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About the Lower School

Students use hands-on materials and instructional technology as a means to go beyond rote memorization and apply knowledge in novel and real-life situations.

The curriculum and instruction at the TAS Lower School feature many materials and approaches found in quality elementary schools in the United States and worldwide. Integration of skills and thematic teaching occurs within and throughout the subject areas. The learning environment in classrooms reflects learning activities that foster the attainment of the TAS standards and benchmarks as well as the Eight Essential Capacities.

Our instructional approaches, textbooks, materials, and Taiwan itself all combine to help tap the talents of a diverse student and teacher population. Students use hands-on materials and instructional technology as a means to go beyond rote memorization and apply knowledge in novel and real-life situations.

Homerooms are comprised of heterogeneous groups. Individual and group work in all core subjects are used to enhance the students’ problem-solving, critical-thinking, and logic skills. For example, an instructional activity may involve problem solving by way of geometry, measurement, computation, and research skills. That same activity may then also require the students to provide a written description of how they found the answer. Technology is frequently integrated into studies in all subject areas. The classroom teacher works with the lower school computer specialist to deliver technology instruction.

The Lower School operates with a schedule featuring a ten-day cycle. The schedule ensures large blocks of uninterrupted instructional time. Students attend specials every day: physical education, music, art, and Mandarin. Students in Grades 3-5 have additional music classes every other day.

EAL teachers provide support for students who speak English as an Academic Language. The EAL model employed at TAS is the Sheltered Immersion model. EAL students are immersed in the mainstream and EAL teachers work in the classroom with the EAL students at scheduled times, focusing on the language content of the lessons. EAL teachers monitor the EAL students’ progress carefully and may sometimes pull students out to work on specific skills.

The TAS Lower School also has counselors, speech therapists, and reading specialists who work to support students.

More information on all of these topics is outlined in the Lower School Parent Handbook. (handbook currently being updated)

Lower School Philosophy

We believe that:

  • All children deserve to be supported and challenged, and are entitled to a positive nurturing environment.
  • Children have different learning styles and developmental rates.
  • Teachers and students share the responsibility for risk taking, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Effective assessment informs instruction and supports learning.
  • We have a responsibility to foster the development of all students socially, emotionally, academically, and physically.
  • Self-care and independence are essential for character development.
  • A great school is child centered with teachers who motivate, facilitate, and guide.
  • An open and cooperative partnership with parents is dependent on effective communication.
  • We are a community of learners.
  • Children are entitled to an education that prepares them for the future.