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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 Special Occasion: World Teachers Day

It’s October 5, and today is World Teacher Day.  It’s the perfect day to highlight and thank our instructors who grade exams in our accredited middle school courses and accredited high school courses every day.  It is important to note that unlike many other distance...

Additional Information About Extensions

Last week we announced that we are no longer offering extensions for students in our online middle school courses and online high school courses.  In today's blog we wish to offer some additional details about timetables for our online courses.  A half-unit or...

2022-2023 American School Student Handbook Now Available

The 2022-2023 American School Student Handbook is now available in numerous places on our web site and here in this blog.  The handbook is an important resource for students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study...

Last Day for Old Enrollment Applications

It’s September 30, and today is the last day we will accept old applications for enrollment in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study program for credit recovery or enrichment.  Any printable application arriving to...

Extensions for Online Courses Not Available After October 1

Today’s blog announces that extensions for students to complete online middle school courses and online high school courses within the terms of their enrollment contract will not be granted for any reason after October 1.  Online courses contain pacing guides which...

New Policy for Comprehensive Exams

Today’s blog is about an updated policy for comprehensive exams.  If you took homeschool courses and wish to gain credit for work you did while you were homeschooling without being an American School student, you are eligible to take up to five comprehensive exams. ...

New Duplicate Diploma Fees Begin October 1

Today’s blog is the first in a series of blogs which announce changes that go into effect October 1.  If you are a graduate of our general high school diploma program or college preparatory program and wish to receive a duplicate accredited high school diploma, the...

Today’s Special Occasion: Native American Day

It’s September 23, and today is Native American Day.  We wish to use this day to remind you that American School is proud to serve students of all races and ethnic backgrounds.  When we ask for races or ethnic backgrounds on enrollment applications, we do so because...

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Autumn

It’s September 22, and today is the first day of autumn.  People may associate autumn with leaves changing color, football and cooler temperatures, but another thing people associate with fall is going back to school.  If you’re looking for a distance learning middle...

Today’s Special Occasion: International Day of Peace

It’s September 21, and today is the International Day of Peace.  In addition to mentioning that American School always stands for peace in the world, it’s a good day to mention that American School is proud to serve international students in more than 65 countries...

Important Update for Students in Edmentum Online Courses

Effective immediately, students who take American School’s online middle school courses or online high school courses created by Edmentum will have access to both semesters of their full-unit courses at the time of enrollment.  Students will have 12 months from the...

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

It’s been 11 days now since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who led the United Kingdom for more than 70 years and was one of the most recognizable and admired people in the world.  Today her funeral is being held.  Her son, King Charles III, ascended to the throne...

American School Trustees Hold September Meeting

American School’s Board of Trustees recently met to discuss progress made during the first two months of the School’s fiscal year.  Trustees were pleased to learn that the School’s new enrollment applications for middle school courses, high school courses and...

24 Years At American School

It’s September 15, and the person who regularly writes this blog is celebrating 24 years of employment at American School today.  A lot has happened at American School since September 15, 1998, but one thing that hasn’t changed and will never change is our commitment...

2022 Stride National Photography Competition

Today’s blog announces the 2022 Stride National Photography Competition.  According to a press release, any eligible student in grades K-12 nationwide can share their art with professional photographer judges for a chance to win great prizes.  There is no theme to...

American School and the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament concluded in New York City over the weekend, and because we have been busy posting about changes to our enrollment applications and courses, we haven’t had a chance to take our customary look back at the successes American School...

American School Rebate and Referral Policy Ends September 30

Today’s blog announces that American School will discontinue its rebate and referral policy after September 30, 2022.  The rebate and referral policy provided a small financial incentive for current students who refer others to us.  When those other students enroll in...

Today’s Anniversary: California

It’s September 9, and California became a state on this date in 1850.  When people think of California, they often think of the entertainment industry, so today is a great day to look back at some of the many entertainers who have been enrolled in our accredited high...

Grandparents’ Day and 9-11 Anniversary

It’s September 8, and we are three days away from Grandparents’ Day.  We wish to thank all of the grandparents who play a role in the education of their grandchildren.  We know that many grandparents are guarantors for their grandchildren and enrolled them in our...

American School Updates Course List

American School is pleased to announce the release of an updated course list which lists all of our accredited middle school courses and accredited high school courses as of September 1, 2022.  We update this list every year, and each time we review it, we are always...

American School Closed Monday, September 5

American School will be closed Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, September 6, and look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or...

Today’s Anniversary: The Old Man and the Sea

It’s September 1, and Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea was first published on this date in 1952.  We are mentioning this anniversary in today’s blog because The Old Man and the Sea is the novel read by students in our American Literature course. ...

Today’s Birthday: Maria Montessori

It’s August 31, and educator Maria Montessori was born on this date in 1870.  She is best-known for developing a unique education system that is used around the world and has helped millions of children over the years.  We mention her today for two reasons.  First,...

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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