Welcome to the Elementary School!

Denise Buren, Head of our international elementary school in Milan.


Denise Buren
Elementary Principal

Email: dburen@asmilan.org
Tel: +39.02.5300.0033


The Elementary School of the American School of Milan is committed to providing a quality international elementary 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.”

A Unique Kind of Elementary School in Milan

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.

Preparing Our Students For A Successful Future

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.

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Denise Buren
Elementary School Principal


Dr. Buren is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and grew up in the United States. She is a former IB student and taught internationally in Okinawa, Japan for 3 years before moving to Italy in 2000. Dr. Buren has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Doctorate in Clinical and Family Psychology and most recently, a Masters in Educational Leadership. She has taught from grades 3-12, including three IB courses and Transcultural Psychology at the Cattolica University in Milan for American exchange students. 

Dr. Buren has 2 daughters in the upper school who have 'grown up' with ASM and above all else, treasures spending time with them. She enjoys painting, reading, traveling with her family and most of all, always learning. Dr. Buren believes that curiosity, continued learning and perseverance are the keys to success. She believes that we are not only teaching subjects but rather we are modeling how to navigate a complex world that will require developing resilience, applying knowledge, demonstrating equity and above all else, showing empathy.