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. 

American School to Participate in Year-Round Homeschool Connect Expo

Regular blog readers will know that we have participated in several online Homeschool Connect Expos so far in 2020.  Since these events were so successful, organizers decided to make the expo available year-round, meaning that our our page now will be active 365 days a year.  Visit our page to learn more about our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program from the comforts of your home.  We look forward to meeting you and serving your educational needs after you make us your school of choice!

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!  

2020 Convention #22: ISCA Conference (Cancelled)

Later this week American School was scheduled to attend the Indiana School Counselors Association Conference in Indianapolis, but like so many others this year, the in-person event was cancelled. Had we attended, we would've brought information about our independent study high school program and accredited middle school program, and we also would've shared how students can earn a print or online high school diploma from American School if they are at risk of dropping out.  This event was to be our final convention of 2020.  We only were able to attend a handful of conventions in person this year.  The rest were cancelled or conducted virtually.  We look forward to being back on the road in spring 2021 or whenever it is safe to do so.

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.

2020 Convention #20: MSCA Fall Conference (Cancelled)

American School was scheduled to head west in the coming days to exhibit at the Missouri School Counselors Association Fall Conference, but the in-person event has been cancelled.  We look forward to visiting counselors in the Show Me State next year, and when we do, we will show them the many ways we can serve their students.  Some independent study high school students will take our courses for credit recovery.  Others may want to take high school correspondence courses or online high school courses as part of a diploma program if they are at risk of dropping out of their current high school.  Other counselors might want to learn more about our accredited middle school program.  We are happy to serve them all and help their students each their educational goals. 

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! 

2020 Convention #19: WSCA Conference (Cancelled)

Next week American School was scheduled to exhibit at the Wisconsin School Counselors Assocation Conference in Wisconsin Dells.  Unfortunately but understandably the event was cancelled, and we will make our debut in Wisconsin Dells in 2021.  For years the WSCA Conference was the first convention we attended in a calendar year, but now the convention has shifted to November.  We plan to attend this convention whenever and wherever it is held because we enjoy meeting counselors from our neighbors to the north.  Many of them are interested in our independent study high school program, but others might be interested in our print or online high school diploma program for their at-risk students.  Others might be hearing about our accredited middle school program for the first time.  We look forward to seeing those counselors in 2021 and helping their students whenever they require our services. 

American School Holds 123rd Annual Meeting

Yesterday American School held its 123rd Annual Meeting of Trustees and Corporate Members.  The annual meeting is a time to look back at the challenges and triumphs of the past year and to look ahead to the next year and beyond.  The 2019-2020 fiscal year had its share of challenges, most notably the pandemic and how it affected American School students and staff, but it also had plenty of bright spots for students and staff, most notably how they responded to the pandemic and the challenges it presented and how they plan to move forward during and after the pandemic.  For more than a century, American School has offered a correspondence high school diploma program, and actions at past annual meetings resulted in us offering an online high school diploma program and an accredited middle school program, both of which debuted in recent years.  Now more than ever, students are in need of a strong distance education high school or middle school that will allow them to work at their own pace in a safe environment.  American School is happy to be there for our students, and the ideas discussed at this year's annual meeting will help us be there for our students for many years to come.