Blog

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.

  • Autumn Begins Tomorrow - The season of autumn begins tomorrow.  Along with leaves changing colors, watching or playing football and carving pumpkins, autumn is often associated with going back to school.  That's where we come in.  We offer an accredited high school program and accredited middle school program consisting of print and online courses.  Take our accredited high school... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - It's Thursday, and so we're back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Qualsiz from Michigan writes, "The American School’s courses have the best explanations.  Everything I had a question on, the answer was somewhere in the book.  I was always able to go back and check.  I had such a good learning experience... Read More
  • Today’s Special Occasion: Talk Like A Pirate Day - Ahoy!  It's September 19, and today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  If you arrrrrgh wondering what today is all about and what you can do to celebrate, we invite you to click the link in today's blog.  If you want to learn how to become a better speaker the other 364 days of... Read More
  • Enter the Google Science Fair - Today's blog is an invitation for you to enter the Google Science Fair.  Click the link in this blog for more details.  We offer many science courses among the high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses we have in our curriculum.  Many of those courses... Read More
  • American School Officially Receives NCPSA Accreditation - Recently we told you that we have received accreditation from Accreditation International, commonly referred to as Ai.  Today we are proud to announce that we have received additional accreditation from the National Council for Private School Accreditation, commonly referred to as NCPSA.  We are grateful for this accreditation, which further solidifies us as a leader in... Read More
  • Looking Back At 20 Years At American School - It's September 14, and tomorrow the person who regularly writes this blog will celebrate 20 years of work at the American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years and express gratitude to several groups of people.  Back in 1998, the American School was... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Jason from Illinois writes, "The American School made me feel like the smartest person in the world.  Their feedback is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling or needs help."  We thank Jason for those words.  Our instructors are trained to... Read More
  • Time Running Out To Enroll In AP Courses - Today's blog is a reminder that students have until September 28 to enroll in AP courses for the 2018-19 academic year.  You may ask yourself why there is a deadline to enroll in AP courses since elsewhere we trumpet the fact that students can start anytime and finish anytime.  AP courses are different.  Everything in... Read More
  • Remembering September 11, 2001 - Today is September 11, the 17th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site... Read More
  • The Great American Read Returns Tomorrow - Today's blog is an alert that the PBS series The Great American Read returns tomorrow night and continues each Tuesday night until October 23.  Check your local listings for times in your area.  The premise of the series is to determine the top 100 American novels and then rank them and count them down to... Read More
  • Happy Grandparents Day from American School - We're not blogging tomorrow, so we want to use today's blog to celebrate Grandparents Day, which is happening this coming Sunday.  Over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our... Read More
  • American School Officially Receives Ai Accreditation - Late last week, American School received a certificate of accreditation from Accreditation International, commonly known as Ai.  The certificate is valid until 2023 and ensures that we will be able to offer accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses for years to come.  Some people may wonder why it is so important for... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Price is Right - It's September 4, and The Price is Right premiered on this date in 1972.  Longtime blog readers might remember that we did a whole week of blogs related to the show in 2007 when longtime host Bob Barker retired, but today's blog won't be a Cliff Hanger.  We'll get straight to the point and tell... Read More
  • American School Closed Monday, September 3 - American School will be closed Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, September 4.  We are grateful to the millions of students who have chosen to work on high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses... Read More
  • American School U.S. Open Memory: Andre Agassi - All week long we've looked back at some great American School moments at the U.S. Open tennis tournament which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  American School graduate Andre Agassi has 2 U.S. Open titles among his 8 career Grand Slam titles, though he won twice in New York in very different ways.  Although... Read More
  • American School U.S. Open Memory: Mary Pierce - Today we continue our series of U.S. Open memories with American School graduate Mary Pierce.  Mary won the Australian Open in 1995 and the French Open in 2000 and attempted to add the U.S. Open championship to her resume in 2005.  On her way to the final she defeated three higher-seeded players before falling to... Read More
