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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.

  • Writing Respectful Emails - Today's blog is about writing respectful emails.  We understand that there might be some frustrating moments as you work through your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program.  Those moments, however, are not an excuse for you to write an email to us that contains profanity.  We are... Read More
  • Please Be Thorough When You Email Us! - Today's blog is a reminder about email etiquette.  We receive thousands of emails a day from students taking online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  When you email us, please include your full name and student number in the body of your email and a... Read More
  • Update on GradPoint Courses - Today's blog is a reminder that access to GradPoint courses will end no later than July 31.  If you are using GradPoint for your online high school courses or online middle school courses with us, please have those courses completed as quickly as possible.  We will continue to offer online courses through our partnerships with... Read More
  • Better Business Bureau Reaccredits American School - American School is pleased to announce reaccreditation by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.  American School has been a BBB member since 1934, and we are proud of our 86-year affiliation with the Better Business Bureau.  We are also proud of our A+ Better Business Bureau Rating.  The A+ rating and our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversaries: Kentucky and Tennessee - It's June 1, and we're celebrating two statehood anniversaries today.  Kentucky became a state on this day in 1792, and Tennessee became a state on this day in 1796.  We are proud to have students in Kentucky and Tennessee and in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Many students enroll... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Wisconsin - It's May 29, and Wisconsin became a state on this date in 1848.  Wisconsin is our neighbor to the north, and some of you might be familiar with the friendly rivalry between Illinois and Wisconsin, particularly when it comes to sports matchups such as the Cubs vs. the Brewers in baseball and the Bears vs.... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and we're back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Christian from Indiana writes, "I liked the Careers course because it asked me questions about my life and related my answers to possibilities for my future.  I also found that my instructors showed me where to find the correct answers when I... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #14: ICHE Family Conference (Cancelled) - This weekend American School was looking forward to exhibiting at the Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, but the in-person event was cancelled.  Under normal circumstances we would have been at the Perry Rec Center this weekend, and we would have brought information about our accredited online high school... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #13: THSC Called to Teach Convention The Woodlands (Cancelled) - This week American School was scheduled to attend the Texas Homeschool Coalition Called to Teach Convention in The Woodlands, but that convention has been cancelled.  We always enjoy attending this convention and were excited to share information about our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program with those who were traveling to the... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, May 25 - American School will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.  We look forward to assisting students with their high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses when we reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26.  As we have said before, we... Read More
  • American School to Participate in Second Homeschool Connect Expo - American School is pleased to participate in the online Homeschool Connect Expo which is being held from May 27-31.  Three similar events are scheduled for later this year.  Visitors to our page will learn more about our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program from the comforts of... Read More
  • Online Exams Available in Spanish 2 - Today's blog announces that online exams are now available for our paper-based Spanish 2 course.  As we have noted in previous blogs, we try to make online exams available in our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Students like the hybrid of learning in a traditional way, using textbooks and study guides as if... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #12: FPEA Convention (Postponed) - This weekend American School was supposed to head to sunny Florida for the Florida Parent Educators Association Convention at the Rosen Shingle Creek near Orlando.  Instead this convention has been postponed until June 18-20.  If we attend in June, we will have information about our general high school program and college preparatory program which students... Read More
  • American School Scholarship Application Deadline Approaches - Today's blog has a reminder that the deadline for submitting American School scholarship applications is June 1.  Entries must be postmarked by this date in order to be eligible to receive one of the scholarships we award to those graduates who earned a print or online high school diploma by completing our general high school... Read More
