American School Launches Online Diploma Programs

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A leader in distance education since 1897, American School now offers online diploma programs to go along with its existing paper-based diploma programs.

The seal of the American School

This is a watershed moment in American School's long and glorious history.

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:

  •     English 1
  •     English 2
  •     English 3
  •     English 4
  •     Economics (1/2 unit course)
  •     Government (1/2 unit course)
  •     United States History
  •     Health
  •     Integrated Math 1
  •     Integrated Math 2
  •     Pre-Algebra
  •     Environmental Science
  •     Life Management Skills (1/2 unit course)
  •     Thinking and Learning Strategies (1/2 unit course)

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:

  •     English 1
  •     English 2
  •     English 3
  •     English 4
  •     Economics (1/2 unit course)
  •     Government (1/2 unit course)
  •     United States History
  •     Health
  •     Algebra 1
  •     Algebra 2
  •     Geometry
  •     Biology
  •     Chemistry
  •     LIfe Management Skills (1/2 unit course)
  •     Thinking and Learning Strategies (1/2 unit course)

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 http://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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