|The Taipei American School (TAS)
is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an
educational program from pre-kindergarten A through grade 12 for
students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1949. The
school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 11 to
December 21 and from January 10 to June 7.
The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors elected for
3-year terms by the Taipei American School Association. Membership
in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or
guardians of children enrolled in the school.
Community: The School is located in Tien Mou, a northern
suburb of Taipei, where many of the expatriate community reside.
High-rise apartment buildings and commercial enterprises
characterize the landscape. The vast majority of parents work for
local businesses or international corporations. There is a sizeable
contingent of professionals, various foreign government employees,
Curriculum: The curriculum in the lower school (PK-grade
5) is centered around the following 4 goals: to teach the essential
basic skills; to develop a desire to learn; to teach toward
understanding, self-discipline, and self-respect; and to develop an
understanding and respect for people in other cultures. The middle
school (grades 6-8) curriculum builds on these goals and provides
opportunities for enrichment. The upper school (grades 9-12) offers
a highly academic, college preparatory program leading to a U.S.
high school diploma or an International Baccalaureate diploma.
Almost 100% of TAS graduates continue their education at a college
or university, the vast majority in the United States. TAS offers
support services for mild learning needs. (Parents of students with
identifiable learning differences should contact the School directly
to be sure that TAS has the resources and programs to be of
assistance.) TAS also has a School-within-a-School special education
program for students ages 5-10 with more moderate level special
education needs. The School is accredited by the Western Association
of Schools and Colleges.
Faculty: In the 2005-2006 school year, there are 243
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year,
enrollment was 2,236 (818 in the lower school, 576 in the middle
school, and 842 in the upper school).
Facilities: The School occupies a 6.5 hectares
(approximately 15 acres) campus. In addition to 120 regular
classrooms, the school has 11 science labs, a large library-media
center, music and art facilities, two theaters, multiple computer
labs, sports facilities with an artificially surfaced playing field,
and a cafeteria.
Finances: In the 2005-2006 school year, approximately 90%
of the School's income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition
rates are as follows: lower school: $10,972; and middle and upper
schools: $12,178. There is also an annual registration fee of $782
and a one-time capital fee of $4,687. Round-trip student
transportation costs $1,085. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Mr. Charles Hanna, Superintendent
Taipei American School
800 Chung Shan North Road, Section 6
Shih Lin 11152, Taipei, Taiwan