American School Closed Monday, January 20

American School will be closed Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will reopen with regular business hours and post our next blog entry on Tuesday, January 21.  We wish you a good weekend and look forward to serving students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program when we reopen next week.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school!

Today’s Anniversary: Public Radio Broadcasting

It's January 13, and the first public radio broadcast happened on this date in 1910.  It was an opera performance that occurred in New York City.  This anniversary got us thinking about the different media we use to try to reach new students who might be interested in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  We haven't done many radio or television ads, but we've always had a big presence in magazines.  Years ago we advertised in mainstream magazines, but now we focus on publications geared toward homeschoolers or education professionals.  We advertise a lot on homeschool or education web sites, and we also advertise in person when we attend conventions.  All of those advertising options combined do not equal our best form of advertising, which is word of mouth.  If someone is satisfied with the education and service he or she received from us, he or she will likely tell a family member or friend.  We are happy so many people have made us their distance education high school or middle school, and we invite you to do the same.  Enroll today!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Devin from Michigan writes, "I liked the fact that my instructors commented on my exams.  It added a personal touch.  They also gave me hope that I was doing ok.  I also liked the self-check tests.  They just added that little extra chance to know the material more thoroughly."  We thank Devin for those words.  Although we are a distance education high school and middle school, we try to make distance education as personal as possible.  Devin correctly noted that we add personalized comments on every exam we grade.  We offer accredited high school courses online and in print as well as print and online middle school courses, and we are happy to help our students succeed.  You can join them by enrolling today! 

Today’s Anniversary: Pennsylvania

It's December 12, and Pennsylvania became a state on this date in 1787.  Today we wish to discuss homeschooling regulations in different states.  While we do offer accredited high school courses online and in print and an accredited middle school program, it's important to remember that each state has its own homeschooling regulations.  These regulations can include providing records of what you have done, determining how much state aid you may obtain for your college education and much more.  We strongly suggest you check with your state to learn its regulations before you enroll with us.  We are happy to assist you however we can, but we must be respectful of regulations set forth by individual states.  Since we are located in Illinois, we follow Illinois standards when we determine how many courses students need to graduate, how many credits students need in a certain subject area and more.  Thank you for understanding and for making us your distance education high school or middle school.

American School Offers 2019-2020 Special

From now until January 31, 2020, save $50 per year if you enroll in one year or more in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program and pay in full at the time of enrollment.  That means you will pay $850 per year at the time of enrollment.  Your tuition includes registration, instruction, all text and digital materials, consulting privilege and postage on all materials sent to you if you live in the United States.  American School is fully accredited and in 2020 is starting its 123rd year as a leader in distance education.  As your school of choice, you can complete your education using the learning method that works best for you.  Take your courses online, with print materials, or use a combination of online and print.  With more than 100 courses in our curriculum , you will have a wide variety of core and elective courses available to you.  You will also have the flexibility to study anytime and anywhere.  Enrolling is as easy as 1-2-3.  Visit www.americanschool.org/enroll to get started and take advantage of our special offer.  We look forward to having you as part of our distance education high school and middle school!

 

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Lina from Michigan writes, "Everything about American School was amazing.  I recommend it to everyone in my school who is in need of credits.  American School helped me a lot with getting back on track.  Whenever instructors graded my exams, they always left great and kind comments.  Thanks!  You are the best!"  We thank Lina for those words.  We offer an independent study high school program for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate on time with their class.  Students can also take individual subjects to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Whether you take one course or many, all of our instructors write constructive feedback on every exam they grade, as Lina pointed out.  Although we are a distance education high school and middle school, we try to make distance education as personal as possible.  Constructive feedback is one way we do that.  It's one reason why we are consistently rated among the best distance education high schools and middle schools and one reason why you should join us.  Make the first move and enroll today! 

About Winter Weather

It's November 20, and there's more than a month left in the season of autumn, but try telling that to our employees, who returned to work a week ago yesterday to find a very icy parking lot after snow and rain had fallen on Veterans Day.  The safety of our employees is a top priority for us, and so we may decide to have delayed openings, early closings or not open altogether if bad weather moves through the Chicago area.  In these instances, we will post something on our Facebook page as soon as a decision has been made.  We also will update our phone system.  If you haven't liked us on Facebook, now is a great time to do so.  You'll get information about winter weather as well as updates about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  We are happy to be your distance education high school and middle school and appreciate your understanding that our hours may change sometimes during winter.

American School Announces Winter Spectacular Offer

American School is pleased to offer a Winter Spectacular Offer to students in full years of its accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  The Winter Spectacular Offer allows you to send two regular payments for your December payment and in turn we will give your account a $25 credit.  In order to take advantage of this offer, you must complete the check which appears on the PDF link in this blog and return it with your billing statement and payment.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please call our student accounts department at 708-418-2800.  We reserve the right to void this offer if your January payment is not sent in on or before the January due date.  Once again, this offer is available only to students in full years of our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program.  It is not available for students in our independent study high school program or for those who take individual subjects for enrichment.  The offer is available from now until December 31, 2019, and no exceptions will be made to those dates.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school, and we hope many of you take advantage of this Winter Spectacular Offer. 

Today’s Birthday: Mickey Mouse

It's November 18, and today is considered to be Mickey Mouse's birthday.  On this date in 1928, he appeared in Steamboat Willie, and the rest is history.  Mickey Mouse is now one of the most recognizable figures in the world, and in his 91 years he has brought joy and happiness to millions of people.  On the other hand, nobody wants to be part of a "Mickey Mouse operation" because a Mickey Mouse operation is an idiom for something that's thought to be poorly-run, simple or trivial.  Our 122 years of experience as a distance education high school and middle school proves we are not a Mickey Mouse operation.  In fact, we take our credibility very seriously.  We are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and recognized by our home state of Illinois.  Those accreditations and recognitions testify to the high quality of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  Disneyland is considered the Happiest Place on Earth, but you'll be at your happiest once you earn a high school diploma at home with us.  Get started by enrolling today!    

2019 Convention #24: MSCA Conference

This coming weekend we will return to Michigan and exhibit at the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference.  It's taking place at the Lansing Convention Center, and we invite counselors to stop by table 5 on November 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will have information about our print and online independent study programs and share how our independent study high school program has made us a leading distance education high school for several decades.  This is our penultimate convention appearance of 2019, and we want to send the year out on a high note.  Come join us in Lansing this coming weekend and check back next week to see where we are headed for our final convention appearance of 2019!