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Since 2006, the American School Blog has kept students, parents and school officials up to date on what’s happening at American School. Below are our most recent blog posts.  Visit the American School Blog Archive to read noteworthy blogs from over the years.

 

 

 

New Computing for College and Careers Course Now Available

American School is proud to announce the release of a new Computing for College and Careers course.  This online course is intended as a practical, hands-on guide to help you understand the computer skills required during your college education and when pursuing a...

New Financial Math Course Now Available

American School is proud to announce the addition of a new Financial Mathematics course.  Financial Mathematics is designed to introduce students to financial algebra and may be taken as part of an accredited high school program or independent study program.  The...

American School Prepares to Update Enrollment Applications

Today’s blog announces that we are preparing to update and release new enrollment applications for students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program, and independent study program by the end of August but perhaps sooner.  When we update...

Today’s Special Occasion: Relaxation Day

It’s August 15, and today is Relaxation Day.  That got us thinking about the thing that students like best about studying with us, and that is the ability to work at their own pace.  Working at your own pace means you can study when you want and relax when you want. ...

About Electives

Today’s blog is about electives.  From time to time students and parents will contact us and ask us to provide a list of elective courses.  No such list is available because in reality any course that is not required as part of an accredited middle school program or...

Today’s Special Occasion: Son and Daughter Day

It’s August 11, and today is Son and Daughter Day.  That got us thinking about the millions of sons and daughters we have served over the years.  In total we have served more than three million of them, and, while some of them made their own decision to enroll in our...

Today’s Anniversary: Missouri

It’s August 10, and Missouri became a state on this date in 1821.  Missouri is known as the Show Me State and so today’s blog is going to talk about showing work in math courses.  When students have a math course among their paper-based middle school courses or...

Remembering Olivia Newton-John

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John passed away yesterday at age 73, leaving behind a legacy of entertainment and courage as she fought cancer for decades.  Longtime readers of this blog may recall that sometimes we pay tribute to famous singers on their birthdays...

American School Trustees Hold 2022 Summer Meeting

It’s August 8, and American School’s Board of Trustees recently held their summer meeting.  The quarterly meeting was a great opportunity to review the accomplishments and challenges of the year so far and to plan for the rest of 2022.  The goals of every American...

Four Weeks Left to Enroll in AP Courses for 2022-2023

Today’s blog is a reminder that enrollment in Advanced Placement courses for 2022-2023 has been open for one month and will conclude four weeks from today on September 2.  If you are interested in adding AP: English Literature and Composition and/or AP: Calculus AB to...

About Email Subject Lines

Today’s blog is about email subject lines.  When you send an email to someone, whether it be to a friend, family member, employer or us, it is proper etiquette to include a short subject line so that the recipient knows the topic of the email.  The subject line should...

Today’s Birthday: Elisha Otis

It’s August 3, and elevator pioneer Elisha Otis was born on this date in 1811.  He founded the elevator company that bears his name, and we have two Otis elevators in our building.  If you’re looking to elevate your curriculum, consider enrolling with American...

Today’s Anniversary: Colorado

It’s August 1, and Colorado became a state on this date in 1876.  Colorado is famous for the Rocky Mountains, and if your academic career has been rocky itself, American School can help.  We offer self-paced middle school courses and high school courses, and students...

Today’s Anniversary: American School on Twitter

It's July 29, and American School joined Twitter on this day in 2009.  You can find us there @as_hsdiploma, and while we don't use our Twitter page as much as we use our Facebook page, we hope you will follow us at one or both of our social media pages.  As a...

Today’s Birthday: Beatrix Potter

It’s July 28, and author Beatrix Potter was born on this date in 1866.  Her most famous book was her first one, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which has sold more than 45 million copies in 36 different languages since its publication in 1901.  Beatrix Potter wrote books...

Today’s Birthday: Norman Lear

It's July 27 and television producer Norman Lear turns 100 years old today.  Although he is still active in the entertainment business even as he begins his second century, he is perhaps best known for his involvement with several television series in the 1970s and...

Today’s Anniversary: New York

It’s July 26, and New York became a state on this date in 1788.  We are happy to serve students who live in New York and any of the other 49 states, but we wish to remind you that some states, including New York, have educational standards that might be different than...

