At the heart of the student experience is a schedule designed to promote a balanced life. In addition, the experience is one that enhances the development of a student's passions, interests, and essential skills. The student experience extends beyond the classroom with field trips, clubs, visitors, service projects, and more. Please visit our LS Vimeo Channel to see more of the student experience.
Each year, the PTA graciously sponsors a program that brings authors to TAS. Authors spend their time giving readings of their work, presentations, and writing workshops to lower school students. Past authors have included Newberry Award winners Jack Gantos and Linda Sue Park. Additionally, well known performers and singers like Jim Valley and Red Grammer regularly visit the campus.
At the heart of all we do in the Lower School are the five TAS Values of Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Courage. 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 quarterly assemblies, principal times, core literature, songs, and a variety of projects, the values are introduced, reinforced, and integrated across the curriculum. In addition, all students and their parents sign a Values Pledge committing to doing their best at home and school.
All lower school students from Grades KA to 5 participate in service learning initiatives supporting people, animals, or the environment. The projects include singing at a home for the elderly, raising money to buy holiday gifts for orphans, assembling hygiene kits for families in Cambodia, preparing care packages for local families in need, sponsoring stray dogs at Animals Taiwan, 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.