ISBE Region County District Type Schools Lookup

Today’s blog is about the Illinois State Board of Education’s Region County District Type Schools lookup, often abbreviated at RCDTS.  Although we are a distance education middle school and distance education high school, we appear on the list because our headquarters...

ISBE State Course Catalog Numbers

Today’s blog is about the Illinois State Board of Education State Course Catalog.  Occasionally homeschool families or school counselors will contact us about this catalog and ask us if our accredited middle school courses and accredited high school courses match up...

25 Years at American School

It’s September 15, and today the person who regularly writes this blog is celebrating 25 years at American School.  A lot has changed in the last quarter century, most notably the introduction of an online high school diploma for adults or children and the addition of...

Testimonial Thursday

It’s Thursday, so let’s hear from a testimonial from one of our students.  Sheila from Ohio writes, “I liked American School a lot because of the detailed instruction.  Some parts were difficult for me and took a little extra concentration and effort, but it was well...

American School Trustees Hold 2023-2024 Budget Meeting

It’s September 13, and earlier today American School’s Board of Trustees met to discuss the School’s budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.  As with any business, American School sets a budget and does its best to stick to it during the course of the year.  We know...

About Diploma Covers

Today’s blog is about covers for an online high school diploma or a correspondence high school diploma from American School.  After you earn a high school diploma at home, we send you a diploma, tassel and simple diploma holder.  No other types of diploma covers or...

Homeschooling has taught me a lot of new things.  It has taught me self-discipline and made me take my studies more seriously than before.  I have learned to study properly.  The books and materials were very helpful.  It is a fun experience to do homeschooling.  Many people are amazed to know that I did homeschooling.  This has opened and changed a lot of people’s minds.

– Jekah from United Arab Emirates

American School has more to offer than any public school.  Two of my children, two of my grandchildren, and one niece completed their high school education with American School, and my sister and I are enrolled at the present time.

– Marilyn from Missouri

I learned a lot, and the skills are helping me in my college classes.

The most important thing I learned was how to schedule my time and organize my work.  The study guides helped to show me how much work to do at one time.  I’m glad to be part of American School.

– Peter from Illinois

I have found the methods, instruction, textbooks, study guides and service satisfactory because they are all up-to-date and made ready for me to learn.  I am greatly thankful for this service because now I can graduate early with all my credits in.  Thank you very much, American School!

– Ada from Michigan

American School was an easy yet efficient way to earn the extra credit I needed to graduate.

– Elizabeth from Illinois

I greatly enjoyed American School.  The instructors’ comments were very helpful.  I enjoyed this method of learning.  I feel I have learned a lot more than I did in public school.  I was able to keep up with school through all the moves I made without going through the hassle of switching school systems.  I enjoyed the honesty of the

instructors and the overall program.   I will recommend American School to anyone interested.

– Enoch from Texas

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Why you should enroll with American School…
We call these our Four C’s.


American School’s innovative paper-based and online curriculum offers something for everyone in grades 6-12. Students can choose from more than 100 self-paced courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, social studies and science and take electives in such subject areas as business, career and technical education, fine arts, and world languages,


As a not-for-profit institution, American School puts students’ educations first. Our tuition is affordable—much lower than many other distance education and online high schools—and all textbooks and study materials are included at no additional cost.  Monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of American School’s middle school or high school program.

Caring Student Service

When students are accepted at 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.  Students may enroll anytime and work at their own pace.  Help is available from American School staff during business hours and around the clock in American School’s Online Student Center.


Founded in 1897, American School later became the first correspondence school to become regionally accredited. Today we are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as a non-public high school.  American School’s diploma is accepted by colleges and universities, and thousands of high schools use our courses for credit recovery.

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