Edmentum Updates Course Path View

Students who take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us soon will see a new way to monitor their progress.  Edmentum is adding target dates so that students can have a better idea of how to pace themselves.  The look and feel of the course path will change from a series of tiles to a horizontal bar, which should make for easier tracking.  As with anything else, the new course path view, target dates and progress tracking may take some getting used to.  If you have questions or concerns after you notice these changes, let us know.  We are happy to help and happy you chose us to be your distance education high school or middle school!

Today’s Anniversary: The Hobbit

It's September 21, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was published on this date in 1937.  The novel is featured in our Classic Adventure Literature course, which is a popular elective choice among our students.  We know that some students struggle with reading in general, while others might love to read certain genres of literature but don't care for reading others.  That is why we try to include many literary styles by authors of many different backgrounds in our English courses.  Whether you choose to take a high school correspondence class for credit recovery or enrichment, online high school courses to earn a high school diploma at home, or print or online middle school courses, you can expect to read a variety of stories, including some from the fantasy realm like The Hobbit.  If your religious beliefs make you uncomfortable reading certain types of literature, please let us know as soon as you begin the course so that we may make alternate assignments available to you.  Thank you for your understanding and for making us your distance education middle school or high school!     

Today’s Special Occasion: The 2000th Blog Post

It's September 18, and right now you're reading the 2000th post by the American School Blog.  We started this blog in 2006 as a way to communicate with our students on a regular basis, and unless circumstances dictate otherwise, we publish a new blog post every day American School is open.  Sometimes our blog promotes new courses that can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Other times our blog announces new services like our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  Our blog also focuses on birthdays or historical events and makes a connection between them and American School.  If you haven't made us your distance education high school or middle school just yet, give us another reason to celebrate today by enrolling and becoming our student.  Thank you for reading this blog over the years, and check back on Monday as we begin the next 2000 American School Blog posts.

Looking Back at 22 Years at American School

It's September 15, and today the person who regularly writes this blog celebrates 22 years of employment at American School.  Like today, September 15, 1998, was also a Tuesday, but American School has evolved quite a bit since then.  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, 22 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 to work at American School and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

American School Closed Monday, September 7

American School will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.  Students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program work hard on their courses, and our employees work hard grading students' exams and providing caring student service.  It is our hope that everyone enjoy and safe, healthy and relaxing weekend, and we look forward to assisting you when we reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8.  Thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school! 

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Brittany from Florida writes, "American School’s textbooks are as good as any other high school textbooks.  The study guides were very clearly written and easy to follow.  The instructors were prompt about getting my tests graded and mailed back to me.  The study guides prepared me a lot for the exams."  We thank Brittany for those words.  We use textbooks from leading curriculum providers for our high school correspondence courses and middle school correspondence courses.  Then our curriculum department creates a study guide that students should follow as they work through their courses.  The study guide contains brief discussions, pointers for how to read the textbook, self-check tests and finally unit exams.  Unit exams for your high school correspondence class may be submitted through the regular mail or may be taken online in many instances.  We are happy that Brittany chose us to be her distance education high school, and we want you to choose us as well.   Get started by enrolling today!

Today’s Birthday: Maria Montessori

It's August 31, and Maria Montessori was born on this date in 1870.  She was a physician and educator who developed a system of education still used throughout the world to this day.  On the 150th anniversary of her birth, we wish to point out two unique things about Maria Montessori.  First, she was someone who smashed gender stereotypes.  Before she decided to become a physician, she was interested in engineering and enrolled in a school for boys.  Here at American School, we support our students in whatever career paths they choose.  Our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program and help take you where you want to go, and every student is eligible to take every class we offer provided certain academic prerequisites are met.  Second, Maria Montessori established an educational system that has worked for many people over the years, just as American School has established an educational system that has worked for many people over the years.  It is important that people find an educational system that works best for them.  Our curriculum, cost, credibility and caring student service have made us the best choice for more than three million students.  We are happy they chose us to be their distance education high school or middle school, and we'd be happy to serve you as well.  Enroll today!

Accepting Non-Passing Scores

Today's blog has information for accepting non-passing scores on exams in courses as part of your accredited high school program or accredited middle school program.  Students now have the option of accepting a non-passing score for an assignment or exam and forgoing up to three total reattempts.  If students forgo attempts to improve their scores, they cannot change their minds at a later date.  Once students accept a non-passing score, that score is final.  Second, if students get too many non-passing scores in a particular course, they risk failing the course and thus receiving no credit.  Their only option to earn credit would be to re-enroll in the course and start over.  Finally, taking a zero on an exam or assignment is not allowed.  All students must make at least one attempt to pass an exam and earn a numeric score in the process.   If you have questions about this policy, please email us.  We are happy to help and happy you made us your distance education high school or middle school.
    

Today’s Anniversary: The 19th Amendment

It's August 26, and 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted.  This important amendment gave women the right to vote.  It might seem hard to believe that American School existed for 23 years before women held this fundamental right, but you should not be surprised to learn that we have never discriminated against any student.  Some of our earliest students were those who were among the marginalized and could not attend traditional school because they needed to have full-time jobs to support their families.  Today we continue to serve any student regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, creed or physical location, and we will not amend or change that policy in any way.  If you wish to earn a high school diploma at home or are looking for independent study high school programs or an accredited middle school program, we would be happy to serve you.  Make us your distance education high school or middle school and enroll today!

Saving Work in Edmentum

Today's blog has a reminder for students who take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us.  We strongly recommend that you save your work in these Edmentum courses on a regular basis, perhaps every five to ten minutes.  Many web sites or programs will automatically sign you out or time you out if you do not save your work or show some form of activity over a certain period of time.  Edmentum is among those sites, so please save your work on a regular basis, again, perhaps every five to ten minutes.  We are working to find a permanent solution to this issue and will do our best to ensure that no work you have done is lost.  In the meantime, please remember to save your work often, and thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.