The American School’s innovative curriculum offers something for everyone. Students can choose from more than 70 self-paced courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, social studies and science and take electives in specialty courses such as art, home planning and foreign language, or trade courses such as carpentry, electricity and auto repair. The American School is perfect for students who need several courses to complete graduation requirements or for those who choose to take just one course to make up credit or gain knowledge for personal enrichment and growth.


As a not-for-profit institution, the American School puts students’ educations first. Our tuition is affordable, and all textbooks and study materials are included in it. The American School’s flexible payment schedule makes earning a high school diploma affordable. There are no interest charges for this plan, no charge for pre-evaluation of transcripts, and no extra fees along the way. Those who transfer to the American School from a local high school or who have completed homeschool courses can receive credit for previous work when properly documented. Finally, the School is proud to offer lower tuition for General High School or College Preparatory Program students who pay in full at the time of enrollment.

Caring Student Service

When students are accepted at the 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. To start, they may enroll online, on paper, or over the phone, and enrollment is open year-round. Students work in a classroom of one—at their own pace and on their own schedule—but they are not alone. Our friendly staff is available to assist students over the phone during normal business hours. Also, American School students can access help sheets, homework Web sites, and view their academic records and other helpful information 24-7 by logging into the Online Student Center. General High School and College Preparatory Program students can receive their diplomas at any time of the year provided they have completed all graduation requirements, and qualifying graduates are eligible to receive one of 18 post-secondary scholarships that the American School awards annually.


The American School was the first correspondence school to become regionally accredited.  Today we are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), the National Council for Private School Accrediation (NCPSA) and Accreditation International (Ai), as well as recognized by the state of Illinois as a non-public high school.