2019 Convention #14: FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

One week from today we will be in the Orlando area for the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention.  Visit us in booth 216 at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 23 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  As usual we will have information about our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we'll also bring along our latest promotional items for anyone who visits our booth.  We have come to this convention for many years, but this is the first time it's being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek.  We're excited to check out the convention's new home, and we hope you're excited to visit us and learn how we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  Come join us in the Sunshine State next week!   

Today’s Birthday: L. Frank Baum

It's May 15, and author L. Frank Baum was born on this date in 1856.  He is best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so let's review what each of the four main characters in the book wanted from the Wizard and how their wants tie in to the American School.  Dorothy wanted to go home, and you can earn a high school diploma at home with us.  The Scarecrow wanted a brain, and you'll use your brain as you take accredited high school courses or enroll in our accredited middle school program.  The Tin Man wanted a heart, and we think you'll love our rigorous courses, personalized service and affordable tuition.  Finally, the Lion wanted courage, and we know enrolling with us takes a little courage, especially if you've never homeschooled before, but we believe your courage will pay off shortly after you enroll and get into a good studying schedule.  There's no wizardry needed for you to be successful with us.  We're looking forward to having you as our student!    

American School Holds 81st Annual Scholarship Meeting

Last week the American School held its 81st annual Scholarship Meeting during which a distinguished panel of judges awarded scholarships to several deserving graduates.  Among the awards were the Henry Buresh Alumni Award, the R.T. Miller Founders Award and the Presidents Award.  All applicants demonstrated outstanding academic ability in our accredited high school program while participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities in their communities.  Our scholarship awards will help winners continue their educations at the accredited college or university of their choice.  Many of them were enrolled in our college preparatory program, which is designed especially for students who wish to attend a four-year college or university.  Awarding scholarships is one of our greatest traditions, and plans are already underway for the 2020 scholarship season.  To be eligible, you must earn a high school diploma at home with us in 2019 and meet other eligibility requirements.  More information will be available later this year.  In the meantime, let us thank our judges and applicants and congratulate this year's scholarship recipients.  We are proud of you!

American School Graduation Merchandise

Many times over the years people have contacted us regarding class rings, graduation announcements and other American School merchandise.  While it is important to note that we do not officially offer these items ourselves nor make money from them, there is a way for you to order these items and more online.  Our blogs today, tomorrow and Thursday will tell you how to do so.  Jostens has an American School page on its web site.  If the link in this blog doesn't work or if you don't recall the link, you can search for us on Jostens' web site too, simply by entering our name and location in Lansing, Illinois.  Do not worry if we come up as American School of Correspondence.  That is our official name because for years we offered only high school correspondence classes.  As you know, we offer online middle school courses and online high school courses too, so we often shorten our name to simply American School.  Once you find our page you will see three categories, one for graduation, one for class jewelry and one for other merchandise.  Today we'l focus on graduation.  There are several packages available for you on the graduation page.  Any of them could make nice keepsakes of the day you earn a high school diploma at home from us.  If you have other keepsakes in mind, check back tomorrow and we will offer some other ideas.       

2019 Convention #12: FWAHS Resource Expo

Once again this year, the American School is pleased to exhibit at the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Home Education Resource Expo.  We'll be in booth 8 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  As usual, we'll have information about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  Take them individually to enhance an existing homeschool program, or take them collectively to earn a high school diploma at home.  We'll also bring along some of our famous promotional items, so be sure to check those out as well.  Although this is a one-day event, it attracts people from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, so we make a point to attend every year if possible.  Come join us!  

BBB Embody Integrity Scholarship

Today's blog features the Embody Integrity Scholarship Contest sponsored by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.  Click the link above for eligibility and submission requirements.  If you are not eligible for this particular scholarship, be on the lookout for other scholarship opportunities in your local area.  Regardless of the dollar amount awarded, every scholarship can be helpful to you.  Winning several smaller scholarships can have the same financial impact as winning one or two larger scholarships, so we encourage our students in our accredited high school program who plan to earn a high school diploma at home to apply for as many scholarships as possible.  The American School has had a long-standing relationship with the Better Business Bureau, and we strive to uphold their high standards in everything we do.  We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to serve you as your distance education high school and middle school! 

Today’s Special Occasion: Administrative Professionals Day

It's April 24, and today is Administrative Professionals Day.  It's an opportunity for us to recognize the many employees who perform clerical tasks in our office.  Our administrative professionals are critical to our entire operation.  They are the ones who write or call students enrolled in our print or online high school diploma program or accredited middle school program.  They are the ones who send more books to students in our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  They are the ones who manage student records and send transcripts to students who earn a high school diploma at home or take individual subjects through our independent study high school program.  We are grateful for all of them and wish them a happy Administrative Professionals Day! 

Recapping the NCAA Basketball Tournaments

It's April 9, and less than 12 hours ago, Virginia won the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.  The day before, Baylor won the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.  In the women's game, Baylor was cruising along against Notre Dame and then one of the Bears' best players got hurt.  Notre Dame rallied, but Baylor eventually recovered and won the game.  On the men's side, Virginia fell victim to a major upset in 2018 and needed miraculous finishes to beat Purdue in the Elite Eight and Auburn in the Final Four just to get to the final game this year.  In that game, the Cavaliers needed overtime and several big plays to defeat Texas Tech.  Whether or not you're a basketball fan, you can learn something from Baylor and Virginia's title runs.  As you work to earn a high school diploma at home, you're going to run into obstacles.  Some of your accredited high school courses may seem to be too hard for you.  You might have different life circumstances arise.  Things aren't always going to go according to plan.  Be like the Bears and Cavaliers and don't dwell on the past or on difficult times.  Instead, learn from them and use them as motivation toward your ultimate goal.  It won't necessarily be a basketball championship, but earning an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma can give you the same feeling of accomplishment.  Get started by enrolling today! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Coinage Act

It's April 2, and on this date in 1792, the Coinage Act was passed.  It created the dollar as the standard unit of money for the United States and also established the United States Mint.  As you might imagine, today's blog will be all about money.  You might think it would cost a fortune to earn a high school diploma at home, but we make it as affordable as possible.  Students in full years of our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program may make monthly payments to avoid a heavy burden of having to pay for everything at once.  No matter how many courses you take with us, our tuition always includes all study materials, so you do not have to pay one tuition price and then go buy books, study guides or other materials.  Our course prices are all-inclusive.  Finally, we do not nickel and dime our students and graduates every time they need something from us.  There might be an additional cost for transcripts and duplicate diplomas, but many other services are provided at no charge.  Keep some extra dollars in your pocket while you study with us.  Get started by enrolling today!

American School and the Homeschool Connect Expo

If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you know that we give advance notice of our appearances at conventions throughout the United States.  Today, however, we're promoting a different kind of convention.  This coming weekend is the Homeschool Connect Expo, and you can attend no matter where you live and without leaving your home.  That's because the convention is entirely online.  Starting tomorrow, visit our booth and learn more about our print and online high school courses, print and online middle school courses and other ways we can help you earn a high school diploma at home.  If you have read our blogs the past two days, you know that we are attending conventions in Missouri and Pennsylvania this week, so we are going to take a break from our blog the rest of this week.  Check back Monday for our next blog post or say hi to us in Missouri or Pennsylvania or at the Homeschool Connect Expo this weekend.  We'd love for you to make us your school of choice!