Aquinas American School
|Year of Foundation||2012|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||PreK - 12|
|Boarding||Day School & Boarding School|
|Number of students||680|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1 : 9|
|Accreditations||Comunidad de Madrid, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, International Baccalaureate, NCAA, SAT College Board Center, National Catholic Educational Association, Mediterranean Association of International Schools|
|Headmaster||Mr. Antonio Arcones|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||6800€|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||12000€|
Aquinas American School is an American, catholic, co-ed, college-preparatory school founded in 2012 and located in a closed-gate community called Monte Alina, in the suburbs of Madrid, Spain. The school offers the American High School Diploma as well as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, preparing students to further their education either in Spain or abroad. We currently have 680 students enrolled from 39 different nationalities.
At AAS we offer academic achievement, mastery of skills and moral citizenship:
– American education from PK-12 – Middle States Association Accreditation
– American credentialed teachers
– High School Diploma and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program© (only for grades 11 and 12)
– College counselling services
– SAT College Board Center
– NCAA Accredited
– Study Abroad Program
– Boarding Program
– Athletics, Arts & Clubs
CurriculumAt Aquinas American School, we look for an integral teaching. A training that combines the acquisition of curricular content, the development of personal skills of inquiry, reflection and communication, and the formation of a personality with a critical spirit, an international mentality and a vocation for leadership and service to the community. Our curriculum allows access to the University in Spain or abroad. In AAS we give great importance to the domain of language, since this is the instrument of thought. The work in class and at home, the type of projects and work carried out by the students, facilitates a high level of reading comprehension and a great capacity to expose and articulate ideas, both in writing and orally. This guarantees the maximum development of intellectual abilities and facilitates the learning of different subjects in both the humanities and the sciences. Our educational proposal is based on putting the new generations in contact with reality. This is the end of all curriculum. And the teacher acts the medium or magician (hence magister) that helps the child or young person to enter reality and get to know it. The opportunities for this are: reading, learning a discipline, sports, theater, singing, dialogue. All this allows the intellectual, moral and aesthetic maturation of the student. We know that the teaching staff is the key, because every educational proposal is a personal proposal. Make present the good, the true and the beautiful, through a group of passionate people who have a true educational vocation is the principle to be able to train our young people.
Languages of instructionEnglish
Foreign languagesSpanish and French
ExaminationsSAT, IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM, PCE (UNED)
We have been living in Miami, Florida for the last four years and a half. Our daughters have been attending American schools from the very first day. English is now their first language. Our eldest will be in 10th grade next year and cannot be change to another program. She loves the American program and would love to study in the USA. Even if she was born in Madrid, she is more American than anything else now. She is a very good student and gifted in her school. She loves her school, the teachers and the program. After having searched the Internet and looked around for schools in Madrid, my wife and I have found in AAS everything we’re looking for in a school for our daughters, the education and the values we want them to have.
We were impressed by the positive experience of friends of ours having their children attending AAS; in addition, AAS' educational principles based and building on the individual learning approach and mental strategies of each child that we learned about during our interview has convinced us to apply for enrolment at AAS.