Today’s Special Occasion: The Stanley Cup

It's June 16 and last night the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years, making many American School employees very happy in the process.  The Stanley Cup is perhaps the most revered trophy in all of sports, in part because the names of each player are engraved on it for posterity.  At American School, we're looking forward to putting your name on something even more important than the Stanley Cup, namely your accredited high school diploma.  We have a wide variety of online and paper-based courses and diploma programs to fill every need.  Enroll today and let us help you achieve your one goal of becoming a high school graduate! 


Today’s Birthday: Edward Elgar

It's June 2, and composer Edward Elgar was born on this date in 1857.  His most famous work, Pomp and Circumstance, is often played at high school graduation ceremonies.  Sometimes people ask us if we have a formal graduation ceremony since approximately 2500 students earn our accredited high school diploma each year.  Because those students are spread out throughout the country and around the world and earn their diplomas at different times of the year, we do not have a formal graduation ceremony.  Rather, we invite graduates to come into our building any time of the year to receive their diplomas in person if that is possible.  If not, we mail their diplomas shortly after all of their courses have been completed.  We are proud to have helped more than three million students earn their high school diplomas, and if you're ready to take the first step toward becoming an American School graduate, we invite you to enroll today.

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Today’s Anniversary: The Three Little Pigs

It's May 27, and on this date in 1933, Walt Disney premiered a short film version of The Three Little Pigs.  It would go on to win the Oscar for best animated short film and be ranked as the 11th-greatest cartoon of all time in a 1994 survey of animation experts.  You may not think there are many correlations between this childhood tale and American School, but there are more than you think.  American School offers accredited high school courses which can provide a solid foundation of "brick" for your future, whether you plan to go to college or join the workforce after you earn your diploma.  Other schools which are not accredited may promise you a diploma quickly, but in reality all they are offering are "straw" and "sticks" which won't provide you the security you need or be of much use to you after you complete high school.  Visit our enrollment page if you are ready to start building today.  Our friendly staff, which doesn't have a Big Bad Wolf among it, looks forward to having you as our student!

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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 Heads to Fort Wayne for FWAHS Resource Expo

This Saturday, May 16, we're headed due east to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Home Education Resource Expo.  This special one-day only event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  We'll be in booth 12 with plenty of information about our online and paper-based diploma programs as well as applications if you wish to take individual courses for enrichment purposes.  As usual, we'll bring along some of our famous freebies too.  This is our first trip to Fort Wayne, and we hope to make it an annual event.  Come join us!

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Today’s Anniversary: Baby Geese at American School

It's May 13, and on this date in 2008, baby geese hatched in our parking lot.  This was a momentous occasion for those of us who watched the goose and gander take turns sitting on the eggs and keeping watch over the nest for weeks before the goslings arrived.  In the days that followed their births, we watched the baby geese change and grow: shedding their down feathers and developing more permanent ones, learning how to walk (even across four lanes of traffic to a pond across the street) and eventually learning how to fly.  We can only wonder where those geese are now, but in the short time they lived on our property, they reminded us of how we help our students change and grow.  We provide a safe haven for students who have struggled in brick and mortar schools or who have always wished to earn their diplomas from their own homes.  We provide the skills and training necessary to help you improve academically, and after we send you your diploma, we give you your wings and encourage you to fly away and pursue whatever academic or career path you choose.  If you wish to hatch your American School career, we invite you to enroll today!   

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Today’s Birthday: Jessica Alba

It's April 28, and former American School student Jessica Alba turns 34 years old today.  Since taking courses with us, Jessica has become one of the most recognizable actresses in the world and is among our most famous students, but all of our students get the red carpet treatment after they enroll.  Our instructors write detailed feedback on students' exams and make concerted efforts to call students by name whenever they correspond with them.  Our online and paper-based courses allow students to learn in a way that is comfortable to them.  Finally, we are a non-profit institution, so cost is kept to an absolute minimum.  Visit our enrollment page to learn how you can follow in Jessica's footsteps as an American School student!

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Today’s Special Occasion: National Arbor Day

It's April 24, and we're wrapping up our week of special occasions with National Arbor Day, which is annually celebrated on the last Friday in April.  After you take this quiz to determine what kind of tree you are, you may be in the mood to take exams that count for credit toward your accredited high school diploma.  If you like drawing trees and other outdoor scenes, why not take our Drawing Landscapes course?  Upon finishing it, you'll have a greater appreciation for trees, improved drawing skills, and another half unit of credit toward your diploma!

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Today’s Special Occasion: Patriots Day

This week's blog posts will be slightly different.  We have several special occasions on the calendar, including a couple on the same day, and it's possible there will be one day without a blog post, so if we're off by a day when it comes to recognizing a special occasion, you know why.  Each year the third Monday in April is celebrated as Patriots Day in New England.  The first shots of the American Revolution were fired on April 19, 1775 near Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, and the anniversary of that occasion is celebrated today in many of the original thirteen colonies.  Annual events on Patriots Day include a Boston Red Sox home game starting at 11:05 in the morning local time and the Boston Marathon, which attracts runners from all 50 states and all corners of the world.  American School allows you to run your marathon of 18 accredited high school courses at a pace that is comfortable to you.  You can be a sprinter and finish high school early or you can spread out your courses to cover the entire 4 years.  The choice is entirely yours.  Enroll today and you can look forward to crossing the finish line with your accredited high school diploma! 

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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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