American School Celebrates 117th Birthday

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American School recently celebrated its 117th year of offering accredited high school courses at an affordable cost.

American School founder R.T. Miller

American School recently celebrated its 117th year of offering accredited high school courses at a cost students and parents can afford and has no plans to slow down.

"We're excited about our 117th birthday but are already looking forward to 2015," American School President Gary R. Masterton said. "We're adding a fully online diploma program and offering world language courses through Rosetta Stone, both of which will give our students more educational opportunities."

R.T. Miller and his colleagues founded American School in 1897 in Boston, and on December 17 of that year, the School was granted a charter proclaiming it to be an "educational institution not for profit." American School has operated under that charter for more than a century and since its founding has helped more than three million students in more than 70 countries around the world earn their high school diplomas.

Students wishing to earn the American School’s diploma choose either General High School Program or College Preparatory Program, both of which contain 18 units of credit. A full, four-year paper-based diploma program costs $2100 and includes all study materials, and access to the password-protected Online Student Center, where students and parents can view grades, access help sheets and homework web sites, and contact American School instructors and staff members. A full, four-year online diploma program costs $3600 and includes the same benefits as above.

American School also offers individual courses to students with an existing homeschool curriculum and to students who attend brick and mortar high schools. The latter group takes individual courses through the Independent Study Program, which thousands of schools use each year to help their students graduate on time. Individual courses typically cost between $150 and $300, and students who take individual courses receive the same Online Student Center benefits as those students who are working toward their American School diploma.

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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