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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.

 

 

 

2022 in Review

It's December 27, and we are back after a few days off due to weather and the holiday.  As 2022 draws to a close, it's a good time to look back at some of the accomplishments and achievements of the past year.  Certainly one of the biggest happened just 10 days ago...

American School Closed December 22-26

American School will be closed Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23, due to a winter storm.  American School also will be closed Monday, December 26, and will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, December 27.  We wish you a good weekend with your...

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Winter

It’s December 21, and today is the first day of winter.  Winter is often associated with cold temperatures, snow and being indoors, and if you’re looking to earn a high school diploma at home, winter is the perfect time to get started with American School.  You can...

Winter Weather Reminder

Winter isn’t officially here yet, but the potential for winter weather is.  Today’s blog is a reminder that American School will always put the safety of its staff first and may open late, close early, or not open at all if winter weather makes travel to and from our...

American School Celebrates 125th Anniversary

American School received its charter on December 17, 1897, and our 125th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of the American School story for the last 125 years.  Certainly the list begins with R.T. Miller, who founded American...

American School Closing at 12 Noon Today

American School will close at 12 noon today for a staff event.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, December 19, and look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school courses and accredited high school courses at that time.  Thank you...

Today’s Special Occasion: National Cupcake Day

It’s December 15, and today is National Cupcake Day.  While today’s celebration can cause us to think of white, chocolate or yellow cupcakes with many different kinds of frosting, today’s blog is going to be about a different kind of cupcake.  Sometimes middle school...

Today’s Anniversary: Alabama

It’s December 14, and Alabama became a state on this date in 1819.  When doing research for today’s blog, we were surprised to discover that Alabama’s largest city is not Birmingham or Montgomery.  It’s actually Huntsville, and when we think of Huntsville, we think of...

Today’s Anniversary: American School Facebook Page

It’s December 13, and American School’s Facebook page launched on this date in 2010.  We are grateful for everyone who likes or follows our page, and we do our best to keep it updated twice a day on regular business days and once a day on weekends and holidays.  One...

Today’s Anniversary: Pennsylvania

It’s December 12, and Pennsylvania became a state on this date in 1787.  The largest city in western Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh and the largest city in eastern Pennsylvania is Philadelphia, but in between is the city of Hershey, which as you may have guessed is the...

2022 Computer Science Education Week

It’s December 9, and today is the last weekday of Computer Science Education Week.  It’s the perfect occasion to remind you that, starting with 9th graders in 2022-2023, students in our accredited high school program who plan to earn a high school diploma at home from...

Remembering Pearl Harbor

It’s December 8, and newspaper headlines 81 years ago today recalled the horrifying events of December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  Every year in this blog we recall Pearl Harbor and encourage you to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and other related sites if you...

Today’s Anniversary: Delaware

It’s December 7, and on this date in 1787, Delaware became the first state in the United States.  It is difficult to know for sure, but with our founding in 1897, American School has to be one of the first homeschool institutions in the United States if not the first....

Today’s Special Occasion: St. Nicholas Day

It’s December 6, and today is St. Nicholas Day.  In some countries it is tradition for children to leave their shoes out on the night of December 5 and wake up on the morning of December 6 to find treats left inside as a result of a visit from St. Nicholas.  If you’re...

Today’s Birthday: Walt Disney

It's December 5, and Walt Disney was born on this date in 1901.  We could do a whole week of blogs about his life and career, but today we are going to focus on Disneyland and its moniker as the Happiest Place on Earth.  We know that for many people school is anything...

Email Etiquette Reminder

Today's blog contains a reminder about email etiquette.  When you email us for information about your accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses, please remember to always include the student's full name and student number.  Doing so will allow...

Today’s Special Occasion: National Christmas Lights Day

It’s December 1, and today is National Christmas Lights Day.  Even if you do not celebrate Christmas, you have probably noticed many bright lights around your neighborhood which have been hung by your neighbors this time of year to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah,...

American School Updates Visitor Policy

Effective tomorrow, American School will reopen to visitors and guests under the policy listed in this blog and on signs at the School’s entrances.  American School is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  Priority is given to visitors...

Giving Tuesday 2022

It’s November 29, and today is Giving Tuesday.  You’re probably familiar with Black Friday, which is a big in-person shopping day, and Cyber Monday, which we discussed yesterday, but Giving Tuesday is a day many people choose to give money to favorite charities. ...

Cyber Monday 2022

It’s November 28, and today is Cyber Monday.  It’s a day many people choose to shop online, and American School’s web site is open for business today and every day.  Students can enroll online in individual middle school courses or high school courses for credit...

American School Closed November 24 and November 25

American School will be closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, in observance of Thanksgiving.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, November 28.  We give thanks to students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high...

Updates on Speech and Business Math

Today's blog contains updates on our Speech and Business Math courses, which are two of our many high school correspondence courses.  The current textbooks for each course are going out of print soon, but we have secured a limited supply of textbooks in each subject. ...

Today’s Anniversary: North Carolina

It’s November 21, and North Carolina became a state on this date in 1789.   North Carolina is the home of two great college basketball programs—Duke and North Carolina—who have combined for 11 national championships and numerous Final Four appearances, so today’s blog...

2022 American School Conventions in Review

When the Indiana School Counselor Association Conference concludes later today in Indianapolis, American School’s convention appearances in 2022 also will come to a close.  That makes today a great opportunity to look back and share some statistics about the...

Today’s Special Occasion: International Students Day

It’s November 17, and today is International Students Day.  It’s the perfect opportunity to remind you that we serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  We require that international students only take online middle school courses or online high...

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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