American School Heads to Fort Wayne for FWAHS Resource Expo

This Saturday, May 16, we're headed due east to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Fort Wayne Area Home Schools' Home Education Resource Expo.  This special one-day only event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  We'll be in booth 12 with plenty of information about our online and paper-based diploma programs as well as applications if you wish to take individual courses for enrichment purposes.  As usual, we'll bring along some of our famous freebies too.  This is our first trip to Fort Wayne, and we hope to make it an annual event.  Come join us!

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America’s Promise Alliance Releases 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report

This morning America's Promise Alliance released the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report.  The organization's goal is to have the United States reach an on-time high school graduation rate of 90% by 2020, and so far the organization is on its way to its goal.  The on-time high school graduation rate is higher than it's ever been before, and we are doing our part by offering our own accredited online and paper-based diploma programs as well as individual courses through our Independent Study Program so that students at brick and mortar schools can graduate on time.  Click here for an executive summary of the report or click here to read the report in its entirety.

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American School to Attend THSC Convention in Arlington

We're thrilled to be making our first appearance at the Texas Homeschool Coalition Convention this weekend in Arlington, Texas.  We'll be in booth 830 at the Arlington Convention Center from 5-7 p.m. tonight, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday.  The THSC Convention is one of the biggest in the country, and so we're excited to meet many new people and introduce them to our affordable online and paper-based courses and diploma programs.  The Arlington Convention Center is right next door to Six Flags over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) and Globe Life Park (home of the Texas Rangers) so if you're in the Metroplex, make it a fun and educational weekend for your family.  We look forward to meeting you!

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Today’s Special Occasion: Cinco de Mayo

It's May 5, and many people are celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  One way you can celebrate is by adding one of our Spanish courses to your curriculum.  We have paper-based versions of Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 and even more online Spanish courses thanks to our partnership with Rosetta Stone.  Any of them will improve your Spanish language skills, teach you a little bit about Spanish and Mexican culture, and get you one step closer to your accredited high school diploma. 

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Today’s Birthday: Jessica Alba

It's April 28, and former American School student Jessica Alba turns 34 years old today.  Since taking courses with us, Jessica has become one of the most recognizable actresses in the world and is among our most famous students, but all of our students get the red carpet treatment after they enroll.  Our instructors write detailed feedback on students' exams and make concerted efforts to call students by name whenever they correspond with them.  Our online and paper-based courses allow students to learn in a way that is comfortable to them.  Finally, we are a non-profit institution, so cost is kept to an absolute minimum.  Visit our enrollment page to learn how you can follow in Jessica's footsteps as an American School student!

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Tomorrow’s Special Occasion: Earth Day

It's April 21, but we're looking forward to tomorrow and the annual celebration of Earth Day.  There are countless things we can do to preserve our planet, and you can learn even more by taking our paper-based Environmental Science course.  If you want the same content but wish to go a little greener, you can take our online Environmental Science course instead.  Both are worth one unit of credit and will get you one step closer to your accredited high school diploma. 

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American School Launches Online Diploma Programs

American School is pleased to announce the launch of two online diploma programs which will add to its 118-year tradition of offering students the accredited high school courses they need at a cost they can afford.

“We’re excited to offer online diploma programs to students who prefer to learn that way,” American School President Gary R. Masterton said.  “This is a watershed moment in American School’s long and glorious history.”

American School’s General High School Program is designed for students who plan to earn their high school diplomas and then enroll in a two-year college or enter the workforce in the field of their choice.   Students in the online General High School Program will complete a total of 18 units of credit—12 required and 6 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 12 required units of credit include:

Popular electives for students in the General High School Program include business, career and technical education courses, among others.

American School’s College Preparatory Program is designed for students who plan to earn their high school diplomas and then enroll in a four-year college or professional school.   Students in the online College Preparatory Program will complete 18 units of credit—13 required and 5 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 13 required units of credit include:

Popular electives for students in the College Preparatory Program include fine arts and world language courses, including ten world language courses offered through a partnership with Rosetta Stone, among others. 

While American School is excited to offer online diploma programs, it has no plans to discontinue its popular paper-based courses and diploma programs which have helped more than three million students around the world graduate from high school.

“We know that many students will be excited to earn their American School diplomas online, but at the same time, we know that many students prefer to learn through more traditional means such as reading a book and mailing us their exams,” Masterton said.  “We’re happy to be of service to both groups.  In that sense, we’re a one-stop shop for anyone who is interested in earning an accredited high school diploma.”

To enroll in one of American School’s online or paper-based diploma programs, visit www.americanschool.org/enroll or call 866-260-7221.

American School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), Ai (Accreditation International) and NCPSA (the National Council for Private School Accreditation) and is recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school.

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Flashback Friday

We're heading back to 1979 for today's Flashback Friday.  There are three stories on the front page of the American School newsletter shown below.  The main story is about Dr. Edward C. Estabrooke's appearance at the World Conference of the International Council for Correspondence Education in New Delhi, India.  Though we have not traveled to India for any conferences recently, we have traveled all across the United States and continue to be internationally relevant by having students in more than 65 countries.  In the upper right, Harrison Fisher (whose name is familiar to many American School employees during the month of March) introduces us to the business courses we were offering in 1979.  Back then, all of our courses were on paper, but today we offer both online and paper-based courses, as well as online exams in many paper-based courses.  Finally, the article at the bottom describes a cold, snowy winter.  We hope that today's minor snow will be the last of the season for us because we have exciting things planned for you as we head into spring.  Keep reading this blog and following us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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Today’s Birthday: Gutzon Borglum

It's March 25, and Gutzon Borglum was born on this date in 1867.  If you're wondering who Gutzon Borglum is, you're probably not alone, but by reading this blog, you're going to find out.  Although not a household name by any means, Borglum created one of the most famous sculptures in the world, Mount Rushmore.  The site itself is beginning a 90th anniversary celebration today, but Borglum didn't begin to carve there until a few years later.  The process wasn't without its share of struggles. He failed in his first attempt to carve a likeness of Thomas Jefferson into stone, and dynamite had to be used to help create the figure of George Washington.  Finally he completed work on those two heads and added Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt to the quartet which has become one of the most familiar symbols of our country.  You can learn more about those four presidents and more by taking our online or paper-based United States History course and learn more about Mount Rushmore itself by visiting its official site

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