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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 Special Occasion: Earth Day - It's April 22, and today is Earth Day.  We have online middle school courses and online high school courses that teach our students about the environment, but today's blog is going to focus on some of our other environmental initiatives.  For many years now we've had a paper recycling program in our building, and we... Read More
  • American School Closed Friday, April 19 - American School will be closed Friday, April 19.  We look forward to serving you and posting our next blog entry when we reopen with regular business hours on Monday, April 22.  Thank you and have a good weekend!  
  • 2019 Convention #10: Midwest Homeschool Convention - Yesterday's blog announced our presence at the NCEA Convention in Chicago in late April, but we're headed to the Queen City that same week.  Come see us at the Midwest Homeschool Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati from April 25-27.  We'll be in booth 1018 on April 25 from 5 p.m. to... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #9: NCEA Convention - The American School is attending two conventions the week after Easter, and first up is the National Catholic Educational Association Convention in Chicago from April 23-25.  We'll be in booth 835 at McCormick Place on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on April 24 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and on April... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Tax Day - It's April 15, and today is Tax Day because it is the day on which federal and state taxes are due.  Many people who owe money decide to wait until today to mail their returns, but today's blog is going to talk about how the American School can save you money.  For starters, all study... Read More
  • Our Busiest Time of the Year - It's April 12, and we are about to head into our busiest time of the year.  Students in our independent study high school program might be taking courses to graduate with their class in May or June.  Students in our general high school program or college preparatory program may have the same goal of finishing... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Yazmin from Illinois writes, "The textbooks and study guides are great.  It’s great that when we do self-check tests, we can check our answers to make sure we get them right.  The instructors’ comments on our exams are very encouraging too."  We thank Yazmin for... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #8: ISCA Bloomington Conference - Last week we attended the Illinois School Counselor Assocation Conference in the Chicago suburbs, but this week we're headed downstate for the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference in Bloomington.  We'll be at the DoubleTree in Bloomington on April 12 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Stop by table E25 to learn about our independent study... Read More
  • Recapping the NCAA Basketball Tournaments - It's April 9, and less than 12 hours ago, Virginia won the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.  The day before, Baylor won the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.  In the women's game, Baylor was cruising along against Notre Dame and then one of the Bears' best players got hurt.  Notre Dame rallied, but Baylor eventually... Read More
  • American School Introduces New Seal - We're starting off a new week of blogs by unveiling a new seal.  This is our previous seal: but going forward we will use this seal: On first glance, you may not notice the difference, but take a closer look.  We removed the word "chartered" and put the word "established" in its place.  Charter schools... Read More
  • American School Phone System Upgrade Complete - The phone system upgrade we mentioned in a recent blog is now complete.  As employees get used to the features of their new phones, we ask for your continued patience.  As with any new electronic device, our phones will take some getting used to.  If we press a wrong button and disconnect you or transfer... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #7: MPE Conference - Kansas City, here we come!  Again this year we're exhibiting at the Midwest Parent Educators Conference at the KCI Expo Center.  We'll be in booth 813 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 5 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6 with information about our correspondence high school diploma program, online... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #6: ISCA Rosemont Conference - Just like last week, we're attending two conventions this week.  The first is the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference in Rosemont.  We'll be in booth 40 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on April 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit with counselors from around Chicagoland.  Many schools take advantage of our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Coinage Act - It's April 2, and on this date in 1792, the Coinage Act was passed.  It created the dollar as the standard unit of money for the United States and also established the United States Mint.  As you might imagine, today's blog will be all about money.  You might think it would cost a fortune to... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: April Fools’ Day - It's April 1, and today is April Fools' Day.  To celebrate, we're going to focus on American School facts that might seem too good to be true but are actually for real.  For example, the tuition for our middle school and high school correspondence courses includes textbooks and study guides.  There is no separate registration... Read More
  • American School and the Homeschool Connect Expo - If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you know that we give advance notice of our appearances at conventions throughout the United States.  Today, however, we're promoting a different kind of convention.  This coming weekend is the Homeschool Connect Expo, and you can attend no matter where you live and without leaving your... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #5: NSBA Conference - Yesterday's blog contained information about the first convention we're attending this week, the Missouri Homeschool Convention in St. Charles.  In this blog we're happy to announce that we're attending the National School Boards Assocation Annual Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia as well.  We'll be in booth 217 on March 30 from 10:30... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #4: Missouri Homeschool Convention - We're hitting the road this week for two conventions, and the first is the Missouri Homeschool Convention at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Come see us in booth 705 on March 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on March 29 from 10:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on March 30 from 10:15 a.m. to... Read More
  • Reminder About Student Center Emails - Today's blog has a reminder about automated emails sent to students from our online student center.  The email address used for this purpose is studentcenter@americanschoolofcorr.com.  Our system automatically sends these emails to students if they request a new password.  This email account is not monitored, so students should not reply to these automated emails and... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today's Testimonial Thursday post comes from Latice from Michigan, who writes, "I would like to thank the American School for working with me and helping me get the credits that I needed.  I would also like to say that the American School didn’t just help me with school.  It helped me with life lessons and... 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 often associated with new beginnings and new possibilities, so why not try something new and enroll in one of our courses or programs.  American School offers an online high school diploma program, a correspondence high school diploma program, an accredited middle school... Read More
  • American School Opening Late Thursday, March 21 - American School is holding a staff development event on Thursday, March 21, from 8 to 10 a.m.  We look forward to returning your phone calls and replying to your emails after we reopen.  We appreciate your understanding and are grateful that you have chosen to take high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle... Read More
  • Deanna Stellato Finishes Third at U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Today the World Figure Skating Championships start in Japan, so it's a good time to remind everyone that American School student Deanna Stellato and her partner Nathan Bartholomay finished third in the pairs competition at the recent United States Figure Skating Championships.  This is the second straight year her team finished third after a fourth... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: The Ides of March - It's March 15, and on the ancient Roman calendar, today was known as the Ides of March.  It's the fateful day on which Julius Caesar was assassinated after being forewarned that such a catastrophe could happen.  There's no reason for you to beware the Ides of March or any other date on the calendar if... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day - It's March 14, sometimes abbreviated 3-14, and that abbreviation is crucial to understanding why we're celebrating Pi Day today.  Pi is a never-ending mathematical ratio which is very close to 3.14, so you can see why we celebrate pi on 3-14.  You can learn all about pi by taking math courses as part of our... Read More
  • 2019 Convention #3: ASCD Empower 19 - This weekend we're excited to attend our third convention of 2019, and we won't have to travel very far to attend this one.  In fact you might say it's a home game for us as we'll be attending ASCD Empower 19 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  We invite curriculum developers from across the country to... Read More
  • American School Phone System Update - Today American School is upgrading its phone system.  Employees are getting new phones with new features that will allow for more efficient service to our students taking high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  While no outages are expected, we do ask for your patience... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Lawrence Welk - It's March 11, and bandleader Lawrence Welk was born on this date in 1903.  If you've never heard of him, ask your parents or grandparents because they are probably familiar with him and his music.  He hosted a musical television show each week from 1951-1982, and reruns are still available on many PBS stations across... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Compact Disc - It's March 8, and 40 years ago today the compact disc made its debut.  In the 1980s and 1990s, compact discs were state-of-the-art technology, but these days they are virtually obsolete.  At one time, some of our high school correspondence courses came with additional material on compact discs, but now that additional information is available... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Telephone - It's March 7, and on this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.  The American School receives hundreds of telephone calls each day.  Some of them are from prospective students who are interested in learning more about our accredited high school program, independent study high school program or accredited middle... Read More