Wayne Rutherford Director of the American School in Milan

Greetings and welcome to the ASM website. Thank you for your interest in our school. My name is Wayne Rutherford and I am the ASM Director. I have been Head of School in four different schools for a total of 21 years. 2021-22 will be my third year at ASM...and I am hopeful to be able to oversee a full year on campus for all students this year. 2019-20 and 2020-21 were both challenging in many ways due to the pandemic, but ASM has continued to have great success with learning and growing, both on campus and online. 

ASM has a 60 year history of serving the American, international, and internationally minded community of Milan (this year marks our 60th anniversary!). 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 parents dedicated to the school’s success. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. ASM has students from over 50 nationalities attending our school. I believe that our internationalism and diversity sets us apart from the other schools in Milan. 

ASM is fully accredited by the American accrediting body, The Middle States’ Association of Schools and Colleges. We offer the IB Diploma program, and annually produce results well above the global average (for 2020-21, we had a 100% pass rate, and 35% of our diploma candidates 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’ and 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 other nations.

We anticipate that School  Year 2021-22 will start off with ASM needing to follow new and changing COVID protocols at school. The Italian government has been highly communicative in terms of rules and regulations for schools and other public spaces, and that has included frequently updated edicts. We can guess that there will be updated edicts through the summer and into the fall (and likely beyond) that will require our adherence and agility. ASM will communicate updates to families as the rules we need to follow on campus evolve. 

I thank you for your interest in ASM and hope you’ll soon be able to visit our campus, tour our facilities, and sense the warmth of our community in person. 

Kind regards, 

Wayne Rutherford

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 is now in his 21st year as a school leader. His wife, Yoshiko, is from Sapporo, and their two children are ‘Third Culture Kids’ who attend colleges in the US.