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!

2018 Convention #20: AMLE

We're back on the road this week and heading to a pair of conventions.  The first is the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education.  Guests are invited to stop by booth 101 at the Gaylord Palms outside Orlando, Florida, on October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on October 26 from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Up until a few years ago, there was no reason for us to attend this event because its focus is grades 6-8.  Nowadays, though, we have print and online middle school courses in our curriculum.  The response to our accredited middle school program has been great, and we hope attending this conference will result in us having even more students to serve.  Check back later this week to learn where we'll be promoting our independent study high school program this weekend!

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!