Today’s Special Occasion: April Fools’ Day

It's April 1, and today is April Fools' Day.  In today's blog we're going to go through some things that might fool you as you look for a distance education high school or middle school.   The first is accreditation.  Some places may look like they offer legitimate courses and diplomas, but many times those are worthless unless they are accredited.  American School is accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and is also recognized by the state of Illinois.  We take our accrediation seriously and you should too.  Second, some places may look like they offer cheap tuition, but look closer.  Sometimes tuition doesn't include study materials for print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses.  American School's tuition includes all study materials, and we do not nickel and dime our students.  Finally, some might be fooled into thinking our courses are easy.  That is not true.  Our courses are designed for the average learner and present information fairly and clearly.  Don't be fooled by others.  Take a look around our web site and see for yourself that you or someone you know should enroll with American School.  You'll be glad you did!

2020 Convention #4: MPE Conference (Postponed)

American School was supposed to be heading to Kansas City this weekend for the Midwest Parent Educators Conference.  We planned to be at the KCI Expo Center on Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the show has been postponed and is now scheduled for June 26-27.  If we are able to attend in June, we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program and bring along some of our famous free promotional items.  We've attended the MPE Conference for several years now and have always been impressed by how many states are represented there.  Of course guests will be from Kansas and Missouri, but sometimes residents of the Dakotas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Colorado attend the conference too.  Wherever you're from, we'd love for you to make us your distance education high school or middle school.  Enroll today!

2020 Convention #3: Missouri Homeschool Convention (Cancelled)

It's March 26, and today we were supposed to head to the Gateway to the West to exhibit at the Missouri Homeschool Convention near St. Louis.  Unfortunately but understandably this convention has been cancelled, and we look forward to returning to this convention in 2021.  Had we attended this year, we would've had information about our print or online high school diploma program, accredited middle school program and individual subjects for enrichment on hand and brought along our famous promotional items, including a brand new one for 2020.  We do our best to attend shows in all parts of the country when we can, and yet we also like attending shows relatively close to our home when we are able.  Just like the famous arch serves as a gateway to the west, we can serve as a gateway to the career and life you always wanted.  Please consider making us your distance education middle school and distance education high school.  We'd be happy to serve you!

March 20 Coronavirus Statement

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation changes frequently.  We have created a specific web page to address the situation while continuing to update our blog and social media pages as best we can.  Please visit www.americanschool.org/covid-19 for all of our statements with the most recent one at the top and others following in chronological order.

At this time, American School remains closed to the public.  Only American School staff members are allowed in the building.  Several staff members are working at home, but the ones who are in the building are practicing social distancing, washing their hands frequently, and doing their best to stay healthy.

In addition, the State of Illinois has issued a shelter-in-place policy until April 7.  The policy allows distance learning institutions to remain open.

The following information applies to all students:

If students are enrolled in a print course but wish to switch to online exams, please send an email to instructiondept@americanschool.org.  You can switch to online exams at any point in your course and pick up right where you left off.  As usual, remember to put your full name, student number, and the course(s) in which you wish to take online exams.  A list of courses with online exams available is here.  If a course has a computer symbol next to it, it has an online exam option.  In addition, online exams are available for Introduction to Business (2018 version) and Office Procedures (2016 version) and Physics (2010 version).  Online exams are not available for Physics (2019 version) and any print middle school courses.  

In addition, most print courses have a corresponding online version.  If students have not yet begun a course and have not had study materials sent to them, students can switch from the print version to the online version at no charge.  If you have study materials in a new, unused condition, have not started the course, and would like to make the change to the online course, please send an email to studentservice@americanschool.org.

All requests to switch over to online exams or online courses must be done in writing via email or letter.  Each student record will be evaluated and the student will receive a response within 1-2 business days.

The following information applies to students in our independent study high school program whose schools may not reopen for some time:

If students are in GradPoint courses with final exam requirements and and cannot take their final exam before the end of their enrollment period, American School will allow them access to take the final exam whenever their local school reopens, provided students have completed all other required coursework and the school reopens by July. 

If students are in Edmentum courses with final exam requirements and cannot take their final exam before the end of their enrollment period, American School will allow them access to take the final exam whenever their local school reopens, provided students have completed all other required coursework. 

If students are in a full-credit Edmentum course and completes all other coursework in the first semester section, American School will activate the second semester section even if the first semester final exam has not been taken.  Once their school reopens, American School will ensure them access to both the first semester and second semester final exams. 

Thank you for making American School your distance education high school or middle school.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope you and your family stay healthy.

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!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Jared from Illinois writes, "Completing the study guides and self-check tests in Careers, Essential Math, Practical English and Social Civics made it a lot easier to take the tests and pass them.  The American School is an easier way to get an education in the quickest fashion.  Any student who needs a boost with credits or wants to go more in-depth than the courses at his or her school should really take courses with the American School.  Thank you."  We thank Jared for those thoughts.  It's important that students in our middle school and high school correspondence courses complete study guides and self-check tests before taking the unit exam.  The same goes for students in our online middle school courses and online high school courses.  They too should complete preliminary exercises and take their time before completing unit exams.  Of course, we allow students to work at their own pace, but in our experience students do better when they work carefully and complete preliminary exercises such as self-check tests before completing their unit exams.  We'd love to count you among our successful students, but the only way we can do that is if you make us your distance education high school or middle school and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: The Alamo

It's March 6, and on this date in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo ended.  The Alamo still stands in San Antonio, Texas, and the most familiar phrase associated with the battle is "Remember the Alamo!"  Students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program will learn many things, but they should not feel anxious about remembering all of them.  Our exams are designed to be taken open book, but that does not mean our students have the green light to cheat.  There is a difference between using study materials to help you do your best on exams and copying answers directly from study materials or other students.  All American School students are expected to abide by our honor system, and penalties are in place for students who do not.  We are happy to be your distance education high school or middle school and appreciate your cooperation. 

Biology (Lab) Update

Today's blog has information about our paper-based Biology (Lab) course.  This high school correspondence course comes with a microslide viewer and a series of slides, but the slides are currently out of stock.  Therefore, if you wish to take a biology course with a lab component, we recommend taking the course online since we cannot offer a full version of the course in print.  The online courses is one of many online high school courses we offer, and you can add it to your curriculum at no extra charge.  We are hopeful to have the slides in stock shortly and will do our best to update you.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school.  We are happy to serve you!     

Logging Into Edmentum Courses

Today's blog is about logging into Edmentum courses.  If you're taking our online high school courses or online middle school courses, you have two ways to access them.  The first is through the Online Student Center.  Log in using the code and password we gave you shortly after you enrolled, and you'll see links to your online courses on your page in the Online Student Center.  The second is to log in directly through Edmentum by using the information below:

Edmentum Login Page: https://login.edmentum.com/

Account Login: ASOC

User Name (Plato Name): First name + First letter of your last name + American School Student Number (for example:  JohnD1234567)

Password: The same generated password you received for your Student Center account

We hope these tips will be helpful to you as you study with us.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school and middle school! 

WSCA-ECU Scholarship Opportunity

Today we are sharing a scholarship opportunity from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and Educators Credit Union.  They have teamed up to offer scholarships to certain Wisconsin residents who are graduating from high school this year.  Click the link above to learn more.  As we've said before, we try to notify students in our general high school program and college preparatory program of any scholarship opportunities that are available to them, but it is impossible for us to list all of them.  Check with your community to see what might be available to you.  As always, our caring student service staff and competent counseling staff will assist you if you need them.  We are happy you made us your distance education high school and look forward to you having more success after you earn a high school diploma at home from American School!