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! 

Today’s Special Occasion: Election Day

It's Election Day, and while American School is neutral when it comes to political matters, we are going to use this occasion to share some reasons why you should vote for us as your distance education high school or middle school.  First, we offer print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses, and doing so allows students to choose the course delivery method that is better for them.  We offer affordable monthly payment plans to students in full years of our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, and we have 122 years of credibility as a leader in distance education.  That credibility is proof that we keep our campaign promises to our students and graduates!  Now is a great time to get started, so cast your ballot for us and enroll today!   

National Distance Learning Week Begins Today

It's November 4, and National Distance Learning Week begins today.  We are proud to be your distance education high school and distance education middle school, and it's what we've done since our founding in 1897.  Back then, nobody could have envisioned us offering online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we are happy to offer those in addition to the high school correspondence courses and middle school correspondence courses that have been so important to us over the years.  No matter what course delivery method you use, we are happy to serve you and have you as part of our distance learning community! 

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

If you like to sleep, you're in luck this weekend because Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m.  That means before we go to bed Saturday night we should set our clocks back one hour, which gives us an extra hour of sleep.  If sleep isn't your thing, you could look at this weekend as giving you an extra hour to work on your online or high school correspondence courses or print or online middle school courses.  That's one of the best things about studying with American School.  You can work when and where it is convenient for you.  If you want to study from 1 to 2 a.m. and then fall back an hour and study from 1 to 2 a.m. all over again, you can do that.  If you want to study during more normal hours, shall we say, you can do that too.  The choice is up to you.  We hope you'll choose us as your distance education high school or middle school, and you can get started by enrolling today!

Today’s Anniversary: The Black Sox Scandal

It's October 9, and on this date 100 years ago, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series by defeating the Chicago White Sox.  You may think there is nothing terribly unusual about that, but we didn't mention that eight members of the White Sox actually threw the World Series and ensured the Reds won in exchange for money.  This became known as the Black Sox Scandal and remains one of the darkest times in professional sports history.  It's also an example that cheating doesn't pay.  Eventually the eight members of the White Sox got caught, and they lost far more than the World Series.  The same can be true for American School students.  We have an honor system, and we expect students to abide by it when they work on print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses.  Repeated violations of the honor system can lead to expulsion, and nobody is a winner in that situation.  We want to see our students succeed, but we want them to do it the right way.  If you're struggling in a subject, reach out to us.  Our instructors will be happy to assist you.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school, and thank you to all of our students who put forth their best effort and do not cheat.  Your hard work will be rewarded when you complete your courses and earn your diploma! 

Chicago National College Fair Coming October 5

The Chicago National College Fair will be held October 5 at McCormick Place.  If you're in the Chicago area and are unsure of your college plans after you earn a high school diploma at home with us, we encourage you to attend.  You may visit booths of colleges you didn't know existed, and one of them may be the perfect fit for you.  If you don't live in Chicagoland, keep your eyes and ears open for college fairs near you.  As always, our guidance department can help with the college admissions process after you complete your general high school program or college preparatory program.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school! 

 

Logging Into Edmentum

We are currently dealing with technical issues that prevent students from accessing online high school courses or online middle school courses directly from the online student center.  While we work to resolve this matter once and for all, please follow the steps below to access your Edmentum courses:

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

Please let us know if you experience any problems when accessing your Edmentum account this way. We will keep you updated regarding the ability to access your Edmentum account via our Student Center. Thank you for your patience and for making us your distance education high school or middle school.

Today’s Anniversary: George Washington’s Farewell Address

It's September 19, and George Washington's Farewell Address was published on this date in 1796.  These days, the speech would've been on every TV station and all over the internet, but back then it was published in the American Daily Advertiser, one of the first newspapers in the United States.  Although it wasn't a speech, it was one of the most important presidential addresses or documents in history.  In any given year, about 2000 people say farewell to American School and leave with a print or online high school diploma.  Others may take just one course with us through our independent study high school program.  Even after students complete their studies, we never say farewell to them.  We keep their records on file in case they ever need them in the future.  It's one of the many ways we make distance education as personal as possible.  Enroll today and make us your distance education high school or middle school!