Taipei American School (TAS) is an independent, coeducational, day school founded in 1949 for students from pre-kindergarten (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 2020; the second semester runs from early January to the end of May 2021. The school is located in Tianmu, 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 mountains of Yangmingshan National Park mark 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 hybrid board of directors composed of four board members appointed for four-year terms and nine board members elected for three-year terms.
Curriculum: 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 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, 77% of the graduates attended colleges and universities in the United States; the rest enrolled in 4-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 the TAS website and navigating to About Us and Publications.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 317 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 2,437 (924 in the lower school, 663 in the middle school, and 850 in the upper school).
Facilities: The school occupies a campus of approximately 15 acres. The campus is wireless to service the IT needs as a one-to-one 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 building opened in 2012 and features classrooms and science labs 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 state-of-the-art tech cube building for robotics, computer science, and engineering (K-12) opened in January 2019.
Finances: For 2020-2021, annual tuition rates are as follows: lower school: NT$779,340; and middle and upper schools: NT$864,315. The annual registration fee is NT$50,000; the one-time capital fee is NT$350,000. Optional round-trip student transportation costs NT$58,000. (All fees are quoted in new Taiwan dollars, payable in U.S. dollars at the official exchange rate.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.