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  • Today’s Anniversary: Missouri - It's August 10, and Missouri became a state on this date in 1821.  In recent years, we have gotten into the habit of attending two conventions in the Show Me State, one near Kansas City and the other near St. Louis.  We look forward to returning to both in 2021.  As we noted in the... Read More
  • Do Not Reply to studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com - Today's blog has another reminder about not replying to emails you might receive from studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com.  The studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com email address is used to send automated emails to students.  You may receive an email from this address when you get an exam graded, for example, but the email address is not monitored.  If you have questions about... Read More
  • Do Not Reply to donotreply@americanschool.org - Today's blog has another reminder about not replying to emails you might receive from donotreply@americanschool.org.  The donotreply@americanschool.org email address is used to send automated emails to students.  You may receive an email from this address when you get an exam graded, for example.  As its name implies, you should not reply to any email you... Read More
  • American School Closing Early August 6 - American School will close early on Thursday, August 6, for a staff event.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Friday, August 7.  You might be aware that American School has a handful of staff events each year.  Some of them are educational in nature while others are designed to be more social and... Read More
  • Chicago Sun-Times Chalk Art Contest - Today's blog is about a chalk art contest sponsored by the Chicago Sun-Times.  If you read this blog often, you know that we try to include information about various contests that might interest students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  The Imagination Project: Chalk Art... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Elisha Otis - It's August 3, and inventor Elisha Otis was born on this date in 1811.  The Otis Elevator Company that he founded and which still bears his name makes elevators which take people where they need to go.  In the same way, a print or online high school diploma can take you where you need to... Read More
  • Access to GradPoint Courses Ends Today - It's July 31, and as we've been reminding you over the last month, access to GradPoint courses ends today.  We've appreciated GradPoint's ability to offer our students online middle school courses and online high school courses, but now all of our students will be working exclusively on courses offered by Edmentum.  We appreciate the feedback... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Eric from Arizona writes, "American School was not only very helpful to me; American School’s methods were outstanding in all departments!  The instruction I received was very good.  In Consumer Economics and Social Civics the instructors were very helpful with their comments. ... Read More
  • 2020-2021 AP Courses - American School is pleased to announce that enrollment in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year will begin Monday, August 3, and continue through Friday, September 25.  These online high school courses might make a great addition to your accredited high school diploma program, but please be aware that these courses are more rigorous... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Jim Davis - It's July 28, and cartoonist Jim Davis turns 75 years old today. His Garfield comic strip featuring a lasagna-loving cat appears in daily newspapers across the country, and his birthday got us thinking about our drawing courses.  We offer a Drawing Animals course that gives students training in drawing a variety of creatures, and we... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Bugs Bunny - It's July 27, and Bugs Bunny made his movie debut in a film called A Wild Hare on this date in 1940.  You might say that today is Bugs Bunny's 80th birthday and are probably familiar with his "What's up, doc?" catchphrase.  Today, then, is a good opportunity for us to tell you what's up... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Amelia Earhart - It's July 24, and Amelia Earhart was born on this date in 1897.  She broke barriers by becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and to this day many girls and women look to Amelia Earhart as inspiration for themselves as they try new things.  American School, which debuted in the... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #12: FPEA Convention (Cancelled) - This weekend American School was scheduled to attend the Florida Parent Educators Association in Orlando, but the convention has been cancelled.  Had we attended, we would have had information about our general high school program and college preparatory program which students may use to earn a high school diploma at home.  We also would have... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Alex Trebek - It's July 22, and Alex Trebek turns 80 years old today.  He is best known as the host of Jeopardy!, a long-running game show of answers and questions.  His birthday seems to be the perfect time to talk about answers and questions, or questions and answers, and how they pertain to American School.  First, the... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #18: Southeast Homeschool Expo - This weekend American School was scheduled to head to the Atlanta area for the Southeast Homeschool Expo.  While the show is still on, American School has decided not to attend in person this year.  Had we attended, we would have brought information about our accredited high school courses which students may take to earn a... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Moon Landing - It's July 20, and on this date in 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  We celebrated the 50th anniversary of this event last year, but the event is such a milestone that it is worth celebrating every year.  American School is interested in helping you earn a high school diploma at home, which is... Read More
