Today’s Special Occasion: The 2000th Blog Post

It's September 18, and right now you're reading the 2000th post by the American School Blog.  We started this blog in 2006 as a way to communicate with our students on a regular basis, and unless circumstances dictate otherwise, we publish a new blog post every day American School is open.  Sometimes our blog promotes new courses that can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Other times our blog announces new services like our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  Our blog also focuses on birthdays or historical events and makes a connection between them and American School.  If you haven't made us your distance education high school or middle school just yet, give us another reason to celebrate today by enrolling and becoming our student.  Thank you for reading this blog over the years, and check back on Monday as we begin the next 2000 American School Blog posts.

Today’s Anniversary: The United States Constitution

It's September 17, and the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia on this date in 1787.  The National Constitution Center has resources for celebrating Constitution Day and is a great place to visit if you're in Philadelphia.  The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and a good comparison is the American School student handbook.  Just as the United States Constitution provides guidelines and rules for being a United States citizen, the American School student handbook provides guidelines and rules for you to follow while you are an American School student.  The guidelines and rules are in effect for students in our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study high school program.  It is important that students follow the guidelines because doing so will give them the best chance for academic success.  If you have questions or concerns about the student handbook, please let us know.  We are happy to answer your questions and help you do your best.

Today’s Anniversary: California

It's September 9, and California became a state on this date in 1850.  We are proud to serve students in the Golden State, but we encourage all of our students to go for the gold and do their best as they study with us.  Some enroll in a general high school program if they plan to attend a community college or join the workforce after graduating.  Some enroll in a college preparatory program if they plan to attend a four-year university after graduating.  Others enroll in individual subjects through our independent study high school program or take single courses simply for personal satisfaction.  Younger students enjoy our accredited middle school program.  No matter your reason, rush to our enrollment page and get started today.  We'd be happy to have you as our student!

American School Closed Monday, September 7

American School will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.  Students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program work hard on their courses, and our employees work hard grading students' exams and providing caring student service.  It is our hope that everyone enjoy and safe, healthy and relaxing weekend, and we look forward to assisting you when we reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school! 

Today’s Anniversary: The United States Department of the Treasury

It's September 2, and the United States Department of the Treasury was established on this date in 1789.  Nine days later, Alexander Hamilton would become the first Secretary of the Treasury.  On the anniversary of the establishment of the Treasury Department, we're going to talk about money in today's blog, as you might expect.  American School offers all-inclusive tuition to students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  By that we mean that our tuition includes everything–study materials, grading, access to the online student center and much more.  In addition, students in full-year programs have monthly payment plan options which ensure finances won't get in the way of an education.  We do our best to keep all of our costs up front so that you know what you're paying for at the time of enrollment.  Some of our competitors charge by semester or ask that you pay a tuition fee and then purchase study materials.  We do not operate that way.  If you're looking at a variety of schools, be sure to read tuition information carefully so that you can compare apples to apples.  We're confident we offer the best value in distance education.  Enroll today and see for yourself! 

Today’s Birthday: Maria Montessori

It's August 31, and Maria Montessori was born on this date in 1870.  She was a physician and educator who developed a system of education still used throughout the world to this day.  On the 150th anniversary of her birth, we wish to point out two unique things about Maria Montessori.  First, she was someone who smashed gender stereotypes.  Before she decided to become a physician, she was interested in engineering and enrolled in a school for boys.  Here at American School, we support our students in whatever career paths they choose.  Our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program and help take you where you want to go, and every student is eligible to take every class we offer provided certain academic prerequisites are met.  Second, Maria Montessori established an educational system that has worked for many people over the years, just as American School has established an educational system that has worked for many people over the years.  It is important that people find an educational system that works best for them.  Our curriculum, cost, credibility and caring student service have made us the best choice for more than three million students.  We are happy they chose us to be their distance education high school or middle school, and we'd be happy to serve you as well.  Enroll today!

Accepting Non-Passing Scores

Today's blog has information for accepting non-passing scores on exams in courses as part of your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  Students now have the option of accepting a non-passing score for an assignment or exam and forgoing up to three total reattempts.  If students forgo attempts to improve their scores, they cannot change their minds at a later date.  Once students accept a non-passing score, that score is final.  Second, if students get too many non-passing scores in a particular course, they risk failing the course and thus receiving no credit.  Their only option to earn credit would be to re-enroll in the course and start over.  Finally, taking a zero on an exam or assignment is not allowed.  All students must make at least one attempt to pass an exam and earn a numeric score in the process.   If you have questions about this policy, please email us.  We are happy to help and happy you made us your distance education high school or middle school.
    

Today’s Anniversary: The 19th Amendment

It's August 26, and 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted.  This important amendment gave women the right to vote.  It might seem hard to believe that American School existed for 23 years before women held this fundamental right, but you should not be surprised to learn that we have never discriminated against any student.  Some of our earliest students were those who were among the marginalized and could not attend traditional school because they needed to have full-time jobs to support their families.  Today we continue to serve any student regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, creed or physical location, and we will not amend or change that policy in any way.  If you wish to earn a high school diploma at home or are looking for independent study high school programs or an accredited middle school program, we would be happy to serve you.  Make us your distance education high school or middle school and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: The National Park Service

It's August 25, and the United States National Park Service was founded on this date in 1816.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we encourage you to visit presidential libraries and museums as a way of making history come alive.  The same can be said of national parks, and there are many more national parks, trails and historic sites than there are presidential libraries and museums.  In fact, there's probably a national park close to your home, and you may not even realize it!  The link above contains a map to help you find a national park that might interest you.  Going there might be a nice break from your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program.  That's one of the nice things about enrolling with American School.  You can work where and when it is convenient for you, and you are not bound to a specific schedule.  If the weather is great and you feel like going to a national park, you can go there and not fall behind on your classes.  All of us want to see you succeed and get the best education possible.  Our accredited courses and your field trips to national parks or presidential libraries and museums or other educational sites can help you reach your educational goals.  Take the first step and enroll with us today! 

Today’s Anniversary: Hawaii

It's August 21, and Hawaii became a state on this date in 1959.  Often when we celebrate a state's anniversary in this blog, we mention conventions we've attended in that state.  To our knowledge, we have not attended a convention in Hawaii for many years, and that's too bad because, in addition to being one of the most beautiful states, Hawaii is also the home of many American School students.  Some enroll in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program and study exclusively at home.  Others enroll in our independent study high school program and earn a diploma from a resident high school.  We are happy to serve them, and we would be happy to serve you no matter where you live or how beautiful your surroundings are.  Enroll today and let us help you earn a high school diploma at home.  You'll be glad you did!