Welcome to the Elementary School!

Michael Hibbeln


Denise Buren

Elementary Principal

dburen@asmilan.org

+39.02.5300.0033

The Elementary School of the American School of Milan is committed to providing a quality international education for children ages 3-11. Our aim is to support the social, emotional and academic development of our students in a safe and welcoming environment that promotes life-long learning. This is guided by our mission statement; “to ensure a modern and rigorous education for international students to excel in the changing world of tomorrow.”

We believe in an inclusive learning environment that offers both rigor and balance, where children are challenged to develop their abilities in literacy, math and science as well as to explore their talents through the arts, music and sports. We are proud of our traditions at ASM and have been working with international and local families for over 50 years.

Our highly qualified professional teaching staff implements a variety of approaches for optimal learning each day. Literacy instruction is based on the Reading and Writing Workshop approach supported by The Daily Five and Lucy CalkinsWriting Units. Our mathematics curriculum emphasizes building a deeper understanding of math and number sense guided by the American Common Core Math Standards.

Committed to preparing our students for today’s interconnected world, technology is integrated into classroom instruction through the use of laptops, tablets and interactive white boards and are supported by our elementary technology integration specialist. Students explore global issues and our world through Social Studies Units of Inquiry are designed using the UbD framework. Our newly designed Science Units of Inquiry are built around Next Generation Science Standards and are supported by a weekly interactive STEM lab session with our elementary Science specialist. Our core curriculum is further enhanced with Italian language instruction for native speakers and second language learners. We offer learning support for students with mild to moderate learning needs in grades K-5 and offer English as a second language (ELL) for students who are developing their English proficiency.

We believe that “how children learn is as important as what they learn”. All of our teachers are trained in Responsive Classroom techniques, which help to support a positive school climate guide social skills development through the PATHS Curriculum led by our elementary school counselor.

This summer we have begun a building expansion project which will enhance our school’s common spaces, and have added five new classrooms for our Elementary school which will be ready for our opening in the fall. At ASM we believe that only through continuous improvement can we offer our students an innovative and rigorous education that is focused on student achievement and foster a joy for learning.

If you are interested in learning more about our school programs or planning a visit, please feel free to contact our admissions office at admissions@asmilan.org.

We are very enthusiastic to begin a new school year in 2017-2018!

Sincerely,

Denise Buren

Elementary School Principal – The American School of Milan

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