Welcome to the ASM website, and thank you for your interest in our school. My name is Wayne Rutherford, and I am the ASM Director. I've held the position of Head of School at four different institutions over 23 years. Currently, I am in my fifth year at ASM.
ASM has a 61-year history of serving the American, international, and internationally-minded community of Milan. From humble beginnings in an apartment downtown, ASM has become a top-tier international school with outstanding facilities, excellent academic results, and a warm, supportive community of teachers and parents dedicated to our student's success. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. ASM has students from over 50 nationalities attending our school. Our internationalism and diversity set us apart from the other schools in Milan.
ASM is fully accredited in America by The Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. We offer the IB Diploma program and annually produce results well above the global average (for 2022-23, we had a 97% pass rate, an average of 34.2, and 16% of our students scored 40 or above). We belong to the Mediterranean Association of International Schools; we are supported by the United States Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools; and we are a leading school in both the Northern Italy International Schools Sports Association (NISSA) and the European Sports Conference (ESC).
ASM provides students with character-building foundations via service programs, community development, and our core values. In addition, ASM excels at providing students with a 'passport to the world;' our graduates attend top universities in the US, Canada, UK, Italy, and other European countries, as well as leading universities in Korea, Japan, the UAE, and more.
Thank you for your interest in ASM, and I hope you will soon be able to visit our campus, tour our facilities, and sense the warmth of our community in person.
Bio note: Mr. Rutherford grew up in Oregon in the United States and holds two degrees from Stanford University. He has worked at international schools as a High School English teacher (IS Manila) and has been Head of School at Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan; The International School of Dakar in Senegal; Cairo American College in Egypt; and now in his 24th year as a school leader. His wife, Yoshiko, is from Sapporo, and their two children are 'Third Culture Kids' who have graduated from US colleges.