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The American School offers a great value in high school distance education—combining affordable tuition and top-quality curriculum in both print and online formats. In its 117-year history, the American School has educated more than three million students from across the country and around the world. Many of them, such as bestselling author Christopher Paolini and actress Jessica Alba, have gone on to become famous, but all American School students enjoy the benefits of the American School’s Four C’s—curriculum, caring student service, credibility and cost.

After a student is accepted at the American School, he or she can earn his or her accredited diploma faster than he or she ever thought possible—up to twice as fast as classroom high schools—by choosing either of two distinct diploma programs, both of which consist of 18 units of credit from the American School’s innovative curriculum.

The American School’s College Preparatory Program is designed for students who plan on attending a four-year college or university after graduation. Students complete 15 required courses and may take art courses, foreign languages courses or courses such as Business Law and Journalism as their three electives. More information on the College Preparatory Program, including a list of required courses, can be found at

The American School’s General High School Program is designed for students who plan on entering the workforce or attending a two-year college after graduation. Students complete 13 required courses and may take trade courses, such as Carpentry or Automotive Repair, or life skills courses, such as Food Study and Home Planning and Decorating as their five electives. More information on the General High School Program, including a list of required courses, can be found at

In total, the American School offers more than 80 courses, many of which are available in entirely paper-based and entirely online formats. The American School also offers online exams in select paper-based courses. Offering the same top-quality courses in multiple formats allows students to learn in the way that is most comfortable to them. A full list of courses may be found at

Throughout 2014 the American School plans to add more online courses to its already robust curriculum so that students may do their entire program online if they so choose. More information on the American School’s online learning offerings can be found at

Students work entirely at their own pace, but they are never alone because the American School tries to make distance learning as personal as possible. For example, instructors write personalized, handwritten comments when they grade exams in print courses, and staff is available during normal business hours to answer telephone and e-mail inquiries. The American School is proud to be accredited by Accreditation International (Ai) and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) and recognized by the State of Illinois as a non-public high school.

The American School’s status as a non-profit school allows the School to keep costs to an absolute minimum. A full 18-unit diploma program, including all study materials and grading of exams, costs just $2100, and flexible monthly payment plans are available.

Prices for students residing in a foreign country are slightly higher. In addition, the American School offers free evaluations of transcripts from United States high schools and offers pro-rated prices if a student needs fewer than 18 units of credit to earn his or her high school diploma. If a student desires to take American School courses to enrich an existing homeschool program, he or she can do that, too. The cost of individual courses usually runs between $150 and $300.

Over the years, there has been a heightened interest in ACT and SAT prep courses. In response to requests from students, the American School became an affiliate of Method Test Prep, a company that has specialized in online preparation for the ACT or SAT for more than a decade.

Method Test Prep offers both self-paced and teacher-led courses, and anybody who uses the code AMERICAN when enrolling in one of Method Test Prep’s teacher-led prep courses will receive a 10% discount off their purchase.

Method Test Prep is responsible for all course content and billing, their customer service team answers any and all questions from American School students and for others who enroll in their courses through the American School’s Web site, and Method Test Prep’s courses do not count toward an American School student’s diploma requirements. For more information on the American School’s affiliation with Method Test Prep, visit

The American School is ready to help you earn your accredited high school diploma. Call 866- 260-7221 around the clock, or visit us online to enroll today!

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