  • This Weekend’s Anniversary: College Graduation - Many years ago on May 17, the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  It was the culmination of not only four years at an internationally relevant university but also the culmination of an education that began in preschool and continued through elementary school, middle school and high school.  For more than a... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and it's been awhile since we've had a testimonial from one of our students, but fortunately Sarah from Missouri shared her thoughts.  She wrote, "I love the American School because it gives me a sense of freedom and responsibility.  It also helps me develop self-discipline which helps shape the person I will become... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #11: FWAHS Resource Expo (Cancelled) - This weekend American School was scheduled to visit Fort Wayne for the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Resource Expo on Saturday, May 16, but the event was cancelled.  The convention was scheduled to be held at the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone for the first time, but now we hope to see many of you... Read More
  • BBB Educational Foundation College Scholarship Video Contest - The 2020 Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation College Scholarship Video Contest is accepting entries through June 12.  Click here for all necessary information, including eligibility requirements.  As you know, we try to make information about college scholarships available to students in our college preparatory program.  They earn a print or online high school diploma by... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Minnesota - It's May 11, and Minnesota became a state on this date in 1858.  To our knowledge, we've only visited Minnesota for a convention on one occasion.  That was in 2012 for a counselors convention at which we promoted our independent study high school programs, but we hope to return to Minnesota for another event in... Read More
  • Happy Mother’s Day - Today is the Friday before Mother's Day, and so we want to wish all mothers and those who act as mothers a very happy Mother's Day.  We realize that some American School students might be mothers themselves, and we are proud of them for continuing their education.  We also know that mothers play a major... Read More
  • Online Exams Available in Spanish 1 - Today's blog announces that online exams are now available for our paper-based Spanish 1 course.  As we have noted in previous blogs, we try to make online exams available in our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Students like the hybrid of learning in a traditional way, using textbooks and study guides as if... Read More
  • American School Trustees Hold Quarterly Meeting - American School Trustees held their quarterly meeting yesterday.  Normally this meeting is held in person and in conjunction with our scholarship meeting, but current circumstances mandated that yesterday's meeting take place via conference call.  The scholarship meeting had previously been moved to this summer.  The quarterly trustee meetings are important because they are occasions for... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Cinco de Mayo - It's May 5, and today is Cinco de Mayo.  It's a great opportunity to remind you that we offer Spanish and 21 other languages through a partnership with Rosetta Stone.  These courses are available as online high school courses or online middle school courses with the reminder that courses taken while in middle school cannot... Read More
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Begins - It's May 4, and today is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week.  We wish to recognize our instructors who teach students in our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  They are trained to provide quality instruction and make distance education as personal as... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #10: Homeschool Oklahoma Celebration (Cancelled) - If you read one of this week's previous blogs, you know that we planned to attend two conventions this week.  The second was the Homeschool Oklahoma Celebration.  Previously this event was in downtown Oklahoma City, but this year it was scheduled to be held at the Cole Community Center on the north side of Oklahoma... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Louisiana - It's April 30, and Louisiana became a state on this date in 1812.  We've attended many conventions in Louisiana over the years, most of which have been for principals, counselors and other school officials.  When we attend those types of conventions, we feature our independent study high school programs and to a lesser extent our... Read More
  • Today’s Birthday: Andre Agassi - It's April 29, and American School graduate Andre Agassi turns 50 years old today.  He won eight Grand Slam tennis tournament titles and is one of only a few men to complete the career Grand Slam, meaning that he won the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at some point during... Read More
  • 2020 Convention #9: THSC Called to Teach Convention Allen (Cancelled) - This week American School would have attended two conventions.  The first was the Texas Homeschool Coalition Called to Teach Convention in Allen, but that convention has been cancelled.  This convention was scheduled to be in a new location this year, and so we were excited to share information about our accredited middle school program and... Read More
  • Online Student Center and Online Counselor Office Update - This morning we want to give you an update about the Online Student Center and Online Counselor Office.  If you've read our blogs, seen our posts on social media or have visited the sites yourself, you know that the student center and counselor office have been down more than usual lately.  Over the weekend we... Read More
  • American School Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day - Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day, and we were happy to recognize our administrative professionals throughout the building.  As a leading distance education high school and middle school, you might guess that we have several administrative professionals, and you'd be correct.  We are grateful for them.  Besides administrative professionals, each American School employee plays a part... Read More