SAT Update

This week the SAT announced several changes to its exam.  Details are available here.  If you are a student in our general high school program or college preparatory program and have questions about the SAT or ACT, our counseling department can help.  We are happy to help you prepare for standardized tests, but they are just one component of the college application process.  Our counseling department can assist you with the entire college application process.  Often that process includes making sure you take the suitable online high school courses or high school correspondence courses that will help you be admitted at the school of your choice.  Our counseling department can also help you fill out enrollment applications, financial aid applications and more.  Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have questions.  Our counseling department and our entire staff are happy to help!  


Today’s Birthday: Edgar Allan Poe

It’s January 19, and author Edgar Allan Poe was born on this date in 1809.  He is best known for writing spooky and scary stories such as “The Raven” and you can read his works in our Literature 3: Selected American Classics course.  It’s one of many high school correspondence courses we have available to students.  Take it individually as part of an independent study high school program or collectively as part of an accredited high school diploma program.  Unlike many of Poe’s stories, there is nothing scary about becoming an American School student.  Our instructors call students by name and offer helpful hints whenever they grade an exam, and the rest of our staff is ready to reply to your needs within one business day.  Start writing your educational story today and enroll with American School.  You’ll be glad you did!

Today’s Anniversary: The Four Freedoms Speech

It’s January 6, and on this date in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his Four Freedoms Speech.  FDR’s four freedoms were freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  That quartet got us thinking about a quartet of our own.  We call them our Four C’s, and they are curriculum, cost, credibility and caring student service.   Our curriculum includes high-quality middle school correspondence courses, online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses and online high school courses.  Take them individually for credit recovery purposes or enrichment, or you can take them collectively as part of full-year or full diploma programs.  Our cost is much lower than competitors because we are a non-profit business and offer all-inclusive tuition.  Our credibility comes from being accredited by three accrediting bodies and recognized by our home state of Illinois.  Finally, our caring student service ensures that you’ll be supported every step of your way.    You’ll have freedom from fear after you enroll and become our student, so why not get started by enrolling today?

2020 Review

It’s New Year’s Eve, and so today is an appropriate time to look back at everything that happened in 2020.  Certainly it’s been a challenging year on many levels with the pandemic, the fight for racial and social justice and a contentious presidential election just to name three, but we hope you’ve been able to find several silver linings along the way.  Here at American School, where we were rightfully designated an essential business because we provide educational services, our staff continued to serve students on a continuous basis throughout the year.  Instructors graded exams in middle school and high school correspondence courses and did the same for students who take online middle school courses and online high school courses.  Other staff members provided caring student service when it came to sending course materials, sending transcripts and diplomas, shipping course materials, handling billing issues or any number of services which made life a bit easier for students, parents and school officials.  We did all of that while following COVID protocols.  The end result is that we served thousands of students and helped them reach their academic goals.  Amidst all of the chaos 2020 brought us, we are happy 2020 didn’t take that away from us.  We close the book on 2020 confident better things are ahead in 2021.  We’re grateful to you for allowing us to serve you, and we hope you’ll come back here Monday for our first blog of 2021.

Today’s Anniversary: Iowa

It’s December 28, and Iowa became a state on this date in 1846.  If you’re a regular blog reader, you know that we try to visit neighboring states often when travel is possible, but we’ve neglected Iowa.  When travel resumes, we’ll do our best to attend a convention in the Hawkeye State.  Some of you might be familiar with the movie “Field of Dreams” which takes place in Iowa.  American School’s broad curriculum and self-paced courses can help you prepare for a career in the field of your dreams.  We have business, career and technical education courses among our many online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  Taking an automotive course or two, for example, would be a good idea if you wish to become an auto mechanic.  Taking a carpentry or printreading course would be beneficial if you want a career in construction.  The possibilities are endless.  Enroll today and you’ll see that there is nothing corny about making American School your distance education high school!

American School Celebrates 123rd Anniversary

It’s December 17, and today American School is celebrating its 123rd anniversary.  Our charter is dated December 17, 1897 and comes from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because R.T. Miller and his friends founded American School near Boston.  We were based in Massachusetts for a few years before moving to Chicago in the early 1900s.  The Chicago area has been our home ever since.  R.T. Miller established American School because many people worked during the day and still needed an education.  Doing correspondence courses was a way for them to do that.  R.T. Miller was a visionary but even he could not have imagined that one day high school correspondence courses would be offered along with online high school courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses, but that is how we have evolved over the years.  American School continues to evolve to best serve our students, and we are grateful for the three million students and graduates who have made us their distance education high school or middle school.  Be a part of our great history by enrolling today!

Today’s Anniversary: Indiana

It's December 11, and Indiana became a state on this date in 1816.  Because our office in the far south suburbs of Chicago is so close to Indiana, many American School employees live across the state line in Indiana.  That proximity got us thinking about the home states of American School staff over the years.  When we were founded in 1897 in Boston, we assume almost our entire staff lived in Massachusetts.  When we moved to Chicago in the early 1900s, we assume most of our staff lived in Illinois, though we did have rare instances of employees living in Wisconsin and making the commute from the Badger State to the Hyde Park neighborhood where our offices were located for more than 90 years.  These days our staff is almost split evenly between Indiana and Illinois residents.  Sometimes people who live outside a reasonable driving distance will contact us and ask if they can work for us.  Currently all American School employees must live within a reasonable driving distance of our office.  Should our needs change and we need additional people to help grade our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses or online middle school courses, we will post something in this blog.  We appreciate everyone's interest and are happy to serve students whether they live in Indiana or Illinois or places much farther away! 

New Pre-Algebra Course Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new paper-based Pre-Algebra course is now available.  The course is perfect for students in our accredited middle school program if they are on an accelerated math track, and it is also acceptable for students in our accredited high school program who might need additional time to prepare for algebra and geometry courses.  No matter your math track, many of the concepts can be utilized in a variety of professions such as construction, music, scientific research, education, business, engineering, cooking, architecture, and medicine.  Please note that a calculator with a square root key is required for this course, and, like all of our math courses, students will need to show work on their exams.  We are happy to add Pre-Algebra to our middle school correspondence courses and high school correspondence courses, but we would be happier if you or someone you know became our student.  Get started by enrolling today!

Today’s Anniversary: Illinois

It's December 3, and Illinois became a state on this date in 1818.  Although we are proud to serve students in all 50 states, we have a special place in our heart for Illinois since it has been our home state since the early 1900s.  Over the years, millions of exams in high school correspondence courses have been sent to us for grading, but these days we are pleased to offer online high school courses and print and online middle school courses as well.  Because Illinois is our home state, we are subject to the standards of the Illinois State Board of Education, and the ISBE visits us every so often to see how we are doing.  We welcome those visits because they lead to us being recognized as a non-public school by the Illinois State Board of Education.  That recognition adds another layer of validation to our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program.  No matter where you live, we'd be happy to serve you.  Enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Cyber Monday

It's November 30 and today is Cyber Monday.  It's known as Cyber Monday because many people choose to shop online today, and perhaps some of you are looking for a distance education high school or middle school for yourself, a family member or a friend.  If so, you've come to the right place.  We offer accredited high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Take them collectively as part of an accredited high school program or middle school program, or take them individually for credit recovery or enrichment.  Whether you take one course or many, our tuition is all-inclusive, meaning that tuition includes study materials, grading, record-keeping, access to the online student center and much more.  Since you're already in the mood to shop online today, why not purchase the most valuable gift you can–an education.  Visit our enrollment page to get started!