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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.

 

 

 

National Distance Learning Week 2021

It’s November 12, and today is the final day of National Distance Learning Week 2021.  American School has been a leading distance education high school for decades and became a leading distance education middle school in more recent years.  We are happy to offer...

American School Closed Thursday, November 11

American School will be closed Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Friday, November 12.  Because of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families, we are especially proud to include the word...

American School to Attend 2021 MSCA Conference

American School will conclude its 2021 convention schedule by attending the Michigan School Counselor Association Fall Conference from November 15-16 at the Lansing Convention Center.  We will be in booth 32 on Monday, November 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on...

Today’s Anniversary: Montana

It’s November 8, and Montana became a state on this date in 1889.  Montana is the home of best-selling author Christopher Paolini, and we are happy to count him among our graduates.  Several years ago Christopher visited our office and presented us with autographed...

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday

Today’s blog is a reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday morning.  For most of us, that means an extra hour of sleep Sunday night and days that get darker earlier, but you can also look at this weekend as having another hour to work on your middle school...

American School to Attend 2021 ISCA Fall Conference

American School is pleased to exhibit at the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference on November 11-12 at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  School counselors can visit us in booth 6 on Thursday, November 11, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November...

American School to Attend 2021 WSCA Conference

American School is pleased to attend the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference from November 10-12 at the Kalahari Convention Center and Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  School counselors are invited to visit with us on Wednesday, November 10, from 2 p.m. to 6...

Today’s Anniversaries: North Dakota and South Dakota

It’s November 2, and North Dakota and South Dakota became states on this date in 1889.   The most famous landmark in the Dakotas is Mount Rushmore, which is home to carved heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.  From time...

American School Updates Student Handbook

American School recently updated its student handbook to include the latest anti-bullying policy cited in last Friday’s blog.   The new handbook is available here and elsewhere on our web site.  Students who take our accredited middle school courses and accredited...

American School Updates Anti-Bullying Policy

American School recently updated its anti-bullying policy in accordance with Illinois State Board of Education policies.  A copy of the policy is available in this blog and on the FAQ page of our web site, and you should refer to it as needed.  You may think that...

American School to Attend 2021 ISCA Conference

American School is pleased to attend the Illinois School Counselor Association Annual Conference on November 1-2 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.  School counselors are welcome to see us in booth 17 on Monday, November 1, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday,...

American School Trustees Hold 2021 Fall Meeting

It’s October 27, and yesterday American School’s Board of Trustees held their fall meeting.  American School has a unique governance structure consisting of a Board of Trustees and a Corporation.  The Board of Trustees consists of past and present American School...

American School Holds 124th Annual Meeting

Yesterday American School held the 124th Annual Meeting of Trustees and Corporate Members.  As its name implies, the Annual Meeting is held once a year and is an opportunity for those present to review the past year’s accomplishments and challenges and begin planning...

Today’s Birthday: Brian Kelly

It’s October 25, and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly turns 60 years old today.  He has won more games than any other coach in Notre Dame’s long and storied football history, and currently the Irish are 6-1 this season.  One of Notre Dame’s recent slogans is...

Today’s Anniversary: Pardon the Interruption

It’s October 22, and the TV show Pardon the Interruption debuted on ESPN on this date in 2001.  The show features longtime friends and former Washington Post columnists Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon debating sports topics of the day in a rapid-fire format and has...

Today’s Birthday: Alfred Nobel

It’s October 21, and Alfred Nobel was born on this date in 1833.  As a scientist, he is best-known for inventing dynamite, but you might know him better for establishing the Nobel Prizes, which, according to the Nobel Prize web site, are awarded to “those who, during...

Today’s Anniversary: The Sydney Opera House

It’s October 20, and the Sydney Opera House opened on this date in 1973.  The Australian building is one of the most recognizable structures in the world, and today’s anniversary got us thinking about the two buildings American School has called home for most of our...

About Refunds

Today's blog is about refunds.  Sometimes people will contact us and ask for refunds for their accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses, and we are happy to accommodate those requests as best we can.  Our responses are always based on the...

Today’s Special Occasion: Alaska Day

It’s October 18, and today is Alaska Day in our 49th state because on this date in 1867 the United States took possession of the Alaska Territory from Russia.  Alaska would not become a state until 1959, but American School has had a big presence in Alaska for...

National Boss’s Day

It’s October 15, and tomorrow is National Boss’s Day.  American School has had eight presidents or bosses in its 124-year history.  The first was R.T. Miller, who founded American School and served as president for 48 years.  The most recent is Valerie J. Riley, who...

Today’s Anniversary: Breaking the Sound Barrier

It's October 14, and on this date in 1947, pilot Chuck Yeager few an aircraft that traveled faster than the speed of sound.  This breaking of the sound barrier got us thinking about some of the barriers that might be in the way of you getting an accredited high school...

Today’s Anniversary: The White House Cornerstone

It’s October 13, and the cornerstone of the White House was laid on this date in 1792.  That event got us thinking about cornerstones in both the literal and the metaphorical sense.  We know a cornerstone is an important part of any building because it helps to...

Textbook Update

Today’s blog is about textbooks for our middle school correspondence courses and high school correspondence courses.  Over the last 19 months since the start of the pandemic, many things have been in short supply, and textbooks are among them.  When a textbook for one...

American School Closed Monday, October 11

American School will be closed Monday, October 11.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, October 12.  We look forward to assisting you with your middle school courses and high school courses when we reopen on Tuesday.  Thank you for making us your...

Testimonial Thursday

It’s Thursday, and so we have another testimonial from one of our students.  Jose from Illinois writes, “What I really liked about American School is how the instructors helped and gave me advice on certain problems I didn’t understand.  The study guide really helped...

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…
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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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