Winter Weather Reminder

The calendar has flipped to December, which means that winter weather is now a possibility.  Should American School be closed or have a delayed opening, we will post information on our Facebook page and on our phone system.  Some of our instructors who teach online high school courses and online middle school courses may choose to be available on days in which American School is closed or has a delay, but they are not required to do so.  Thank you for your understanding if we have to be closed or have a change in hours due to weather.  We make these decisions to keep our employees safe.  All of us enjoy serving you and are grateful you have chosen us to be your distance education high school or distance education middle school.

Today’s Special Occasion: Giving Tuesday

It's December 1, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and today is known as Giving Tuesday.  We might be more familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday is a day to give to charities and non-profit institutions to support their mission of doing good.  American School is proud to be a non-profit institution, and we do welcome charitable gifts from anyone interested in supporting our mission of educating those who need to take courses in grades 6-12.  By supporting us, you support students who wish to earn a high school diploma at home by enrolling in our general high school program or college preparatory program.  You also support students who wish to take individual subjects through our independent study high school program en route to a diploma from a local public or private school.  Click here to contact us if you are interested in supporting our mission.  We–and our students–would be grateful for your support. 

Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday

It's November 30 and today is Cyber Monday.  It's known as Cyber Monday because many people choose to shop online today, and perhaps some of you are looking for a distance education high school or middle school for yourself, a family member or a friend.  If so, you've come to the right place.  We offer accredited high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Take them collectively as part of an accredited high school program or middle school program, or take them individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  Whether you take one course or many, our tuition is all-inclusive, meaning that tuition includes study materials, grading, record-keeping, access to the online student center and much more.  Since you're already in the mood to shop online today, why not purchase the most valuable gift you can–an education.  Visit our enrollment page to get started!

American School Closed November 26-27

American School will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, November 30.  As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the students enrolled in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  We are also grateful to their parents, teachers, counselors and others who mentor and guide them.  Finally, we are appreciative of American School staff who work hard on a daily basis to give students the kind of education and service they deserve.  We wish everyone a good weekend and look forward to posting our next blog entry on Monday. 

Today’s Anniversary: The Origin of Species

It's November 24, and Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was published on this date in 1859.  We mention this today because we know that some students who take our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses do not want to read about evolution.  We do our best to accommodate students' beliefs, but some material in some courses is mandatory because it is required by state and national standards.  If you find something objectionable in our courses, we ask that you notify us as quickly as possible so that we can make adjustments or provide you with an explanation of why the material is required.  Thank you for your understanding and for making us your distance education high school and middle school.

American School to Participate in Year-Round Homeschool Connect Expo

Regular blog readers will know that we have participated in several online Homeschool Connect Expos so far in 2020.  Since these events were so successful, organizers decided to make the expo available year-round, meaning that our our page now will be active 365 days a year.  Visit our page to learn more about our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program from the comforts of your home.  We look forward to meeting you and serving your educational needs after you make us your school of choice!

STEM Organization of America Competition

Today's blog has information about a competition run by the STEM Organization of America.  If you are taking our online high school courses or high school correspondence courses and are interested in STEM, we invite you to click the links above for more information.  The deadline to apply is December 7.  We enjoy sharing opportunites like this with students in our accredited high school program, so keep checking this blog on a regular basis to see what we will share next.

Today’s Anniversary: The Gettysburg Address

It's November 19, and Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this date in 1863.  American School has always believed that public speaking is a fine skill to have.  That's why we include speech courses in our curriculum.  Our curriculum includes core subject areas like English, math, science and social studies as well as a wide-range of electives for students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  These electives include business, career and technical education courses, as well as fine arts and world language courses.  Our courses might be taken collectively to earn a high school diploma at home or individually for credit recovery or to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Make your voice heard as an American School student by enrolling with us today!  

2020 Convention #22: ISCA Conference (Cancelled)

Later this week American School was scheduled to attend the Indiana School Counselors Association Conference in Indianapolis, but like so many others this year, the in-person event was cancelled. Had we attended, we would've brought information about our independent study high school program and accredited middle school program, and we also would've shared how students can earn a print or online high school diploma from American School if they are at risk of dropping out.  This event was to be our final convention of 2020.  We only were able to attend a handful of conventions in person this year.  The rest were cancelled or conducted virtually.  We look forward to being back on the road in spring 2021 or whenever it is safe to do so.

Today’s Birthday: Christopher Paolini

It's November 17, and American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini turns 37 years old today.  He graduated with an accredited high school diploma at the age of 15 and has gone on to write a series of novels, including four in the Eragon series, one of which was made into a feature film.  His latest book, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, made the best-seller list as well.  We are proud to call Christopher our graduate, and we would be proud to call you our graduate as well.  Students can enroll in our accredited high school program whenever they are ready to begin ninth grade, and it is possible for students to graduate at age 15 or even earlier.  Choose from high school correspondence courses or online high school courses and write your own story as an American School student!