Today’s Anniversary: George Washington’s Farewell Address

It's September 19, and George Washington's Farewell Address was published on this date in 1796.  These days, the speech would've been on every TV station and all over the internet, but back then it was published in the American Daily Advertiser, one of the first newspapers in the United States.  Although it wasn't a speech, it was one of the most important presidential addresses or documents in history.  In any given year, about 2000 people say farewell to American School and leave with a print or online high school diploma.  Others may take just one course with us through our independent study high school program.  Even after students complete their studies, we never say farewell to them.  We keep their records on file in case they ever need them in the future.  It's one of the many ways we make distance education as personal as possible.  Enroll today and make us your distance education high school or middle school!   

American School Celebrates College Colors Day

It's August 30, and today is College Colors Day.  Many American School employees are showing school spirit on this day which celebrates the start of the college football season.  It's quite possible American School graduates will be in the stands at college football games across the country because earning a online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma from American School has the same merit and value as a diploma from a traditional school.  That means our students are accepted into colleges and universities in all 50 states provided they meet the admissions requirements of a specific school.  Schools look for a combination of academic ability and extracurricular activities, and we are happy to supply you with transcripts and other records needed to help with the college admissions process.  The first transcript is free, and there is a modest fee for each additional transcript.  In addition, we have a full-time school counselor who is happy to help you get into the college of your choice.  We are happy you decided to earn a high school diploma at home with us, and if you haven't kicked off your studies with us, we invite you to enroll today!   

Today’s Anniversary: The Panama Canal

It's August 15, and the Panama Canal opened on this date in 1914.  Before the Panama Canal opened, sailors had to go around Cape Horn on the southern end of South America if they wanted to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean or vice versa.  The Panama Canal provided a shortcut and dramatically cut down on travel times.  As nice as the Panama Canal and other shortcuts are, we don't recommend taking shortcuts when it comes to your accredited high school courses or courses in your accredited middle school program.  American School has an honor system which we expect students to follow.  It is permissible to work with others, but all exam answers must be your own.  There are penalties in place for those students who are caught cheating, so don't do it.  Instead, you may write, call or email your instructor for assistance.  All of us want to help you do your best and do your work honestly.  When you do that, your online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma will mean more to you.

Today’s Anniversary: Social Security

It's August 14, and the Social Security Act became law on this date in 1935.  If you're a teenager interested in our accredited middle school program, college preparatory program or general high school program, then the thought of collecting your social security benefits during your retirement might seem light years away.  That's why today is a good occasion to remind everyone that earning a print or online high school diploma can increase your social security benefits.  How come?  Studies have shown that individuals who earn a high school diploma at home make more money during their careers than those who do not earn a high school diploma at all.  Getting a high school diploma really is a good investment for yourself and your family.  In fact, some may say that it's one of the best investments you'll ever make.  Why not take the first step and enroll today?

2019 Convention #20: Southeast Homeschool Expo

This weekend we're heading to Atlanta for the Southeast Homeschool Expo.  It's one of the biggest and best homeschool conventions in the country, and we're proud to be a regular exhibitor at this event.  Join us in booth 401 at the Cobb Galleria Centre on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We will have information about our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school courses, as well as several different promotional items.  We are also participating in a scavenger hunt for attendees, so be sure to stop by our booth, see if our clue is on your card, and learn more about our print or online high school diploma program and print or online middle school courses.  We always leave Atlanta feeling peachy about the people we met at the Southeast Homeschool Expo, and we expect this year will be no different.  Come join us!  

 

Mary Pierce Joins International Tennis Hall of Fame

American School graduate Mary Pierce was recently inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.  In her career she won the Australian Open and French Open and was runner-up in four other Grand Slam tournaments.  We are proud to call her our graduate, and to this day an autographed picture of her in a cap and gown holding her correspondence high school diploma from American School is posted in our office.  When Mary was our student, we didn't have online high school courses so students couldn't earn an online high school diploma, but now those are options for students who want to earn a high school diploma at home.  We are proud of Mary and her Hall of Fame career, but a good high school education can help you become a Hall of Famer in whatever career you choose to pursue.  Take the first step and enroll today!   

Today’s Anniversary: The United Nations Charter

It's June 26, and the United Nations Charter was signed by 50 countries on this date in 1945.  The 74th anniversary of this occasion sounds like the perfect opportunity to remind you that we serve students in countries all over the world.  Our correspondence high school diploma and online high school diploma programs can be completed anywhere, and at last count we've served students in more than 65 countries worldwide.  Over the years we've had separate enrollment applications for students living overseas, and the reason we do this is that it costs more to ship books overseas than it does to ship books to students in the United States.  The prices for our courses remains the same; the only additional charges are for shipping and handling.   It's also worth noting that some countries have strict customs regulations that might delay the reception of your course materials.  For those reasons we recommend students overseas take online high school courses and online middle school courses, but we are happy to accommodate you no matter what course delivery method you prefer.  Enroll today! 

New Duplicate Diploma Request Form Available

If you have completed our print or online high school diploma program and earned a print or online high school diploma with us but no longer have a copy of your diploma, you can request a duplicate using this duplicate diploma request form.  Each duplicate diploma costs $25 and does not include a case or tassel.  The request form and payment must be received before we send your duplicate diploma to you.  Thank you for your cooperation and for making us your distance education high school!  

Recapping the NCAA Basketball Tournaments

It's April 9, and less than 12 hours ago, Virginia won the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.  The day before, Baylor won the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.  In the women's game, Baylor was cruising along against Notre Dame and then one of the Bears' best players got hurt.  Notre Dame rallied, but Baylor eventually recovered and won the game.  On the men's side, Virginia fell victim to a major upset in 2018 and needed miraculous finishes to beat Purdue in the Elite Eight and Auburn in the Final Four just to get to the final game this year.  In that game, the Cavaliers needed overtime and several big plays to defeat Texas Tech.  Whether or not you're a basketball fan, you can learn something from Baylor and Virginia's title runs.  As you work to earn a high school diploma at home, you're going to run into obstacles.  Some of your accredited high school courses may seem to be too hard for you.  You might have different life circumstances arise.  Things aren't always going to go according to plan.  Be like the Bears and Cavaliers and don't dwell on the past or on difficult times.  Instead, learn from them and use them as motivation toward your ultimate goal.  It won't necessarily be a basketball championship, but earning an online high school diploma or correspondence high school diploma can give you the same feeling of accomplishment.  Get started by enrolling today! 

Today’s Birthday: Lawrence Welk

It's March 11, and bandleader Lawrence Welk was born on this date in 1903.  If you've never heard of him, ask your parents or grandparents because they are probably familiar with him and his music.  He hosted a musical television show each week from 1951-1982, and reruns are still available on many PBS stations across the country.  After a particularly good performance by one of the members of his musical family, Lawrence Welk would often describe the music as "wonderful, wonderful," and we think you'll feel the same way about the American School.  We offer print and online high school diploma programs for those of you who want to earn a high school diploma at home.  We offer an accredited middle school program for students in grades 6-8.  We also offer individual subjects for enrichment or credit recovery, the latter through our independent study high school program.  Tuition for any of the programs listed above includes all study materials, grading, and access to the online student center.  We look forward to serving you after you enroll and become our student!