The Taipei American School (TAS) is an independent, coeducational day school founded in 1949 for students from more than thirty nationalities from Pre-K through grade 12. The first semester of the school year runs from August 11 to December 16, 2011; the second semester runs from January 3 to June 1, 2012.
Organization: The school is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors 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.
Community: 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 Yangmingshan mountain characterize the landscape. The TAS parent body includes professionals from local businesses and international corporations, employees of foreign governments, and educators.
Curriculum: An innovative 21st century learning community, TAS’s mission is to inspire each student to be a confident, creative, caring, and moral individual prepared to adapt and succeed anywhere in a rapidly changing world. TAS provides an American-based education with a global perspective that results in a love of learning, academic excellence, a balanced life, and service to others. The K-12 curriculum is based on exemplary standards and benchmarks from the U.S., since 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. The middle school (grades 6-8) is an innovative interdisciplinary program. 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 ESL 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).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 249 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 2,192 (750 in the lower school, 556 in the middle school, and 886 in the upper school).
Facilities: The school’s 15-acre campus currently has 180 classrooms, with 14 science classrooms and labs, two lower school computer labs, a four-story library/IT/media complex, music and art facilities, two theaters, a cafeteria serving 3,000 patrons per day, two gyms, and two playing fields with artificial turf. In September 2010, the school broke ground on new facilities including an upper school building featuring a Science and Technology Center, an arts facility and cafeteria expansion, and an additional gym with covered and outdoor tennis courts. New facilities are slated to open early in 2012. The campus is 90% wireless, supporting IT needs as a one-to-one laptop school in the middle and upper schools.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 92% of the School's income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: lower school: $16,339; and middle and upper schools: $18,121. The annual registration fee is $1,695; the one-time capital fee is $6,780. Optional round-trip student transportation costs $1,492. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)