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Date : 01/12/2023
Location : Milan

Students of all nationalities are welcome at the American School of Milan (ASM), an independent, coeducational day school that offers a full academic curriculum from preschool through grade 12. ASM has been a modern instructional institution in Milan since 1962. ASM is unique as it has a 9-acre campus with three schools; Preschool, Primary school (grades 1–5), and Secondary school (grades 6-12) with tennis courts, a soccer field, 2 gymnasiums, 500-seat theater, library, and science labs. ASM is on a two-semester schedule beginning in early September and late January. Students are on an eight-period rotating block schedule, and all instruction is in English.

About American School of Milan

The Organization

ASM is a non-profit school offering an American-style international program that prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. The IB program is recognized worldwide as the leading international curricula that focuses on fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills, helping students excel in academics and multicultural environments. The school is managed by twelve members of the Board of Trustees who are elected by the community to serve staggered three-year terms.

An Established Institution in Milan

Founded in 1962, ASM has been educating international students from more than 50 countries. ASM has over 60 years of providing quality education and support to the international community of Milan. ASM provides schooling in English, with mother-tongue English speakers, for students from 3 years of age through high school with its American/international program of studies. The school is an IB World School that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP). In addition, students are awarded the American School High School DiplomaASM is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), and Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS). The institution is formally established as a nonprofit foundation. Independent, U.S.-based, and geared toward preparing students for success in higher education, the curriculum also incorporates elements of the International Baccalaureate.

The Campus and Facilities

The American School of Milan campus houses three main, 2-story buildings connected and spread across the 9-acre grounds. There are three distinct stages of education:

✰ Preschool, 

✰ Primary school (grades 1–5),

✰ Secondary school (grades 6-12). 

In addition to a film studio for Upper School and fully-stocked 70+ classrooms, there is a library/media center, 9 science labs, 2 science prep labs, 4 music rooms, and 4 soundproofed practice rooms. On-site facilities include two art suites, an IB art laboratory, a remodeled cafeteria, a brand-new 500-seat auditorium, a play park for toddlers, two double gymnasiums, a dance studio, a climbing wall, outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, a soccer field, and weight room.

The Curriculum

Elementary School

“How children learn is as essential as what they learn.” 

All ASM teachers are trained in Responsive Classroom practices, which encourage a good school climate and guide social skills development through the elementary school counselor’s PATHS Curriculum. The UbD framework is used to create Social Studies Units of Inquiry that allow students to investigate local and global issues. ASM’s freshly created Science Units of Inquiry are based on Next Generation Science Standards and include a weekly STEM lab with the elementary Science specialist. The core curriculum comprises Italian for native speakers and second-language learners. ASM helps K-5 students with mild to moderate learning challenges and teaches English as a second language (ELL). The ASM technology integration specialist integrates laptops, tablets, and interactive whiteboards into classroom instruction to prepare pupils for today’s interconnected society.

Learn more about ASM Elementary School.

Middle School 

The American School of Milan has pupils from over 50 nations. Teachers empower and prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and compassion to tackle real-world challenges in the classroom. With care and motivation, any student can succeed. Technological proficiency is an essential component of the program, and National Educational Technology standards are incorporated into all subject areas and monitor students’ acquisition of 21st century skills in reports twice a year. All students in the ASM international middle school are responsible for creating and maintaining their own E-portfolio. Core Subjects are Math, Science, English and Humanities. Other subjects such as languages, STEM subjects such as coding and robotics, and strong art and music program are also in the curriculum.

Learn more about ASM Middle School.

High School

All high school students are enrolled in a college preparatory program. All junior and senior level courses are taught at the IB level; however, students can choose between obtaining the IB Diploma, IB Course Certificates, and the American High School Diploma. Currently, 68 out of 75 seniors are IB Diploma Candidates. Students are required to complete 50 hours of community service during their freshman and sophomore years. ASM is a technology-focused school with a one-to-one laptop program for grades 6-12.The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a challenging two-year pre-university curriculum primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification (the IB diploma) that the world’s leading universities widely recognize. The school is also a North Italian College Board testing facility. The SAT Reasoning and Subject, as well as the SSAT and PSAT, are all components included in the testing schedule.

Learn more about ASM High School.

International College & University Prep

There is almost a 100% college acceptance rate for American School of Milan students. In addition to academic preparation, ASM aims to prepare students intellectually and culturally. Programs offer an 8-period schedule to better balance academics, arts, PE, and individual interests like world events, computer science, and Model UN. After school, students can participate in various activities, such as varsity athletics, community service initiatives, the musical, and scientific, math, and writing clubs. ASM values worldly experience and sends grade-level groups on academic and adventure excursions to Europe to build community.

Extracurricular Activities

The academic curriculum features numerous extracurricular activities such as sports, music, filmmaking, and digital photography. Courses in coding, public speaking (a la TED-ED), student government, MUN, and sports for a lifetime are all on the agenda.

The Student Body

At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 840 (EC1-12). Of the total, 165 were U.S. citizens, 321 were host-country nationals, and 354 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 28 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 102 of other private U.S. citizens.

The Faculty

The 105 full-time faculty members in the 2022-2023 academic year are made up of 63 American citizens and 15 host country nationals, in addition to the 26 third-country nationals.

Learn more about the American School of Milan or schedule a visit:

American School of Milan
Via K. Marx 1420073, Noverasco di Opera
Milan, Italy
Website asmilan.org

General School Inquiry
Tel. 02-5300001



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