The American School of Madrid (ASM), founded in 1961, is an independent, coeducational, K-12 school that provides a comprehensive and rigorous education to over 900 students from the United States, Spain, and abroad. ASM is a college-preparatory school whose mission is to prepare students for entry into best-fit colleges and universities around the world. ASM offers a U.S. high school diploma as well as the International Baccalaureate program, and the ASM program is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The 2019-2020 school year comprises 3 trimesters extending from September 5 to November 27, December 2 to March 13 and March 16 to June 18.
Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Trustees. Board membership is self-perpetuating. The American Ambassador has traditionally accepted the honorary presidency of the board. 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. private, college-preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. The school’s testing program includes the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), National Merit, and College Board tests. Spanish, French, and Mandarin are taught as foreign languages. The majority of graduates attend 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 learner support program. ASM may admit and offer assistance to students diagnosed with mild learning disabilities. Psychological testing, as well as private remedial assistance, is available in the community. There is an after-school program for sports and extracurricular activities. 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 2019-2020 school year, there are 174 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. In addition, ASM has 2 technology coordinators and 8 technology assistants, 6 guidance counselors, 2 librarians and 2 library associates, a science laboratory assistant, 9 administrators, an alumni coordinator, a full-time school nurse, a part-time nurse, 10 administrative support staff, and a crew of 5 in the maintenance department.
Enrollment: In September of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment is 983.
Facilities: The ASM campus is located 12 kilometers west of the center of Madrid, in Pozuelo de Alarcon near Aravaca. The facilities were inaugurated in 1967 and currently include 4 main buildings; a Lower School building which includes classrooms as well as a Lower School Learning Commons-Library, a Lower School Science Lab, a full gymnasium, and a playground; a Middle and Upper School with Learning Commons and Cafeteria renovated in 2016; a Center for the Arts that houses 3 art classrooms, 3 music classrooms, a drama classroom, a 600-seat auditorium, and a large multipurpose room. The science center and athletics complex include all middle and upper school science labs, a full-sized gymnasium, a fitness and weight room, and a health and yoga room. Outdoor PE facilities include 2 tennis courts, all-purpose weather track, a turf soccer field, a baseball diamond, and a multipurpose covered outdoor area. ASM has a 1:1 laptop program from kinder 3 to grade 12. There are 4 digital labs, one dedicated to digital arts and one to robotics. Technology is integrated in all grades and curriculums, and specific technology courses are offered. ASM is currently undergoing the construction of a new Middle School and Central Office building that is scheduled to open during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, approximately 95% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $13,456.70; K3: $14,000.51; grades 1-2: $20,509.18; grades 3-5: $23,035.75; grades 6-8: $27,166.15; and grades 9-12: $27,759.35. The school also charges a one-time enrollment fee of $8,678.23, an optional bus fee of $2,504.60, and daily lunch fee of $8.68 USD per day. These fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.