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How to Apply

Admission Overview

Taipei American School (TAS) was established in 1949 to educate children of expatriates. TAS is an educational institution owned and operated by the Taipei American School Foundation for the education of children of foreign business persons, technicians, scholars, missionaries and other foreigners in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China in accordance with American educational concepts. Taipei American School enrolls students without regard to race, religion or gender.

TAS receives more applications than it has space available and therefore has initiated a priority system that reflects the school’s mission. Insofar as space permits, Taipei American School will admit American students who are dependents of American expatriate families that have relocated to greater Taipei to promote commerce, education, cultural understanding or similar purposes and who are in agreement with and capable of benefiting from the programs being offered. Students who are dependents of non-American expatriate families that have relocated to greater Taipei for the same purposes and are capable of benefitting from the programs being offered will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Criteria

To be eligible for admission, your child must hold a foreign passport and a valid and current visa to reside in the Republic of China. Passports obtained simply through business involvements with a foreign country will not be considered to support a student's or parent's expatriate status at TAS.

To be admitted to the kindergarten-A program, a student must be four years old prior to September 1 of the school year, and to be admitted to the kindergarten program, a student must be five years old prior to September 1. A grade 1 applicant must be six years old prior to September 1.

The school will not enroll a student who will be over the age of twenty-two at the time of his or her graduation.

The student must reside with at least one parent in the greater Taipei area.

Students transferring from a country whose school year follows a school calendar different than TAS will generally be required to continue in the year they have completed. For example, a student completing grade 8 in Korea in January would be placed in grade 8 for the remainder of the academic year at TAS.

When assessing the student's application, the admissions committee considers prior academic and behavioral records, English proficiency, and possible need for additional support services.

Priority System

Based on the school's mission and Board policy, qualified students are considered for admission to TAS according to the priority system outlined below.

The categories in order of priority are as follows:

  1. Category 1. At least one parent is employed by the American Institute in Taiwan.
  2. Category 2. At least one parent holds a USA passport.
  3. Category 3. Both parents hold non-USA foreign passports *
    (*excludes Republic of China (ROC) and People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports.)
  4. Category 4. One parent holds a non-USA foreign passport* and one parent holds a ROC or PRC passport.
  5. Category 5. Both parents hold ROC passports or one parent holds an ROC passport and one parent holds a PRC passport.
  6. Category 6. Both parents hold PRC passports. Children holding PRC passports may apply if ROC Ministry of Education criteria are met.

Category 6 has been added in response to the 2014 mandate from the ROC ministry of Education. Children holding PRC passports may apply if ROC Ministry of Education criteria are met.

Please note: To be eligible for admission, a student must hold a foreign passport and a valid visa to reside in the Republic of China. Passports obtained solely through business involvement with a foreign country are not sufficient to meet the foreign passport requirement. TAS may require proof of residency in the foreign country in order to validate that the child’s passport was not obtained solely through business involvement.

Priority status will be given to applicants who have:

  • Sibling(s) currently enrolled or accepted to TAS;
  • A parent or sibling who is a TAS alumni.

Students Needing English as an Academic Language (EAL) Support

English is the language of instruction at TAS and English proficiency is essential for academic and social success at TAS. A record of strong academic achievement is required. The following additional admissions criteria are designed to ensure appropriate educational program placement to achieve reasonable progress.

English language screening is required for the following reasons:

  • an applicant is transferring from a school where English is not the language of instruction
  • an applicant speaks a language other than English
  • another reason determined by the Admissions Office

A. Lower School EAL (Grades 1-5)
When an initial or in-depth EAL screening indicates insufficient English language required for grade-level instruction and learning, the student will be placed in our EAL program in the lower school. Students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are assessed during the EAL screening. Beginning School Year 2015-16, for grades 4 and 5 applicants, English language screening and ISEE scores will be used to determine minimum English proficiency required for admission.

B. Middle School EAL (Grades 6-8)
English language screening to determine minimum English proficiency standards is required for admission to grades 6, 7, and 8.

Middle school EAL programs are offered at two levels, pull-out EAL (EAL support every day) and push-in (EAL support every other day).

C. Upper School EAL (Grades 9-12)
TAS does not have an EAL program beyond grade 8; therefore, applicants whose English is a second language, must demonstrate adequate English proficiency to perform successfully in the upper school program.

