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American School of Madrid
The American School of Madrid (ASM) is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school, which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1961. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from September 6 to January 28 and from January 31 to June 17.

Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Trustees. Board membership is self-perpetuating. The American Ambassador has traditionally accepted the honorary presidency of the Board. Legally recognized as a Spanish Association, the School operates under statutes approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of U.S. college-preparatory, private, non-profit schools. The School's testing program includes the National Merit and College Board tests. Instruction is in English. Spanish and French are taught as foreign languages. Most of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States. For students in grades 1-8, English-as-a-Second-Language and remedial reading are offered through the School's Optimal Learning program. ASM may admit and offer assistance to students with a diagnosed mild learning disability. Psychological testing as well as private remedial assistance are available in the community. The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization, and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 81 full-time and 9 part-time faculty members. In addition, ASM has 2 guidance counselors, 1 librarian and 2 library associates, 7 administrators, full-time school nurse, 10 administrative support staff, and a crew of 5 in the maintenance department.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, enrollment was 686 (PK-grade 5: 342; grades 6-8: 140; and grades 9-12: 204).

Facilities: The primary, lower, and upper school programs are housed in 2 buildings, 12 kilometers west of the center of Madrid, in Pozuelo de Alarcon near Aravaca. There is ample room for outdoor activities. The facilities were inaugurated in 1967 and have been consistently renovated, amplified, and modernized. The School currently has 22 upper school classrooms; 12 middle school classrooms; 25 lower school classrooms (new lower school wing was inaugurated in 2002); a gymnasium/auditorium; elementary and secondary libraries; totally refurbished physics, chemistry, and biology and middle school science laboratories; three computer labs; 2 music rooms; 3 art centers; Intranet to enhance the School’s technology program and access to the Internet; computer(s) in every classroom; a spacious cafeteria that was remodeled in 2003 with separate space for the youngest children and kitchen to the latest European Union specifications and standards; a health unit for a resident school nurse; tennis courts; track; a grassed soccer field; a baseball diamond; a weight lifting/exercise room, a new multi-purpose covered outdoor area, and on-campus school bus loading. Security measures include private guard service and peripheral surveillance equipment. In 2001, a major building project was initiated to include the construction of a 3000 square-meter elementary school wing that will house the lower school.

Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, about 95 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg. 1: $7,884; Kdg. 2: $7,511; Kdg. 3: $9,388; grades 1-2: $13,770; grade 3: $14,620; grades 4-5: $15,471; grade 6: $16,410; grades 7-8: $18,288; and grades 9-12: $18,682. The School also charges a one-time enrollment fee of $3,997, an optional bus fee of $1,938, and daily lunch fee of $6.80. These fees are payable in euros or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.


Mr. William D. O'Hale, Headmaster
American School of Madrid
Apartado 80
28080 Madrid, Spain
Tel: 34-91-740-1900
Fax: 34-91-357-2698

Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
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