Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday

It's November 30 and today is Cyber Monday.  It's known as Cyber Monday because many people choose to shop online today, and perhaps some of you are looking for a distance education high school or middle school for yourself, a family member or a friend.  If so, you've come to the right place.  We offer accredited high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Take them collectively as part of an accredited high school program or middle school program, or take them individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  Whether you take one course or many, our tuition is all-inclusive, meaning that tuition includes study materials, grading, record-keeping, access to the online student center and much more.  Since you're already in the mood to shop online today, why not purchase the most valuable gift you can–an education.  Visit our enrollment page to get started!

American School Closed November 26-27

American School will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, November 30.  As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful for the students enrolled in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  We are also grateful to their parents, teachers, counselors and others who mentor and guide them.  Finally, we are appreciative of American School staff who work hard on a daily basis to give students the kind of education and service they deserve.  We wish everyone a good weekend and look forward to posting our next blog entry on Monday. 

STEM Organization of America Competition

Today's blog has information about a competition run by the STEM Organization of America.  If you are taking our online high school courses or high school correspondence courses and are interested in STEM, we invite you to click the links above for more information.  The deadline to apply is December 7.  We enjoy sharing opportunites like this with students in our accredited high school program, so keep checking this blog on a regular basis to see what we will share next.

Today’s Anniversary: The Gettysburg Address

It's November 19, and Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this date in 1863.  American School has always believed that public speaking is a fine skill to have.  That's why we include speech courses in our curriculum.  Our curriculum includes core subject areas like English, math, science and social studies as well as a wide-range of electives for students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  These electives include business, career and technical education courses, as well as fine arts and world language courses.  Our courses might be taken collectively to earn a high school diploma at home or individually for credit recovery or to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Make your voice heard as an American School student by enrolling with us today!  

Today’s Birthday: Christopher Paolini

It's November 17, and American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini turns 37 years old today.  He graduated with an accredited high school diploma at the age of 15 and has gone on to write a series of novels, including four in the Eragon series, one of which was made into a feature film.  His latest book, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, made the best-seller list as well.  We are proud to call Christopher our graduate, and we would be proud to call you our graduate as well.  Students can enroll in our accredited high school program whenever they are ready to begin ninth grade, and it is possible for students to graduate at age 15 or even earlier.  Choose from high school correspondence courses or online high school courses and write your own story as an American School student!

American School Closed Wednesday, November 11

American School will be closed Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Thursday, November 12, and will be available to help students with their accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program at that time.  We wish to thank all veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made in protecting our country.  It is because of them that we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.

Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day

It's November 3, and today is Election Day.  American School is always neutral when it comes to politics, but today we are happy to share some of the reasons why students and families have "voted" for us by making us their distance education high school or middle school.  The main reason is that we allow students to work at their own pace in their accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  Students can move quickly through courses if they are easily mastering the material, or they can take more time in certain courses if additional studying is needed.  Another reason is that we offer all-inclusive tuition and monthly payment plans for students in full-year programs.  Tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and much more.  Finally, people like that we have been in business since 1897, the year William McKinley was inaugurated as President of the United States. That means we have 123 years of outstanding credibility and service.  No matter who is elected tonight, American School will be here to serve you.  Cast your ballot with us and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversaries: North Dakota and South Dakota

It's November 2, and North Dakota and South Dakota both became states on this date in 1889.  To our knowledge, we have never visited North Dakota or South Dakota for a convention, but we'd like to visit those states in the future.  Sometimes people from North Dakota, South Dakota or 47 other states wonder if they can take our courses because we are recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education and they live out of state.  The answer is yes.  The ISBE reviews our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program to make sure they meet standards.  We welcome their review and expect them to visit us in early 2021.  In the meantime, we are happy to serve residents of North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as residents of the other 48 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Make us your distance education high school or middle school and enroll today! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Erie Canal

It's October 26, and the Erie Canal opened on this date in 1825.  The canal connected the Hudson River near New York City to Lake Erie in the western part of New York State and is one of the most famous man-made bodies of water anywhere in the world.  Just as the Erie Canal links one body of water to another, American School can serve as a link for you to help you get where you want to go.  Our accredited middle school program can serve as a link between elementary school and high school.  Our accredited high school program can serve as a link between middle school and college.  Our independent study high school program can give you the credits you need to graduate on time with your class at a traditional school.  No matter your situation, let us help you reach your educational or career destination safely.  Get started by enrolling today!     

Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle

It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  Before they were called Writing 1 and Writing 2, our introductory English courses were called Build Your Writing Skills 1 and Build Your Writing Skills 2.  When those courses were in production, we included an excerpt about the life of Gertrude Ederle, who became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.  Not only did her story make for interesting reading and writing, but it can also serve as an inspiration to our students.  Perhaps you feel like you're on one side of a body of water and you need to get to the other to have the life you've always wanted.  Our accredited high school courses online or in print can help you get there.  Unlike Gertrude Ederle, who swam by herself, you'll have the support of our instructors and entire staff while you work to earn a high school diploma at home.  Like Gertrude Ederle, you'll be able to go at your own pace and move through our accredited high school program as quickly or as slowly as you need.  Dip your toe in the water and enroll today!