Colleges Work Together to Simplify Application Process

If you're thinking about applying to college, you may want to check out the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.  According to this article, Notre Dame and Duke are among the schools which have united to make the college application process easier, espcially for minority and lower-income students.  No matter your ethnicity or financial situation, remember that our school counselor can help make the college application process easier for you too.  Keep reading this blog and visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates about college planning and everything else that is happening at American School!

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Today’s Special Occasion: A Leap Second

It's June 30, and today a leap second will be added to clocks all over the world.  The link in the previous sentence contains a detailed explanation of why we're adding an extra second today, but here is a shorter version.  It doesn't take the earth exactly 365 days to go around the sun.  It's more like 365 1/4 days, which is why once every four years February 29 shows up on the calendar, but it's not exactly 365 1/4 days either.  That's why here and there we add these leap seconds.  They may make a small difference to us now, but if we didn't add them, eventually time would get messed up, and it would be scorching hot in December and freezing cold in June.  The leap second is a good reminder that even the little things mean a lot.  You may be working on something you believe to be inconsequential in a course, but every assignment, question, project and exam is important to you and your overall academic success.  Make every second count and make every question count as you work toward your American School diploma!

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American School Holds Double Decade Club Luncheon

Twenty Double Decade Club members, each of whom has at least 20 years of continuous full-time employment with American School, are being honored today for their combined 562 years of service to our students.  The current standard-bearers each have 39 years of service under their belts, but all 20 Double Decade Club members have devoted a good portion of their lives to helping our students earn the high school credits they need so that they may receive their accredited high school diplomas.  We are grateful for their many years of hard work and dedication..

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American School Launches Online Diploma Programs

American School is pleased to announce the launch of two online diploma programs which will add to its 118-year tradition of offering students the accredited high school courses they need at a cost they can afford.

“We’re excited to offer online diploma programs to students who prefer to learn that way,” American School President Gary R. Masterton said.  “This is a watershed moment in American School’s long and glorious history.”

American School’s General High School Program is designed for students who plan to earn their high school diplomas and then enroll in a two-year college or enter the workforce in the field of their choice.   Students in the online General High School Program will complete a total of 18 units of credit—12 required and 6 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 12 required units of credit include:

Popular electives for students in the General High School Program include business, career and technical education courses, among others.

American School’s College Preparatory Program is designed for students who plan to earn their high school diplomas and then enroll in a four-year college or professional school.   Students in the online College Preparatory Program will complete 18 units of credit—13 required and 5 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 13 required units of credit include:

Popular electives for students in the College Preparatory Program include fine arts and world language courses, including ten world language courses offered through a partnership with Rosetta Stone, among others. 

While American School is excited to offer online diploma programs, it has no plans to discontinue its popular paper-based courses and diploma programs which have helped more than three million students around the world graduate from high school.

“We know that many students will be excited to earn their American School diplomas online, but at the same time, we know that many students prefer to learn through more traditional means such as reading a book and mailing us their exams,” Masterton said.  “We’re happy to be of service to both groups.  In that sense, we’re a one-stop shop for anyone who is interested in earning an accredited high school diploma.”

To enroll in one of American School’s online or paper-based diploma programs, visit or call 866-260-7221.

American School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), Ai (Accreditation International) and NCPSA (the National Council for Private School Accreditation) and is recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school.

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Flashback Friday

We're heading back to 1979 for today's Flashback Friday.  There are three stories on the front page of the American School newsletter shown below.  The main story is about Dr. Edward C. Estabrooke's appearance at the World Conference of the International Council for Correspondence Education in New Delhi, India.  Though we have not traveled to India for any conferences recently, we have traveled all across the United States and continue to be internationally relevant by having students in more than 65 countries.  In the upper right, Harrison Fisher (whose name is familiar to many American School employees during the month of March) introduces us to the business courses we were offering in 1979.  Back then, all of our courses were on paper, but today we offer both online and paper-based courses, as well as online exams in many paper-based courses.  Finally, the article at the bottom describes a cold, snowy winter.  We hope that today's minor snow will be the last of the season for us because we have exciting things planned for you as we head into spring.  Keep reading this blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.