2020 Convention #16: ASCA Conference (Cancelled)

This weekend American School was looking forward to exhibiting at the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Seattle.  Unfortunately but understandably the event was cancelled.  Had we attended in person, we would have had information about our independent study high school program which helps students at traditional schools graduate on time with their classes.  Some take high school correspondence courses for credit recovery or enrichment, while others prefer online high school courses.  We know that students learn differently, so we have both options available.  Our independent study high school programs can be a cost-effective replacement for summer school programs as well.  The ASCA Conference is one of the biggest events of the year, and we look forward to meeting school counselors from across the country when we return to the convention in person next year.

Summer Begins Saturday

It's June 18, and the official start of summer is just two days away.  School is usually the last thing on people's minds during the summer months, but now is a great time to work on American School classes.  Students in our independent study high school program take our online high school courses and high school correspondence courses over the summer to make up credits and begin the new school year on time with their classes.  Students who have decided to earn a high school diploma at home with us or enroll in our accredited middle school program often enjoy studying outside while the weather is nice.  No matter your educational goals, American School can help you achieve them, and the summer is a great time to get started.  Enroll today!

New English 12 Course Available

American School is pleased to announce that a new English 12 course is available to students.  This high school correspondence class is a senior-level English course that would be a great fit in an accredited high school program whether it's a general high school program or a college preparatory program.  This new course also can be valuable to students who wish to recover credit through our independent study high school program and graduate on time with their classmates at a traditional school.  We are constantly developing new courses or revising current ones in order to give our students the best educational experience we can.  Check back tomorrow to read about another new course we are happy to offer to our students.  

Better Business Bureau Reaccredits American School

American School is pleased to announce reaccreditation by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.  American School has been a BBB member since 1934, and we are proud of our 86-year affiliation with the Better Business Bureau.  We are also proud of our A+ Better Business Bureau Rating.  The A+ rating and our long history with the Better Business Bureau indicate that we are honest in our business dealings.  If you enroll in our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program, you will get a quality education from a reputable business.  Get started by enrolling today!  

Online Exams Available in Spanish 1

Today's blog announces that online exams are now available for our paper-based Spanish 1 course.  As we have noted in previous blogs, we try to make online exams available in our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Students like the hybrid of learning in a traditional way, using textbooks and study guides as if they were in a classroom, and taking exams in a modern way, which ensures exams get here quickly and safely.  Online exams are available in most paper-based courses as part of an accredited high school program, independent study high school program or accredited middle school program.  Keep them in mind.  We think you'll like them!

American School Trustees Hold Quarterly Meeting

American School Trustees held their quarterly meeting yesterday.  Normally this meeting is held in person and in conjunction with our scholarship meeting, but current circumstances mandated that yesterday's meeting take place via conference call.  The scholarship meeting had previously been moved to this summer.  The quarterly trustee meetings are important because they are occasions for trustees to review previous activities, ask questions about the current state of the School and plan for the future.  Offering an accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program with outstanding customer service at an affordable cost is always foremost on the minds of our trustees, and we are grateful for their leadership and support. 

Online Student Center and Online Counselor Office Update

This morning we want to give you an update about the Online Student Center and Online Counselor Office.  If you've read our blogs, seen our posts on social media or have visited the sites yourself, you know that the student center and counselor office have been down more than usual lately.  Over the weekend we began the process of moving the sites to a new host that is far more reliable than the old one.  The end result will be better service for students taking our print or online high school courses and print and online middle school courses.  It will also mean better service for counselors who monitor their students in our independent study high school program.  There may some glitches along the way, and we will try to update you as best we can.  In the meantime, we thank you for your patience during this transition and for working with us.  We are happy to serve you!

American School Celebrates Administrative Professionals Day

Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day, and we were happy to recognize our administrative professionals throughout the building.  As a leading distance education high school and middle school, you might guess that we have several administrative professionals, and you'd be correct.  We are grateful for them.  Besides administrative professionals, each American School employee plays a part in helping students earn a high school diploma at home, complete an accredited middle school program, or take courses through our independent study high school program.  Some grade, some ship course materials, some handle accounting issues, some provide customer service, and others handle administrative tasks.  All of us want to see all of our students succeed, and we want to see you succeed too.  Enroll now! 

SAT and COVID-19

This is the second of two days we are looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected standardized testing.  Today we will focus on the SAT.  Please click the link in this blog to receive the latest information on how the ACT is adapting to the current situation.  This information will be important to you if you are in our college preparatory program or if you are attending another high school and taking individual courses with us through our independent study high school program.  Either way, we appreciate you taking print or online high school courses with us and wish you and your family continued good health.

 

ACT and COVID-19

Over the next two days, we are going to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected standardized testing.  Today we will focus on the ACT.  Please click the link in this blog to receive the latest information on how the ACT is adapting to the current situation.  This information will be important to you if you are in our college preparatory program or if you are attending another high school and taking individual courses with us through our independent study high school program.  Either way, we appreciate you taking print or online high school courses with us and wish you and your family continued good health.