Welcome from the Upper School Director

I am very excited to welcome you to the Upper School at the American School of Madrid. It is especially exciting for me to do so as this is my first year at ASM and as such I share some of the same excitement and trepidation that many of our new students will be feeling at this time.

The Upper School brings a focus on preparing students for their next steps. Be that in Grades 9 and 10 where the learning program develops the skills and understandings that will prepare students for a successful Grade 11 and 12 program of study, or in Grades 11 and 12 where they are preparing to move on to their chosen pursuits post-ASM. 

We know that our students will bring diverse passions and interests to their learning, therefore our learning program is also diverse so as to meet the needs of our students, be it in the arts, the sciences, the social sciences, or athletics, we want each student to be able to find the learning program that fits their interests and future plans. We also believe that a school must strive to shape students into positive global citizens, understanding their place in the world and responsibilities that they have towards making the world a better place. Through the teaching in our classrooms, the many extra-curricular activities on offer, and our service-learning program, we strive to develop characteristics such as ethical thinking, empathy, and integrity in our students.

We recognize the importance of supporting students in their academic pursuits and we commit to ensuring that every student meets their potential, through excellence in programming and teaching. To enable us to do so, we also need to also maintain a focus on student well-being. We are committed to knowing our students, meeting them where they are, and providing them with the social and emotional support that they need to be successful. We believe that one’s journey towards well-being and happiness is a skill set that we can teach to our students. By seeing our students as individuals, each with their own needs and potentials, can we support them in their journey through the Upper School, and providing them with the opportunities to celebrate individual success.

Welcome to the ASM Upper School and the Home of the Lancers!

Felim Bolster

Felim has been in international education for the past 22 years,  in schools similar to ASM. Felim has taught in the UK, the Middle East, and Europe, prior to joining ASM.

Originally a science teacher, Felim has a BSc in Applied Physics and Medical Technology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management. He has served as a High School Principal and Assistant Principal, and a Secondary School (Grades 6-12) Principal at the American International School in Abu Dhabi, most recently as Head of High School at the International School of Brussels.