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    American School is celebrating its 120 th anniversary in December 2017 and plans to mark the occasion by
    offering increased flexibility for students in grades 6-12 in 2018 and beyond.

    “We’ve been in business long enough to know that students learn in different ways, and we’ve always
    put the student first,” American School Executive Vice-President Jeff Cox said. “Our new courses and
    programs will allow students to learn in new ways and experience the American School as never
    before.”

    In the new year, paper-based middle school courses will be available to students in grades 6-8. The
    American School started offering online middle school courses in 2016, but many families preferred
    paper-based middle school courses, so the American School spent much of 2017 developing them.

    “All of our courses—whether online or paper-based—consist of the same, high-quality study materials
    from major curriculum providers,” Cox explained. “The study materials are written to standards, and
    then our instructors write study guides and examinations based on the information in those study
    materials. Students send their examinations to us, and they are graded by qualified instructors who give
    feedback on every exam they grade.”

    Some students may wish to enroll in full-year middle school programs or full high school diploma
    programs and take a mix of online and paper-based courses if they so choose. Others may have high
    school credits from a previous school and need to finish their studies, while still others may wish to take
    just one or two courses to complement an existing homeschool program. All of those options are
    available with American School.

    “American School has always tried to meet students where they are,” Cox said. “The enrollment process
    is very similar whether a student needs one credit or an entire program. The only significant difference
    is that we request a transcript if a student attended a public or private high school. We also have
    comprehensive examinations available for homeschooled students who have completed high school
    courses elsewhere.”

    No matter the number of courses students take with the American School, they can feel comfortable
    taking courses from an accredited institution. The American School was the first distance learning
    school to receive regional accreditation and today is accredited by MSA-CESS, Ai and NCPSA. The
    American School is also recognized by its home state of Illinois as a non-public school, though American
    School accepts students from all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.

    “We’re very proud of the fact that we’ve educated more than 3 million students in our 120 years,” Cox
    said. “When we ask them what they like best about the American School, the majority of them say
    flexibility. They can enroll anytime, finish anytime and work at their own pace in their courses, whether
    it’s their first middle school course or their final high school course which may be a Rosetta Stone world
    language course or even one of the AP courses we started offering in late 2017.”


    For more information, visit www.americanschool.org/secularhs or email [email protected]. American School looks forward to serving your family!
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