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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.

 

 

 

Today’s Anniversaries: Ohio and Nebraska

It’s March 1, and Ohio became a state on this date in 1803.  Nebraska joined Ohio as a state on this date in 1867.  The first day of March and the statehood anniversaries of two midwestern states is a good occasion to announce that we’ll be heading to three...

Leap Year Day 2024

It’s February 29, which is a date that doesn’t happen very often.  In fact it only happens every four years, and since 2024 is a Leap Year, we get a February 29 this year.  That means you get an extra day to enroll in our accredited middle school program, accredited...

The Importance of Correct Email Addresses

Today’s blog is about the importance of giving us a correct email address.  Many times students will enroll in online middle school courses or online high school courses with us, and to do so, they must provide an email address.  If the email address provided to us is...

2024 American School Scholarship Applications Sent

Today’s blog announces that applications for this year’s American School scholarship program have been sent to 214 students who earned an American School accredited high school diploma in 2023 and met all other eligibility requirements.  This year American School will...

Today’s Anniversary: The Grand Canyon

It’s February 26, and the Grand Canyon became a national park on this date in 1919.  Though the Grand Canyon is a truly beautiful sight to behold, some people might have a personal grand canyon regarding their education.  Perhaps it’s been a long time since you...

Today’s Birthday: R.T. Miller

It’s February 23, and R.T. Miller was born on this date in 1867.  His full name is Romanta Tillotson Miller, Jr., but to American School, R.T. Miller will always be our founder.  In the 1890s, he and a group of his friends from the Boston area saw a need amongst the...

Today’s Birthday: George Washington

It’s February 22, and George Washington was born on this date in 1732.   His estate is Mount Vernon, which is located in Virginia, not too far from the city which bears his name.  Many times this blog has encouraged you to visit historic sites and presidential...

Today’s Anniversary: The First Telephone Directory

It’s February 21, and the first telephone directory was published on this date in 1878.  This anniversary is a good occasion to remind you that American School’s main telephone number is 708-418-2800.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chicago...

2024 NCSC Civics Education Essay Contest

It’s February 20, and recently the National Center for State Courts’ annual Civics Education Essay Contest began accepting entries for this year’s competition.  The contest is open to students who take our middle school courses or high school courses, and the deadline...

American School Closed Monday, February 19, 2024

American School will be closed Monday, February 19.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, February 20 and look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses at that time.  Thank you for your...

Testimonial Thursday

It’s a Thursday, so today we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Natalie from Ohio writes, “I was very impressed with how well I understood things just by reading, instead of having it taught to me.  I’m enjoying American School and the education it has to...

Today’s Anniversaries: Oregon and Arizona

It’s February 14, and two states entered the union on Valentine’s Day many years ago.  Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859, and Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912.  Here at American School we LOVE students from Oregon, Arizona and the other 48 states,...

Mardi Gras 2024

It’s February 13, and today is Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.  No matter what name you give today, it’s the last day before Lent, and for many of us here at American School, it’s also Paczki Day.  Paczki are bismarcks filled with a variety of flavors. ...

Today’s Birthday: Abraham Lincoln

It’s February 12, and Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in Springfield, Illinois, and we encourage you to visit there if you are ever in the Land of Lincoln.  American School has a bust of...

Chinese New Year Eve 2024

It’s February 9, and tomorrow is Chinese New Year.  2024 is the Year of the Dragon, but it can be a great year for you as well after you enroll in one or more of our Mandarin (Chinese) courses.  We offer full years of Mandarin (Chinese) 1 and Mandarin (Chinese) 2 and...

Today’s Anniversary: The Hollywood Walk of Fame

It’s February 8, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated on this date in 1960.  It’s the perfect occasion to recognize some American School students and graduates who have stars on the famous streets.  They include the Everly Brothers, the Osmonds and Selena, but...

2024 National Girls and Women in Sports Day

It’s February 7, and today is National Girls and Women in Sports Day.  It’s the perfect occasion to mention some of the female athletes who’ve been enrolled in our accredited high school diploma program and took our online high school courses or paper-based high...

Today’s Anniversary: Massachusetts

It’s February 6, and Massachusetts became a state on this date in 1788.  Massachusetts is a special state to us because R.T. Miller and his friends founded American School in Massachusetts in 1897.  In fact our charter, which still exists to this day, is from...

American School Warehouse to Receive New Lighting

American School’s warehouse will receive new lighting on Tuesday, February 6.  The new lighting is more cost-effective and more energy-efficient and will allow us to provide excellent service to students for years to come.  Because the new lighting is being installed...

Groundhog Day 2024

It’s February 2, and today is Groundhog Day.  We can report that the American School groundhog saw his shadow this morning which means that we will have six more weeks of winter.  No matter the season, American School can help you earn a high school diploma at home. ...

Black History Month 2024

It’s February 1, and today is the first day of Black History Month.  Today is a great occasion to remind you that we gladly accept students of all ethnicities into our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study program.  We...

Today’s Anniversary: The First Soap Opera

It’s January 31, and the first soap opera premiered on television 75 years ago today.  The name of that show was “These Are My Children,” and although today there are only a few soap operas still airing on television, today’s blog is going to relate the titles of...

2024 Ambition Accelerator Competition

Today’s blog announces another competition for students in our accredited high school program or independent study high school program.  The Ambition Accelerator competition is open to innovative students between the ages of 16 and 26.  More information is available...

Today’s Anniversary: Kansas

It’s January 29, and Kansas became a state on this date in 1861.  Kansas’s motto is translated “To the stars through difficulties,” and that motto got us thinking about the path many American School students take to earn a high school diploma at home.  Not every...

Today’s Anniversary: Michigan

It’s January 26, and Michigan became a state on this date in 1837.  When people think of Michigan, they often think of music and cars.  American School has courses in both areas of study.  We offer a Music Appreciation course among our online high school courses and...

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…
We call these our Four C’s.

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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