American School Closed May 27, Blog Returns May 28

This blog contains two announcements.  First, today's blog will be our last until next Tuesday, May 28.  Next Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, and the American School will be closed in observance of that national holiday.  Even though we won't have blogs the rest of this week, rest assured that we are open and ready to serve students, especially those who are nearing the end of their high school correspondence courses, online high school courses and accredited middle school courses.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and check back here May 28 for our next blog post.

Today’s Anniversary: College Graduation

It's May 17, and on this date the person who regularly writes this blog graduated from college.  The name and location of the university isn't important, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you can probably figure that out.  What's important is that graduating from this particular college was the fulfillment of a childhood dream, and choosing the correct high school played an enormous role in making that dream come true.  Perhaps you're reading this blog and you're currently an American School student.  You and your family have already made the choice to use our curriculum, either our general high school program or our college preparatory program in particular, and for that, we thank you.  If you are reading this blog and still undecided about enrolling with us, we invite you to look around our web site and determine if the American School is best for you.  We offer online high school courses as well as high school correspondence courses, and doing so ensures students can take courses in the delivery method they want.  We understand the merits of both public and private high schools, but at the same time we believe we bring something different to the table, namely the ability for the student to work in a classroom of one, free from distractions.  Working in a classroom of one allows the student to work entirely at his or her own pace.  You won't be far ahead of the teacher's pace or lag far behind.  You create your own pace, sometimes faster in one subject, sometimes slower in another, but the pace is entirely yours.  That's just one of the benefits of becoming an American School student, and there are many more.  Rest assured that American School graduates go on to attend some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and we reward those students each year by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving graduates.  Perhaps one day you'll be one of them after you earn your diploma in our accredited high school program.  Take the first step and enroll today!

Happy Mother’s Day from American School

It's the Friday before Mother's Day, so we want to extend our Mother's Day greetings in today's blog.  We know how instrumental mothers are in their children's educations. Mothers are often their children's first teachers, and we're appreciative that so many mothers have remained deeply involved in their children's educations when they reach grades 6-12.  We provide high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspodnence courses and online middle school courses that would be perfect for your family.  We'd love to add your family to our family, and you can do that by enrolling today!

American School Graduation Merchandise

Many times over the years people have contacted us regarding class rings, graduation announcements and other American School merchandise.  While it is important to note that we do not officially offer these items ourselves nor make money from them, there is a way for you to order these items and more online.  Our blogs today, tomorrow and Thursday will tell you how to do so.  Jostens has an American School page on its web site.  If the link in this blog doesn't work or if you don't recall the link, you can search for us on Jostens' web site too, simply by entering our name and location in Lansing, Illinois.  Do not worry if we come up as American School of Correspondence.  That is our official name because for years we offered only high school correspondence classes.  As you know, we offer online middle school courses and online high school courses too, so we often shorten our name to simply American School.  Once you find our page you will see three categories, one for graduation, one for class jewelry and one for other merchandise.  Today we'l focus on graduation.  There are several packages available for you on the graduation page.  Any of them could make nice keepsakes of the day you earn a high school diploma at home from us.  If you have other keepsakes in mind, check back tomorrow and we will offer some other ideas.       

2019 Convention #12: FWAHS Resource Expo

Once again this year, the American School is pleased to exhibit at the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Home Education Resource Expo.  We'll be in booth 8 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  As usual, we'll have information about our online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  Take them individually to enhance an existing homeschool program, or take them collectively to earn a high school diploma at home.  We'll also bring along some of our famous promotional items, so be sure to check those out as well.  Although this is a one-day event, it attracts people from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, so we make a point to attend every year if possible.  Come join us!  

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, and so we're back with another testimonial from one of our students.  Today's comes from Ashley in Arizona, who writes, "I loved how the instructors seem to be giving you and only you their attention.  It’s a really nice change."  We thank Ashley for those words.  The people who grade our accredited high school courses and middle school courses try to make distance education as personal as possible.  Even before students submit exams, they may call, write or email their instructors for assistance.  When instrcutors grade exams, they call students by name and offer constructive criticism.  Although online high school courses and online middle school courses may have online exams, there is a human element to grading every exam in every course.  Nothing is graded entirely by a computer.  Over the years, millions of students have appreciated this personal touch, and we're confident you will too.  Enroll today and see for yourself! 

Today’s Birthday: Andre Agassi

It's April 29, and American School graduate Andre Agassi turns 49 years old today.  He won eight Grand Slam tennis tournaments and an Olympic gold medal and is considered one of the best American tennis players in the sport's history.  Back when Andre was our student, we only offered high school correspondence courses, but now we offer online high school courses, online middle school courses and middle school correspondences too.  We do that because we believe that students should learn in the way that is most comfortable to them.  Although Andre won all four Grand Slam events on three different surfaces, he was at his best on hard courts.  Similarly, a student may struggle doing online courses but thrive doing courses in print.  Another student may love online courses but struggle doing paper-based courses.  Either way, we're dedicated to offering the high-quality courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Take the first step and enroll today!  

Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day

It's April 25, and today is Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  If our employees brought their sons and daughters to our office today, here is what they'd see.  Children would see several instructors grading exams in online high school courses and high school correspondence courses.  They'd also see other instructors grading exams in online middle school courses and middle school correspondence courses.  In other parts of the building children would see staff members enrolling students into our accredited high school program or accredited middle school program or answering questions from students, parents and school officials.  Daughters and sons would see members of the accounting department monitor student accounts and members of the shipping department preparing to send study materials to students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.  All of us here are happy to serve our students, and we'd like to serve you as well.  Enroll today!

Today’s Special Occasion: Earth Day

It's April 22, and today is Earth Day.  We have online middle school courses and online high school courses that teach our students about the environment, but today's blog is going to focus on some of our other environmental initiatives.  For many years now we've had a paper recycling program in our building, and we also have receptacles for aluminum cans and other materials that can be recycled.  In order to save paper and provide more efficient customer service, we have started an online billing process for students in our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  We encourage you to do your part to save the earth and preserve or planet as well.  After a day off tomorrow, check back Wednesday for our next blog post.

2019 Convention #9: NCEA Convention

The American School is attending two conventions the week after Easter, and first up is the National Catholic Educational Association Convention in Chicago from April 23-25.  We'll be in booth 835 at McCormick Place on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on April 24 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and on April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  We are looking forward to meeting Catholic educators from across the United States.  Many Catholic schools give our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses to their students to recover credits or avoid scheduling conflicts.  They can do the same things with our print and online middle school courses.  We've had the pleasure of attending this convention for many years, and it's always successful.  We hope convention attendees stop by our booth and enjoy Chicago as much as we do.  Check back tomorrow to learn where else we're headed next week!