Director's Welcome

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 20 years. This is my second year at ASM...the first was wonderful in many ways, but also included some...unexpected developments. 

ASM has a 58 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 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 2019-20, 25% 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 countries.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected our spring 2020, and we ended our year with 17 weeks of online learning. We were able to start 2020-21 with all students on campus, but the virus has again surged in Lombardia and ASM students are learning both on campus (Elementary) and online (Upper School) as per government dictates. We monitor closely  our community and are subject to the government edicts regarding schools. ASM has been successful in providing our learning program to students via online instruction. Both our Spring 2020 IB scores and our Fall MAP scores provide evidence that, though learning online, our students were growing and moving forward, and in some cases, truly excelling via the hard work of our teachers and the support of our parents at home. 

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.