American School Announces Winter Spectacular Offer

American School is pleased to offer a Winter Spectacular Offer to students in full years of its accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  The Winter Spectacular Offer allows you to send two regular payments for your December payment and in turn we will give your account a $25 credit.  In order to take advantage of this offer, you must complete the check which appears on the PDF link in this blog and return it with your billing statement and payment.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please call our student accounts department at 708-418-2800.  We reserve the right to void this offer if your January payment is not sent in on or before the January due date.  Once again, this offer is available only to students in full years of our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  It is not available for students in our independent study high school program or for those who take individual subjects for enrichment.  The offer is available from now until December 31, 2019, and no exceptions will be made to those dates.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school, and we hope many of you take advantage of this Winter Spectacular Offer. 

Today’s Birthday: Mickey Mouse

It's November 18, and today is considered to be Mickey Mouse's birthday.  On this date in 1928, he appeared in Steamboat Willie, and the rest is history.  Mickey Mouse is now one of the most recognizable figures in the world, and in his 91 years he has brought joy and happiness to millions of people.  On the other hand, nobody wants to be part of a "Mickey Mouse operation" because a Mickey Mouse operation is an idiom for something that's thought to be poorly-run, simple or trivial.  Our 122 years of experience as a distance education high school and middle school proves we are not a Mickey Mouse operation.  In fact, we take our credibility very seriously.  We are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by our home state of Illinois.  Those accreditations and recognitions testify to the high quality of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Disneyland is considered the Happiest Place on Earth, but you'll be at your happiest once you earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Get started by enrolling today!    

Updated Applications and Course List Available

We are happy to announced that updated applications for enrollment in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and individual subjects are now available on our enrollment page.  While you're there, you'll also see an updated list of our print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses.  If you're ready to enroll, please print, fill out and send the appropriate enrollment application.  We will process it and send you your first course within a matter of days.  When our new web site is ready, we will have online enrollment applications available for your convenience, including a new way to enroll in individual subjects.  We are happy to serve you and appreciate your patience as we continue to evolve to serve you better.

 

2019 Convention #26: ISCA Fall Conference

American School is pleased to conclude its 2019 convention year by attending the Indiana School Counselor Association Fall Conference at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  Join us on Thursday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We'll be in booth 40 in the Grand Ballroom Salon 1-5 and will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited high school program and accredited middle school program for counselors from the Hoosier State.  We always enjoy attending this convention and meeting so many counselors from our neighbor to the east.  It's the perfect place for us to end our busy 2019 convention season, and we'll take most of the winter off before going back on the road in early 2020.  If we met you at a convention this year, we thank you for your interest, and if we missed you, we hope to see you next year! 

2019 Convention #25: AkSCA Counselor Conference

Today's blog promotes the Alaska School Counselor Association Annual Conference at the Anchroage Marriott Downtown.  Normally a convention blog would promote our appearance at a convention, but since it's a loooooong way to fly to Alaska, we won't be at this one in person.  The AkSCA team, however, realizes that American School can be a great resource for children who live in Alaska, and so they invited us to send materials and information to be displayed at an unmanned table.  We are grateful for this opportunity and are happy to serve students in Alaska.  Counselors can pick up information on Thursday, November 14, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  Our full-year middle school and high school programs may be of particular use to students who live in remote areas and travel one hour or more each way to attend school, a trip that can be even longer in wintry weather.  Although we wish we could attend this convention in person, we hope many school counselors stop by our table and take information.  We'd be happy to help their students!

American School Closed Monday, November 11

American School will be closed Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.  We thank veterans for their service.  Because of them, we are proud to include the word "American" in our name.  We look forward to serving our students and assisting them with their accredited high school program or accredited middle school program when we reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, November 12.

Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day

It's Election Day, and while American School is neutral when it comes to political matters, we are going to use this occasion to share some reasons why you should vote for us as your distance education high school or middle school.  First, we offer print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses, and doing so allows students to choose the course delivery method that is better for them.  We offer affordable monthly payment plans to students in full years of our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, and we have 122 years of credibility as a leader in distance education.  That credibility is proof that we keep our campaign promises to our students and graduates!  Now is a great time to get started, so cast your ballot for us and enroll today!   

Today’s Special Occasion: Halloween

It's October 31, and today is Halloween.  Halloween is often characterized by jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts and children trick-or-treating while wearing interesting costumes.  If you're taking one of our print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses and are uncomfortable if you're asked to read stories that contain witches or ghosts, let us know.  We respect your beliefs and are happy to make alternate arrangements for you.  Halloween is also a good time to remind you that there is nothing scary about becoming our student.  Homeschooling may seem frightening, but our staff is here to put your mind at ease and assist you with your accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  Thank you for reading today's blog, and look for our next post on Monday.     

Today’s Birthday: Brian Kelly

It's October 25, and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly turns 58 years old today.  If you're thinking of playing college football at Notre Dame or participating in any other sport for any other NCAA school, please read this blog carefully.  At this time our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses are not NCAA-approved.  That means that if you take our courses, you likely will not be able to play college sports.  We are working diligently toward making our accredited high school program NCAA-approved, and we have always thought that the education our students and graduates receive matches or exceeds the education students receive in more traditional schools.  We thank you for your understanding and hope to have an update for you soon.

Today’s Birthday: Gertrude Ederle

It's October 23, and Gertrude Ederle was born on this date in 1905.  When our Writing 1 and Writing 2 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!