Today’s Anniversary: Kansas

It's January 29, and Kansas became a state on this date in 1861.  To our knowledge, we've never attended a convention in the Sunflower State, but we do attend a convention in Kansas City, Missouri on an annual basis.  As we've said in previous blogs, we do our best to meet students where they are.  We have an exciting convention lineup for 2020 and will be announcing details soon.  At every show we promote our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program or independent study high school program.  We also bring along some unique promotional items, including a brand new one we will debut in 2020.  Whether you live in Kansas or any of the other 49 states, we look forward to meeting you in person later this year!

About the Online Counselor Office

Today's blog is about our Online Counselor Office.  The Online Counselor Office is available to school officials who have students enrolled in our middle school and high school independent study program.  Counselors can log into the Online Counselor Office anytime to view their students' records, download final exams, and much more.  We allow for one school code and one password per school, so it is important for school officials to share their information with others on staff so that everyone can have access to the site.  When counselors access the Online Counselor Office, they will see a list of names of their students who are taking our accredited middle school courses or accredited high school courses.  They can click on the name of a particular student and view that student's records.  We are happy to offer this service to counselors who have students in our independent study high school program or middle school program and hope you visit the Online Counselor Office often!

American School and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Recently American School renewed its membership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.  The Illinois Chamber is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and American School has been a part of it for more than 70 years.  We joined in 1946 when we only offered high school correspondence courses and our independent study high school program was in its infancy.  Today we offer online high school courses and print and online middle school courses to students in all 50 states.  We are proud to be a member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and wish the Illinois Chamber another 100 years of success serving businesses throughout our home state.


American School Sends Bulk Mailing

American School is always looking for ways to reach people who might be interested in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Recently we did a bulk mailing to school counselors in all 50 states to introduce, or in some cases reintroduce, ourselves to them.  The mailing contained information about our independent study high school program which is helpful for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate with their class.  It also mentioned that American School can serve the potential dropout by giving him or her the chance to earn a high school diploma at home at an affordable cost.  In total more than 120,000 counselors, including counselors who currently use us, received this mailing.  While we are unsure if we will send similar mailings in the future, it is our hope that the counselors who received this mailing will consider allowing us to serve their students in 2020 and beyond. 

About Using Old Enrollment Applications

Last fall we introduced new enrollment applications for our accredited high school program, accredited middle school program and independent study high school program.  These new applications were available as PDF documents on our web site or by request through the mail and remain current today.  We hope to have online enrollment applications available shortly.  Old enrollment applications are no longer being honored.  If you attempt to enroll using an old enrollment application, you will be contacted and asked to pay the difference in number of credits and/or price between your old enrollment application and the current enrollment application.  Thank you for your cooperation and allowing us to serve you!


Winter Spectacular Ends Tomorrow

Today's blog announces that our Winter Spectacular will end tomorrow.  As posted in an earlier blog, the Winter Spectacular allows for current students in full years of our accredited high school program and accredited middle school program to make double monthly payments now and receive a $25 credit.  The offer is not available for students in our independent study high school program or for students taking individual courses for enrichment purposes.  We thank those who took advantage of this offer, and we encourage everyone to keep checking this blog regularly for future special offers.    

American School Closed November 28 and 29

American School will be closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29.  On Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the year, we are most grateful for our students.  We are happy to have print and online high school courses and print and online middle school courses available for students in grades 6-12.  We are also happy to offer two programs for students to earn a high school diploma at home and an independent study high school program for students who need to take individual subjects for credit recovery.  Our affordable tuition allows students to have more money to spend on Black Friday, and our 122 years of credibility proves we are not a turkey when it comes to distance education.  We look forward to serving you when we reopen with regular business hours on Monday, December 2.


Today’s Anniversary: North Carolina

It's November 21, and North Carolina became a state on this date in 1789.  In addition to being the home of Duke University, North Carolina is home to many American School students.  We are proud to serve students in all 50 states and have visited North Carolina for school counseling conventions several times.  We attend school counseling conventions to promote our independent study high school program that allows students to take individual subjects with us to recover credits toward earning a diploma from another school.  Some residents of the Tar Heel State do that, but others choose to enroll in our accredited middle school program or accredited high school program and take all of their courses in grades 6-12 with us.  Either way, we are happy to serve so many residents of North Carolina and would be happy to serve you as well no matter where you live.  Take the first step and enroll today! 

2019 Convention #25: AkSCA Counselor Conference

Today's blog promotes the Alaska School Counselor Association Annual Conference at the Anchroage Marriott Downtown.  Normally a convention blog would promote our appearance at a convention, but since it's a loooooong way to fly to Alaska, we won't be at this one in person.  The AkSCA team, however, realizes that American School can be a great resource for children who live in Alaska, and so they invited us to send materials and information to be displayed at an unmanned table.  We are grateful for this opportunity and are happy to serve students in Alaska.  Counselors can pick up information on Thursday, November 14, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 15, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will have information about our independent study high school program, accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  Our full-year middle school and high school programs may be of particular use to students who live in remote areas and travel one hour or more each way to attend school, a trip that can be even longer in wintry weather.  Although we wish we could attend this convention in person, we hope many school counselors stop by our table and take information.  We'd be happy to help their students!

2019 Convention #24: MSCA Conference

This coming weekend we will return to Michigan and exhibit at the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference.  It's taking place at the Lansing Convention Center, and we invite counselors to stop by table 5 on November 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will have information about our print and online independent study programs and share how our independent study high school program has made us a leading distance education high school for several decades.  This is our penultimate convention appearance of 2019, and we want to send the year out on a high note.  Come join us in Lansing this coming weekend and check back next week to see where we are headed for our final convention appearance of 2019!