American School is your school of choice, offering accredited middle school and high school courses in online and paper-based formats at a cost you can afford!  Choose from full-year or full diploma programs, or take individual courses to enrich an existing homeschool program. American School is accredited by MSA-CESS, Ai and NCPSA, recognized by its home state of Illinois, and has been a leader in distance education since 1897, serving students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world.


For most of its long history, American School focused on helping students graduate from high school.  Offering courses in grades 9-12 is still a primary focus of American School. To that end, American School offers a general high school diploma program and a college preparatory diploma program.  As of July 1, 2018, each program consists of 5 units of credit per year for a total of 20 units of credit required to earn a diploma. The general high school program is designed for students who wish to join the workforce or attend a community college after graduating from high school, while the college preparatory program is designed for students who plan on attending a four-year college or university after graduating from high school.  In each program, students can choose between online or paper-based courses, which ensures that they will learn in the course delivery method that is best for them. Tuition for the entire 20-unit high school diploma program is $3600. Monthly payment plans are available, and tuition includes all course materials, grading of exams, and access to the online student center, where students and parents and retrieve academic records, monitor course progress and receive additional assistance.

More recently, American School added courses in grades 6-8 to better serve middle school students.  Similar to the high school diploma programs, as of July 1, 2018, each year of middle school consists of 5 units of credit—1 each in English, math, science and social studies, plus an elective—at a cost of $900 per year, or a total of 15 units of credit for $2700.  Again, monthly payment plans are available, and tuition includes the same benefits given to students in a high school diploma program.

Some students and families may be satisfied with an existing homeschool program but may wish to add courses for enrichment.  American School is proud to offer its courses on an individual basis. As of July 1, 2018, most individual subjects cost $300 each for a full unit of credit and $250 each for a half unit of credit, though select courses are priced higher or lower depending on the cost of study materials.  In addition to core subject areas such as English, math, science and social studies, American School offers elective courses in business, career and technical education; fine arts; and world languages powered by Rosetta Stone. For select high school students, American School offers select AP courses, with enrollment in AP courses available from July 1 to August 31.  

In its 120-year existence, more than three million students have taken American School courses.  These include athletes, entertainers, authors, artists, and business leaders, but American School treats every student with equal importance.  You’ve already read about American School’s curriculum and cost, but American School also offers caring student service and impeccable credibility.  Staff members assist students via phone and email during regular business hours, and all emails sent after business hours receive a reply within one business day.  American School instructors provide constructive feedback on every exam they grade and encourage students to work at a pace that is comfortable for them. Outstanding curriculum, affordable cost, and caring service help American School achieve credibility from three accrediting bodies, and that accreditation ensures that American School courses and diplomas carry the same merit and value as courses and diplomas from traditional schools.

American School accepts enrollments year-round and would be happy to serve you or someone you know.  Information is available at or by calling 708-418-2800 or 866-260-7221. Choose American School for courses in grades 6-12.  You’ll be glad you did!


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