Let us answer some questions about our application process.
- The Application Process
- ASM Curriculum for Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools
- Academic Program
- General Information
- ASM Community
How can I apply?
Families begin the application process by submitting an inquiry. Upon receipt of your inquiry, the Admissions Office will inform you of the next steps.
When should I apply?
Once my application and all requirements are complete, when do I get a response?
General applications received in the fall for the following academic year will receive a response between March and August depending on space availability. Families coming from abroad throughout the academic year will receive a response within two weeks of completion of their application and requirements.
Is there a waiting list?
There are times when we do not have enough space to accommodate all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will be offered a place on the waiting list and will be considered for admission if a space becomes available. If a space does not become available before the start of the school year, and you wish to reapply for the following year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How can we arrange to see the School?
Visits to ASM are by appointment only and throughout the year, including the summer months. To make an appointment, please contact email@example.com
- What curriculum does the School offer and what Diploma does an ASM student receive?
- Does ASM offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
No, we do not.
- Which universities do ASM graduates attend?
They are accepted to top universities in the US and around the world. See our Upper School Profile for the universities and colleges attended by our most recent graduates.
- Do you admit students with special needs?
Please see our Learner Support page.
- What are the school hours?
Lower School: 9:00 A.M. - 3:45 P.M. with after-school activities (Grades 1-5) from 4 to 5:00 P.M.
Middle School: 8:50 A.M. - 3:50 P.M. with after-school activities from 4 to 5:00 P.M.
Upper School: 8:45 A.M. - 3:50 P.M. with after-school activities from 4 to 5:00 P.M.
Some MS and US sports teams hold practices after 5:00 P.M.
- What is your vacation schedule?
Please see our school calendar for holiday information.
- What is the language of instruction?
- Where do ASM teachers come from?
Our teachers come from a wide range of schools in the U.S. and around the world. More than 90% of our teachers are from English-speaking countries, mainly the United States. Spanish, French and Mandarin teachers come from their native countries.
- Do you have to be a native English speaker to attend ASM?
The older the student, the higher the level of English required. Students aged 3 to 5 do not need to speak fluent English. Grades 6-8 are required to have a near native level of English, and Grades 9-12 need a native level of English. If a student is not currently at an English language school, we will need a Cambridge of TOEFL exam result.
- Does ASM offer Spanish?
Spanish classes are compulsory at ASM from K1 to Grade 10. Students are placed according to their level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, native). In the Lower School, students receive one hour of Spanish per day. In Grades 6-10, Spanish is one of the core courses required.
- Does ASM have after-school sports and activities?
We do. Please see our Athletics page and our after-school activities page for more information.
- What is the minimum age a student must be to attend ASM?
Applicants for K1, K2, and K3 must turn 3, 4, or 5 years old before September 1. Applicants in these grade levels must be toilet trained.
- Are there priorities for acceptance?
When offering places to students, the Admissions Committee takes the following priorities into consideration:
1. US citizens
2. Expatriate families
3. Alumni, siblings
4. Families who have a need and desire for a college-preparatory program based on American standards and practices, culminating in an American and/or International Baccalaureate diploma.
- Does ASM provide busing?
Yes, we have designated school buses contracted by a local bus company that covers several routes to and from suburban areas, Madrid city center, and the Moraleja area. There is also an after-school activities bus for Grades 1-12. All routes have a monitor contracted by ASM.
- Does ASM have uniforms?
Uniforms are required only in K1-K3. Sports uniforms are required for PE classes in Grades 6-10.
- Does ASM provide Financial Aid?
Financial Aid is needs-based, limited, and temporary, to help families who are going through sudden financial difficulties. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Are you a boarding school?
No, we are a day school.
We offer an Experience Spain program where students in Grades 11-12 can live with a Spanish-speaking host family designated by ASM. We can admit a maximum of four students per year depending on space and host family availability. For more information contact email@example.com.
- Who attends ASM?
Students from approximately 50+ countries attend ASM. ASM’s international student body represents approximately one-third American students, one-third Spanish students, and one-third of students from other countries. This “magical mix” of students drives the enrollment process at ASM and places great importance on the multicultural benefits of this particular learning environment.
- How many students attend ASM?
We have approximately 1000-1050 students.
- What is the average length of stay?
The average time a student attends ASM is approximately three to five years.
- How does the School help with the transition of new Students & Families ?
The Admissions Team along with staff members, parent volunteers, and student ambassadors attend the New Family Orientation, which is held before the start of the school year to welcome new families. ASM’s guidance counselors and teachers prepare transition activities and events, including opportunities for new and returning students to talk about their initial experiences at the school. New students are assigned a "buddy" to help them feel included in their new school.
ASM Family & Friends is our parent volunteer organization which is comprised of supportive parents. Within this group there is a Welcome Committee, whose members assist new families throughout the year.
ASM offers welcome events including parent coffees, various informational and recreational presentations, and school events such as the Halloween Fall Festival and Interfest.