Today’s Anniversary: Wyoming

It's July 10, and Wyoming became a state on this date in 1890.  In this blog we wish to focus on two things associated with both Wyoming and American School.  The first is Wyoming's nickname, which is the Equality State.  At American School, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to earn a high school diploma at home regardless of age, gender, race, religion or income.  Even if other schools might turn you down, American School looks forward to you enrolling in an accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  The second is Yellowstone National Park, which is the home of the geyser known as Old Faithful.  You might say American School is the old faithful of distance learning schools. We've been around since 1897 and have outstanding credibility, as evidenced by our accreditations and recognitions.  Other distance learning schools come and go, but none have the longevity that we do.  Experience all the benefits of an American School education by enrolling today.  You'll be glad you did! 

2020 Convention #23: Virtual National Charter Schools Conference

If you're a regular blog reader, you know that we were supposed to attend several conventions this year, but so far we've only been able to attend two in person.  Several organizations have decided to hold virtual conventions, and we are happy to participate in the Virtual National Charter Schools Conference which will be held July 16, July 23 and July 30.  This is a good opportunity for us to introduce our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program to charter schools from across the country.  We hope to attend this convention in person next year but look forward to introducing ourselves virtually this time around.  Come join us! 

2020 Convention #17: AFHE Convention (Cancelled)

This week we were scheduled to attend the Arizona Families for Home Education Convention in Phoenix, but the event has been cancelled.  Had we attended the AFHE Convention, we would have brought information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  We also would have brought information about print or online high school courses and print or online middle school courses that students can take on an individual basis to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Although we are disappointed to miss seeing residents of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and other states at the AFHE Convention, we look forward to returning to convention appearances as quickly as it is safe to do so. 

Today’s Anniversary: Sliced Bread

It's July 7, and the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri sold sliced bread for the very first time on this date in 1928.  These days we take sliced bread for granted.  Virtually every loaf we buy in the bread aisle at a supermarket is pre-sliced, but it wasn't always that way.  People were so impressed with sliced bread that a popular expression grew out of it.  When someone really enjoys something, he or she might say it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.  We hope you feel the same about studying at home with American School.  Studying at home means students work in their accredited high school program or accredited middle school program at their own pace and in a safe environment.  American School courses are just as rigorous as courses taken in a traditional school setting, and American School students receive personal attention in distance education from instructors and other staff members.  American School's affordable tuition and monthly payment plans allow families to have money available to buy sliced bread and anything else they need for their families.  We never let cost get in the way of a student's education.  Finally, students who earn a high school diploma at home typically earn more "bread" than people who do not graduate from high school.  Take the first step and enroll today!


Today’s Anniversary: The First MLB All-Star Game

It's July 6, and the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game occurred on this date in 1933.  The game was held at Comiskey Park in Chicago, not too far from our current office in Lansing, Illinois, and very close to our former office in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  The Major League Baseball All-Star Game has always been important to this blog because the very first American School blog entry came on July 11, 2006 and focused on the MLB All-Star Game that was happening that night in Pittsburgh.  The theme of that first blog and this blog nearly 14 years later is that you can become an all-star when you enroll in American School courses.  We allow students to work at their own pace in their print or online high school courses and print or online middle school courses.  Working at your own pace allows you to master the material at a rate that is comfortable for you.  You won't fall behind if your classmates move on, and you won't be held back if your classmates need to spend more time on material.  When you work at your own pace, you can do your best on exams, projects and discussion boards and ultimately get higher grades.  If you want to earn a high school diploma at home, step up to the plate and enroll with us today.  We think you'll knock it out of the park as an American School student, and we'd be happy to serve you!

American School Closed Friday, July 3

American School will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the July 4 Independence Day holiday.  We wish all of you a safe and happy weekend and look forward to assisting you with your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses when we reopen with regular business hours on Monday, July 6.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

Today’s Special Occasion: Canada Day

It's July 1, and in addition to being the beginning of American School's new fiscal year, it's also Canada Day.  It's a good occasion to remind you that we serve students in more than 65 countries around the world, including Canada.  They can enroll in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program and take print and online middle school coures or print and online high school courses just like students who live in the United States.  The only difference is that additional shipping charges may apply for sending materials for middle school and high school correspondence courses overseas.  No matter where you live, we'd be happy to serve you.  Enroll today!

Date Set for 2020 Scholarship Meeting

American School's 2020 Scholarship Meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 14.  At that time, American School's Scholarship Committee will review applications from 20 finalists and determine this year's winners.  Winners will be notified by the end of July.  2020 marks the 82nd year American School has offered scholarships to students who chose to earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Some took exclusively high school correspondence courses.  Others took only online high school courses.  Either way, we are happy to serve them and look forward to learning more about this year's finalists when the Scholarship Committee meets on July 14.

Access to GradPoint Courses Ends July 31

Today's blog is another reminder that access to GradPoint courses ends on July 31.  If you are taking GradPoint courses, you must complete them by July 31.  We will continue to offer online high school courses and online middle school courses through our partnerships with Edmentum and Rosetta Stone, and we are grateful to our students who have taken our online courses over the years.  We are also grateful to students who choose our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Thank you for understanding that July 31 is a firm deadline, and please know how happy we are to have you as our student whether you take online courses, print courses or a combination of the two.

American School Annual Inventory Process Underway

Today's blog is about American School's annual inventory process.  Each year we do an inventory of materials in our warehouse.  Specifically we look at textbooks and study guides used by students in our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  The whole inventory process takes about a week, and shipments for your middle school or high school correspondence class may be delayed during this time.  We appreciate your patience, and you should have your course materials shortly.  Inventory is important to the overall success of American School.  We want to make sure we have enough materials on hand and can ship you the course materials you need without having you endure a long wait for them.  Thank you for your patience and understanding and for making us your distance education high school or middle school.