Kaohsiung American School (KAS) is a private, nonprofit, college-preparatory school with an American curriculum modeled on stateside standards and learning objectives. The school serves foreign passport holding students from the international community of South Taiwan. The school year comprises two semesters from August 10 to December 18 and from January 11 to June 10.
Organization: The Board of Directors of the Kaohsiung American School has nine voting members, eight are elected parents, and one is appointed by the American Institute of Taiwan in Kaohsiung. Other members may be appointed to the board on an ex-officio basis. The term of the office is for three years, and members are selected on a rotating basis to ensure carry-over.
Curriculum: The curriculum is based on the U.S. model of education. Instruction is in the English language. The school models high academic standards and provides for individualized and differentiated instruction where possible. The curriculum is updated and strengthened on an annual basis. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is offered in the high school, leading toward college acceptances at stateside colleges and universities. MYP curriculum is offered at the middle school stage. The school’s academic and extracurricular programs promote each student’s intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. KAS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 109 faculty and staff members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 796 (306 in lower school, 205 in the middle school, and 285 in the high school).
Facilities: In addition to 45 classrooms, there are two science labs; a 400-seat auditorium used as a school community facility for assemblies and performances; a 100-seat lecture hall to host forums and/or MUN; a library with four private discussion rooms; a media center with four private discussion rooms; two music rooms; two art rooms; one outdoor basketball court; two playground facilities; a snack bar; an exhibition hall; and one outdoor artificial turf soccer field with a cork base. The sports complex opened in November 2016 and includes an indoor swimming pool, indoor gym with basketball court, weight room, and a LEED GOLD certified dining hall to serve catered lunch. KAS is a LEED certified school.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 99 percent of the school’s income derives from school tuition and registration fees. The annual registration fee is $806. A “first time capital fee” (one-time fee, only year one) of $4,839 is being charged for each new student. The annual tuition rates are: PK to grade 5: $11,723; middle school: $12,981; and high school: $13,710. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars with the exchange rate at 1USD=31NTD.). KAS remains a non-profit entity – all resources directly support their educational program.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.