New Geometry Course Available

American School is pleased to release a new Geometry course.  This high school correspondence class is perfect as part of an accredited high school program or may be taken for credit recovery or enrichment as part of an independent study high school program.  We are proud to offer hundreds of high school correspondence courses are part of our robust curriculum.  We also offer affordable tuition, monthly payment plans for students in full-year programs and outstanding instruction and service.  When you look at us from every angle, you'll discover that American School should be your school of choice.  Enroll today!

2020 Convention #1: WSCA Conference

One week from today, American School will make its first convention stop of 2020 when we visit the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference in Madison.  School counselors are invited to visit us at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.; February 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and February 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  We'll be at Grand Terrace table 40 and have information about our independent study high school program, accredited high school program and accredited middle school program, and if that's not exciting enough, we'll also have plenty of promotional items to pass out to people who visit our booth.  We've attended this convention in the Badger State for several years running, and it's always a good way to begin our convention season.  Come join us next week in Madison, and stay tuned to this blog to see where we are headed next!


Previewing Our 2020 Convention Schedule

In today's blog, we're going to look ahead to our 2020 convention schedule.  If you're a regular blog reader, you know that we try to attend as many conventions as possible in as many parts of the country, and this year will be no exception.  We will attend several conventions in the midwest since that is where we are based, but we'll also head west for at least two shows and head south for several more.  In fact, we'll go from Washington in the northwest to Florida in the southeast and make many stops in between.  Some conventions are for homeschooled students.  At these conventions we'll feature our accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8 and inform students in grades 9-12 how they can earn a high school diploma at home.  Other conventions are for school officials.  At these conventions we'll feature our independent study high school program and tell counselors how their students can take individual print or online middle school courses or print or online high school courses to recover credit.  Be sure to read tomorrow's blog to learn where we are going first, and keep checking this blog regularly to stay up to date on all of our convention appearances.  We hope to see you later this year! 

Today’s Birthday: Facebook

It's February 4, and Facebook was founded on this date in 2004.  American School's Facebook page is a great place for news about American School, homeschooling and education in general.  If you haven't joined us there yet, we invite you to do so.  Of course, we will continue to publish news about American School, homeschooling and education in general in this blog, and we are grateful you read this blog each day.  We try to include news about our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program in a variety of places because we know people go to different sites to find out about us.  Wherever you find us, we're glad you did, and we encourage you to spread the word to everyone you know!

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.