American School Opens Late On July 16

Due to a staff development meeting, American School will have different hours of operation on Tuesday, July 16.  Instead of opening at 8 a.m. to serve students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, we anticipate opening by 11 a.m.  The staff development meeting is very important and will help us provide you with better service in the future.  Therefore we ask for your patience and understanding.   Once we reopen, we will continue to have our normal business hours the rest of the day and be back to our regular business hours on Wednesday, July 17.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.  We consider it a privilege to educate you!

Today’s Birthday: George Eastman

It's July 12, and George Eastman was born on this date in 1854.  He founded Eastman Kodak, invented roll film and is considered instrumental in making photography accessible to the general public.  Our two photography courses have proven to be popular electives for students in our accredited high school program as well as popular options for students in our independent study high school program who need to recover a credit at their local high schools.  We offer Photography in print and Digital Photography online, which is an example of how we try to offer courses in multiple formats to best suit our students' needs.  Some students like learning on paper, while others enjoy learning online.  It's one of the reasons why we're always listed among the best distance education high schools and middle schools.  Most people smile in photographs, and we hope you'll be smiling after you take our courses.  Get started and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: The American School Blog

It's July 11, and we posted our very first American School blog entry on this date in 2006.  Today is a good occasion to look back at some of the things that have happened here since we posted our first blog.  Back then we didn't have online high school courses.  Now we do.  We also didn't have an accredited middle school program consisting of print and online middle school courses.  Now we do.  Back then we didn't have AP courses for students in our accredited high school program.  Now we do.  Back in 2006 we had an extensive curriculum of high school correspondence courses.  We still do.  As you can see, we've added more courses and more programs to better serve our students, and this blog is often the place where we first announce important news.  The way people receive information has changed a lot in the past 13 years, and so the All American newsletter has been retired and replaced by this blog and our social media pages, especially Facebook.  Be sure to bookmark this blog and like us on Facebook to be the first to know what we're doing.  Thank you for reading the American School blog for the past 13 years.  We appreciate it and appreciate your interest in American School! 

Today’s Birthday: Helen Keller

It's June 27, and Helen Keller was born on this date in 1880.  Helen contracted an illness as a child that left her deaf and blind, but with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, she started her education and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe, which is often considered the sister school of Harvard.  We mention her birthday because she is a great example of overcoming long odds to acquire an education.  One can only imagine that there were many days when Helen's deafness and blindness made receiving an education difficult, but she stuck with it and eventually reached her goals and surpassed the expectations of many people in society.  These days, we know that many students have many different health issues that make it difficult for them to succeed in a tradtional school setting.  Taking online high school courses or high school correspondence courses with us allows students to work at their own pace and not be concerned about falling behind their classmates.  If you're not feeling well, there is no pressure to work that day.  If you're feeling well, you can take advantage of those days and do a little more.  All of us are compassionate toward students' health issues and will do our best to accommodate you.  Consider enrolling in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program today and let us support you as you work toward meeting your educational goals.   

New Web Site Coming Soon

Over the last few weeks you've read and heard about our new online courses, and today we have something else to share with you.  We anticipate launching a new web site in July.  The site will be state-of-the-art and mobile-friendly and will better serve our past, present and future students.  There will be pages featuring our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study high school program, and students will be able to enroll in individual courses simply by going to the course description and then adding it to their shopping cart.  We will have a similar way for students to enroll in full-year or full diploma programs.  As with any new web site, there may be some bugs at first, but we're going to do our best to test the new site and then test it again to make sure everything works properly.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop new ways to better serve you!

Today’s Anniversary: D-Day

Today is June 6 and the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a turning point in World War 2.  Few things can top the heroic acts of the Allied forces who invaded Normandy that day, and we are grateful for their service and sacrifice.  In recent years, the term "D-Day" has become synonymous with making a decision that will have a lasting impact.  Deciding to earn a high school diploma at home can be one of those occasions.  We invite you to be part of our accredited high school diploma program or our accredited middle school program.  You can even take individual online or paper-based courses to recover credits or enhance an existing homeschool program.  Whatever you choose, we are happy to be of service to you after you make us your distance education high school or middle school.  Enroll now!

2019 Convention #15: THSC The Woodlands Convention

Our blog is back, and we're going to spend the next two days detailing our next two convention appearances.  First up is Texas Home School Coalition Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.  Come visit us in booth 618 on May 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Stop by and learn about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  We'll have information about both programs as well as information about taking middle school or high school independent study courses for enrichment.  We've attended this convention for many years, and it's always one of the busiest.  We're confident that people will come to the Houston suburbs in great numbers, and we'd love to say howdy to you when you stop by our booth! 


Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, either our general high school program or our college preparatory program in particular, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We offer online high school courses as well as high school correspondence courses, and doing so ensures students can take courses in the delivery method they want.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but the pace is entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving graduates.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.  Take the first step and enroll today!

2019 Convention #14: FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

One week from today we will be in the Orlando area for the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.  Visit us in booth 216 at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As usual we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we'll also bring along our latest promotional items for anyone who visits our booth.  We have come to this convention for many years, but this is the first time it's being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek.  We're excited to check out the convention's new home, and we hope you're excited to visit us and learn how we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Come join us in the Sunshine State next week!   

American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in their communities.  Our scholarship awards will help winners continue their educations at the accredited college or university of their choice.  Many of them were enrolled in our college preparatory program, which is designed especially for students who wish to attend a four-year college or university.  Awarding scholarships is one of our greatest traditions, and plans are already underway for the 2020 scholarship season.  To be eligible, you must earn a high school diploma at home with us in 2019 and meet other eligibility requirements.  More information will be available later this year.  In the meantime, let us thank our judges and applicants and congratulate this year's scholarship recipients.  We are proud of you!