Smithsonian Virtual Adventures

Today's blog is about Smithsonian Virtual Adventures.  The Smithsonian is a wonderful collection of museums in Washington, D.C., and we encourage you to visit the Smithsonian if you are able.  Right now, however, we are in a time when people are staying close to home.  The Smithsonian Virtual Adventures series is a way for you to learn about the Smithsonian and its collections without leaving your home.  It would make a fine supplement to your middle school or high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and online high school courses.  Click the link in this blog to learn more! 

Looking Back at 22 Years at American School

It's September 15, and today the person who regularly writes this blog celebrates 22 years of employment at American School.  Like today, September 15, 1998, was also a Tuesday, but American School has evolved quite a bit since then.  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, 22 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 allow students to pick which courses they do online and which they do on paper.  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.   All of us are grateful to work at American School and look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student.

Less Than Two Weeks to Enroll in AP Courses

Today's blog is a reminder that you have less than two weeks to enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The deadline to enroll is September 25.  We have this deadline because these online high school courses are advanced and students need plenty of time to study the material before taking the AP exam in the spring.  Only students who have demonstrated a high academic ability should consider adding AP courses to their accredited high school program or independent study high school program, and additional fees do apply.  Visit here for more information about our AP courses and begin the enrollment process today if you plan to take any of them in 2020-2021.  We look forward to serving you!

Remembering September 11, 2001

Today is September 11, the 19th anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We pause and remember those who lost their lives that day and the survivors who still mourn them.  Almost a generation has passed since 2001, and many of you who are on our web site looking for information about online high school courses, high school correspondence courses and print and online middle school courses may not have been born when 9-11 occurred.  For those of us who were alive that day, the memories are still vivid.  If you are able, we encourage you to attend a local 9-11 memorial service today if there is one in your community.  You will learn more about the events of September 11, 2001, and likely become more appreciative of the freedoms you have as a citizen of the United States of America in the process.

Happy Grandparents Day

Today's blog celebrates Grandparents Day, which is happening this coming Sunday.  Over the years we've worked with many grandparents who have assumed responsibility for their grandchildren's educations.  Although you may not think it, many grandparents are adept at technology and have an interest in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Others prefer our middle school and high school correspondence courses.  Either way, we are happy to work with them and grateful that they have chosen to support their grandchildren as they work to earn a high school diploma at home.  If you're a grandparent reading this blog, we wish you a happy Grandparents Day and encourage you to review our web site.  If you see something your grandchildren would like, we invite you to enroll them today!

Today’s Anniversary: The Old Man and the Sea

It's September 1, and Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea was published on this date in 1952.  The novel is part of our American Literature course, and American Literature is a popular high school correspondence class for students in our college preparatory program.  The college preparatory program is designed for students who plan to attend a four-year university, but we also have a general high school program designed for students who plan to attend a community college or join the workforce, and those students can take American Literature as well.  We are happy to have a wide variety of online high school courses and high school correspondence courses available to our students, and our caring staff will ensure that no student is ever "at sea" during his or her time with us.  Cast your line with us and enroll today!

Four Weeks Left to Enroll in AP Courses

We are almost exactly halfway through the period in which students can enroll in Advanced Placement Courses for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Normally students can enroll in our courses any time of the year, but AP courses have a specific enrollment window.  That's because students in AP courses can take AP exams offered in the spring and need ample time to learn and master the material that is covered on those exams.  Please note that these online high school courses are more rigorous than most high school courses and should be taken by advanced students who have demonstrated high academic ability in 9th, 10th and 11th grades.  If you're an advanced student, considering adding an AP course to your accredited high school diploma program if you plan to earn a high school diploma at home with American School.  AP courses can also be taken as part of an independent study high school program if you plan to get your diploma from another school.  Either way, visit here for more information about our AP courses and begin the enrollment process today if you plan to take any of them in 2020-2021.  We look forward to serving you!

Today’s Anniversary: Windows 95

It's August 24, and the Windows 95 operating system debuted on this date in 1995.  Because computer operating systems evolve on a regular basis, Windows 95 is obsolete now, but we mention it today because computer operating systems are very important to students who take our online middle school courses or online high school courses.  Our online learning page includes information about technical requirements you should meet before you enroll in those online courses.  We have middle school and high school correspondence courses available if you do not meet the technical requirements for our online courses, but we do not want you to enroll in online courses only to discover that you cannot complete them because you do not have the proper technology at home.  Before you enroll, please review the technical requirements.  If you meet them, then we'd be happy to have you enroll in our online courses!

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we're back with another testimonial from a student or parent.  Today's testimonial comes from Richard from Texas, who writes, "American School provides a way for students to excel beyond the common limitations of a classroom."  We thank Richard for those words.  Even though Richard's testimonial is only one sentence long, it is a powerful statement.  Common limitations of today's classrooms might include too many students which could lead unsafe learning conditions for students.  Students in classrooms all work at the same pace, but what if you want to work more slowly or more quickly than your peers?  It is difficult to do that in a traditional classroom but easy to do that with American School.  Our students excel by working at their own pace and with the support of our instructors and staff.  Some take print or online high school courses, while others take print or online middle school courses, but all of our students receive the same type of quality education without having to leave their houses.  American School is a great way for someone to earn a high school diploma at home, and today is a great day for you or someone you know to get started.  Enroll now!

Saving Work in Edmentum

Today's blog has a reminder for students who take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us.  We strongly recommend that you save your work in these Edmentum courses on a regular basis, perhaps every five to ten minutes.  Many web sites or programs will automatically sign you out or time you out if you do not save your work or show some form of activity over a certain period of time.  Edmentum is among those sites, so please save your work on a regular basis, again, perhaps every five to ten minutes.  We are working to find a permanent solution to this issue and will do our best to ensure that no work you have done is lost.  In the meantime, please remember to save your work often, and thank you for making us your distance education high school or middle school.