American School Announces Partnership With Edmentum

American School is excited to announce a new partnership with Edmentum that will allow us to better serve students who wish to take online high school courses and online middle school courses.   Just as we pioneered high school correpondence courses, Edmentum has been a pioneer in online courses, offering a wide variety of courses in core subject areas such as English, math, science and social studies, and a large variety of elective courses in career and technical education, fine arts and world languages.  Within weeks, any student who enrolls in an online course will be placed in an Edmentum course.  Students who previously enrolled in an online course offered by our previous online course provider will have until their regular deadline to complete their course or courses.  We are taking steps to make this transition as smooth as possible and appreciate your understanding as we upgrade our curriculum.  As always, if you have questions, you may email us and we will reply within one business day.  Thank you for choosing us, and we hope you are as excited about our partnership with Edmentum as we are! 

Important Announcement Coming Monday

We admit that today's blog is a tease, but we're very excited about an announcement we have for you on Monday.  As you know, we spent more than a century offering high school correspondence courses.  Don't worry…we have no plans to stop offering high school or middle school courses in print.  A few years ago we began to offer accredited high school courses online, and then we offered online middle school courses.  Students have enjoyed taking online courses with us in recent years, but we're always looking for ways to improve students' experiences with us.  We think we've found a great way to make our online courses even better, and we can't wait to share it with you on Monday.  Check back then to see what we have in store!

Testimonial Thursday

Today we have a testimonial from Yesika who lives in New York.  She writes, "The American School is quite simply the best school in the United States of America and I am extremely blessed to be a student at the American School.  Thank you again for all your kindness throughout my school year. You inspire your students to learn, but more importantly you inspire your students to dream."  We thank Yesika for those words.  We strive to be the best distance education high school and middle school we can be.  We do so by offering a print and online college preparatory program, a print and online general high school program and an accredited middle school program, but many other schools offer the same things.  So what separates us from them?  One is the quality of instructors and staff that Yesika mentioned in her comments.  We inspire students to be the best students and people they can be.  We genuinely care about students and their well-being.  See for yourself by enrolling today!

2019 Convention #16: ICHE Family Conference

American School is pleased to exhibit for the first time at the Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference this weekend at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.  Stop by and see us in booth 64 on May 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.; on May 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and on June 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will have information about our print and online college preparatory program, print and online general high school program and accredited middle school program.  If you want to take individual subjects to supplement what you're already doing, we'll tell you how we can assist you there as well.  We are looking forward to making the short drive south and introducing new people to our services.  Speaking of new services, check back later this week and on Monday for news about something big happening with our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  We're excited about it and think you will be as well.

2019 Convention #15: THSC The Woodlands Convention

Our blog is back, and we're going to spend the next two days detailing our next two convention appearances.  First up is Texas Home School Coalition Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.  Come visit us in booth 618 on May 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  We'll have information about both programs as well as information about taking middle school or high school independent study courses for enrichment.  We've attended this convention for many years, and it's always one of the busiest.  We're confident that people will come to the Houston suburbs in great numbers, and we'd love to say howdy to you when you stop by our booth! 


American School Closed May 27, Blog Returns May 28

This blog contains two announcements.  First, today's blog will be our last until next Tuesday, May 28.  Next Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, and the American School will be closed in observance of that national holiday.  Even though we won't have blogs the rest of this week, rest assured that we are open and ready to serve students, especially those who are nearing the end of their high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and check back here May 28 for our next blog post.

Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, either our general high school program or our college preparatory program in particular, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We offer online high school courses as well as high school correspondence courses, and doing so ensures students can take courses in the delivery method they want.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but the pace is entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving graduates.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.  Take the first step and enroll today!

2019 Convention #14: FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

One week from today we will be in the Orlando area for the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.  Visit us in booth 216 at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As usual we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we'll also bring along our latest promotional items for anyone who visits our booth.  We have come to this convention for many years, but this is the first time it's being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek.  We're excited to check out the convention's new home, and we hope you're excited to visit us and learn how we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Come join us in the Sunshine State next week!   

Today’s Birthday: L. Frank Baum

It's May 15, and author L. Frank Baum was born on this date in 1856.  He is best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so let's review what each of the four main characters in the book wanted from the Wizard and how their wants tie in to the American School.  Dorothy wanted to go home, and you can earn a high school diploma at home with us.  The Scarecrow wanted a brain, and you'll use your brain as you take accredited high school courses or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  The Tin Man wanted a heart, and we think you'll love our rigorous courses, personalized service and affordable tuition.  Finally, the Lion wanted courage, and we know enrolling with us takes a little courage, especially if you've never homeschooled before, but we believe your courage will pay off shortly after you enroll and get into a good studying schedule.  There's no wizardry needed for you to be successful with us.  We're looking forward to having you as our student!    

American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in their communities.  Our scholarship awards will help winners continue their educations at the accredited college or university of their choice.  Many of them were enrolled in our college preparatory program, which is designed especially for students who wish to attend a four-year college or university.  Awarding scholarships is one of our greatest traditions, and plans are already underway for the 2020 scholarship season.  To be eligible, you must earn a high school diploma at home with us in 2019 and meet other eligibility requirements.  More information will be available later this year.  In the meantime, let us thank our judges and applicants and congratulate this year's scholarship recipients.  We are proud of you!