Looking Back at 21 Years at American School

It's September 16, and over the weekend the person who regularly writes this blog celebrated 21 years of work at American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't add an accredited middle school program until 2016.  Moreover, 21 years ago we only offered high school correspondence courses that students could take to earn a high school diploma at home.  Now we offer online high school courses and allow students to pick which courses they do online and which they do on paper.  We've always offered an independent study high school program, but we also offer individual courses to anyone who may wish to take them for enrichment.  One thing that hasn't changed over the years is our commitment to our students.  We strive to offer accredited courses at an affordable cost and provide the best possible service.  It's the vision our founder, R.T. Miller, had when he and his friends founded the American School in Boston in 1897.  That philosophy was passed down and instilled in other School leaders over the years, including those in charge in 1998 and those leading the School today.   All of us are grateful for you and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

Today’s Anniversary: California

It's September 9, and California became the 31st state on this date in 1850.  You will note that 1850 is just one year after the start of a famous gold rush in which people flocked to California in search of fortune.  On the anniversary of California statehood, we will remind you that enrolling in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program will not cost you a fortune.  As a non-profit school, we keep costs to an absolute minimum.  Our tuition is also all-inclusive, which means the tuition includes all study materials, all grading, all access to the online student center and much more.  We want to make our courses and programs affordable to everyone, so we even have a simple monthly payment schedule for students who enroll in full years or full diploma programs.  Compare our curriculum and tuition with other places and we are confident you'll make us your distance education high school or middle school.  If you are already convinced we are the right place for you, we invite you to enroll today!

Today’s Birthday: Benjamin Harrison

It's August 20, and Benjamin Harrison was born on this date in 1833.  He was the 23rd President of the United States and the grandson of William Henry Harrison, who was the 9th President of the United States.  To this day, they are the only grandparent-grandchild combination to hold the office.  If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you know we encourage students to visit historic sites whenever possible.  Although President Harrison's home is not an official presidential library and museum, it is still well worth a visit if you're in Indianapolis.  The home is located just east of downtown and within walking distance of many other attractions.  The house is preserved to look like it was at the time President Harrison and his family lived there.  Visiting historic sites or museums can enhance your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  You'll see items that were referenced in your courses, and this type of field trip can bring your distance education high school or middle school closer to home.        

American School Trustees Hold Quarterly Meeting

Earlier this week the American School Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting.  Longtime blog readers might recall that we have a big annual meeting every October during which we review the past year's accomplishments and plan for the future so that we can be an even better distance education high school and middle school.  The Board of Trustees also typically meets in the spring in conjunction with our scholarship meeting, but in recent years the board has decided to take a more active role and hold meetings in the winter and summer as well.  We are grateful that the current members of the Board of Trustees have helped us through several new initiatives.  These include the launch of our accredited middle school program and the upcoming restructuring of our accredited high school program that will give students more flexibility and greater opportunities to learn skills that will benefit them in college or the workforce.  All of us work hard to ensure that our students attend the best school we can offer, and every decision we make is with the best interests of our students at heart.  Become our student and enroll today!  

American School and Wimbledon

Wimbledon wrapped up this past weekend, but we don't want to let the world's pre-eminent grass court tennis tournament fade into the background without highlighting some American School students and graduates who succeeded in London.  At the top of the list is Andre Agassi, who won the gentlemen's title in 1992 and was runner-up in 1999.  Andrea Jaeger is the top American School student on the ladies' side, where she was runner-up in 1983.  Other American School students who have played at Wimbledon include Caroline Wozniacki, Anna Tatishvili, Mary Pierce, Anna Kournikova and Kathy Horvath.  One reason tennis players have preferred our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses over the years is that they can study wherever they are.  As a top distance education high school, all of our students can study wherever and whenever they want, whether they're an elite athlete or not.  If you're interested in the same type of curriculum and schedule, enroll now.  We'd be happy to serve you!

