Looking Back at 21 Years at American School

It's September 16, and over the weekend the person who regularly writes this blog celebrated 21 years of work at American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years.  Back in 1998, the American School was strictly a distance education high school.  We didn't add an accredited middle school program until 2016.  Moreover, 21 years ago we only offered high school correspondence courses that students could take to earn a high school diploma at home.  Now we offer online high school courses and allow students to pick which courses they do online and which they do on paper.  We've always offered an independent study high school program, but we also offer individual courses to anyone who may wish to take them for enrichment.  One thing that hasn't changed over the years is our commitment to our students.  We strive to offer accredited courses at an affordable cost and provide the best possible service.  It's the vision our founder, R.T. Miller, had when he and his friends founded the American School in Boston in 1897.  That philosophy was passed down and instilled in other School leaders over the years, including those in charge in 1998 and those leading the School today.   All of us are grateful for you and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

2019 Convention #21: KSCA Conference

After taking the month of August off, we're back on the road this week and making our first appearance at the Kentucky School Counselor Association Conference in Lexington.  Come see us at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa on September 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.; September 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and September 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  We'll have information about our independent study high school program and the online high school courses and high school correspondence courses available to students who enroll with us to recover credits.  We'll also have information about our print and online middle school courses in case any counselors who work with grades 6-8 stop by our booth.  We are always excited to attend conventions for the first time, and we cannot recall ever visiting Kentucky before, so please come join us.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you how we can serve your students!

Today’s Anniversary: The Price is Right

It's September 4, and The Price is Right premiered on this date in 1972.  If you've read this blog from the beginning, then you know we've featured the show and its games many times.  In fact we did a whole week of blogs related to the show when long-time host Bob Barker retired in 2007.  If you're wondering, our favorite games are Cliff Hangers, Plinko and anything that includes supermarket items, but today's blog is going to focus entirely on the name of the show.  We believe our price is right whether you need to enroll in an entire accredited high school program or accredited middle school program or enroll in individual subjects through our independent study high school program or simply for enrichment.  When we give you a price, that is the price.  Our tuition includes all study materials, access to the online student center, grading of exams and more.  The only times you may have to pay more than the tuition cost is if you lose study materials or need additional transcripts sent to schools.  Please do not be fooled by other schools which promote a seemingly cheap tuition price but then turn around and ask you to pay for study materials and nickel and dime you along the way.  We simply do not operate in that way.  When you look at the outstanding curriculum materials we provide and combine that with our vey reasonable prices, we are confident you'll say our price is right and many other things are right as well.  Enroll now!   

 

New Diploma Program and Individual Subject Applications Available Soon

It's September 3, and if you read two of our blogs last week, you know we are very excited about what's happening this week.  That's because we're debuting a new structure and application for our accredited high school program and a new application for our independent study high school program and other individual subjects.  As with everything we do, we made these changes with students in mind.  Students wanting to earn a high school diploma at home will have more flexibility than ever before, and our enrollment applications are also much simpler.  There's even an updated application for our accredited middle school program.  As with any change, we ask for your patience.  When we post new applications this week, the only applications available will be those which you can print on paper and then email, fax or send us.  We will have online applications available in the coming weeks.  If you wish to enroll, contact our enrollments department and we will be happy to take your enrollment application over the phone.  Thank you for making us your school of choice.  We have even more changes planned in the coming weeks and months, and we think you'll like what you see!

New Pricing Structure and Application for Individual Subjects

Today's blog has information about a new pricing structure for individual subjects that will go into effect on September 3.  Previously students who wished to take individual subjects as part of an independent study high school program filled out one application, while students who wished to take individual accredited high school courses or individual print or online middle school courses simply for enrichment filled out another application.  We're going to combine those two applications into one, and students who wish to enroll in courses to recover credit will need to fill out a special section on the application with pertinent school information.  At first, only printed applications will be available, but later in September or in October, students will be able to enroll online in individual subjects by going to the description of the course they wish to take and then adding that course to their shopping cart.  For your convenience, most individual subjects will be priced the same regardless of course delivery method.  The standard cost will be $300 for a full unit of credit and $250 for a half unit.  Some courses will be value-priced at $200 for a full unit of credit and $150 for a half unit, while AP courses and lab courses will be priced at $400 for a full unit of credit and $350 for a half unit.  As usual, all study materials and grading are included in the cost of tuition, and the enrollment fee on the previous independent study application has been eliminated.  If you have questions or comments about this new pricing and enrollment structure for individual subjects, please let us know.  We enjoy hearing from you and appreciate having the opportunity to serve you.  Thank you for making us your school of choice! 

Enroll in AP Courses for 2019-2020!

American School is pleased to open enrollments in our AP courses for the 2019-2020 school year.  All the information you need is available on the AP Courses page on our web site.  Unlike most of our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses, there is a specific enrollment period for AP courses. That's because the courses are designed to be taken over a period of several months and culminate with AP exams in the spring.  Please note the prices for AP courses if you are currently in our accredited high school program or if you wish to take the course are part of our independent study high school program.  Also, please note the specific enrollment requirements for each online AP course.  We are happy to offer AP courses to our students and hope that those who meet the enrollment requirements add AP courses to their curriculum!

American School Closing at Noon on August 6

American School will be closing at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 6, for a staff event.  We look forward to helping you with your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program when we reopen with regular business hours on Wednesday, August 7.  Thank you for your understanding.

American School Once Again Receives BBB Accreditation

Last week American School received official word of its accreditation with the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.  We have been accredited by BBB since 1934, and their accreditation verifies that we strive to uphold eight BBB standards for trust.  They are to build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, safeguard privacy and embody integrity.  We do these things for students in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  It doesn't matter how many classes you take with us.  We want to give you an excellent experience, and upholding the eight standards listed in this blog post helps us do that.  We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with the Better Business Bureau, and we hope you are as well!

New Web Site Coming Soon

Over the last few weeks you've read and heard about our new online courses, and today we have something else to share with you.  We anticipate launching a new web site in July.  The site will be state-of-the-art and mobile-friendly and will better serve our past, present and future students.  There will be pages featuring our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and independent study high school program, and students will be able to enroll in individual courses simply by going to the course description and then adding it to their shopping cart.  We will have a similar way for students to enroll in full-year or full diploma programs.  As with any new web site, there may be some bugs at first, but we're going to do our best to test the new site and then test it again to make sure everything works properly.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop new ways to better serve you!

American School General Merchandise

Today is the last of a series of three blogs about American School merchandise found on the Jostens web site.  As we've noted previously, we do not sell items ourselves, nor do we profit from items sold by Jostens.  Today we'd like to focus on general merchandise.   Much of the general merchandise is apparel featuring various sports teams that we do not have.  After all, with students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, it's difficult to get athletes together to compete as one team.  Still, some of these items might interest you, and so we wanted to let you know they are available.  Whether you're in our general high school program, college preparatory program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program, we hope that you take pride in your school.  We definitely take pride in having you as our student!