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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.

 

 

 

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...

About Our Do Not Reply Email Address

Today’s blog contains information about our donotreply@americanschool.org email address.  We use this address to send out automated emails regarding students’ progress in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study...

Emailing the Customer Relations Department

Today’s blog contains information about what happens when students who take our homeschool or independent study courses email our customer relations department.  Any email sent to the customer relations department will receive an automatic reply.  The automatic reply...

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, but we know that students might have mountains in their lives which aren’t necessarily green.  Sometimes these metaphorical mountains stand in the way of...

Today’s Anniversaries: Ohio and Nebraska

It’s March 1, and Ohio became a state on this date in 1803.  Nebraska joined Ohio as a state on this date in 1867.  The first day of March and the statehood anniversaries of two midwestern states is a good occasion to announce that we’ll be heading to three...

Leap Year Day 2024

It’s February 29, which is a date that doesn’t happen very often.  In fact it only happens every four years, and since 2024 is a Leap Year, we get a February 29 this year.  That means you get an extra day to enroll in our accredited middle school program, accredited...

The Importance of Correct Email Addresses

Today’s blog is about the importance of giving us a correct email address.  Many times students will enroll in online middle school courses or online high school courses with us, and to do so, they must provide an email address.  If the email address provided to us is...

2024 American School Scholarship Applications Sent

Today’s blog announces that applications for this year’s American School scholarship program have been sent to 214 students who earned an American School accredited high school diploma in 2023 and met all other eligibility requirements.  This year American School will...

Today’s Anniversary: The Grand Canyon

It’s February 26, and the Grand Canyon became a national park on this date in 1919.  Though the Grand Canyon is a truly beautiful sight to behold, some people might have a personal grand canyon regarding their education.  Perhaps it’s been a long time since you...

Today’s Birthday: R.T. Miller

It’s February 23, and R.T. Miller was born on this date in 1867.  His full name is Romanta Tillotson Miller, Jr., but to American School, R.T. Miller will always be our founder.  In the 1890s, he and a group of his friends from the Boston area saw a need amongst the...

Today’s Birthday: George Washington

It’s February 22, and George Washington was born on this date in 1732.   His estate is Mount Vernon, which is located in Virginia, not too far from the city which bears his name.  Many times this blog has encouraged you to visit historic sites and presidential...

Today’s Anniversary: The First Telephone Directory

It’s February 21, and the first telephone directory was published on this date in 1878.  This anniversary is a good occasion to remind you that American School’s main telephone number is 708-418-2800.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chicago...

2024 NCSC Civics Education Essay Contest

It’s February 20, and recently the National Center for State Courts’ annual Civics Education Essay Contest began accepting entries for this year’s competition.  The contest is open to students who take our middle school courses or high school courses, and the deadline...

American School Closed Monday, February 19, 2024

American School will be closed Monday, February 19.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, February 20 and look forward to assisting you with your accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses at that time.  Thank you for your...

Testimonial Thursday

It’s a Thursday, so today we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Natalie from Ohio writes, “I was very impressed with how well I understood things just by reading, instead of having it taught to me.  I’m enjoying American School and the education it has to...

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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