Lower School Character Education
Grounded in the principle that students must “Know the good, love the good, do the good” (Aristotle), the lower school character education program endeavors to prepare students to be outstanding citizens committed to a life of service. Through curriculum integration, service learning initiatives, character education committee, student leadership council, and close partnerships between parents, teachers, and students, the lower school at TAS aims to help students be caring and moral individuals.
The childhood years set the foundation for developing good habits and strong character. Therefore the five TAS values of Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Courage are explicitly taught, modeled and practiced throughout the school day in every lower school classroom. Character Education themes are also used to inspire students to make good choices and uphold the values. The ongoing theme of “Best Self, Best Work, Best World” leads to clear, lofty yet attainable expectations for all.
In the lower school, we believe that to be effective, character education must involve both the school and the family. An example of this partnership is the expectation that both parents and their children sign the lower school Values Pledge which publicly confirms the community's commitment to the TAS character program.
Character Education Committee
The lower school's character education committee consists of student leaders, teachers, administrators, and teaching assistants from all grade levels and subject areas. Together, they continue to develop and maintain the character education program for the lower school at Taipei American School.
All lower school students from Grades KA-5 participate in community service projects supporting people, animals, or the environment. Examples of completed projects include singing at a home for the elderly, raising money to buy holiday gifts for needy families, assembling hygiene kits for families in Cambodia, preparing care packages for local families in need, sponsoring stray dogs, and hosting a flea market to support a local orphanage. In addition, lower school students support a variety of other projects throughout the year including emergency relief.