The Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers students the opportunity to study university level courses and earn college credit through standardized exams.
Taipei American School currently offers more than twenty Advanced Placement examinations in a variety of subject areas. A prescribed curriculum is followed, and a standardized external examination prepared by the College Board is administered by the school in May of each year. College catalogs generally contain an accurate description of an institution‘s policy on placement, and what credit, if any, is given for an Advanced Placement examination. This will include any exceptions or qualifications to granting the credit, as well as procedures for applying for such credit. Students must be enrolled in the AP course to be eligible to sit for the AP exam.
Courses & Diploma Programs
AP Art History
AP Music Theory
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
AP Studio Art: Drawing
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
History & Social Science
AP European History
AP United States History
AP World History
Political Science & Forensics
AP United States Government & Politics
AP Seminar: Capstone Yr 1
AP Research: Capstone Yr 2
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based
AP Chinese Language and Culture
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Explanation of Course Selection for an IB Diploma
- A student wishing to do a full IB Diploma must take a total of 6 courses at TAS, plus Theory of Knowledge and complete the Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirement (explained below).
- Students take Theory of Knowledge (TOK) in 11th and 12th grades
- A student must take one course from each of the first five subject groups, the 6th course may be from the 6th group (Arts) or a student may do a second courses from groups 2, 3, or 4.
- A student must take a minimum of 3 Higher Level (HL) and 3 Standard Level (SL) course, or maximum of 4 HL and 2 SL courses.
- Students may elected to enroll in individual IB courses without doing the full diploma.
- All students who take IB courses must sit the external IB exam in order to receive IB credit and a weighted grade.
- Only students enrolled in the IB course are eligible to sit the external exam.
IB Groups and Courses Taught at TAS
Group 1 Language A1 (The language the school teaches in)
English Literature HL
English Language and Literature SL
Chinese Language and Literature HL
Chinese Language and Literature SL
Group 2 Language A2 (Second Language, B or AB Initio*)
Chinese B HL
Chinese B SL
Chinese B Ab Initio SL
Spanish B HL
Spanish B SL
Spanish Ab Initio SL
Japanese Ab Initio
Group 3 Social Studies
Global Politics SL
History of the Americas SL
History of the Americas HL
World Religions SL
Group 4 Sciences
Group 5 Math
Math: Applications and Interpretation SL
Math: Applications and Interpretation SL
Math: Analysis and Approaches SL
Math: Analysis and Approaches HL
Group 6 The Arts
Visual Arts HL
Visual Arts SL
The Extended Essay
A 3,500 - 4,000 word research essays complete as part of the diploma. This independent research paper is done with guidance from a faculty advisor. Students choose a topic and a teacher "advises" them through the essay. The essay is assigned second semester of the first year in the IB diploma program and is due the following year. TOK and the extended essay combine to give students up to 3 points on their final IB diploma score.
Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Program. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Program experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.
- Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
- Activity: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Program.
- Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
Officially CAS is completed during both years of the 2 years of the diploma program. Students will do a variety of activities over the 2 years, write reflections of these activities in a portfolio, and meet with the CAS supervisor to complete the CAS requirement.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK is only available to IB-diploma candidates
A course that teaches the thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is “How do we know?” Students taking TOK become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected.