Christopher Paolini to Appear in Missouri and Michigan

American School graduate and best-selling author Christopher Paolini will make appearances at two Barnes and Noble bookstores in Missouri and Michigan this fall.  Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, he will be in Springfield, Missouri, at 3 p.m., and on Friday, October 11, he will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for more information.  We are proud to call Christopher one of our graduates.  He completed a correspondence high school diploma program at age 15 and has gone on to become a successful science fiction author.  In fact, one of his books even was turned into a feature film!  A few years ago, Christopher visited our building, and we were happy to spend time with him.  We always enjoy meeting our students and graduates, whether they take online high school courses, online middle school courses or our traditional print courses.  If you're near Springfield or Grand Rapids and would like to meet a fellow American School student, we encourage you to visit Christopher Paolini at his book appearances.  We are happy to count him–and you–among our students and graduates!   

Remembering September 11, 2001

Today is September 11, the 18th 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.  No matter your age, if you are able, we encourage you to attend a local 9-11 memorial service today if there is one in your community.  You may also visit the 9-11 Memorial if you are ever in New York City, the Pentagon if you are in Washington, D.C. or the Flight 93 Memorial if you are ever in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

2019 Convention #21: KSCA Conference

After taking the month of August off, we're back on the road this week and making our first appearance at the Kentucky School Counselor Association Conference in Lexington.  Come see us at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa on September 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.; September 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and September 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  We'll have information about our independent study high school program and the online high school courses and high school correspondence courses available to students who enroll with us to recover credits.  We'll also have information about our print and online middle school courses in case any counselors who work with grades 6-8 stop by our booth.  We are always excited to attend conventions for the first time, and we cannot recall ever visiting Kentucky before, so please come join us.  We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you how we can serve your students!

American School Closed Monday, September 2

American School will be closed Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen with our regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3.  We work hard to assist students in high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses, but we wouldn't want it any other way.  We are happy to serve you and hope you check back here tomorrow for our Friday blog and then have a great weekend!

New Pricing Structure and Application for Individual Subjects

Today's blog has information about a new pricing structure for individual subjects that will go into effect on September 3.  Previously students who wished to take individual subjects as part of an independent study high school program filled out one application, while students who wished to take individual accredited high school courses or individual print or online middle school courses simply for enrichment filled out another application.  We're going to combine those two applications into one, and students who wish to enroll in courses to recover credit will need to fill out a special section on the application with pertinent school information.  At first, only printed applications will be available, but later in September or in October, students will be able to enroll online in individual subjects by going to the description of the course they wish to take and then adding that course to their shopping cart.  For your convenience, most individual subjects will be priced the same regardless of course delivery method.  The standard cost will be $300 for a full unit of credit and $250 for a half unit.  Some courses will be value-priced at $200 for a full unit of credit and $150 for a half unit, while AP courses and lab courses will be priced at $400 for a full unit of credit and $350 for a half unit.  As usual, all study materials and grading are included in the cost of tuition, and the enrollment fee on the previous independent study application has been eliminated.  If you have questions or comments about this new pricing and enrollment structure for individual subjects, please let us know.  We enjoy hearing from you and appreciate having the opportunity to serve you.  Thank you for making us your school of choice! 

From GradPoint to Edmentum

Today's blog has important information for students interested in our online high school courses and online middle school courses.  Earlier this summer we announced a partnership with Edmentum.  This partnership went into effect earlier this month, and with it came some minor changes to online course policy.  For example, Edmentum's courses come in semesters, so a student will need to complete the first semester of a course before moving on to the second.  It is suggested that students complete the first semester within six months so that they can have six additional months to complete the second semester of the course.  More information about all of our online learning offerings is available on our online learning page, and even more information about our accredited online high school courses and online middle school courses will be available on our new web site which we anticipate launching this fall.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We appreciate your understanding and the opportunity to serve you.  

New Housing and Interior Design and English 9 Courses Available

In today's blog, we are pleased to announce that a new Housing and Interior Design course and a new English 9 course are now available.  We are excited about launching a new platform for our online high school courses and online middle school courses, but the Housing and Interior Design and English 9 courses are part of an extensive list of high school correspondence courses that are available to students.  We don't want to neglect students who prefer to study on paper by using printed materials, and so we continue to revise current courses or create and introduce brand new courses.  No matter what course delivery method you choose, we want to make sure we have the courses you want, and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you. 

Today’s Anniversary: The Adding Machine

It's August 21, and William Seward Burroughs patented the first adding machine on this date in 1888.  Over the years adding machines were replaced by calculators, which are smaller and can do more things than the original adding machine.  Simple calculators perform basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, while others can perform higher-level math operations and even show graphs.  As you take print and online middle school courses and print and online high school courses with us, it's important to note what kind of calculators are allowed or recommended.  Some math courses require you to have a graphing calculator.  Others might prohibit the use of calculators altogether.  Information may be found in the individual course descriptions or by contacting us.  Whether you use an adding machine or any type of calculator, it's also important to note that your savings will add up after you enroll with us.  We offer all-inclusive tuition into our accredited middle school program and accredited high school program.  That means you don't pay a separate enrollment fee and then have to purchase study materials on top of that.  Compare our outstanding curriculum and affordable tuition to what is offered by our competitors, and we're confident you'll make us your school of choice.  Enroll now! 

Today’s Anniversary: The IBM Personal Computer

It's August 12, and on this date in 1981, the IBM personal computer made its debut.  At one time computers were very large and took up entire rooms.  The IBM PC changed all that and revolutionized technology around the world.  As time has gone by, computers have become smaller yet more powerful, and even mobile devices such as a tablet or phone can do many of the things a desktop computer can do.  We're proud to say that students can work on their online high school courses and online middle school courses on a variety of devices, including Apple and IBM-compatible computers as well as tablets and other mobile devices.  Of course we're happy to offer middle school and high school correspondence courses for students who prefer to work on paper instead, and we have no plans to stop offering correspondence courses.  No matter how you take our courses, we're grateful that you do.  If you haven't started yet, why not use your computer or mobile device and enroll today?  You'll have your first course within a matter of days!   

Today’s Birthday: Smokey Bear

It's August 9, and Smokey Bear turns 75 years old today.  In the beginning, Smokey Bear was a real live bear, but eventually he morphed into the Smokey Bear we know and love, namely the one stripped to the waist, wearing only a hat and a pair of blue jeans, and advocating for forest fire prevention with his familiar phrase, "Only you can prevent forest fires".  Occasionally people will ask us if American School has a mascot similar to Smokey Bear.  Sadly, we do not, though it would be interesting to have an costumed eagle or owl or other animal in our booth at conventions when we promote our high school correspondence courses, online high school courses, middle school correspondence courses and online middle school courses.  Don't feel like you've burned through your chance to get a high school diploma.  Enroll with us and let us help you earn a high school diploma at home.  We look forward to the day you'll grin and bear it while holding your American School diploma!