Reminder About Transcripts and Duplicate Diplomas

We're continuing our theme of reminders in the new year by focusing on transcripts and duplicate diplomas.  Many times students will write and ask us how they can get transcripts of their accredited high school courses, and the answer is right on our FAQ page.  Read the second question, follow the steps in the answer, and you'll be on your way.  The first transcript you request is free, and each additional transcript costs $5.  Also on the FAQ page we have information about duplicate copies of online or correspondence high school diplomas.  Unless circumstances are deemed extraordinary, we do not issue duplicate diplomas.  Thank you for your cooperation and for allowing us to be your distance education school.

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Today’s Anniversary: The Electric Traffic Light

It's August 5, and on this date in 1914, the first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland, Ohio.  Although they sometimes malfunction and at other times turn to yellow or red when you really want them to stay green, imagine how difficult transportation would be without traffic lights telling us when we should stop and when we can go.  After you enroll and become an American School student, you won't have anyone telling you to stop or go.  That's because all of our students work entirely at their own pace whether they are in our General High School or College Preparatory diploma programs or taking individual courses for enrichment or through our Independent Study Program.  Our students love the ability to go as quickly as they can in a course or to take a longer period of time if the topic is challenging to them.  They can even stop for small intervals of time if family or job commitments prevent them from working on their courses for a little while.  Our only concern is that students complete courses by the deadline specified on their enrollment contract.  Other than that, our students can stop and go when they please without the need of a traffic light!

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Today’s Birthday: Barack Obama

It's August 4, and President Barack Obama turns 54 years old today.  American School doesn't affiliate with any particular party or politician, but we mention President Obama on his birthday for a couple reasons.  First, you can learn about the presidency by taking our Social Civics (Government) and United States History courses.  Both are available in online and paper-based formats.  Second, you might be aware that President Obama is the 44th President of the United States since the office was established in 1789.  American School was established in 1897 and yet we've only had seven presidents.  Term limits for Presidents of the United States have something to do with that, but the fact that we've had only seven presidents in 118 years of service is testimony to the solid leadership we've had over the years.  Enroll today and be confident you're earning your accredited high school diploma from one of the longtime leaders in distance education!

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Today’s Anniversary: The First U.S. Patent

It's July 31, and on this date in 1790, Samuel Hopkins received a patent for the production of potash.  It was the very first patent given in the United States.  We don't have a patent on homeschooling and distance education, but we are one of the pioneers in that field.  We were founded in 1897 in Boston by R.T. Miller and his friends.  They wanted to create a school which could serve people who could not attend traditional schools.  Maybe these people had jobs, or maybe they were too old to attend school.  Whatever the reason, American School was there to serve them, and more than a century later, we're here to serve anyone who desires to earn his or her accredited high school diploma or simply take a course or two for enrichment purposes or credit recovery.  Take a look around the rest of our web site to see everything we offer.  Then, whenever you're ready, take the next step and enroll.  You'll feel confident learning from one of the pioneers in distance education–American School!

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Today’s Anniversary: Man Lands on the Moon

It's July 20, and on this date in 1969, man landed on the moon for the very first time.  Today we take space travel for granted.  Just last week a satellite zoomed past Pluto and sent back the most detailed pictures we've ever seen of the dwarf planet, but nearly a half-century ago, just getting to the moon took considerable effort.  Coupled with tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, Americans took special pride as Apollo 11's astronauts completed their mission.  Perhaps your mission is to earn your accredited high school diploma, whether it be from American School or a public or private school near your hometown.  Either way, we can help you since we offer the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Enroll today and get ready to be sent over the moon as you work toward your diploma!

**NOTE: This blog is taking a bit of a summer vacation and will return Monday, July 27.**  

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American School To Attend Southeast Homeschool Expo Near Atlanta

Yesterday we told you about one of our conventions next week, namely the THSC Convention in The Woodlands, Texas.  Today we're telling you about our other convention next week, namely the Southeast Homeschool Expo near Atlanta.  Visit us in booth 902 at the Cobb Galleria Centre northwest of downtown to learn more about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs.  We'll be in booth 902 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, July 24, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, as well as out and about in the days prior to the show.  See us and pick up enrollment applications and packets as well as some promotional items.  We look forward to seeing you in Texas and Georgia next week!

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Today’s Special Occasion: MLB All-Star Game

If you read last Friday's blog entry, you know that the American School Blog celebrated its 9th birthday just four days ago.  The subject of our very first blog entry on July 11, 2006, was the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which was being played that night in Pittsburgh.  Tonight's game is in Cincinnati, and even back when we attended a convention there in April, the Queen City was already abuzz with excitement.  Although we've added many online courses and launched online diploma programs and made other positive changes since our first blog was published, some of the other themes of our first blog entry remain the same.  You can still become an academic all-star after you enroll with us.  That's because we allow students to work entirely at their own pace and provide students with detailed feedback from our qualified instructors.  We can't guarantee that you'll hit it out of the park on every test, but we can guarantee that through hard work and perseverance, one day you will cross home plate with your accredited high school diploma. 


American School to Attend AFHE Convention in Phoenix

We were in Phoenix a week or so ago for a school counselors convention, but this time we're headed to the Valley of the Sun for a homeschool convention.  We'll be in booth 1112 at the Arizona Families for Home Education Convention from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11.  We've gone to the AFHE event for several years running and always enjoy meeting homeschoolers and their families who visit our booth.  As always, we'll have information about our online and paper-based courses and diploma programs as well as our famous giveaway items.  Beat the heat and come join us inside the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center!

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Today’s Special Occasion: Canada Day

It's July 1, and our neighbors to the north are celebrating Canada Day.  Today is a good occasion to remind you that, even though we have the word American in our name, we welcome students from Canada and more than 70 other countries around the world, making American School internationally relevant.  We even have special enrollment applications for students not living in the United States!  Whether you live in the United States or overseas, we look forward to helping you earn your accredited high school diploma!

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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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