  • Final Reminder: Access to GradPoint Courses Ends July 31 - Today's blog is a final reminder that access to GradPoint courses will end on July 31.  If you are using the GradPoint platform for your online high school courses or online middle school courses, you must have those courses completed by two weeks from today.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.  We will... Read More
  • American School to Participate in Third Homeschool Connect Expo - American School is pleased to participate in the online Homeschool Connect Expo which is being held from July 22-26.  Two similar events are scheduled for later this year from September 23-27 and November 25-29.  Visitors to our page will learn more about our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high... Read More
  • American School Holds 82nd Annual Scholarship Meeting - Yesterday American School held its 82nd annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving 2019 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 participating... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Bastille Day - It's July 14, and today is Bastille Day, which is a national holiday in France.  American School is proud to offer French and 20 other languages through a partnership with Rosetta Stone.  These online middle school courses and online high school courses are nice elective possibilities for your accredited middle school program or accredited high... Read More
  • American School Blog Celebrates 14th Anniversary - The American School Blog celebrated its 14th anniversary on Saturday, July 11, by taking the day off and not posting a blog entry.  If you're a regular blog reader, you know that we post blog entries on weekdays when the School is open unless we are unable to do so.  The American School Blog has... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Wyoming - It's July 10, and Wyoming became a state on this date in 1890.  In this blog we wish to focus on two things associated with both Wyoming and American School.  The first is Wyoming's nickname, which is the Equality State.  At American School, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to earn a high school... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #23: Virtual National Charter Schools Conference - If you're a regular blog reader, you know that we were supposed to attend several conventions this year, but so far we've only been able to attend two in person.  Several organizations have decided to hold virtual conventions, and we are happy to participate in the Virtual National Charter Schools Conference which will be held... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #17: AFHE Convention (Cancelled) - This week we were scheduled to attend the Arizona Families for Home Education Convention in Phoenix, but the event has been cancelled.  Had we attended the AFHE Convention, we would have brought information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  We also would have brought information about print or online high... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Sliced Bread - It's July 7, and the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri sold sliced bread for the very first time on this date in 1928.  These days we take sliced bread for granted.  Virtually every loaf we buy in the bread aisle at a supermarket is pre-sliced, but it wasn't always that way.  People were so impressed... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The First MLB All-Star Game - It's July 6, and the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game occurred on this date in 1933.  The game was held at Comiskey Park in Chicago, not too far from our current office in Lansing, Illinois, and very close to our former office in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  The Major League Baseball All-Star... Read More
  • American School Closed Friday, July 3 - American School will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the July 4 Independence Day holiday.  We wish all of you a safe and happy weekend and look forward to assisting you with your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses when we reopen... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Canada Day - It's July 1, and in addition to being the beginning of American School's new fiscal year, it's also Canada Day.  It's a good occasion to remind you that we serve students in more than 65 countries around the world, including Canada.  They can enroll in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program... Read More
  • Date Set for 2020 Scholarship Meeting - American School's 2020 Scholarship Meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 14.  At that time, American School's Scholarship Committee will review applications from 20 finalists and determine this year's winners.  Winners will be notified by the end of July.  2020 marks the 82nd year American School has offered scholarships to students who chose to earn... Read More
  • Access to GradPoint Courses Ends July 31 - Today's blog is another reminder that access to GradPoint courses ends on July 31.  If you are taking GradPoint courses, you must complete them by July 31.  We will continue to offer online high school courses and online middle school courses through our partnerships with Edmentum and Rosetta Stone, and we are grateful to our... Read More