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The American School of Madrid has been preparing students for their future for over 60 years. ASM welcomes students of all nationalities who desire an American college-preparatory education. ASM brings together the vibrant and rich cultural heritage of Spain with the diversity of a truly international community to create a unique and inspiring learning environment. ASM’s diverse student body balances the American, Spanish, and International elements of our community. The ASM community is welcoming, supportive, and open. It is a school where students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.  Enrollment at ASM averages 1000 students from Kindergarten Level 1 through Grade 12. ASM maintains class sizes that are consistent with the current educational practices at the best private American and international schools abroad.

The nationality distribution of the students at ASM is approximately one-third U.S. citizens, one-third Spanish citizens, and one-third citizens of approximately  60 other countries around the world.

Annual Report 2020-2021

Our History

In 1960, Madrid was a far cry from the cosmopolitan and open city it is today.  Members of The American Club in Madrid wanted to create a school for their children for the future they saw emerging across Europe and in Spain. They decided it was necessary to create the school they wanted for their children. GE CEO Larry Bell, CEO Peter Danos of 3M, Ken Crosby of Merrill Lynch, Bob Parker (architect), Daniel Lowell, publisher of Guidepost, and others elected to take over the Betsy Ross School on Calle Joaquín Costa, 1. Thus, in the autumn of 1961, the American School of Madrid was founded. The first home of the American School of Madrid was spread across two locations; a townhouse on Calle Pinar (half of which was occupied by the ex-Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista), and several floors of an apartment building on Calle Dr. Fleming.  ASM was first accredited and incorporated in the state of Delaware. 

The following year, seeking a long term, consolidated location, ASM Board architect, Bob Parker, obtained a ten-acre plot outside of Aravaca as a future home of the school.  At that time, there was a single paved road through sheep farms to town and the city skyline was a low spread looking east across the Casa de Campo.  On November 2, 1967, ASM opened in its current location -- what is today the building which houses the Upper School. ASM alumni remember a time when the campus was open and the field in the back was a rough grass soccer pitch. 
ASM has consistently looked ahead to the educational needs of future students. The ASM Board of Trustees, working in partnership with Spanish architects Salvador and  Luis Gayerre, developed and implemented a  series of visionary strategic facilities plans with input from leading US-based architecture firms specializing in schools and education, beginning with the architecture firm of H2H and most recently Flansburgh Architects. 
Major projects included the current Lower School building in the early 1970s followed by a Lower School addition. The Center for the Arts was inaugurated in 2008. The O’Hale Science Center and the 'new' Gym opened in the fall of  2012. In 2014, a Lower School Learning Commons and Science lab were added. Two years later,  comprehensive renovations completely revamped the school’s cafeteria and created the Upper School/Middle School Learning Commons.  The Learning Commons won the 2017 Gresswell School Library Association Inspiration Award. 

In April 2021, a new chapter in the history of ASM started with the opening of a new zero-energy Middle School and Administration building.


One of the Original School Buildings, Calle Dr. Fleming, 1961-67

Founders of the American School: (l. to r.) Norman F. Johnson, Peter Danos, and Lawrence E. Bell, 1962


An Earnest Teacher from the First Year of the School, 1963


Kinder Graduation, 1964

Junior Varsity Basketball, 1967

The New School Campus Opened on November 7, 1967.

Graduating Seniors Planting a Tree on Campus, 1967.

Beautification and Slenderization Class, 1969

Iconic Anti-Vietnam War Poster with
Students Posed in the Background, 1970.
"Is My Skirt Too Short?" was proven by measuring the
distance between the hem of the skirt and the knee, 1972.

The Chess Club, 1981

Cheerleading Practice, 1983

Lower School Students Enjoying the Monkey Bars, 1997.

American Hamburgers Always Taste Good, 1972.


The American School of Madrid is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, an
American accreditation organization. ASM is also recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education. This allows
Spanish citizens to pursue our unique Program which provides access to Spanish universities. In addition, ASM
is certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization, which allows students access to European and other
universities worldwide. All students follow a rigorous curriculum, with English as the language of instruction.