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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 Anniversary: Paper Money in the Americas

It’s February 3, and on this date in 1690, the Massachusetts colony issued the first paper money in the Americas.  It’s a good occasion to remind you that American School accepts many forms of payment for middle school courses and high school courses, but sending...

Groundhog Day 2023

It’s February 2, and today is Groundhog Day.  Earlier this morning American School’s groundhog saw her shadow, which means we’ll have six more weeks of winter around here if you believe in the weather forecasting abilities of rodents.  No matter the weather, American...

Today’s Birthday: Langston Hughes

It’s February 1, and poet Langston Hughes was born on this date in 1901.  He was a leader of the Harlem Renaissance which was a revival of African-American culture that had its origins in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.  By coincidence, the birthday of...

Today’s Birthday: Franklin D. Roosevelt

It’s January 30, and Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on this date in 1882.  FDR, as he was known, was the 32nd President of the United States and was elected to four terms in office even though he served just more than three terms due to his death in office early in...

American School and the Australian Open

The Australian Open tennis tournament concludes this weekend in Melbourne, and so today is the perfect time to look back at some successes American School students have had in the land Down Under.  On the men’s side, Andre Agassi is a four-time singles champion,...

Today’s Anniversary: Michigan

It’s January 26, and Michigan became a state on this date in 1837.  American School regularly attends conventions in the Wolverine State, but whether you cheer for the Wolverines or the Spartans, our accredited middle school courses and accredited high school courses...

Today’s Anniversary: The First Trans-Continental Telephone Call

It’s January 25, and on this date in 1915, Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York, called Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco.  Making calls across the country today is no big deal, but the call 108 years ago today was the first time such a telephone call...

2023 Chinese New Year

It’s January 24, and today is the second day after Chinese New Year, which this year began on January 22.  The Chinese zodiac, which is related to the Chinese calendar, has 12 animals associated with it, and 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.  Today is the perfect time...

2023 Tax Season Begins

It’s January 23, and according to the Internal Revenue Service, today is the first day of tax season.  When gathering tax documents, sometimes families need a document attesting to the fact that their children took homeschool courses with American School in the past...

Today’s Special Occasion: Inauguration Day

It’s January 20, and today’s date is probably best-known as Inauguration Day.  That’s because the 20th amendment to the United States Constitution calls for the President of the United States to be inaugurated on this date in the year following a presidential election...

Testimonial Thursday

It’s Thursday, and since we liked last week’s Testimonial Thursday post, we decided to do another one seven days later.  Melissa from Ohio writes, “I found the Planning Your Career course to be very helpful.  The methods and the lessons were put into words that were...

Today’s Birthday: A.A. Milne

It’s January 18, and author A.A. Milne was born on this date in 1882.  He is best-known for creating Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin (who was named after his own son), Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet and other favorite characters of childhood literature.  American School’s...

Today’s Anniversary: The United Nations Security Council

It’s January 17, and the United Nations Security Council held its first meeting on this date in 1946.  The UN Security Council promotes security and peace, and the anniversary of its first meeting got us thinking about the security measures we have in place for our...

American School Closed Monday, January 16, 2023

American School will be closed Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, January 17, and look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school program, accredited high school...

Testimonial Thursday

We have not done a Testimonial Thursday in quite some time, but we are going to change that today.  Mercedes from Washington writes, “I liked how positive my instructors were with their comments telling me to 'keep up the good work!' and 'great start!'” and those of...

Today’s Anniversary: The Designated Hitter

It's January 11, and 50 years ago today Major League Baseball adopted the designated hitter position.  As its name implies, the designated hitter is a player who has been designated to hit in place of another player, usually the pitcher.  In a similar way, our online...

American School Scholarship Applications Mailed Soon

Every year since 1939, American School has awarded scholarships to students who earned our accredited high school diploma the previous year.  In total we have awarded nearly $950,000 in scholarships to more than 1500 graduates over the years, and in 2023, we are happy...

Today’s Anniversary: Connecticut

It’s January 9, and Connecticut became a state on this date in 1788.  American School attended a convention in Hartford several years ago but we haven’t been back to the Nutmeg State since.  We hope to change that in the future, and we will be making our 2023...

Today’s Anniversary: New Mexico

It’s January 6, and New Mexico became a state on this date in 1912.  New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment, and we think you’ll call American School your educational Land of Enchantment after you enroll and become our student.  That’s because we offer a wide...

2023 New Year’s Resolutions

It's January 5, and if you haven't made any new year's resolutions, it's not too late.  Many people make resolutions about going on a diet, exercising more, or keeping in better touch with family and friends, but what about educational resolutions?  If you haven't...

Today’s Anniversary: Utah

It’s January 4, and Utah became a state on this date in 1896.  Utah hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002 and welcomed international athletes from all over the world to the greater Salt Lake City area.  American School has not had a Winter Olympian among our students and...

Today’s Anniversary: Alaska

It’s January 3, and Alaska became a state on this date in 1959.  American School has a long relationship with students in Alaska because many students in the Last Frontier live a great distance from traditional schools.  Because travel can be difficult, they enroll in...

American School Closed Monday, January 2, 2023

American School will be closed Monday, January 2, and will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, January 3.  We look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school courses and accredited high school courses when we reopen next year.  Thank you...

Today’s Anniversary: Texas

It’s December 29, and Texas became a state on this date in 1845.  Texas is known as the Lone Star State, and American School students can be lone stars themselves after they enroll in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent...

Today’s Anniversary: Iowa

It’s December 28, and Iowa became a state on this date in 1846.  Although we are right next door to Iowa, we have never visited the Hawkeye State for a convention, but we hope to change that in 2023.  Iowa is known for many things, including corn, but there’s nothing...

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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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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