The American School of Madrid has been preparing students for their future for 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 our 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 970 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 fifty other countries around the world.
 

Facilities

The ASM campus is located 12 kilometers west of Madrid, in Pozuelo de Alarcón. The facilities were inaugurated in 1967 and currently include five 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 new Middle School is under construction and is scheduled to be completed in December of 2020. The new, purpose-built Middle School includes specialized science labs, a commons and performance area, with classrooms and a range of spaces for collaborative work. The new Middle School is designed to be zero-energy and will produce electricity through photo-voltaic panels for the school.
  •  An Upper School with Learning Commons and Cafeteria renovated in 2016.
  • A Center for the Arts that houses 3 art classrooms, 3 music classrooms, 1 drama classroom, a 600-seat auditorium, and a large multipurpose room. 
  • The Science Center and Athletics Complex include all Upper School science labs, a full-sized gymnasium, fitness and weight room, and health and yoga room. 
  • Outdoor PE facilities include 2 tennis courts, an all-purpose weather track; a turf soccer field; a second  (2018) multipurpose field for baseball, and other sports was added in 2018 in a project that  included changing rooms and a concessions stand. 
  • In addition to ASM’s 1:1 program with laptops and iPads, there are two digital labs one devoted to the arts and one to robotics.

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, Ben Cosby 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 Middle and Upper Schools. 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.  

Our new Middle School and Administrative Center will open in December of 2020. This latest project is uniquely future-oriented in several ways.  First, this new building has been designed to meet the 2020 Spanish Government requirements for Zero Energy use. The structure has been designed with state of the art materials and, along with extremely low energy consumption, will create its own energy with a rooftop photovoltaic array. In addition, this project will dramatically increase the available green space as there will be an underground parking facility that will allow the existing parking lot to be converted to a park-style playground for the Lower School.

The new building will change the focus and flow of the entire campus. The interior features a continuation of the Learning Commons expanding the open, flexible meeting, working, and performing area available. The exterior, with the new bus drop off, constitutes a defining axis that creates a clear sense of three divisions, Lower, Middle, and Upper, but one school.

Modern design, sustainable, built for the future, this has been and continues to be the ASM story.  
 
 

Accreditation

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.