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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.

  • Today’s Anniversary: An American in Paris - It's December 13, and George Gershwin's An American in Paris was first performed on this date in 1928.  Since we know that many Americans live in Paris or elsewhere outside the United States, today's blog will be about enrolling with us if you do not live in the United States.  If you live outside the... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Pennsylvania - It's December 12, and Pennsylvania became a state on this date in 1787.  Today we wish to discuss homeschooling regulations in different states.  While we do offer accredited high school courses online and in print and an accredited middle school program, it's important to remember that each state has its own homeschooling regulations.  These regulations... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Indiana - It's December 11, and Indiana became a state on this date in 1816.  Because we are located so close to the Illinois-Indiana border, many of our employees are Hoosiers, and we are happy to have them.  Of course we also have many residents of Illinois working for us, and we are happy to have them... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Mississippi - It's December 10, and Mississippi became a state on this date in 1817.  Today's blog kicks off three days of blogs about state anniversaries, and we're doing so by featuring a state we've never visited for a convention.  When we think about which conventions to attend in a particular year, we take a lot of... Read More
  • American School Offers 2019-2020 Special - From now until January 31, 2020, save $50 per year if you enroll in one year or more in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program and pay in full at the time of enrollment.  That means you will pay $850 per year at the time of enrollment.  Your tuition includes registration,... Read More
  • 78th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor - Today's blog remembers the day that will live in infamy–December 7, 1941.  On that day 78 years ago tomorrow, Pearl Harbor was attacked.  We've said countless times over the years how visiting historic places can make your online middle school courses, middle school correspondence courses, online high school courses and high school correspondence courses come... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Lina from Michigan writes, "Everything about American School was amazing.  I recommend it to everyone in my school who is in need of credits.  American School helped me a lot with getting back on track.  Whenever instructors graded my exams, they always left... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Burger King - It's December 4, and the very first Burger King opened in Miami on this date in 1954.  Burger King's most famous sandwich is the Whopper, but sometimes the word whopper can have negative connotations.  That's because one definition of a whopper is a lie.  Here at American School, we take our credibility very seriously.  Therefore,... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Illinois - It's December 3, and Illinois became a state on this date in 1818.  We've been in business in Illinois for more than half of the state's 201-year existence because we moved here in the early 20th century.  Back then we only offered high school correspondence courses and some trade courses, but over the years we... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday - It's December 2, the Monday after Thanksgiving and the day known as Cyber Monday.  It's called Cyber Monday because many business offer online specials on this day only.  We do not have any online specials today (though we'd keep checking this blog if we were you), but we do have a great lineup of online... Read More
  • American School Closed November 28 and 29 - American School will be closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29.  On Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the year, we are most grateful for our students.  We are happy to have print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses available for students in grades 6-12.  We are also happy to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The University of Notre Dame - It's November 26, and the University of Notre Dame was founded on this date in 1842.  If you've read this blog over the years, you know that we've featured Notre Dame quite a bit, but today's blog is going to talk about finding the right college for you, whatever that college might be.  For some,... Read More
  • Illinois EPA Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest - Today's blog has information about the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest.  The contest is open to fifth and sixth grade students in the state of Illinois, and useful information about the contest may be found here and at the other link in today's blog.  We know only a small fraction... Read More
  • Remembering President John F. Kennedy - It's November 22, and on this date in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  People who were alive on that day 56 years ago likely remember exactly where they were when they heard the terrible news.  President Kennedy's memory is kept alive at several places, most notably his presidential library in Boston.  It's not... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: North Carolina - It's November 21, and North Carolina became a state on this date in 1789.  In addition to being the home of Duke University, North Carolina is home to many American School students.  We are proud to serve students in all 50 states and have visited North Carolina for school counseling conventions several times.  We attend... Read More
  • About Winter Weather - It's November 20, and there's more than a month left in the season of autumn, but try telling that to our employees, who returned to work a week ago yesterday to find a very icy parking lot after snow and rain had fallen on Veterans Day.  The safety of our employees is a top priority... Read More
  • American School Announces Winter Spectacular Offer - American School is pleased to offer a Winter Spectacular Offer to students in full years of its accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  The Winter Spectacular Offer allows you to send two regular payments for your December payment and in turn we will give your account a $25 credit.  In order to... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Mickey Mouse - It's November 18, and today is considered to be Mickey Mouse's birthday.  On this date in 1928, he appeared in Steamboat Willie, and the rest is history.  Mickey Mouse is now one of the most recognizable figures in the world, and in his 91 years he has brought joy and happiness to millions of people. ... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Frederick William Herschel - It's November 15, and Frederick William Herschel was born on this date in 1738.  He was a scientist and astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and later discovered infrared radiation.  If you're interested in learning more about Uranus and other planets and moons, we have an online astronomy course and online earth and space science... Read More
  • Updated Applications and Course List Available - We are happy to announced that updated applications for enrollment in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and individual subjects are now available on our enrollment page.  While you're there, you'll also see an updated list of our print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses.  If... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #26: ISCA Fall Conference - American School is pleased to conclude its 2019 convention year by attending the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  Join us on Thursday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We'll be in booth 40 in the Grand... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #25: AkSCA Counselor Conference - Today's blog promotes the Alaska School Counselor Association Annual Conference at the Anchroage Marriott Downtown.  Normally a convention blog would promote our appearance at a convention, but since it's a loooooong way to fly to Alaska, we won't be at this one in person.  The AkSCA team, however, realizes that American School can be a... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, November 11 - American School will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We thank veterans for their service.  Because of them, we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.  We look forward to serving our students and assisting them with their accredited high school program or accredited middle school program when... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today's testimonial is from Huda from Illinois, who writes, "The Business Math textbook was very helpful because the examples and way of explaining the methods were really good.  The instructor gave a tremendous amount of help on solving the problems.  Without the instructor’s comments and help, I would’ve been lost.  Thank you."  We thank Huda... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #24: MSCA Conference - This coming weekend we will return to Michigan and exhibit at the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference.  It's taking place at the Lansing Convention Center, and we invite counselors to stop by table 5 on November 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will have... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day - It's Election Day, and while American School is neutral when it comes to political matters, we are going to use this occasion to share some reasons why you should vote for us as your distance education high school or middle school.  First, we offer print and online high school courses and print and online middle... Read More
  • National Distance Learning Week Begins Today - It's November 4, and National Distance Learning Week begins today.  We are proud to be your distance education high school and distance education middle school, and it's what we've done since our founding in 1897.  Back then, nobody could have envisioned us offering online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we are... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween - It's October 31, and today is Halloween.  Halloween is often characterized by jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts and children trick-or-treating while wearing interesting costumes.  If you're taking one of our print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses and are uncomfortable if you're asked to read stories that contain witches or ghosts,... Read More
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday - If you like to sleep, you're in luck this weekend because Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m.  That means before we go to bed Saturday night we should set our clocks back one hour, which gives us an extra hour of sleep.  If sleep isn't your thing, you could look at this... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #23: MSCA Fall Conference - American School is excited to exhibit at the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference next week in Osage Beach.  Counselors are invited to visit us at the Margarita Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) on November 3 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will have... Read More