D. Applying as an English as an Academic Language (EAL) Student to Grades 4-12.

Grades 4 and 5 applicants who are identified as needing English language screening will be invited to a TAS English language screening. Beginning 2015-16 school year, applicants will also be required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The results will be used to determine minimum English academic proficiency required for admissions to grades 4 & 5. Students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will be assessed.

Students applying to grades 6 to 12, who are identified as needing English academic language screening, will be asked to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) to determine English academic language proficiency.

These ISEE scores can also be submitted to meet the required standardized test scores for application to TAS. (Please refer to Standardized Test Scores for Admission.)

Although a student may initially be accepted to TAS without EAL support, the student may be placed in the EAL program based on teacher's recommendation and other classroom indicators.

When students attain the level of English language proficiency needed for academic success, the student may exit the program.

Students with Special Needs

Taipei American School has a student support services department which provides support for students needing academic and language and/or speech needs. We accept students with mild learning differences only into our regular academic program.

Each student in need of support services will be considered for admissions on the basis of whether TAS can meet his or her learning needs given the design of the program.

TAS requires complete documentation (past evaluations, individual educational programs, testing, medical reports) on students applying to TAS who have been diagnosed with a learning difference or disability. Should this information not be available, screening must occur before admissions can be considered.

Once admitted, students with special needs are served in the mainstream educational program and receive support services that focus on remediation of academic disabilities, skill development, and/or academic support.

Parents should note that admission to one grade does not guarantee admission to the next grade given that a child’s learning needs may progress beyond the scope of TAS support services.

Students with severe learning difficulties or an intellectual capacity below a certain IQ level cannot be adequately served given our level of services and therefore are not offered admission to TAS.

Application Steps

STEP 1: ONLINE APPLICATION, FEES AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Submit a completed online application with a non-refundable/non-transferrable application fee of NT$10,000 for a first-time application. If you have applied for the previous academic year, the processing fee for reapplication for the following year is NT$5,000. Reapplication fee for returning TAS student is NT$5,000.

The following supporting documents are required with the TAS application form:

A. School Records
Current and the last two years of school records, if applicable, are required. School records from schools in which English is not the language of instruction must be translated into English.

B. Confidential Recommendation Form (CRF)

Students applying to Kindergarten A to Grade 12 must submit a confidential recommendation form. This form is to be completed by a teacher, counselor, or principal and is sent directly to the Admissions Office.

  • Lower School Confidential Recommendation Form Kindergarten A to Kindergarten (English) (Chinese)
  • Lower School Confidential Recommendation Form Grades 1 to 5 (English) (Chinese)
  • Middle School and Upper School Confidential Recommendation Form Grades 6 to 12 (English) (Chinese)

C. Standardized Testing Requirement for Admission to Grades 4-12
Students applying to grades 4-12 must submit scores from a standardized test that was taken within two years of the date of application. If current standardized test scores are not available, the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required of students.

For students applying to grades 1 to 3, standardized test scores are not required but are highly desirable.

All Applicants to Grades 4 to 5

Students applying to grades 4 and 5 must submit current scores from one of the following standardized test scores:

  • ERB's CTP (Comprehensive Testing Program , ERB's Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) , Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), California Achievement Test (CAT), Standardized Testing and Report (STAR), IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Secondary School Admissions (SSAT), Independent Secondary School Exam (ISEE) or Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP). Scores from other standardized tests may be submitted upon the approval of the TAS admissions committee.
  • Students applying to grades 4-5 for the 2015-16 school year who do not have any of the above standardized test scores will be required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at Taipei American School or other designated test sites. For general information about ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org. Please refer to Standardized Testing Requirements and Registration Instructions for ISEE.


All Applicants to Grades 6-8

Students applying to grades 6-8 must submit current scores from one of the following standardized test scores:

  • ERB's CTP (Comprehensive Testing Program , ERB's Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) , Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), California Achievement Test (CAT), Standardized Testing and Report (STAR), IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Secondary School Admissions (SSAT), Independent Secondary School Exam (ISEE) or Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP). Scores from other standardized tests may be submitted upon the approval of the TAS admissions committee.
  • Students applying to grades 6-8 who do not have any of the above standardized test scores will be required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at Taipei American School or other designated test sites. For general information about ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org. Please refer to Standardized Testing Requirements and Registration Instructions for ISEE.

