Today’s Special Occasion: 10-10

It's October 10, commonly abbreviated as 10-10.  We mention this because we think you'll rate us a perfect 10 when you choose us as your distance education high school and middle school.  We offer high-quality accredited high school courses and middle school courses at an affordable cost.  Tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and much more.  In addition, monthly payment plans are available for students in full-year programs.  Whether you do everything in grades 6-12 with us or just need one course from our independent study high school program, we offer you the same great customer service and more than 120 years of excellence in distance education.  Enroll today.  We'd be thrilled to serve you! 

September 28 Deadline For AP Course Enrollment

Today's blog is a reminder that the deadline to enroll in AP courses for the 2018-19 academic year is this Friday, September 28.  Click here for more information and an enrollment application.  Normally we allow students to work at their own pace in online high school courses, but AP courses are more structured.  Everything builds towards the AP exams which are scheduled in the spring.  In order to give students adequate time to learn the material and prepare for the AP exam, we require at least eight months of study, which is why the deadline for this year's AP course is this coming Friday.  Adding an AP course as a senior would be a great addition to your accredited high school program.  You can take an AP course if you are working to earn a high school diploma at home with us or as part of an independent study high school program en route to a diploma from another school.  Either way, we hope you enroll by this Friday! 

Today’s Special Occasion: Talk Like A Pirate Day

Ahoy!  It's September 19, and today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  If you arrrrrgh wondering what today is all about and what you can do to celebrate, we invite you to click the link in today's blog.  If you want to learn how to become a better speaker the other 364 days of the year, we offer a speech course.  Take it as part of your accredited high school program or take it separately as part of an independent study high school program or simply for your personal enrichment.  You won't need a treasure chest of money to pay for our speech course either because we keep costs to a minimum.  Tuition includes all study materials, grading, access to the online student center and more.  If you're ready to begin studying with the best distance education high school, we invite you to enroll today! 

Looking Back At 20 Years At American School

It's September 14, and tomorrow the person who regularly writes this blog will celebrate 20 years of work at the American School.  Today is the perfect occasion to look back at how the American School has evolved over the years and express gratitude to several groups of people.  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, 20 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 an online high school diploma program.  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.  There are too many great memories and too many great relationships and friendships to mention in one blog, but a deep sense of gratitude exists for all of them, as well as for the students, parents and school officials who have made the American School their school of choice.  All of us are grateful for you and look forward to serving you in the next 20 years and beyond.

Time Running Out To Enroll In AP Courses

Today's blog is a reminder that students have until September 28 to enroll in AP courses for the 2018-19 academic year.  You may ask yourself why there is a deadline to enroll in AP courses since elsewhere we trumpet the fact that students can start anytime and finish anytime.  AP courses are different.  Everything in an AP course leads up to the AP exam students take in the spring at local high schools.  In order to best prepare students to take that exam, we require that students enroll in the summer and early fall.  In addition, AP courses are recommended for seniors and, in rare instances, juniors.  Many of them have prerequisites that freshmen and sophomores have not completed.  The AP page on our web site has all the information you need, including enrollment applications.  If you are interested and meet the prerequisites, add them to your accredited high school program or take them as part of an independent study high school program.  We'd be happy to serve you!

The Great American Read Returns Tomorrow

Today's blog is an alert that the PBS series The Great American Read returns tomorrow night and continues each Tuesday night until October 23.  Check your local listings for times in your area.  The premise of the series is to determine the top 100 American novels and then rank them and count them down to #1 in the series finale.  Please note that our promotion of the series does not equate to our endorsement of any of the novels on the list, but if you watch the show, you may learn about some of the novels in our high school correspondence courses or online high school courses.  We have a great variety of literature courses available as part of a print or online high school diploma program or as part of an independent study high school program for credit recovery or enrichment.  After you enroll, you'll read some great works and become a better thinker and writer in the process! 

American School U.S. Open Memory: Caroline Wozniacki

At the time we're publishing today's blog, American School student Caroline Wozniacki is just about ready to take the court for her first-round match in this year's U.S. Open.  As the tournament celebrates its 50th anniversary, we're looking back at some of the most memorable American School-related moments of the event, starting with the most recent.  Caroline has twice reached the final of the U.S. Open, losing 7-5, 6-3 to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and 6-3, 6-3 to Serena Williams in 2014.  Buoyed by her win in this year's Australian Open, Caroline is hoping to go one step farther this year and win her first U.S. Open title, and we wish her the best as she chases the championship.  No matter what your goals are, American School is here to support you.  We offer print and online middle school courses and print and online high school courses.  Take them as part of a full accredited middle school program or accredited high school program, or take them individual for enrichment or as part of an independent study high school program.  Enroll today and check back soon for another American School U.S. Open memory.

Enroll in AP Courses for 2018-2019!

American School is pleased to open enrollments in our AP courses for the 2018-2019 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 course.  Last year was the first year we offered AP courses, and it was successful.  You can make this year even more successful by enrolling today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Flag Day

It's June 14, and today we're celebrating Flag Day.  The American flag proudly flies outside our office every day, and perhaps it flies outside your home as well.  We can take pride in many things besides our flag.  One of them is education.  If you've been frustrated by education in the past, or if you're not proud of your educational record, give us a try.  We offer an online high school diploma program and a correspondence high school diploma program, and we award credit for work completed at accredited schools.  If you only need a credit or two to graduate from your current high school, consider our independent study high school program.  We want you to be proud of our flag and your education.  Make today a memorable Flag Day for yourself and enroll with us today! 

Today’s Anniversary: Wisconsin

It's May 29, and Wisconsin became a state 170 years ago today.  For the past few years, we've begun our yearly convention schedule by attending a school counselors convention in the Badger State.  Counselors there and across the country use our independent study high school program and enroll their students in online high school courses or high school correspondence courses for credit recovery.  We're happy to serve those schools and their students, and we're happy to serve the homeschooling community as well.  To that end, we're back on the road later this week, but instead of going north to Wisconsin, we're heading south.  Check back tomorrow to discover where we're headed next.