American School to Attend 2022 Southeast Homeschool Expo

American School is pleased to attend the 2022 Southeast Homeschool Expo this weekend at the Cobb Galleria just north of Atlanta, Georgia.  We’ll be in booth 8 on Friday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Stop by to learn...

Today’s Birthday: Emma Lazarus

It’s July 22, and poet Emma Lazarus was born on this date in 1849.  Her poem The New Colossus is on the base of the Statue of Liberty, and the most famous line in that poem contains “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” among...

Today’s Anniversary: Man Walks on the Moon

It’s July 21, and on this date in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.  You might be familiar with his famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” and so today’s blog is going to talk about small steps and giant...

Today’s Anniversary: Man Lands on the Moon

It’s July 20, and on this date in 1969, the Apollo 11 space capsule landed on the moon.  This was a milestone moment in history, and many people who were alive that day remember exactly where they were when they saw or heard about the moon landing.  Another milestone...

Today’s Special Occasion: The 2022 MLB All-Star Game

It’s July 19, and tonight is the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  We mention the MLB All-Star Game every year in this blog because the annual sporting event was the subject of our very first blog post way back in 2006.  The...

American School Earns 2022-2023 Homeschooling Friendly Badge

American School is proud to earn a 2022-2023 Homeschooling Friendly Badge from Homeschooling Parent.  The badge was earned by demonstrating knowledge of trends in homeschooling as well as wants and needs of homeschool families, and we are grateful for the...

Today’s Special Occasion: Bastille Day

It’s July 14, and today is Bastille Day, a major holiday in France and a great opportunity for us to discuss our world language courses powered by Rosetta Stone.  These online middle school courses and online high school courses would be a great addition to an...

Homeschooling has taught me a lot of new things.  It has taught me self-discipline and made me take my studies more seriously than before.  I have learned to study properly.  The books and materials were very helpful.  It is a fun experience to do homeschooling.  Many people are amazed to know that I did homeschooling.  This has opened and changed a lot of people’s minds.

– Jekah from United Arab Emirates

American School has more to offer than any public school.  Two of my children, two of my grandchildren, and one niece completed their high school education with American School, and my sister and I are enrolled at the present time.

– Marilyn from Missouri

I learned a lot, and the skills are helping me in my college classes.

The most important thing I learned was how to schedule my time and organize my work.  The study guides helped to show me how much work to do at one time.  I’m glad to be part of American School.

– Peter from Illinois

I have found the methods, instruction, textbooks, study guides and service satisfactory because they are all up-to-date and made ready for me to learn.  I am greatly thankful for this service because now I can graduate early with all my credits in.  Thank you very much, American School!

– Ada from Michigan

American School was an easy yet efficient way to earn the extra credit I needed to graduate.

– Elizabeth from Illinois

I greatly enjoyed American School.  The instructors’ comments were very helpful.  I enjoyed this method of learning.  I feel I have learned a lot more than I did in public school.  I was able to keep up with school through all the moves I made without going through the hassle of switching school systems.  I enjoyed the honesty of the

instructors and the overall program.   I will recommend American School to anyone interested.

– Enoch from Texas

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Why you should enroll with American School…
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Curriculum

American School’s innovative paper-based and online curriculum offers something for everyone in grades 6-12. Students can choose from more than 100 self-paced courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, social studies and science and take electives in such subject areas as business, career and technical education, fine arts, and world languages,

Cost

As a not-for-profit institution, American School puts students’ educations first. Our tuition is affordable—much lower than many other distance education and online high schools—and all textbooks and study materials are included at no additional cost.  Monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of American School’s middle school or high school program.

Caring Student Service

When students are accepted at American School, they not only receive interesting curriculum at a reasonable cost from a pioneer in distance education; they also receive outstanding, caring student service.  Students may enroll anytime and work at their own pace.  Help is available from American School staff during business hours and around the clock in American School’s Online Student Center.

Credibility

Founded in 1897, American School later became the first correspondence school to become regionally accredited. Today we are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as a non-public high school.  American School’s diploma is accepted by colleges and universities, and thousands of high schools use our courses for credit recovery.

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