Today’s Birthday: Frederick William Herschel

It's November 15, and Frederick William Herschel was born on this date in 1738.  He was a scientist and astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and later discovered infrared radiation.  If you're interested in learning more about Uranus and other planets and moons, we have an online astronomy course and online earth and space science courses that may interest you.  We try to offer accredited online high school courses that excite students and get them interested in learning.  The same is true for our high school correspondence courses, and when we launched our accredited middle school program in 2017, we had the same idea in mind.  Having interesting courses is important to us because we want to make learning fun and have something for everyone.  If you're interested in something, chances are you will approcach it with enthusiasm.  We can't promise that all of our courses will interest you in the same way because it is rare that everything will appeal to everybody, but we do make an effort.  We hope you'll find our courses interesting and educational after you enroll and become our student.  

Testimonial Thursday

Today's testimonial is from Huda from Illinois, who writes, "The Business Math textbook was very helpful because the examples and way of explaining the methods were really good.  The instructor gave a tremendous amount of help on solving the problems.  Without the instructor’s comments and help, I would’ve been lost.  Thank you."  We thank Huda for those words.  Instructors in our print and online middle school courses, high school correspondence courses and online high school courses are trained to provide constructive feedback on every exam they grade.  We try to make distance education as personal as possible, so we make our instructors and staff available whenever students need them.  Even though students may work alone in a classroom of one, they are never truly alone.  Enroll today and let us give you the same personal attention in distance education.  

National Distance Learning Week Begins Today

It's November 4, and National Distance Learning Week begins today.  We are proud to be your distance education high school and distance education middle school, and it's what we've done since our founding in 1897.  Back then, nobody could have envisioned us offering online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we are happy to offer those in addition to the high school correspondence courses and middle school correspondence courses that have been so important to us over the years.  No matter what course delivery method you use, we are happy to serve you and have you as part of our distance learning community! 

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

If you like to sleep, you're in luck this weekend because Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m.  That means before we go to bed Saturday night we should set our clocks back one hour, which gives us an extra hour of sleep.  If sleep isn't your thing, you could look at this weekend as giving you an extra hour to work on your online or high school correspondence courses or print or online middle school courses.  That's one of the best things about studying with American School.  You can work when and where it is convenient for you.  If you want to study from 1 to 2 a.m. and then fall back an hour and study from 1 to 2 a.m. all over again, you can do that.  If you want to study during more normal hours, shall we say, you can do that too.  The choice is up to you.  We hope you'll choose us as your distance education high school or middle school, and you can get started by enrolling today!

2019 Convention #23: MSCA Fall Conference

American School is excited to exhibit at the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference next week in Osage Beach.  Counselors are invited to visit us at the Margarita Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) on November 3 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will have information about our independent study high school program in which students can take online high school courses or high school correspondence courses to recover credit.  We will also have information about our print or online high school diploma program for the potential dropout and also have details about our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  Come join us in the Show Me State!  We look forward to seeing you there.


Today’s Birthday: Brian Kelly

It's October 25, and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly turns 58 years old today.  If you're thinking of playing college football at Notre Dame or participating in any other sport for any other NCAA school, please read this blog carefully.  At this time our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses are not NCAA-approved.  That means that if you take our courses, you likely will not be able to play college sports.  We are working diligently toward making our accredited high school program NCAA-approved, and we have always thought that the education our students and graduates receive matches or exceeds the education students receive in more traditional schools.  We thank you for your understanding and hope to have an update for you soon.

Today’s Special Occasion: United Nations Day

It's October 24, and today is United Nations Day.  It's the perfect occasion to remind you that even though we are proud to be called American School and serve students in all 50 states, we're also happy to serve students in more than 65 countries around the world.  In the past, students who lived overseas had to fill out special enrollment applications.  Those applications have been eliminated, and all students fill out the same applications no matter where they live.  International students who take online high school courses and online middle school courses will pay the tuition listed on the applications they choose.  Those who take middle school or high school correspondence courses, however, will pay the tuition listed on the application plus shipping charges to send printed material to their home country.  No matter where you live, we are happy to have you as our student.  You can get started by enrolling today. 


American School Welcomes Board of Trustees

Today American School welcomes its Board of Trustees for their quarterly visit.  We always enjoy seeing our trustees because they have a deep love of American School and bring with them decades of knowledge and experience.  In total, our trustees have more than a century of experience serving American School, and over the years they've seen us go from offering only high school correspondence courses to a school that also offers an online high school diploma for adults or children and three years' worth of correspondence or online middle school courses for students in grades 6-8.  Much of what is discussed today and tomorrow will help shape American School's future, and we're excited to share our future plans with you as soon as they become official.  In the meantime, you can make our trustees–and all of our employees–happy by enrolling with us today!

Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing

Today's blog is about Transcript-Based Alternative Methods of Credentialing.  If you click the link we've included in this blog, you'll learn what they are and see American School listed as an approved curriculum provider by the Illinois Community College Board.  If you live in another state, you should check with your local board to see if we are approved there as well.  We are happy to provide high school correspondence courses and online high school courses to anyone who wants to take them for any reason.   We offer accredited high school courses online and in print to ensure that you have the course delivery method that is comfortable to you.  Please contact us if you have any questions about how we can serve you.  We are happy to help you reach your educational goals!

Starting Over or Starting Again

On a regular basis we hear from people who enrolled with us a long time ago, passed a few of their high school correspondence courses or online high school courses and then had to stop and abandon their studies.  Often they contact us and ask us if they can start over or start again, and our answer is always an enthusiastic yes!  We know that sometimes life can get in the way of you trying to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are happy to help you get started again, and whatever courses you completed with us previously will still count toward the number of credits needed to earn your accredited high school diploma.  We often say that it's never too late to graduate, so if you've been on the sidelines for awhile but want to start over or start again, just let us know.  We're happy to help!