Today’s Special Occasion: Presidential and Vice-Presidential Inaugurations

It’s January 20, and today Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President of the United States, and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as Vice-President of the United States.  American School is neutral when it comes to politics, but a presidential inauguration day is a time for new beginnings regardless of whether the president is taking the oath of office for the first or second time.  As you know, the term of a president and vice-president is four years, and four years is also the time it takes many people to earn an accredited high school diploma from a traditional school.  At American School, you can earn a high school diploma at home in less than four years since all of our students work at their own pace.  We offer a wide variety of accredited high school courses in print and online formats, and our tuition is all-inclusive, meaning that all study materials, grading and access to the online student center is included.  Enroll today, stay on schedule and you’ll have your high school diploma before the next presidential and vice-presidential inauguration day on January 20, 2025.

About commonapp.org

Today's blog is about CommonApp.org, which is a great resource if you are thinking about applying to college.  Our college preparatory program is designed for students who are thinking of attending a four-year college or university, while our general high school program can be done to earn a high school diploma at home if you are thinking of applying to a junior college or community college after graduating.  That said, it is important to know the entrance requirements for colleges that interest you so that you can make the proper courses part of your accredited high school program.  Our counseling department can assist with this process as well as answer any questions about applying to college.  We are happy to serve you and look forward to helping you reach all of your educational goals! 

Testimonial Thursday

It’s the first Thursday of 2021, which makes it the perfect time for the first Testimonial Thursday of the new year.   Although we’re always happy to serve students in the United States, sometimes we wish to remind you that we are internationally relevant and serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  One of those countries is South Africa, and that’s where we find Valentina, who writes, “American School is one of the better homeschooling systems I have ever enjoyed.  The instructors are very helpful and thorough with their comments.  The books are helpful too and are very interesting indeed.  Thank you for all your help and support.”  We thank Valentina for those words and wish to expand upon one of her thoughts.  Our instructors are indeed helpful when students call, email or write asking for assistance.  They are also thorough with their comments when they grade exams in high school courses and middle school courses.  We try to make distance education as personal as possible, and that includes having our instructors call students by name whenever they communicate with them.  That same level of personal attention in distance education extends to our entire staff.  All of us want to help you earn a high school diploma at home, but we can’t do that unless you enroll and become our student.  Get started today!

Today’s Anniversary: The Eight-Hour Workday

It’s January 5, and on this date in 1914, the Ford Motor Company instituted the eight-hour workday.   The eight-hour workday might seem commonplace to us now, but more than a century ago, labor laws were not always friendly to employees.  Very long shifts of up to 10 or 12 or even 16 hours were the norm, and some companies required employees to work six days a week at those long hours.  Other companies used child labor to their advantage.  We are happy to report that American School follows all modern labor laws, but we are mentioning the eight-hour workday for another reason.  When you enroll in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program, you choose the length of your workday.  That’s because all of our students work at their own pace.  If you want to work two hours a day, you can.  If you want to work eight hours a day, you can.  If you want to work 10 or 12 or even 16 hours a day, you can, though we don’t necessarily recommend it.  You can even work zero hours a day here and there, but don’t do that too often.  Otherwise you will never earn a high school diploma at home.  The ability to work at their own pace is always the main reason why students choose to study with American School.  We believe you’ll feel the same way.  Take the first step and enroll today!

American School Closed Friday, January 1

American School will be closed Friday, January 1.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, January 4.  Thank you for understanding, and please make sure to read our blog tomorrow.  We'll review 2020 and what we've done in the past year to help students earn a high school diploma at home.  Thank you for making us your distance education middle school or distance education high school.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you!

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Winter

It’s December 21, and today is the first day of winter.  People often associate winter with cold and snow, but not having an accredited high school diploma can freeze you out of having the life you’ve always wanted for yourself and your family.  Thankfully American School can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  We offer a general high school program for students interested in attending a two-year college or joining the workforce after graduation.  We offer a college preparatory program for students planning to attend a four-year university after graduating.  Both contain 20 units of credit, and we can give you credit for classes taken at other schools provided the school is accredited and you send us an official transcript.  Don’t be left out in the cold without an education.  Enroll today and you could have a course or two completed by the first day of spring in March.

Writing to One Email Address

Today's blog is about writing to one email address when you contact us.  We are grateful that you made us your distance education middle school or distance education high school, and we want to provide you with quick service whenever you ask us for help.  Writing to multiple email addresses, however, can slow down that process because our staff sifts through hundreds of emails a day from students, parents and school officials.  Therefore, when you contact us, we ask that you write to the one email address that you think might best help you solve your problem.  If you do not know which email address to use, writing to the customer relations email address is appropriate.  Those people who check the customer relations account will forward your email to the appropriate department for processing.  We do our best to answer all emails within one business day, but please be aware that sometimes our response times are slightly delayed due to staff availability.  Thank you for understanding and for letting us help you earn a high school diploma at home.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve you!

Today’s Anniversary: Mississippi

It's December 10, and Mississippi became a state on this date in 1817.  To our knowledge we have never visited Mississippi for a convention, but we are happy to serve students and schools in the Magnolia State.  Some students enroll in our general high school or college preparatory program to earn a high school diploma at home.  Others enroll in our independent study high school program to take individual subjects to recover credits and then earn a diploma from a resident school.  Students who live in the Magnolia State often see their academic careers blossom after they take American School courses, and the same can be true for you.  Get started and enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Giving Tuesday

It's December 1, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and today is known as Giving Tuesday.  We might be more familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday is a day to give to charities and non-profit institutions to support their mission of doing good.  American School is proud to be a non-profit institution, and we do welcome charitable gifts from anyone interested in supporting our mission of educating those who need to take courses in grades 6-12.  By supporting us, you support students who wish to earn a high school diploma at home by enrolling in our general high school program or college preparatory program.  You also support students who wish to take individual subjects through our independent study high school program en route to a diploma from a local public or private school.  Click here to contact us if you are interested in supporting our mission.  We–and our students–would be grateful for your support. 

Today’s Anniversary: The Gettysburg Address

It's November 19, and Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this date in 1863.  American School has always believed that public speaking is a fine skill to have.  That's why we include speech courses in our curriculum.  Our curriculum includes core subject areas like English, math, science and social studies as well as a wide-range of electives for students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  These electives include business, career and technical education courses, as well as fine arts and world language courses.  Our courses might be taken collectively to earn a high school diploma at home or individually for credit recovery or to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Make your voice heard as an American School student by enrolling with us today!