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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.

 

 

 

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

The National Association for College Admission Counseling and Common App are sponsoring a series of virtual college fairs beginning later this month and continuing through early May.  At this time when in-person events and travel are still difficult, we encourage you...

Today’s Birthday: Amerigo Vespucci

It’s March 9, and explorer Amerigo Vespucci was born on this date in 1454.  He made several voyages to the New World in the late 1490s and early 1500s, and after one of those voyages, it was determined that the newly-discovered continent would be called America, which...

Today’s Special Occasion: International Women’s Day

It’s March 8, and today is International Women’s Day.  To celebrate, this blog is going to talk about the roles women have played in making American School a leading distance education middle school and distance education high school for 124 years.  As you know,...

Today’s Birthday: Gerardus Mercator

It’s March 5, and Gerardus Mercator was born on this date in 1512.  He was a geographer and cosmographer but is perhaps best known as a cartographer, which means he was a person who made maps.  In fact, his Mercator projection, in which the globe is presented on a...

Today’s Anniversary: Vermont

It’s March 4, and Vermont became a state on this date in 1791.  Vermont is known as the Green Mountain State, so today’s blog is going to be about the green stuff known as money.  American School is proud to be a non-profit institution, and because are a non-profit...

Today’s Anniversary: Florida

It’s March 3, and Florida became a state on this date in 1845.  Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and while we hope you will be happy with your American School courses, we known that some of them might not bring much sunshine into your life.  That’s because most...

Today’s Birthday: Dr. Seuss

It’s March 2, and Theodor Geisel was born on this date in 1904.  We know him better as Dr. Seuss.  He wrote many children’s books, including favorites such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, but we want to focus on another of his books in today’s blog.  Oh,...

Today’s Anniversaries: Ohio and Nebraska

It’s March 1, and Ohio and Nebraska became states on this date in 1803 and 1867, respectively.   We are proud to have students in the Buckeye State and Cornhusker State, and that made us think about how people hear about us.  We attend conventions throughout the...

Today’s Anniversary: Grand Canyon National Park

It’s February 26, and Grand Canyon National Park was established on this date in 1919.  Grand Canyon National Park obviously includes the Grand Canyon itself, and people who have visited the park say the Grand Canyon is one of the most magnificent and breathtaking...

Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest

Today’s blog contains information about the Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest.  The contest allows students to share their feelings about their own cancer diagnosis or the cancer diagnosis of a friend or family member and perhaps win a monetary prize.  We...

Today’s Anniversary: The Perforated Postage Stamp

It’s February 24, and on this date in 1854, the British Penny Red stamp became the world’s first perforated postage stamp.  These days stamps from the United States Postal Service are both perforated and self-sticking, but that wasn’t always the case.  Postage and...

W.E.B. DuBois and Black History Month

It’s February 23, and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. DuBois was born on this date in 1868.  He was the first African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard and later became one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, but...

Today’s Birthday: George Washington

It’s February 22, and George Washington was born on this date in 1732.  He was the first President of the United States and is known as the father of his country, and so on his birthday it’s appropriate to talk about R.T. Miller.  He was the first President of...

American School and the Australian Open

It’s February 19, and this weekend is the finals of the Australian Open tennis tournament.  American School students have fared very well Down Under over the years.  Andre Agassi won the men’s singles title four times—in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003.  Mary Pierce won the...

About Requesting Transcripts and Duplicate Diplomas

Today's blog is about requesting transcripts and duplicate diplomas after you have completed middle school courses or high school courses or earned an accredited high school diploma.  It is one of the most common requests we receive, and we are happy to help, but in...

Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program

Today’s blog is about the Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program.  The scholarship program is designed to help minority and underserved students achieve their dream of a higher education.  To that end, Sallie Mae and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund...

Today’s Special Occasion: Mardi Gras

It’s February 16, and today is Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday.  The traditions of Mardi Gras can vary depending upon where you live.  One of the traditions near American School headquarters is eating paczki, which are yeasty donuts filled with fruit or cheese...

Today’s Birthday: Abraham Lincoln

It’s February 12, and Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809.  Many times over the years this blog has encouraged you to visit presidential libraries and museums, and the one closest to American School’s headquarters (for now) is the Abraham Lincoln...

American School Closed Monday, February 15

American School will be closed Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents Day.  We are grateful to have so many students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program and look forward to serving...

American School Trustees Hold Quarterly Meeting

Yesterday American School’s Board of Trustees held its quarterly meeting.   The purpose of the meeting is two-fold.  First, trustees learn what has happened at the School in the last three months.  A major accomplishment of that time frame was the launch of the new...

Today’s Birthday: Thomas Paine

It’s February 9, and patriot Thomas Paine was born on this date in 1737.  He is most often remembered as the author of Common Sense, a pamphlet which encouraged American independence, and so today’s blog is going to offer some reasons why enrolling with American...

Wisconsin ECU Scholarship Program

Today’s blog has information about the Educators Credit Union Scholarship Program for residents of Wisconsin.  According to a news release, 35 scholarships of $2000 each will be awarded to graduating seniors based on their academic records, participation in school and...

Previewing the Big Game

It’s February 5, and this Sunday there is a big football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The game will be played in Tampa, and the Bucs will become the first team to play in this big game in their own stadium.  You might say the Bucs...

Today’s Anniversary: Facebook

It’s February 4, and Facebook debuted on this date in 2004.  It’s a great occasion to remind you that we have a Facebook page on which we post blog entries every day the School is open and educational articles every day of the week whether the School is open or not. ...

National School Counseling Week

It’s February 3, and today is right in the middle of National School Counseling Week.  American School is proud to have a school counselor on staff, and you should contact the counseling department if you need help with the college admissions process or with selecting...

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 by the state of Illinois 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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