All Applicants to Grades 9-12

Students applying to grades 9-12 must submit one of the following standardized test scores:

  • ERB's CTP, WrAP, SAT, CAT, STAR, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, College Boards' SAT, or ACT, Scores from other standarized tests may be submitted upon the approval of the TAS admissions committee.
  • Students who do not have any of the above standardized tests scores will be asked to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). For general information about ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org. Please refer to Standardized Testing Requirements and Registration Instructions for ISEE.

D. Passports and Visa
Copies of your child's passport and visa and parents' passports are required. Upon enrollment, original passports and valid ROC must be shown to the Admissions Office staff.

NOTE: All TAS students must travel on a foreign passport for school sponsored trips.

E. Additional Residence Documentation.

TAS may require proof of residency to demonstrate that a parent has lived in the country of the issuing passport. Passports obtained solely by investment with a foreign country do not meet TAS admissions criteria. Click here for more information.

STEP 2: INTERVIEW AND SCREENING

A. Lower School Applicants
All lower school applicants are required to participate in an individual or group screening. In addition, parents will meet with a counselor as part of the admission process. English language screening may occur as part of the interview and screening process for KA to grade 2.

Applicants in grades 3 to 5 who need English language screening will be invited to an English-language screening either individually or in a group.

Lower school applicants applying from overseas may be pre-accepted, but the final admissions decision and grade placement are made in Taipei only after screening for special needs, EAL, and/or readiness for kindergarten.

B. Middle or Upper School Applicants
Interviews are not required for middle and upper school applicants. Applicants who need English language screening will be invited to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at Taipei American School or at other designated test centers listed on www.iseetest.org. Please refer to Standardized Testing Requirements and Registration Instructions for ISEE.

The school reserves the right to rescind acceptance to any student whose initial screening scores are significantly superior to the student's subsequent performance.

The school reserves the right to request additional diagnostic testing or a full evaluation before a decision is made for any student KA through grade 12.

STEP 3: EVALUATION OF COMPLETED APPLICATION

Completed applications are sent to the appropriate divisional admissions committee for review. Admission decisions are based on a careful assessment of school records, English language proficiency, and the school's ability to meet the student's needs within the existing programs.

TAS reserves the right to request additional diagnostic testing or a full evaluation before a decision is made for any students KA through grade 12. Decisions may be 1) acceptance, 2) place on the waiting list, or 3) denial.

STEP 4: ADMISSION DECISIONS

A. Acceptance
If an applicant is qualified and space is available, a formal letter of acceptance will be sent that will provide information for registration and enrollment. Each year a few students are conditionally accepted.

B. Waiting Status
Qualified applicants are placed in a waiting status when there is no space available in the selected grade. Every effort will be made to inform the candidate's family about space availability so that the family can plan appropriately. Given the school's admission priority system, a student's waiting status may change if there are subsequent applications from families with higher priority.

Any students with an application on a waiting status in late March will need to reapply for the upcoming school year.

C. Denial
Students can be denied admission on the basis of their academic record, behavioral record, or their English language proficiency. Students can also be denied admission when TAS lacks a program to meet their individual needs.

In some cases, denied candidates may reapply if the reason for the denial has been addressed, but they must wait at least one full academic year.

STEP 5: SUBMISSION OF FINAL DOCUMENTS FOR ACCEPTED APPLICANTS

Enrollment is finalized after completion and submission of the following:
A. Completion of the 6-Step Online Registration
B. Registration fee payment of 50,000 NTD
C. Sponsoring organization letter (if applicable): If fees and/or tuition will be paid by a sponsoring organization, the school requires written documentation from the sponsoring organization.
D. Show the Admissions Office staff, the child's original passport, valid ROC visa or Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). (To be eligible to attend TAS, students must hold a foreign passport and a valid visa to reside in ROC.)
E. Medical Examination Form to be completed and signed by a physician. The completed Medical Examination Form is emailed to nurse@tas.edu.tw. See further details on our health requirements
F. Copy of Immunization records, email to nurse@tas.edu.tw
G. Complete medical update form
H. Tuition and all fees must be received before the student can attend classes

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We are accepting applications for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years.