American School Trustees Hold Quarterly Meeting

Earlier this week the American School Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting.  Longtime blog readers might recall that we have a big annual meeting every October during which we review the past year's accomplishments and plan for the future so that we can be an even better distance education high school and middle school.  The Board of Trustees also typically meets in the spring in conjunction with our scholarship meeting, but in recent years the board has decided to take a more active role and hold meetings in the winter and summer as well.  We are grateful that the current members of the Board of Trustees have helped us through several new initiatives.  These include the launch of our accredited middle school program and the upcoming restructuring of our accredited high school program that will give students more flexibility and greater opportunities to learn skills that will benefit them in college or the workforce.  All of us work hard to ensure that our students attend the best school we can offer, and every decision we make is with the best interests of our students at heart.  Become our student and enroll today!  

American School Staff Receives American Red Cross Training

Recently the American Red Cross visited and trained several employees in first aid and CPR.  We provide this training to staff members to that they can keep fellow employees as safe and healthy as possible in case of any type of emergency.  If you're interested in learning a bit more about first aid and CPR yourself, consider taking one of our health courses.  You can find them among our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  Although we hope to never use our first aid and CPR training, they are valuable skills to have, and we are grateful to the American Red Cross for their visit.

American School Closing at Noon on August 6

American School will be closing at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 6, for a staff event.  We look forward to helping you with your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program when we reopen with regular business hours on Wednesday, August 7.  Thank you for your understanding.

Today’s Anniversary: The Signing of the Declaration of Independence

It's August 2, and the Declaration of Independence was signed on this date in 1776.  We know what you're thinking.  You thought the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4.  Actually the document was ratified on July 4 but not formally signed until August 2.  Today's occasion has us thinking about the signatures we ask from you during your time with American School.  Obviously it's hard to produce actual signatures if someone enrolls online or takes online high school courses or online middle school courses, so the following statements are more for people taking middle school or high school correspondence courses with us.  We ask that you sign your name on your enrollment application and, if you're younger than 18 years old, have a parent or guardian or school official sign your application as well.  You should also sign your name on every page of every exam you send us.  That way your exams won't get lost or separated.  For our part, we look forward to signing important documents such as transcripts or diplomas which prove that you have completed your studies with us.  Enroll and sign your application to get started today!

Today’s Anniversary: Colorado

It's August 1, and Colorado became a state on this date in 1876.  Colorado is known for the Rocky Mountains, and maybe you think graduating from high school is a mountain too big to climb.  American School's accredited high school courses can help you reach the summit and earn a high school diploma at home.  Students can enroll any time and finish any time.  Along the way, they work at their own pace in their high school correspondence courses or online high school courses.  Our staff is here to assist you anytime you need us.  As you complete each course, you'll be one step closer to reaching your ultimate goal.  Instead of thinking about the total number of courses you need to complete, just focus on one or two courses at a time.  Set reasonable goals for yourself and eventually you'll reach your ultimate goal.  Take the first step and enroll today.     

Today’s Anniversary: Baltimore

It's July 30, and the city of Baltimore was founded on this date in 1729.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we highlight the conventions and cities we visit throughout the year.  In fact, the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta that we attended last weekend was our 20th convention of 2019.  The month of August is convention-free for us, but we are already planning our 2020 convention schedule, and one of the cities we'll be visiting is Baltimore.  Some conventions are geared for homeschoolers and those who want to earn a high school diploma at home, and we promote our print or online high school diploma program at those events.  Other conventions are geared for counselors or teachers, and usually we promote our independent study high school programs at those conventions.  We look forward to visiting Baltimore and hopefully a city near you in 2020, but we have a few more shows to attend in 2019, starting in September.  Stay tuned to learn where we are headed next, and check back Thursday for our latest blog entry.

American School Once Again Receives BBB Accreditation

Last week American School received official word of its accreditation with the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  We have been accredited by BBB since 1934, and their accreditation verifies that we strive to uphold eight BBB standards for trust.  They are to build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, safeguard privacy and embody integrity.  We do these things for students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  It doesn't matter how many classes you take with us.  We want to give you an excellent experience, and upholding the eight standards listed in this blog post helps us do that.  We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with the Better Business Bureau, and we hope you are as well!

Today’s Anniversary: New York

It's July 26, and New York became the 11th state on this date in 1788.  We are proud to have many students in the state of New York, but sometimes they have to do more than our students who live in the other 49 states.  That is not because those of us at American School ask them to do more, but some states have special requirements for their homeschooled students.  It is important that students who take our online high school courses or high school correspondence courses in order to earn a high school diploma at home check with their state to see if their state has any special requirements.  Most states won't have any special requirements, but some states do.  We want to make you aware of this so that there are no surprises along the way.  Thank you for letting us serve you whether you live in New York or not!

New Algebra 1 Course Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new Algebra 1 course is now available to students.  This high school correspondence class also may be suitable for students who wish to take Algebra 1 as part of an accredited middle school program.  We are always working to update our middle school and high school correspondence courses, and soon we'll reveal a new platform for our online middle school courses and online high school courses.  We want to give our students the best education possible, and that means we're constantly revising courses, adding brand new courses and, in some rare instances, dropping courses.  We're excited about our course offerings, and when you combine outstanding curriculum with affordable all-inclusive tuition, American School should be your school of choice.  Make the right choice and enroll today!    

2019 Convention #20: Southeast Homeschool Expo

This weekend we're heading to Atlanta for the Southeast Homeschool Expo.  It's one of the biggest and best homeschool conventions in the country, and we're proud to be a regular exhibitor at this event.  Join us in booth 401 at the Cobb Galleria Centre on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We will have information about our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses, as well as several different promotional items.  We are also participating in a scavenger hunt for attendees, so be sure to stop by our booth, see if our clue is on your card, and learn more about our print or online high school diploma program and print or online middle school courses.  We always leave Atlanta feeling peachy about the people we met at the Southeast Homeschool Expo, and we expect this year will be no different.  Come join us!