Focus School: American School of Milan

The American School of Milan (ASM) is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school with a state-of-the-art campus located south of Milan. Founded in 1962, we have been educating international students from more than 50 countries for more than 55 years. Our school’s mission is to provide a modern and rigorous education for international students to excel in the changing world of tomorrow. ASM is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is an IB World School offering the Diploma Program since 1983.

During our accreditation process in 2013, one of our goals was to develop a clear structure for our multilingual program. An essential piece of this process involved finding a new assessment that we could build our program around. After research and review of successful programs, we chose WIDA because of the extensive framework it provided.

“From an admissions perspective, [WIDA] has also been beneficial when new students transfer as a baseline for learning or in some cases when they have already been tested,” said Dr. Buren, elementary school principal. “WIDA has been an effective tool which allows our teachers to better meet the needs of their students.”

One thing about WIDA that spoke to us immediately was the asset-based approach to student learning. The Can Do Descriptors gave us language and a framework for discussions. WIDA not only filled our assessment needs through using WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL, but also made it possible to fulfill the mindset that our multilingual students are a vibrant part of our community.

“Joining WIDA provided us with a consistent and cohesive approach to meeting the needs of our multilingual students across the entire school, said Jane Segre, director of teaching and learning. “Our WIDA specialists are able to provide mainstream teachers with clear data about the English levels and even profiles of their multilingual learners.”

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