It’s March 8, and today is International Women’s Day.  To celebrate, this blog is going to talk about the roles women have played in making American School a leading distance education middle school and distance education high school for 124 years.  As you know, American School was founded by R.T. Miller and a group of his colleagues, all of whom we believe were males.  Much of American School’s early years were in a different era when society believed men should work in the business world and women should work in the home.  Thankfully times have changed, and not too long after American School moved to Chicago, more and more women joined the ranks of American School employees.  Some were instructors who graded exams in high school correspondence courses, while many others did more general office work such as typing and answering the phone.  As the years went on, women assumed leadership roles, and we are thankful they did.  Women became department heads and continued to ascend into positions that would help drive American School’s future plans.  Former Educational Director Mary McKeown is a great example of this.  She was affiliated with American School for 75 years, first as an instructor who also wrote mathematics study guides.  Later she became principal and educational director and was a valuable School trustee for many years.  Roberta Allen served as school counselor, curriculum director, executive vice-president and trustee during her tenure here.  Finally, in 2017, Valerie Riley became American School’s first female president after serving the School in various capacities during her tenure.  We are grateful for all of the women who have worked at American School over the years and are happy to have them serving our students.

Homeschooling has taught me a lot of new things.  It has taught me self-discipline and made me take my studies more seriously than before.  I have learned to study properly.  The books and materials were very helpful.  It is a fun experience to do homeschooling.  Many people are amazed to know that I did homeschooling.  This has opened and changed a lot of people’s minds.

– Jekah from United Arab Emirates

American School has more to offer than any public school.  Two of my children, two of my grandchildren, and one niece completed their high school education with American School, and my sister and I are enrolled at the present time.

– Marilyn from Missouri

I learned a lot, and the skills are helping me in my college classes.

The most important thing I learned was how to schedule my time and organize my work.  The study guides helped to show me how much work to do at one time.  I’m glad to be part of American School.

– Peter from Illinois

I have found the methods, instruction, textbooks, study guides and service satisfactory because they are all up-to-date and made ready for me to learn.  I am greatly thankful for this service because now I can graduate early with all my credits in.  Thank you very much, American School!

– Ada from Michigan

American School was an easy yet efficient way to earn the extra credit I needed to graduate.

– Elizabeth from Illinois

I greatly enjoyed American School.  The instructors’ comments were very helpful.  I enjoyed this method of learning.  I feel I have learned a lot more than I did in public school.  I was able to keep up with school through all the moves I made without going through the hassle of switching school systems.  I enjoyed the honesty of the

instructors and the overall program.   I will recommend American School to anyone interested.

– Enoch from Texas

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American School’s innovative paper-based and online curriculum offers something for everyone in grades 6-12. Students can choose from more than 100 self-paced courses in traditional subjects such as English, math, social studies and science and take electives in such subject areas as business, career and technical education, fine arts, and world languages,


As a not-for-profit institution, American School puts students’ educations first. Our tuition is affordable—much lower than many other distance education and online high schools—and all textbooks and study materials are included at no additional cost.  Monthly payment plans are available for students in full years of American School’s middle school or high school program.

Caring Student Service

When students are accepted at American School, they not only receive interesting curriculum at a reasonable cost from a pioneer in distance education; they also receive outstanding, caring student service.  Students may enroll anytime and work at their own pace.  Help is available from American School staff during business hours and around the clock in American School’s Online Student Center.


Founded in 1897, American School later became the first correspondence school to become regionally accredited. Today we are accredited by three reputable accrediting bodies and by the state of Illinois as a non-public high school.  American School’s diploma is accepted by colleges and universities, and thousands of high schools use our courses for credit recovery.

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