2020 Convention #12: FPEA Convention (Rescheduled Update)

This weekend American School planned to attend the Florida Parent Educators Association Convention at the Rosen Shingle Creek near Orlando, but after moving the event from May to June, the event now has been moved to July 23-25.  If we attend in July, we will have information about our general high school program and college preparatory program which students may use to earn a high school diploma at home.  We will also have information about our accredited middle school program and share with visitors how any of our accredited high school courses and middle school courses may be taken for enrichment.  Keep checking this blog for further convention updates.

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and we're back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Christian from Indiana writes, "I liked the Careers course because it asked me questions about my life and related my answers to possibilities for my future.  I also found that my instructors showed me where to find the correct answers when I would get them wrong.  They were very helpful."  We thank Christian for those words.  Indeed our instructors try to make distance learning as personal as possible.  They call students by name when grading exams in print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses, and they give personalized feedback so that students can do better on future exams.  Our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses give students knowledge in a wide variety of subject areas and, in the case of Christian's course, can introduce students to possible careers.  Make this May 28 a day to remember by enrolling with American School today! 

2020 Convention #12: FPEA Convention (Postponed)

This weekend American School was supposed to head to sunny Florida for the Florida Parent Educators Association Convention at the Rosen Shingle Creek near Orlando.  Instead this convention has been postponed until June 18-20.  If we attend in June, we will have information about our general high school program and college preparatory program which students may use to earn a high school diploma at home.  We will also have information about our accredited middle school program and share with visitors how any of our accredited high school courses and middle school courses may be taken for enrichment.  The FPEA Convention is one of our favorite shows of the year, and not just because of its proximity to theme parks, warm weather and pools.  It's one of the biggest events of the year, and we look forward to seeing you there in June.

Today’s Special Occasion: Mardi Gras

It's February 25, and today is Mardi Gras.  On this last day before Lent, many American School employees will eat paczki, which are a type of bismarck donut traditionally served on Mardi Gras and sometimes available throughout Lent.  Paczki can be filled with various fruits, cheese, custard and even chocolate, and the variety of paczki fillings got us thinking about the variety of accredited high school courses and middle school courses we offer.  We offer print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses in English, math, science, social studies, business, fine arts and world language.  In other words, there is something for every taste or need.  Visit our courses page to learn more about our courses and read descriptions of them, and then head over to our enrollment page to enroll.  We'd be happy to serve you! 

2019-2020 Enrollment Special Ends Today

Today's blog announces that our 2019-2020 enrollment special is ending today.  As described in an earlier blog, the enrollment special allows students in full years of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program to save $50 per year if they pay in full at the time of enrollment.  That means a full middle school program could cost as little as $2550 and a full high school program could cost as little as $3400.  Tuition includes all study materials for accredited high school courses or middle school courses, access to the online student center and much more.  We thank those of you who chose to take advantage of this offer, and we encourage all of you to keep checking this blog regularly to be the first to know of future offers. 

About the Online Counselor Office

Today's blog is about our Online Counselor Office.  The Online Counselor Office is available to school officials who have students enrolled in our middle school and high school independent study program.  Counselors can log into the Online Counselor Office anytime to view their students' records, download final exams, and much more.  We allow for one school code and one password per school, so it is important for school officials to share their information with others on staff so that everyone can have access to the site.  When counselors access the Online Counselor Office, they will see a list of names of their students who are taking our accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses.  They can click on the name of a particular student and view that student's records.  We are happy to offer this service to counselors who have students in our independent study high school program or middle school program and hope you visit the Online Counselor Office often!

American School Sends Bulk Mailing

American School is always looking for ways to reach people who might be interested in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Recently we did a bulk mailing to school counselors in all 50 states to introduce, or in some cases reintroduce, ourselves to them.  The mailing contained information about our independent study high school program which is helpful for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate with their class.  It also mentioned that American School can serve the potential dropout by giving him or her the chance to earn a high school diploma at home at an affordable cost.  In total more than 120,000 counselors, including counselors who currently use us, received this mailing.  While we are unsure if we will send similar mailings in the future, it is our hope that the counselors who received this mailing will consider allowing us to serve their students in 2020 and beyond. 

New Pricing Structure and Application for Individual Subjects

Today's blog has information about a new pricing structure for individual subjects that will go into effect on September 3.  Previously students who wished to take individual subjects as part of an independent study high school program filled out one application, while students who wished to take individual accredited high school courses or individual print or online middle school courses simply for enrichment filled out another application.  We're going to combine those two applications into one, and students who wish to enroll in courses to recover credit will need to fill out a special section on the application with pertinent school information.  At first, only printed applications will be available, but later in September or in October, students will be able to enroll online in individual subjects by going to the description of the course they wish to take and then adding that course to their shopping cart.  For your convenience, most individual subjects will be priced the same regardless of course delivery method.  The standard cost will be $300 for a full unit of credit and $250 for a half unit.  Some courses will be value-priced at $200 for a full unit of credit and $150 for a half unit, while AP courses and lab courses will be priced at $400 for a full unit of credit and $350 for a half unit.  As usual, all study materials and grading are included in the cost of tuition, and the enrollment fee on the previous independent study application has been eliminated.  If you have questions or comments about this new pricing and enrollment structure for individual subjects, please let us know.  We enjoy hearing from you and appreciate having the opportunity to serve you.  Thank you for making us your school of choice! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Panama Canal

It's August 15, and the Panama Canal opened on this date in 1914.  Before the Panama Canal opened, sailors had to go around Cape Horn on the southern end of South America if they wanted to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean or vice versa.  The Panama Canal provided a shortcut and dramatically cut down on travel times.  As nice as the Panama Canal and other shortcuts are, we don't recommend taking shortcuts when it comes to your accredited high school courses or courses in your accredited middle school program.  American School has an honor system which we expect students to follow.  It is permissible to work with others, but all exam answers must be your own.  There are penalties in place for those students who are caught cheating, so don't do it.  Instead, you may write, call or email your instructor for assistance.  All of us want to help you do your best and do your work honestly.  When you do that, your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma will mean more to you.

Six Flags Great America Homeschool Days

Six Flags Great America between Chicago and Milwaukee is hosting Homeschool Days from August 19-23, complete with curriculum for homeschoolers to complete as they ride roller coasters, log rides and much more.  We realize that not all of you live near Chicago or Milwaukee, but we wanted to mention this event because there may be similar ones at an amusement park near you.  Homeschool days are not exclusive to amusement parks either.  Sports teams, theaters, museums and other attractions might have special events set aside for homeschoolers, so check around your community and see if there is anything happening that may interest you.  We appreciate that you are taking accredited high school courses with us or are enrolled in our accredited middle school program, and we are always happy to share events and ideas that may bring you some fun and enhance your education as you work to earn a high school diploma at home.