  • American School U.S. Open Memory: Caroline Wozniacki - At the time we're publishing today's blog, American School student Caroline Wozniacki is just about ready to take the court for her first-round match in this year's U.S. Open.  As the tournament celebrates its 50th anniversary, we're looking back at some of the most memorable American School-related moments of the event, starting with the most... Read More
  • U.S. Open Begins Today - Today the U.S. Open tennis tournament begins in New York City.  American School student Caroline Wozniacki won the first major hardcourt tournament of the year when she won the Australian Open in January, and she is seeded second at the last major hardcourt tournament of the year.  Over the years, many students who've taken our... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: The Gutenberg Bible - It's August 24, and on this date in 1455 or 1456, the Gutenberg Bible was completed.  This was the first book printed on a movable type press, and it is called the Gutenberg Bible because it was printed by Johannes Gutenberg.  Printing has come a long way in nearly 600 years, and although we're happy... Read More
  • Additional AP Information Available - This week we added a student guide to our AP courses page.  Please review it before you decide to enroll in these advanced online high school courses.  Of particular importance is that the deadline to enroll in AP courses is September 28.  This is so that students have enough time to adequately study material and... Read More
  • American School Nominated for BBB Torch Award - American School is proud to earn a nomination to receive the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics presented by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  According to the Better Business Bureau, the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics is the most prestigious award the Better Business Bureau presents to a business. Being a recipient... Read More
  • Phone Update - We never like writing blogs when things don't work, but we've had difficulty with our telephones all day.  Crews have been out here much of the day, and we hope to have service restored soon.  If you need to get a hold of us anytime but cannot call us for whatever reason, we ask that... Read More
  • New Middle School Program Has Successful First Week - A week ago today we announced a new accredited middle school program consisting of print and online middle school courses, and the response has been very positive.  We're enrolling new students on a regular basis, and many of them are already working on their first course.  We accept enrollments year-round, so we encourage you to... Read More
  • Today’s Anniversary: Michael Phelps - It's August 17, and on this date in 2008, swimmer Michael Phelps became the first athlete to win 8 gold medals in one Olympics.  This great accomplishment got us thinking about American School students who've earned medals in the Olympics.  Tennis star Andre Agassi won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.  Swimmer Katie Hoff... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - Today we have a testimonial from Alejandro from Illinois, who writes, "All of the materials provided and additional resources at hand were sufficient to guide me through my courses.  The entire experience of correspondence was incredible, and I would definitely do it again for enrichment or just to maintain freshness on the individual subjects."  We... Read More
  • American School Earns ISBE Recognition - American School is proud to earn recognition once again from the Illinois State Board of Education.  Recently you read about the accreditation visit from AI, MSA-CESS and NCPSA which allowed us to continue to offer accredited high school courses online and on paper and an accredited middle school program which now consists of online middle... Read More
  • American School Launches New Middle School Program - Today we are happy to launch our new middle school program which will allow students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to take print and/or online middle school courses.  If you haven't done so already, please visit our middle school page to learn more about the program.  You may enroll by using the enrollment application and... Read More
  • Final Preparations Underway for New Middle School Program - Today we're putting the finishing touches on our new middle school program.  For weeks we have been telling you that paper-based middle school courses are coming, and now they are here.  On Monday we hope to post an enrollment application and brochure outlining the new program, but information is already available on our middle school... Read More
  • Testimonial Thursday - We haven't done a Testimonial Thursday in a while, so today is the perfect time to change that.  Adriana from Colorado writes, "I love how the whole system works.  I think the textbooks are well-written and easy to understand.  I also love how the instructors grading my tests actually write comments instead of just making... Read More
  • 2018 Convention #19: HSC Conference - This weekend we're heading west for the Homeschool Association of California Conference.  We'll be in booth 38 at the DoubleTree San Jose on August 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and August 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  As usual we'll have plenty of applications for our accredited high school program and accredited... Read More