Taipei American School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States and is the accrediting agency for international schools in East Asia.
From April 8 to April 12, 2018, a distinguished group of educators assigned by WASC to constitute the Visiting Committee examined every aspect of our educational program as well as issues of governance, finance, climate, and enrollment. Many parents participated in the exhaustive self-study, which took place over 18 months, joining in focus groups with faculty, administrators, and Board members to explore critical areas. The self-study provides a school with the opportunity to examine itself, ask the hard questions, and debate the responses to them in meaningful settings. Our self-study represents a wealth of information and a daunting amount of hard work.
This rigorous examination of every part of school life resulted in a committee report that should allow every teacher, every staff member, every parent, student, and friend of TAS to feel very proud of where our school is today. The report is a tribute to a community that sets the bar high, holds everyone accountable for results, provides critical assessments when appropriate, and demonstrates gratitude and generosity when deserved. The TAS Board of Directors is described as “an exemplary, high-functioning governing body that focuses on strategic issues, policy development, and strong financial stewardship while delegating the management of the school to the professional staff,” as all high functioning governing boards do.
The Visiting Committee commended the faculty and staff for its professionalism and care and noted, “a strong sense of community permeates all levels of the school as evidenced by the commitment and care for students, active and engaged parents who contribute both resources and time, and students who value and respect their school and interactions with adults.” As experienced educational leaders, the team recognized that the success of our development program has impacted learning for every student and has “raised significant funds, increasing student opportunities, strengthening the school’s financial position, and enabling the development of innovative programs.” The final report includes these commendations as well as several others.
As a result, TAS once again earned the full 6-year accreditation from WASC.