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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.

  • Toll-Free Phone Number Ends Today - Today's blog is a reminder that our toll-free phone will no longer work after today.  We have done our best to remove this number from our web site, social media pages and other forms of advertising, so if you need to reach us by phone, please call us at 708-418-2800.  If you call during our... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Flag Day - It's June 14, and today we're celebrating Flag Day.  As you might imagine, with the word American in our name, we're proud to fly the flag outside of our distance education high school offices.  We're proud to live in a country that grants its citizens many freedoms, including the choice to attend school wherever they... Read More
  • Happy Father’s Day from American School - It's the Thursday before Father's Day, so we want to extend our Father's Day greetings in today's blog.  We know how instrumental fathers are in their children's educations. Fathers are often their children's first teachers, and we're appreciative that so many fathers have remained deeply involved in their children's educations when they reach grades 6-12. ... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: High School Graduation - It's June 12, and on this date in a year we won't identify, the person who writes this blog graduated from high school.  Graduating from high school is a milestone for anyone, and we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  American School offers high school correspondence courses and online high school... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #17: California Homeschool Convention - After spending last weekend at home, we're back on the road this week when we attend the California Homeschool Convention.  Come see us in booth 602 at the Ontario Convention Center on June 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.; on June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and on June 15 from 9:30 a.m.... Read More
  • Toll-Free Phone Number Update - In today's blog, we are announcing that our toll-free phone number will no longer work after June 17.  If you need to reach us by phone, please call us at 708-418-2800.  If you call during our regular business hours, you will have the opportunity to speak with a staff member.  If you call after our... Read More
  • American School and the French Open - This weekend the French Open concludes in Paris.  It's one of the four biggest tennis tournaments of the year and one at which American School students and graduates have been successful.  Andre Agassi won the men's tournament in 1999, and Mary Pierce won the women's tournament the following year.  Caroline Wozniacki and Anna Tatishvili competed... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: D-Day - Today is June 6 and the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a turning point in World War 2.  Few things can top the heroic acts of the Allied forces who invaded Normandy that day, and we are grateful for their service and sacrifice.  In recent years, the term "D-Day" has become synonymous with making a decision... Read More
  • American School Job Opportunities - Today's blog is going to talk about working at the American School.  Our office is located in the south suburbs of Chicago, and our building is divided into several different departments.  Those departments include instruction, student service, student accounts and shipping and maintenance.  Although we are proud to offer high school correspondence courses, online high... Read More
  • Touring the American School - Now that we're into June, people might be paying more attention to summer vacation plans.  If you're going to be in the Chicago area and would like to visit us, tours of the American School building are available between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.  Please note that we strongly recommend making an appointment... Read More
  • American School Announces Partnership With Edmentum - American School is excited to announce a new partnership with Edmentum that will allow us to better serve students who wish to take online high school courses and online middle school courses.   Just as we pioneered high school correpondence courses, Edmentum has been a pioneer in online courses, offering a wide variety of courses... Read More
  • Important Announcement Coming Monday - We admit that today's blog is a tease, but we're very excited about an announcement we have for you on Monday.  As you know, we spent more than a century offering high school correspondence courses.  Don't worry…we have no plans to stop offering high school or middle school courses in print.  A few years ago... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have a testimonial from Yesika who lives in New York.  She writes, "The American School is quite simply the best school in the United States of America and I am extremely blessed to be a student at the American School.  Thank you again for all your kindness throughout my school year. You inspire... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #16: ICHE Family Conference - American School is pleased to exhibit for the first time at the Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference this weekend at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.  Stop by and see us in booth 64 on May 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.; on May 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and on June 1... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #15: THSC The Woodlands Convention - Our blog is back, and we're going to spend the next two days detailing our next two convention appearances.  First up is Texas Home School Coalition Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.  Come visit us in booth 618 on May 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,... Read More
  • American School Closed May 27, Blog Returns May 28 - This blog contains two announcements.  First, today's blog will be our last until next Tuesday, May 28.  Next Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, and the American School will be closed in observance of that national holiday.  Even though we won't have blogs the rest of this week, rest assured that we are open and... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation - It's May 17, and on this date the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #14: FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention - One week from today we will be in the Orlando area for the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.  Visit us in booth 216 at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As usual we... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: L. Frank Baum - It's May 15, and author L. Frank Baum was born on this date in 1856.  He is best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so let's review what each of the four main characters in the book wanted from the Wizard and how their wants tie in to the American School.  Dorothy wanted... Read More
  • American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting - Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while... Read More
  • New Duplicate Diploma Request Form Available - If you have completed our print or online high school diploma program and earned a print or online high school diploma with us but no longer have a copy of your diploma, you can request a duplicate using this duplicate diploma request form.  Each duplicate diploma costs $25 and does not include a case or... Read More
  • Happy Mother’s Day from American School - It's the Friday before Mother's Day, so we want to extend our Mother's Day greetings in today's blog.  We know how instrumental mothers are in their children's educations. Mothers are often their children's first teachers, and we're appreciative that so many mothers have remained deeply involved in their children's educations when they reach grades 6-12. ... Read More
  • American School General Merchandise - Today is the last of a series of three blogs about American School merchandise found on the Jostens web site.  As we've noted previously, we do not sell items ourselves, nor do we profit from items sold by Jostens.  Today we'd like to focus on general merchandise.   Much of the general merchandise is apparel... Read More
  • American School Class Jewelry - If you read yesterday's blog, you know we're doing a series of blogs about American School merchandise available from Jostens.  We do not sell these items directly or profit from them, but there is a way for you to get graduation products, class jewelry and other merchandise online.  Today's blog will focus on class jewelry. ... Read More
  • American School Graduation Merchandise - Many times over the years people have contacted us regarding class rings, graduation announcements and other American School merchandise.  While it is important to note that we do not officially offer these items ourselves nor make money from them, there is a way for you to order these items and more online.  Our blogs today,... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #13: THSC Dallas Convention - We're kicking off a new week of blogs by previewing a convention coming up later this week.  We're going to attend the Texas Home School Coalition Convention at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  Come visit us in booth 306 on May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #12: FWAHS Resource Expo - Once again this year, the American School is pleased to exhibit at the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Home Education Resource Expo.  We'll be in booth 8 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  As usual, we'll have information about our online high school courses, high... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and so we're back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Today's comes from Ashley in Arizona, who writes, "I loved how the instructors seem to be giving you and only you their attention.  It’s a really nice change."  We thank Ashley for those words.  The people who grade our accredited high... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #11: OCHEC Convention - As has been the case several times so far in 2019, this weekend we're attending two conventions.  The first is the Oklahoma Home Educators Convention in Oklahoma City.  We'll be at the Cox Convention Center on May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Stop... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Louisiana - It's April 30, and Louisiana became a state on this day in 1812.  We've visited Louisiana many times for conventions and are happy to serve residents of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and many other parishes in the Pelican State.  Some students take independent study high school classes for credit recovery or enrichment.  Others may take... Read More