Today’s Anniversary: The American School Blog

It's July 11, and we posted our very first American School blog entry on this date in 2006.  Today is a good occasion to look back at some of the things that have happened here since we posted our first blog.  Back then we didn't have online high school courses.  Now we do.  We also didn't have an accredited middle school program consisting of print and online middle school courses.  Now we do.  Back then we didn't have AP courses for students in our accredited high school program.  Now we do.  Back in 2006 we had an extensive curriculum of high school correspondence courses.  We still do.  As you can see, we've added more courses and more programs to better serve our students, and this blog is often the place where we first announce important news.  The way people receive information has changed a lot in the past 13 years, and so the All American newsletter has been retired and replaced by this blog and our social media pages, especially Facebook.  Be sure to bookmark this blog and like us on Facebook to be the first to know what we're doing.  Thank you for reading the American School blog for the past 13 years.  We appreciate it and appreciate your interest in American School! 

Today’s Special Occasion: The MLB All-Star Game

It's July 9, and today the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland.  We write about the MLB All-Star Game every year because it was the subject of the very first American School blog entry way back in 2006.  The theme of that blog was how the American School can help you become an all-star, and although 13 years have gone by since that entry, the basic premise remains the same.  Enrolling in our high school correspondence courses and online high school courses will give you a solid education that will be helpful as you think about going to college or joining the workforce.  You'll work at your own pace and have the full support of our staff along the way.  Back in 2006 we didn't have print or online middle school courses, but you can be an all-star in grades 6-8 if you enroll and take those courses before moving on to high school.  As usual, all of our courses may be taken collectively if you wish to complete full years or earn a high school diploma at home or individually as part of an independent study high school or middle school program or to supplement an existing homeschool program.  If you want to become an all-star in grades 6-12 and beyond, we invite you to step into the batter's box and enroll with us today! 

Today’s Anniversary: The Wall Street Journal

It's July 8, and the Wall Street Journal published its first issue on this date in 1889.  In addition to having challenging puzzles in its weekend edition, the newspaper is a leading source of information for those individuals particularly interested in money and the markets at home and overseas.  The American School has several investments which are managed by a leading wealth management firm with a great reputation.  We trust them to manage our investments because our investments help ensure a bright future for us and our students.  We've been a leading distance education high school and middle school for more than a century and want to be one of the best distance education high schools and middle schools for centuries to come.  When our investments do well, we reinvest our earnings into projects that will benefit our students and staff.  Adding a new platform for online high school courses and online middle school courses while maintaining our current platform for the next year is one example of how we use investments to help our students.  Making much-needed repairs and upgrades to our office building is a way our staff benefits from us having solid investments.  One of the best investments you can make for yourself is an investment in your education, and our non-profit status ensures you can spend money on education and still have some left over to invest in the stock market if you so choose.  Enroll today!

Today’s Anniversary: Spam

It's July 5, and the canned meat product known as Spam was introduced on this date in 1937.  These days spam is a common term for junk email, so today's blog is going to talk about that.  We know that different emails have different spam filters, and we don't want you to miss any important emails we send  you.  Therefore, we ask that you mark @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com as safe email domains.  We use the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains to send you information about your accredited online high school courses, accredited online middle school courses, accredited print high school courses and accredited print middle school courses.  We also use them to address any customer service or billing questions you might have.  We want to be the best distance education high school and middle school for you, and we never want you to think we neglect you or don't reply to any emails you send us.  Marking the @americanschool.org and @americanschoolofcorr.com domains as not spam will help us do that.  On the other hand, we don't want to miss any important emails you send us.  Therefore we ask that when you write us, you include your name and student number in the body of the email and make sure your email has a concise subject line.  Please do not write your entire message in the subject line, but instead use the body of the email for that.  Thank you for your cooperation and for being our student!  

Today’s Special Occasion: The Exact Midpoint of 2019

It's July 2, and today is the exact midpoint of 2019.  How do we know this?  It's the 183rd day of the year, which means that we have 182 days behind us and 182 days still go to before we ring out 2019 and ring in 2020.  As we look back on the first half of 2019, we realize that we've done a lot so far this year.  For example, we installed a new phone system and we decided on a new platform for students wishing to take online high school courses and online middle school courses with us.  As we look ahead to the second half of 2019, we plan to introduce that new online course platform as well as debut a new web site and new enrollment applications.  Those should be ready to go in July or August and then we will move on to other projects.  Today is a great day to look back at what you've accomplished so far this year and start setting goals for what you'd like to accomplish the rest of the year.  If you want a high-quality education without leaving your home, we invite you to join us by enrolling today.  We strive to be the best distance education high school and middle school anywhere in the world and would be happy to serve you.  We are also happy you read our blog and invite you to read our next blog post this Friday.

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 Grading Policy Takes Effect July 1

Today's blog contains an important notice regarding a change in grading procedures that will take effect July 1, 2019.  In order to receive credit for any individual submission (exam, assignment, project, etc.) in high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses or online middle school courses, a student must receive a grade of 65 or higher.  A student who does not earn a score of 65 or higher on the first attempt on any course submission will be given up to two additional attempts. If that student does not earn a score of 65 or higher by the third attempt, the highest of the three grades will stand. No student will receive more than three attempts on a course submission.  Students must pass a course with an overall grade of 65 or better in order to receive credit.  Please contact our Student Service department if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we make changes to better serve our students.

Today’s Special Occasion: The First Day of Summer

It's June 21, and today is the first day of summer.  Many people do not think about school at all during the summer.  Instead they choose to focus on nice warm weather, trips to the beach, vacations and more.  All of those things are perfectly fine, but many American School students opt to focus on school during the summer months.  Some may take individual subjects through an independent study high school program so that they can recover credits in time for the start of the next school year.  Others who enroll in a print or online college preparatory program or print or online general high school program may want to work ahead so that they can graduate earlier than expected.  Some may enroll in print or online middle school courses to get a head start on their peers.  We are open 12 months a year and accept enrollments 12 months a year.  If you are ready to make us your distance education high school or middle school, we invite you to enroll and make the first day of summer memorable.  If you do so, there's a good chance you'll have your first course completed by the first day of fall! 

Testimonial Thursday

It's Thursday, so we have another testimonial.  This one is from Clifford in Michigan, who writes, "I particularly liked the instructors.  They were extremely helpful and kind.  It made me feel almost as if they had been right there talking to you personally the whole time."  We thank Clifford for those words.  Instructors in our accredited high school courses and accredited middle school program are trained to make distance education as personal as possible.  They call students by name and write constructive feedback on every exam they grade.  Even online high school courses and online middle school courses are not graded entirely by machine.  There is a human element to every exam we grade, and that separates us from many other distance education high schools and middle schools.  Enroll today and experience the same type of instruction for yourself or a family member. 

 

Today’s Anniversary: The First NASCAR race

It's June 19, and NASCAR ran its first stock car race on this date in 1949.  You might think of your time with American School as a car race.  You take the green flag when you begin one of your online high school courses, high school correspondence courses, online middle school courses or middle school correspondence courses.  Sometimes you might see a yellow caution flag if you're struggling in a course, but our instructors and staff will be your "pit crew" and provide support so that you can do your best.  Eventually you'll take the checkered flag and cross the finish line with your accredited high school diploma in hand.  Get your engine started by enrolling with us today!