American School Opens Late On July 16

Due to a staff development meeting, American School will have different hours of operation on Tuesday, July 16.  Instead of opening at 8 a.m. to serve students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, we anticipate opening by 11 a.m.  The staff development meeting is very important and will help us provide you with better service in the future.  Therefore we ask for your patience and understanding.   Once we reopen, we will continue to have our normal business hours the rest of the day and be back to our regular business hours on Wednesday, July 17.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.  We consider it a privilege to educate you!

Today’s Anniversary: The Wall Street Journal

It's July 8, and the Wall Street Journal published its first issue on this date in 1889.  In addition to having challenging puzzles in its weekend edition, the newspaper is a leading source of information for those individuals particularly interested in money and the markets at home and overseas.  The American School has several investments which are managed by a leading wealth management firm with a great reputation.  We trust them to manage our investments because our investments help ensure a bright future for us and our students.  We've been a leading distance education high school and middle school for more than a century and want to be one of the best distance education high schools and middle schools for centuries to come.  When our investments do well, we reinvest our earnings into projects that will benefit our students and staff.  Adding a new platform for online high school courses and online middle school courses while maintaining our current platform for the next year is one example of how we use investments to help our students.  Making much-needed repairs and upgrades to our office building is a way our staff benefits from us having solid investments.  One of the best investments you can make for yourself is an investment in your education, and our non-profit status ensures you can spend money on education and still have some left over to invest in the stock market if you so choose.  Enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Spam

It's July 5, and the canned meat product known as Spam was introduced on this date in 1937.  These days spam is a common term for junk email, so today's blog is going to talk about that.  We know that different emails have different spam filters, and we don't want you to miss any important emails we send  you.  Therefore, we ask that you mark @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com as safe email domains.  We use the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains to send you information about your accredited online high school courses, accredited online middle school courses, accredited print high school courses and accredited print middle school courses.  We also use them to address any customer service or billing questions you might have.  We want to be the best distance education high school and middle school for you, and we never want you to think we neglect you or don't reply to any emails you send us.  Marking the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains as not spam will help us do that.  On the other hand, we don't want to miss any important emails you send us.  Therefore we ask that when you write us, you include your name and student number in the body of the email and make sure your email has a concise subject line.  Please do not write your entire message in the subject line, but instead use the body of the email for that.  Thank you for your cooperation and for being our student!  

Today’s Special Occasion: The Exact Midpoint of 2019

It's July 2, and today is the exact midpoint of 2019.  How do we know this?  It's the 183rd day of the year, which means that we have 182 days behind us and 182 days still go to before we ring out 2019 and ring in 2020.  As we look back on the first half of 2019, we realize that we've done a lot so far this year.  For example, we installed a new phone system and we decided on a new platform for students wishing to take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us.  As we look ahead to the second half of 2019, we plan to introduce that new online course platform as well as debut a new web site and new enrollment applications.  Those should be ready to go in July or August and then we will move on to other projects.  Today is a great day to look back at what you've accomplished so far this year and start setting goals for what you'd like to accomplish the rest of the year.  If you want a high-quality education without leaving your home, we invite you to join us by enrolling today.  We strive to be the best distance education high school and middle school anywhere in the world and would be happy to serve you.  We are also happy you read our blog and invite you to read our next blog post this Friday.

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Summer

It's June 21, and today is the first day of summer.  Many people do not think about school at all during the summer.  Instead they choose to focus on nice warm weather, trips to the beach, vacations and more.  All of those things are perfectly fine, but many American School students opt to focus on school during the summer months.  Some may take individual subjects through an independent study high school program so that they can recover credits in time for the start of the next school year.  Others who enroll in a print or online college preparatory program or print or online general high school program may want to work ahead so that they can graduate earlier than expected.  Some may enroll in print or online middle school courses to get a head start on their peers.  We are open 12 months a year and accept enrollments 12 months a year.  If you are ready to make us your distance education high school or middle school, we invite you to enroll and make the first day of summer memorable.  If you do so, there's a good chance you'll have your first course completed by the first day of fall!