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!  

Our Busiest Time of the Year

It's April 12, and we are about to head into our busiest time of the year.  Students in our independent study high school program might be taking courses to graduate with their class in May or June.  Students in our general high school program or college preparatory program may have the same goal of finishing in May or June.  Students in our accredited middle school program may want to finish their current grade by May or June.  As you can see, many of our students have deadlines in May or June.  Because of that, exam volume goes up in April and May.  In fairness to all students, we grade exams in the order we receive them.  Please understand there may be a slight delay in turnaround time simply because of the increased exam volume.  While you wait for your exam to be graded, we recommend working ahead in the course so that you are prepared to submit your next exam as soon as your previous exam is graded.  We appreciate your cooperation and are grateful that you have made us your school of choice for accredited courses in grades 6-12. 

American School Introduces New Seal

We're starting off a new week of blogs by unveiling a new seal.  This is our previous seal:

but going forward we will use this seal:

On first glance, you may not notice the difference, but take a closer look.  We removed the word "chartered" and put the word "established" in its place.  Charter schools do good work for students across the country, but we are not a charter school ourselves.  To avoid confusion and to remind people that we've been around since 1897, we changed our seal.  We believe education is the key to success, and we are happy to offer an accredited middle school program, an accredited high school program and an independent study high school program to students who take our courses.  We are happy to be your school of choice and your distance education high school and middle school.  Look for our new seal to appear in multiple locations in the coming months, including enrollment applications, our new web site, and perhaps the diploma you will earn after you enroll with us!

Today’s Anniversary: The Telephone

It's March 7, and on this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.  The American School receives hundreds of telephone calls each day.  Some of them are from prospective students who are interested in learning more about our accredited high school program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program.  Others are from people who have an online or correspondence high school diploma from us and need their records sent to another school.  Most of them, however, are from students currently taking print or online high school courses or print or online middle school courses with us.  We're happy to receive these calls and answer them as quickly as possible.  If we have to return your call, we do so within one business day.  It's important to leave your full name and student number if you have to leave a message.  Doing so will help us find you in our record system and provide you with timely service.  If you need to call us for any reason, please do so at 708-418-2800.  We're here Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time and we'd be happy to assist you however we can. 

Today’s Anniversary: The United States Census

It's March 1, and on this date in 1790, the first United States Census was authorized.  The United States Census is taken every ten years in years that end in zero, so next year's event once again will count every person living in the United States.  That got us thinking about how we count our students here at the American School.  Every student who enrolls in a middle school or high school correspondence class or in one of our online middle school courses or online high school courses is given a student number in order of his or her enrollment.  Over the years we've educated more than 3 million students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  Some students take multiple courses as part of a print or online high school diploma program, while others take just one course as part of an independent study high school program, but every student is more than a number to us.  We offer personalized attention in distance education and would be happy to count you among our students.  You can join us by enrolling today!  

Today’s Anniversary: Utah

It's January 4, and Utah became the 45th state on this date in 1896.  To our knowledge, we've never attended a convention in Utah, but that's not for lack of trying or lack of interest.  We do our best to serve students in all 50 states and have met students, parents and school officials from Utah at conventions held in other states.  This year we're heading to conventions in all parts of the country, and our first stop is coming up next month.  As usual, we'll be promoting our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program at homeschooling conventions and our independent study high school program at conventions aimed at school counselors.  Keep checking this blog regularly to learn where we're headed first.  We hope to meet you in person this year! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Gettysburg Address

It's November 19, and Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this date in 1863.  It's one of the most famous speeches in history, and we are proud to offer accredited high school courses which could help you give outstanding speeches of your own one day.  We do our best to give our students a quality well-rounded education.  Certainly you can take just one course through our independent study high school program if that is all you need, but students who plan to earn a high school diploma at home through our accredited high school program will learn skills in a variety of subjects.  We want our students to be prepared to face any situation after they graduate, and our quality high school education will help them do that.  Enroll today and see for yourself what we mean!

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Today's blog has a reminder for most of you to turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night before you go to sleep.  Unless you live in a place where Daylight Saving Time is not observed, you'll "fall back" and gain an extra hour of sleep.  We realize that many students "fall back" in school for a variety of reasons.  Our print or online middle school courses and print or online high school courses can help you get caught up.  Use our independent study high school program to recover credits and graduate on time with your class.  If you've fallen back more than just a credit or two, you can earn a high school diploma at home with us no matter your age or situation.  Enroll today and you should have a course or two complete by the time Daylight Saving Time returns in March. 

2018 Convention #22: Missouri MSCA Fall Conference

About a week ago we attended one MSCA Fall Conference, and this week we're attending another.  Instead of heading northeast to Michigan, we're heading southwest to Missouri for the Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference.  Counselors in the Show Me State are invited to visit us at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach on November 4 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and November 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We'll be there to promote our independent study high school program which contains high school independent study courses for credit recovery or enrichment in grades 9-12.  We'll also have details about our print and online high school diploma programs available.  We've attended this conference regularly for the last few years and have always enjoyed our visit.  Help us make this year's trip memorable by stopping by our booth.  We'd love to meet you!