Older Alumni

It's September 29, and within a couple hours of each other, we heard great stories about two alumni who graduated more than 60 years ago.  One worked for NASA and was a professor at Stanford and the University of California at Santa Cruz.  The other migrated from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression and later went on to become a published author and was a poet laureate in her hometown.  The common bond is that both of them took our high school correspondence courses to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are proud to call them our graduates and would be happy to serve you as well.  Make us your distance education high school and enroll today!  

Today’s Anniversary: 60 Minutes

It's September 24, and the very first episode of 60 Minutes aired on this date in 1968.  The title of the long-running news program got us thinking about time and brings up the question of how many minutes a day students should work on their American School courses.  The answer is that students can create their own schedules.  Our accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses do not include any seat time requirements.  Students who take middle school or high school correspondence courses also can work at their own pace.  A good rule of thumb is to try to complete an exam or project every week in every subject you take, but we give our students the flexibility to create their own schedules.  Take a couple of minutes to visit our enrollment page to get started today!

New Horticulture Course Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new Horticulture course has blossomed and is now available to students.  This course provides an introduction to horticulture and covers such areas as plant science, landscapring, floral design, lawn maintenance and more.  We are happy to count it among our high school correspondence courses and happy to have a wide variety of electives for our students.  Not everyone has a green thumb, so if horticulture isn't for you, maybe an automotive or electrical course is.  If you do have a green thumb, however, we are happy to offer horticulture.  Electives are important to students in our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and we even count them among our high school independent study courses that students take for credit recovery.  Let your academic career bloom after you become our student.  Plant the seed and enroll today!

Smithsonian Virtual Adventures

Today's blog is about Smithsonian Virtual Adventures.  The Smithsonian is a wonderful collection of museums in Washington, D.C., and we encourage you to visit the Smithsonian if you are able.  Right now, however, we are in a time when people are staying close to home.  The Smithsonian Virtual Adventures series is a way for you to learn about the Smithsonian and its collections without leaving your home.  It would make a fine supplement to your middle school or high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and online high school courses.  Click the link in this blog to learn more! 

Remembering September 11, 2001

Today is September 11, the 19th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site looking for information about online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and print and online middle school courses may not have been born when 9-11 occurred.  For those of us who were alive that day, the memories are still vivid.  If you are able, we encourage you to attend a local 9-11 memorial service today if there is one in your community.  You will learn more about the events of September 11, 2001, and likely become more appreciative of the freedoms you have as a citizen of the United States of America in the process.

Happy Grandparents Day

Today's blog celebrates Grandparents Day, which is happening this coming Sunday.  Over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others prefer our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Either way, we are happy to work with them and grateful that they have chosen to support their grandchildren as they work to earn a high school diploma at home.  If you're a grandparent reading this blog, we wish you a happy Grandparents Day and encourage you to review our web site.  If you see something your grandchildren would like, we invite you to enroll them today!

New Auto Fundamentals Course Now Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new Auto Fundamentals course is now available.  The course replaces Automotive Systems and is a good addition to our impressive lineup of high school correspondence courses.  Take it as part of an accredited high school program culminating in you earning your accredited high school diploma.  Students may also take Auto Fundamentals as part of an independent study high school program for credit recovery.  No matter your reason, we look forward to you starting your engine and enrolling with us.  We'd be happy to serve you.

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 Anniversary: The Old Man and the Sea

It's September 1, and Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea was published on this date in 1952.  The novel is part of our American Literature course, and American Literature is a popular high school correspondence class for students in our college preparatory program.  The college preparatory program is designed for students who plan to attend a four-year university, but we also have a general high school program designed for students who plan to attend a community college or join the workforce, and those students can take American Literature as well.  We are happy to have a wide variety of online high school courses and high school correspondence courses available to our students, and our caring staff will ensure that no student is ever "at sea" during his or her time with us.  Cast your line with us and enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Windows 95

It's August 24, and the Windows 95 operating system debuted on this date in 1995.  Because computer operating systems evolve on a regular basis, Windows 95 is obsolete now, but we mention it today because computer operating systems are very important to students who take our online middle school courses or online high school courses.  Our online learning page includes information about technical requirements you should meet before you enroll in those online courses.  We have middle school and high school correspondence courses available if you do not meet the technical requirements for our online courses, but we do not want you to enroll in online courses only to discover that you cannot complete them because you do not have the proper technology at home.  Before you enroll, please review the technical requirements.  If you meet them, then we'd be happy to have you enroll in our online courses!