Today’s Anniversary: Oklahoma

It's November 16, and Oklahoma became a state on this date in 1907.  We've attended many conventions in Tulsa and Oklahoma City over the years, and Sooner or later we will return to Oklahoma for another homeschool or counselor convention.  Whenever we visit the Sooner State, we always meet people who enjoy what American School offers.  Parents and students like that we allow students to work at their own pace in accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  Counselors like that we provide all instruction and record-keeping services for students in our independent study high school program who will be earning a diploma from a resident school.  Everyone likes that we are a non-profit institution who charges affordable all-inclusive tuition.  We hope that Sooner or later you will become our student too.  You can do so by enrolling today!

Today’s Anniversary: 60 Minutes

It's September 24, and the very first episode of 60 Minutes aired on this date in 1968.  The title of the long-running news program got us thinking about time and brings up the question of how many minutes a day students should work on their American School courses.  The answer is that students can create their own schedules.  Our accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses do not include any seat time requirements.  Students who take middle school or high school correspondence courses also can work at their own pace.  A good rule of thumb is to try to complete an exam or project every week in every subject you take, but we give our students the flexibility to create their own schedules.  Take a couple of minutes to visit our enrollment page to get started today!

Today’s Anniversary: Missouri

It's August 10, and Missouri became a state on this date in 1821.  In recent years, we have gotten into the habit of attending two conventions in the Show Me State, one near Kansas City and the other near St. Louis.  We look forward to returning to both in 2021.  As we noted in the previous sentence, Missouri's nickname is the Show Me State, so let us show you a little bit about American School and what we can do for our students.  We offer accredited online high school courses and high school correspondence courses for those in grades 9-12.  We also offer an accredited middle school program for those in grades 6-8.  We allow students to enroll anytime and finish anytime.  In between, students work at their own pace, when and where it is convenient for them.  Tuition is affordable and includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and more.  We look forward to you showing off your diploma after you complete all of your American School courses, and the first step to getting there is to enroll.  We would be happy to serve you! 

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Eric from Arizona writes, "American School was not only very helpful to me; American School’s methods were outstanding in all departments!  The instruction I received was very good.  In Consumer Economics and Social Civics the instructors were very helpful with their comments.  The textbooks were laid out very well.  The study guides were very helpful.  The service was outstanding."  We thank Eric for those words.  Our accredited high school correspondence courses and accredited online high school courses are designed for students to work independently, but our instructors are available for help whenever students need assistance.  The same is true of courses in our accredited middle school program.  We strive to offer outstanding curriculum and outstanding student service, and we want all of our students to have the kind of high-quality experience that Eric did.  You can experience it for yourself by enrolling today. 

2020 Convention #14: ICHE Family Conference (Cancelled)

This weekend American School was looking forward to exhibiting at the Illinois Christian Home Educators Family Conference at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, but the in-person event was cancelled.  Under normal circumstances we would have been at the Perry Rec Center this weekend, and we would have brought information about our accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  This convention is a short drive from our office in Lansing, and we attended it last year for the first time.  Now we look forward to returning to the ICHE Family Conference in 2021.  Make plans to join us next year!

Today’s Anniversary: Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points

It's March 2, and on this date in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the New York Knicks by a score of 169-147.  Even in today's fast-paced, high-scoring NBA, to have a player score 100 points in a game by himself is quite an accomplishment and one that has not been duplicated.  Kobe Bryant came the closest when he scored 81 points in a game midway through his career.  The number 100 has a great significance for American School students because the maximum score they can receive on their exams is 100.  We know it's difficult to get 100 on every exam, which is why we have several methods of assistance for our students in our accredited online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  First, our instructors give helpful feedback on every exam they grade.  Second, students can use their books or other materials when they take their exams.  Third, our Online Student Center contains help sheets and links to homework web sites.  You can receive this type of assistance and try to shoot for 100 yourself after you enroll and become our student!

American School Announces 2019-2020 Holiday Schedule

While many schools take a week or two off at the end of the year, that is not the case with us at American School.  We will work most of the next two weeks but will be closed December 24, December 25 and January 1.  We plan to have regular business hours on all other weekdays.  Most students might take time off at the end of the year as well, and we understand that.  We are proud to give students taking our accredited online high school courses, print high school courses, online middle school courses and print middle school courses the opportunity to work when and where it is convenient for them.  If you do choose to work during the next two weeks, however, that is fine too.  We understand students have deadlines for completing courses, especially those who take individual subjects through our independent study high school program, and we want to give you outstanding service as you finish your courses.  Please keep this schedule handy and know of our best wishes to you as 2019 draws to a close.  

Today’s Birthday: Frederick William Herschel

It's November 15, and Frederick William Herschel was born on this date in 1738.  He was a scientist and astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and later discovered infrared radiation.  If you're interested in learning more about Uranus and other planets and moons, we have an online astronomy course and online earth and space science courses that may interest you.  We try to offer accredited online high school courses that excite students and get them interested in learning.  The same is true for our high school correspondence courses, and when we launched our accredited middle school program in 2017, we had the same idea in mind.  Having interesting courses is important to us because we want to make learning fun and have something for everyone.  If you're interested in something, chances are you will approcach it with enthusiasm.  We can't promise that all of our courses will interest you in the same way because it is rare that everything will appeal to everybody, but we do make an effort.  We hope you'll find our courses interesting and educational after you enroll and become our student.  

From GradPoint to Edmentum

Today's blog has important information for students interested in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Earlier this summer we announced a partnership with Edmentum.  This partnership went into effect earlier this month, and with it came some minor changes to online course policy.  For example, Edmentum's courses come in semesters, so a student will need to complete the first semester of a course before moving on to the second.  It is suggested that students complete the first semester within six months so that they can have six additional months to complete the second semester of the course.  More information about all of our online learning offerings is available on our online learning page, and even more information about our accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses will be available on our new web site which we anticipate launching this fall.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We appreciate your understanding and the opportunity to serve you.  

Today’s Anniversary: Spam

It's July 5, and the canned meat product known as Spam was introduced on this date in 1937.  These days spam is a common term for junk email, so today's blog is going to talk about that.  We know that different emails have different spam filters, and we don't want you to miss any important emails we send  you.  Therefore, we ask that you mark @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com as safe email domains.  We use the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains to send you information about your accredited online high school courses, accredited online middle school courses, accredited print high school courses and accredited print middle school courses.  We also use them to address any customer service or billing questions you might have.  We want to be the best distance education high school and middle school for you, and we never want you to think we neglect you or don't reply to any emails you send us.  Marking the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains as not spam will help us do that.  On the other hand, we don't want to miss any important emails you send us.  Therefore we ask that when you write us, you include your name and student number in the body of the email and make sure your email has a concise subject line.  Please do not write your entire message in the subject line, but instead use the body of the email for that.  Thank you for your cooperation and for being our student!