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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: The Apple I

It’s April 11, and the Apple I personal computer was released on this date in 1976.  To say that computing has changed in the 48 years since then would be a massive understatement, but you can stay on top of all the latest developments and get prepared for life after...

2024 Convention #4: THSC Called To Teach Convention Fort Worth

American School’s fourth convention appearance of 2024 will occur next week at the THSC Called to Teach Convention in Fort Worth.  Visit us in booth 203 at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Thursday, April 18, from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; on Friday, April 19, from 10...

Today’s Special Occasion: The 100th Day of 2024

It’s April 9, and today is the 100th day of 2024.  The number 100 is significant to us at American School because 100 is the highest score a student can receive when he or she submits an exam while doing our at home middle school or at home high school courses. ...

Today’s Special Occasion: The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

It’s April 8, and today a total solar eclipse will cross North America.  The path of totality runs roughly from San Antonio, Texas in the southwest to Cleveland, Ohio in the northeast.  Many communities within that path are having special events to safely view the...

2024 Final Fours Tip Off This Weekend

It’s April 5, and this weekend the NCAA Men’s Final Four will be held in Phoenix, while the NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held in Cleveland.  Sadly, no American School students will have the opportunity to take the court in college basketball’s biggest events...

Today’s Anniversary: Microsoft

It’s April 4, and Microsoft was founded on this date in 1975.  If you read yesterday’s blog, you know that we discussed technology as it relates to our online middle school courses and online high school courses.  On the occasion of the anniversary of Microsoft, which...

Today’s Anniversary: The iPad

It’s April 3, and the first generation iPad debuted on this date in 2010.  This anniversary is a good occasion to remind you of the technical requirements for our online middle school courses and online high school courses.  They’re printed in the student handbook,...

Today’s Anniversary: The United States Mint

It’s April 2, and the Coinage Act of 1792 established the United States Mint on this date 232 years ago.  This occasion got us thinking about how much it costs to become an American School student and what forms of payment we accept.  As a non-profit institution, we...

April Fools’ Day 2024

It’s April 1, and today is April Fools’ Day.  It’s the perfect occasion to remind you not to be fooled by the claims of other institutions which might offer homeschool courses.  We realize that homeschooling families have many options for middle school at home or high...

American School Closed Friday, March 29, 2024

American School will be closed Friday, March 29.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, April 1, and we look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses at that time.  Thank you for your...

2024 Convention #3: MPE Conference

American School’s third convention appearance of 2024 will occur next week at the Midwest Parent Educators Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  Visit us at the KCI Expo Center on Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...

2024 Convention #2: Ohio Homeschool Convention

American School’s second convention appearance of 2024 will occur next week at the Ohio Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Visit us in booth 722 at the Duke Energy Center on Thursday, April 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; on Friday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30...

New Telephone System Reminder

Today’s blog is a reminder that American School will receive a new telephone system on Monday, April 1.  Although we have taken many steps to ensure a smooth transition, please be aware that there is a chance our phone system will not be completely in operation one...

Today’s Birthday: Marcel Marceau

It’s March 22, and Marcel Marceau was born on this date in 1923.  He was a famous mime which means he did all of his on-stage communication without talking.  Not all of us can be mimes, however, and so we need to know how to speak clearly and effectively in order to...

Testimonial Thursday

It’s a Thursday, so today is the perfect time for another testimonial from one of our students.  Brandon from Illinois writes, “American School gave me a chance to earn the credits I needed to get my high school diploma because my school didn’t offer the classes I...

Today’s Birthday: Mister Rogers

It’s March 20, and Fred Rogers was born on this date in 1928.  You might know him better as Mister Rogers, and through his long-running PBS television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he educated and inspired millions of children over the years.  If you’re ever in...

First Day of Spring 2024

It’s March 19, and today is the first day of spring.  Spring is a season often associated with all sorts of new possibilities.  The weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to blossom and birds are returning from hibernation.  Since spring is associated with...

American School To Receive New Telephone System April 1

American School will receive a new telephone system on Monday, April 1.  This new phone system will allow us to better serve students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study program.  Although we plan to remain...

Today’s Anniversary: Maine

It’s March 15, and Maine became a state on this date in 1820.  Maine is home to Acadia National Park, which includes Cadillac Mountain.  It is said that Cadillac Mountain is the place to be if you wish to see the very first sunrise of the day anywhere in the United...

Today’s Special Occasion: Pi Day

It’s March 14, often abbreviated 3/14.  Pi is a mathematical ratio which is often shortened to 3.14, and so today is also known as Pi Day.  Pi used used in several of our math courses, and multiple math courses are required in our college preparatory program and...

Today’s Anniversary: Uranus

It’s March 13, and William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus on this date in 1781.  It’s the ideal day to mention that we offer an Introduction to Astronomy course.  It’s one of many online high school courses that may be taken for credit recovery or enrichment...

2024 Convention #1: Missouri Homeschool Convention

American School’s first convention appearance of 2024 will occur next week at the Missouri Homeschool Convention in St. Charles, Missouri.  Visit us in booth 511 at the St. Charles Convention Center on Thursday, March 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; on Friday, March 22,...

Women’s History Month 2024

It’s March 11, and we are about one-third of the way into Women’s History Month.   Friday was International Women’s Day, and in that day’s blog we mentioned some of the female American School employees who have impacted students’ lives in various ways over the years. ...

International Women’s Day 2024

It’s March 8, and today is International Women’s Day.  It’s the perfect time to recognize all the women who have made American School a leader in homeschool courses for more than 125 years.  They include Valerie J. Riley, who became American School’s first female...

Daylight Saving Time Begins March 10

It’s March 7, and this weekend will be one hour shorter because Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning.  Most of the United States will spring forward and turn their clocks ahead by one hour which means that the coming days will have darker mornings but brighter...

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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