The American School of Madrid (ASM) is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1961. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 5 to January 27 and from January 30 to June 22.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Trustees. Board membership is self-perpetuating. Legally recognized as a Spanish Association, the School operates under statutes approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. college-preparatory, private, non-profit schools. The School's testing program includes the National Merit and College Board tests. Instruction is in English. Spanish, French, and Chinese are taught as foreign languages. Most of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Spain, and Great Britain. For students in grades 1-8, English-as-a-Second-Language and remedial reading are offered through the School's Optimal Learning program. ASM may admit and offer assistance to students with a diagnosed very mild learning disability. Psychological testing, as well as private remedial assistance, is available in the community. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization, and the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 91 full-time and 14 part-time faculty members. In addition, ASM has 1 technology coordinator and 6 technology assistants, 3 guidance counselors, 2 librarians and 2 library associates, 1 science laboratory assistant, 8 administrators, 1 Dean of Students, 1 alumni coordinator, 1 full-time school nurse, 1 part-time nurse, 10 administrative support staff, and a crew of 5 in the maintenance department.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 869.
Facilities: The primary, lower, and upper school programs are housed in 3 buildings, 12 kilometers west of the center of Madrid, in Pozuelo de Alarcon near Aravaca. There is ample room for outdoor activities including a new turf soccer field and track. The facilities were inaugurated in 1967 and have been consistently renovated, amplified, and modernized. The School currently has 3 main buildings; a gymnasium/auditorium; elementary and secondary libraries; totally refurbished physics, chemistry, 2 biology and 1 middle school science labs; 3 computer labs; 1 lower school music room; Intranet to enhance the School’s technology program and access to the Internet; computer(s) in every classroom; mobile laptop carts for all 3 sections of the School; a spacious cafeteria with separate space for the youngest children; a health unit for a resident school nurse; tennis courts; track; a grassed soccer field; a baseball diamond; a weight lifting/exercise room, a new multipurpose covered outdoor area, and on-campus school bus loading. The School completed a new Center for the Arts that houses 3 art classrooms, 3 music classrooms, 1 drama classroom, a 1300-sq. meter multipurpose room, and a 600-seat auditorium. Security measures include private guard service, a concrete wall surrounding the School, and peripheral surveillance equipment.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 95% of the School's income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $12,020; K3: $14,314; grades 1-2: $20,952; grades 3-5: $23,587; grades 6-8: $27,877; and grades 9-12: $28,328. The School also charges a one-time enrollment fee of $7,611, an optional bus fee of $2,940 and daily lunch fee of $10.50. The preliminary application fee is $196. These fees are payable in Euros or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)