Taipei American School
Taipei American School (TAS) is an independent, coeducational day school founded in 1949 for students from prekindergarten (KA) through grade 12. More than 41 nationalities make up the student body. The first semester of the school year runs from early August to mid-December 2018; the second semester runs from early January to the end of May 2019. The School is located in Tien Mou, a northern suburb of Taipei, where many members of the expatriate community reside. High-rise apartment buildings, small businesses, parks, outdoor markets, temples, international restaurants, and the Yangmingshan Mountains characterize the landscape. The TAS parent body includes professionals from local businesses and international corporations, employees of foreign governments, and educators.
Organization: The School is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors composed of four Board members appointed for four-year terms and nine Board members elected for three-year terms by the Taipei American School Association. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents of children enrolled in the School.
Curriculum: TAS provides an American-based education with a global perspective which results in a love of learning, academic excellence, a balanced life, and service to others. The KA-12 curriculum is based on exemplary standards and benchmarks from the U.S. As the majority of TAS students will continue their education in the United States, TAS has aligned its curriculum at each grade level to facilitate a smooth transition. This year, 82% of the graduates attended colleges and universities in the United States; the rest enrolled in four-year institutions around the world.
The Lower School (Grades KA-5) and Middle School (Grades 6-8) offer innovative programs in curricular and cocurricular subject areas. The Upper School (Grades 9-12) offers a rigorous, college-preparatory program with multiple Honors, AP, and IB courses. Starting in kindergarten, students take Mandarin classes that help them take advantage of the local culture. TAS offers EAL support as well as support for students with mild learning differences; parents of students with learning needs should contact the School directly to be sure that TAS has the resources and programs to fit their child’s needs.
TAS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). TAS also produces several annual publications, including an Annual Report, the school profile, and an alumni news magazine. In addition, TAS produces a school news magazine called The Window, which is published three times each year. Current and previous editions of these publications are available for viewing online by visiting https://www.tas.edu.tw/about-us/publications.
Faculty: In the 2018-2019 school year, there are 298 faculty members, including 179 U.S. citizens, 54 host-country nationals, and 65 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, enrollment was 2,332 (905 in the lower school, 610 in the middle school, and 817 in the upper school). Of the total, 1,611 were U.S. citizens, and 721 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 84 were dependents of employees of the American Institute in Taiwan.
Facilities: The School occupies a campus of approximately 15 acres. The campus is wireless to service the IT needs as a 1-to-1 laptop school in Grades 3-12. The School has approximately 250 classrooms, including many science and robotics labs. The campus also features a four-story library/IT/media complex, music and art facilities, three dance studios, and three theaters. Sports facilities include three gyms, covered and outdoor tennis courts, a track, two playing fields with artificial turf, a golf putting green and driving cages, and a 25-meter indoor swimming pool. The cafeteria, pizza bar, and Village Snack Bar serve nearly 3,000 patrons per day. The Upper School Science and Technology Building opened in 2012 and features state-of-the-art science and robotics labs, classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, and a lecture hall. The Liu Lim Arts Center opened in August 2013, along with the new Tiger Health and Wellness Center. The highly anticipated state-of-the-art Tech Cube building for robotics and engineering (K-12) will open in December 2018.
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