Today’s Anniversary: Transcontinental Telephone Service

It’s January 25, and on this date in 1815, Alexander Graham Bell in New York City called Thomas Watson in San Francisco, thereby completing the first transcontinental telephone call.  No matter where you live in the United States, you can call us at 708-418-2800 to learn how you can complete an accredited middle school program, take independent study courses, or earn a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma.  Our regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. central time, so those would be the best hours to call us.  If you cannot reach us during those hours, you may call anytime and leave a message.  We reply within one business day and look forward to speaking with you on the telephone soon!

Common App Launches Mobile Application

Recently Common App launched a new mobile application which makes applying to college easier than ever.  The new app might be particularly useful for students in our college preparatory program when they apply to the college or university of their choice.  Please know that students who earn our online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma are accepted into colleges and universities in all 50 states.  A big reason for this is our accreditation, but more important is the student’s overall academic record, which might include transcripts, extracurricular activities, community service and more.  Our counseling department can assist with the college application process, so please contact our staff if you have questions.  We are happy to serve you!

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.

Testimonial Thursday

Today's Testimonial Thursday blog entry comes from Whitney from Arkansas, who writes, "Literature IV was good in its study guide’s clarity and diversity of reading materials.  I think that the books selected did a great job of covering different styles and themes.  There was something for any kind of reader.  My course with the American School has been an overall pleasant experience."  We thank Whitney for those words.  Students who take our high school correspondence courses en route to a correspondence high school diploma receive study materials from leading curriculum providers.  The same is true for students who take our online high school courses en route to an online high school diploma.  American School staff reviews curriculum material carefully and chooses the best option for our students.  We believe that our students deserve nothing but the best, and we'd like to offer you the best education too.  Get started by enrolling today! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Moon Landing

It's July 20, and on this date in 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  We celebrated the 50th anniversary of this event last year, but the event is such a milestone that it is worth celebrating every year.  American School is interested in helping you earn a high school diploma at home, which is a milestone for anyone of any age.  While it is true that most students who take our accredited high school courses are teenagers, our courses are open to everyone.  Sometimes people cannot graduate from high school at the traditional time.  Our online or correspondence high school diploma program can help.  We accept credits from other accredited institutions as transfer credits, so work completed years ago won't be in vain.  If you've always wanted to get your high school diploma, it's never too late to graduate.  Enroll today and by this time next year you may have a milestone of your own to celebrate! 

Today’s Birthday: Andre Agassi

It's April 29, and American School graduate Andre Agassi turns 50 years old today.  He won eight Grand Slam tennis tournament titles and is one of only a few men to complete the career Grand Slam, meaning that he won the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at some point during his career.  Andre Agassi is one of several tennis players who have taken high school correspondence courses or online high school courses with us.  Athletes choose us because they can work on our courses whenever and wherever it is convenient for them.  We allow all students to work at their own pace and would be happy to serve you as you work to earn an online or correspondence high school diploma.  The ball is in your court.  Enroll with us today!

Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

Earlier today, American School's Board of Trustees unanimously decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications for this year's American School post-secondary scholarships.  Applications and other related materials now must be received by June 1.  The new deadline does not mean that American School will send applications to more students.  Rather, the new deadline gives those students who already were deemed eligible and who have already received applications more time to submit them, especially if the current pandemic has prevented them from completing their applications thus far.  We have already received several completed applications from those who earned a correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma in 2019, and we look forward to receiving many more.  This summer, we will read and review the applications and award scholarships as we have done every year for more than eight decades.  Thank you for your patience, and please know how happy we are that you have decided to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  We are happy to have you as our student and graduate! 

Today’s Special Occasion: St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick's Day, and many American School employees are wearing green to celebrate.  With green as the color of the day, today is a great time to talk about another kind of green–money.  As a non-profit distance education high school, American School is able to keep cost to an absolute minimum.  You can earn a high school diploma at home for as little as $140 a month.  A full 20-unit correspondence high school diploma or online high school diploma costs $3600 or $900 per year.  If you have previous credit from an accredited high school, your cost will likely be much lower.  An accredited middle school program of 15 courses costs $2700 or $900 per year, and monthly payment plans are available.  Individual courses taken for enrichment or credit recovery typically cost between $250 and $300.   If you want to save some green while while getting a quality education, you don't need the luck of the Irish to do that!  Enroll in American School today!

American School Celebrates Boss’s Day

Yesterday was Boss's Day, and some American School employees took time to thank their immediate supervisors for their hard work throughout the year.  Like every other company, we have a corporate hierarchy.  We have a board of trustees, a president, an executive vice-president, a treasurer, and an educational director in prime exceutive roles.  They are assisted by others who supervise staff members in various departments.  No matter what position each staff member holds, we are all committed to offering you a quality education at an affordable cost whether you're in our accredited middle school program, taking print or online high school courses to earn a high school diploma at home, or taking individual subjects through our high school independent study program.  Perhaps best of all, our flexible structure and payment plan allows you to be your own boss and work when and where you want.  After you earn your online or correspondence high school diploma, you'll make more money than those without a diploma, so why not enroll today!    

Christopher Paolini to Appear in Missouri and Michigan

American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini will make appearances at two Barnes and Noble bookstores in Missouri and Michigan this fall.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, he will be in Springfield, Missouri, at 3 p.m., and on Friday, October 11, he will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for more information.  We are proud to call Christopher one of our graduates.  He completed a correspondence high school diploma program at age 15 and has gone on to become a successful science fiction author.  In fact, one of his books even was turned into a feature film!  A few years ago, Christopher visited our building, and we were happy to spend time with him.  We always enjoy meeting our students and graduates, whether they take online high school courses, online middle school courses or our traditional print courses.  If you're near Springfield or Grand Rapids and would like to meet a fellow American School student, we encourage you to visit Christopher Paolini at his book appearances.  We are happy to count him–and you–among our students and graduates!