International Holocaust Remembrance Day

It's January 27, and today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  January 27 has that distinction because it was on this day in 1945 that Russian forces began to liberate the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.  The Holocaust is one of the most horrendous events in human history but also one that is worthy of study.  That's why we offer a History of the Holocaust course among our online high school courses.  Take it as a part of an accredited high school program or as part of an independent study high school program for credit recovery.  Also, if you're in Washington, D.C., consider visiting the United States Holocaust Museum.  Here at American School we do not treat anyone with malice because of religious beliefs, and we hope our world will do the same.  

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Kristian from Colorado writes, "I really felt the feedback and comments on my exams were so encouraging.  I never have had that in previous schools.  The American School has great encouraging instructors grading exams.  Thanks for helping me complete my U.S. History class."  We thank Kristian for those words.  It is true that our instructors are trained to write constructive comments and call students by name when they grade exams in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  Distance education can be difficult because students and teachers aren't working together in person, so why try to make distance education as personal as possible.  The type of student-teacher interaction that allows our staff to write detailed feedback on exams is one way we do that.  Experience it for yourself by enrolling today! 

Today’s Birthday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's January 15, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  Until his death in 1968, he was a leader in the civil rights movement, and if you're in Atlanta, you can visit the King Center or the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to learn more about his life.  American School has always welcomed students of all races and backgrounds.  You may be asked to identify yourself by race on enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program, but that is only for classification purposes.  It makes no difference to us what your race or background is.  We want to help you reach all of your educational goals and would be happy to serve you!   

Today’s Anniversary: A National Debt of Zero Dollars

It's January 8, and on this date in 1835, the national debt was zero dollars for the first and only time in American history.  Contast that with the current national debt, which is more than 20 trillion dollars, and you'll see why having a national debt of zero dollars was such a big deal.  Nobody wants to go into debt, and so American School offers very affordable tuition prices.  A year of courses in our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program is $900.  The tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and much more.  Our standard payment plan consists of a $200 down payment followed by five monthly payments of $140 each until the entire $900 balance for the year is paid.  When you factor in everything, we believe we offer the most affordable program anywhere.  Students who take individual subjects, perhaps as part of an independent study high school program, can expect to pay between $150 and $400 per course, and they receive the same benefits as those listed above minus the payment plan.  We ask that students who take individual subjects may in full at the time of enrollment.  No matter what program you choose, we will do our best to ensure you don't go into debt paying for it!  

Today’s Anniversary: Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle

It's December 27, and on this date in 1831, Charles Darwin began his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.  It was on this voyage that Darwin began to formulate his theory of evolution which is sometimes taught in biology courses.  The purpose of this blog is to let you know that you will not be forced to read or study anything during your time with American School that may conflict with your religious beliefs.  Some people feel that learning about evolution is not appropriate.  Others may feel that reading stories about wizards, ghosts or witchcraft is not appropriate.  Still others may feel uncomfortable learning about the political process if they don't believe in voting.  We are happy to make alternate units available to you if you object to anything on religious grounds.  We ask that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can start making alternate arrangements, but you will not be penalized as you work on courses in your accredited middle school program, accredited high school program or independent study high school program.  Please keep this in mind as you study with us or think about enrolling.  We are happy to serve you!   

 

American School Announces 2019-2020 Holiday Schedule

While many schools take a week or two off at the end of the year, that is not the case with us at American School.  We will work most of the next two weeks but will be closed December 24, December 25 and January 1.  We plan to have regular business hours on all other weekdays.  Most students might take time off at the end of the year as well, and we understand that.  We are proud to give students taking our accredited online high school courses, print high school courses, online middle school courses and print middle school courses the opportunity to work when and where it is convenient for them.  If you do choose to work during the next two weeks, however, that is fine too.  We understand students have deadlines for completing courses, especially those who take individual subjects through our independent study high school program, and we want to give you outstanding service as you finish your courses.  Please keep this schedule handy and know of our best wishes to you as 2019 draws to a close.  

American School Celebrates 122nd Anniversary

It's December 17, and today is our 122nd anniversary.  We received our charter on this date way back in 1897, and our founder R.T. Miller would probably be surprised to see what we've become in 2019.  High school correspondence courses have always been an important part of us, and we have no plans to eliminate them even as we expand our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  One thing that hasn't changed is that American School has always been willing to serve those individuals who cannot attend traditional school for whatever reason.  We allow our students to work when and where it is convenient for them, and although students work on their courses independently, they are never alone.  Our staff is always available for assistance.  In this past year, we debuted a new high school diploma program and new enrollment applications for our accredited middle school program, accredited high school program and individual subjects which sometimes are taken through our independent study high school program and other times for enrichment.  We have more changes planned for the coming year, and you can take part in them and help us celebrate our anniversary by enrolling today.  You'll be joining more than three million others who have made American School their school of choice!   

American School Closing at 12 Noon on December 17

American School will close at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 17, for a staff event.  We will reopen with regular business hours on Wednesday, December 18, and look forward to assisting you with courses in your accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program at that time.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Today’s Anniversary: Mississippi

It's December 10, and Mississippi became a state on this date in 1817.  Today's blog kicks off three days of blogs about state anniversaries, and we're doing so by featuring a state we've never visited for a convention.  When we think about which conventions to attend in a particular year, we take a lot of things into consideration.  We want to go to shows where plenty of children want to earn a high school diploma at home.  Sometimes we attend shows for guidance counselors in which we will feature our independent study high school program instead.  We try to go to all corners of the country, although some regions do not host conventions or we are unable to attend for logistical reasons.  In total, we attend about 25 shows a year, and although none have been in Mississippi, it doesn't mean we haven't tried to attend a show there, and it doesn't mean we've never met our Mississippi students in person.  Perhaps we've seen them at other shows in the southeast or have met their counselors at a school counseling show.  We want to reach as many students as possible because we believe our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program are second to none.  We look forward to seeing students past, present and future when we return to the road in early 2020! 

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have a testimonial from one of our students.  Lina from Michigan writes, "Everything about American School was amazing.  I recommend it to everyone in my school who is in need of credits.  American School helped me a lot with getting back on track.  Whenever instructors graded my exams, they always left great and kind comments.  Thanks!  You are the best!"  We thank Lina for those words.  We offer an independent study high school program for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate on time with their class.  Students can also take individual subjects to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Whether you take one course or many, all of our instructors write constructive feedback on every exam they grade, as Lina pointed out.  Although we are a distance education high school and middle school, we try to make distance education as personal as possible.  Constructive feedback is one way we do that.  It's one reason why we are consistently rated among the best distance education high schools and middle schools and one reason why you should join us.  Make the first move and enroll today!