is typically shortened to 3.14, and today is 3-14 on the calendar.  Pi is used in many of our mathematics courses, and we encourage you to view that list.  You'll see that we have a variety of high school correspondence courses and online high... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #2: Texas Homeschool Convention - We're on the road again this week and invite you to join us at the Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth.  We'll be in booth 404 at the Fort Worth Convention Center on March 15 from 6-9 p.m.; March 16 from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; and March 17 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn... Read More
  • Reminder About Our Academic Programs - We're happy to be a leading distance education high school and middle school, but sometimes people don't realize what that entails.  Today's blog should help.  We offer a correspondence high school diploma program and an online high school diploma program.  Enrolling in either of these programs results in students earning our accredited high school diploma. ... Read More
  • Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday - Today's blog is a reminder to move your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  Daylight Saving Time begins early Sunday morning, which means you'll lose an hour of sleep this weekend, but the sun will be out later.  Losing an hour of time won't hurt our students too much because... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The New York Stock Exchange - It's March 8, and the New York Stock Exchange was founded on this date in 1817.  Though we are not a publicly-owned company, we monitor the NYSE as closely as we can because it has a major impact on the national and global economy.  You can learn more about the stock market by taking one... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Telephone - It's March 7, and Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone on this date in 1876.  Though we use email to communicate with students in our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program and accredited middle school program more than ever before, we definitely are available to assist... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Michelangelo - It's March 6, and Renaissance artist Michelangelo was born on this date in 1506.  He sculpted the Pieta and David and also painted the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel.  While we can't promise you'll become the next Michelangelo, we're proud to offer you more Fine Arts courses than ever before.  Our online high... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Gerardus Mercator - It's March 5, and mapmaker Gerardus Mercator was born on this date in 1512.  As we all know, the earth is round, and so the most accurate depiction of earth and its geography is on a globe.  That said, it's not always easy to carry around a globe, so Mercator came up with one of... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-Point Game - It's March 2, and Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points by himself in a basketball game played on this date in 1962.  The number 100 is important here at American School because it is the highest possible score on any exam in our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and online middle school courses. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The United States Census - It's March 1, and the first United States Census was taken on this date way back in 1790.  If we counted up all of the students who have taken our accredited high school courses online or on paper over the years, that number would be more than 3 million.  That's more than every city in... Read More