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Curriculum

We believe that this is a period in which children begin to make lifelong choices. Therefore, we commit ourselves to providing an opportunity for students to explore a wide variety of areas, within both curricular and co-curricular programs.

The Taipei American School Middle School is built upon the natural enthusiasm of students. We offer a program that expands all students’ horizons. Our interdisciplinary units challenge students to make the critical links between subject areas. A system of block scheduling allows students to maximize their individual contact with teachers and permits time for in-depth study within subject areas. An advanced math track is offered, and students can select Mandarin, Spanish, or Classics languages.

Our Middle School offers students new challenges through a variety of innovative programs. Students attend Camp Taiwan for one week each year, engaging in an adventure in learning that is held at different sites around Taiwan. The Explorations program further offers a mix of class electives throughout the year through novel subject areas such as drama, public speaking, and robotics.

Overall, TAS builds a close-knit community of learners. Each day, middle school teachers meet after classes to plan their interdisciplinary units, discuss student needs, and support ongoing instructional excellence. We want our students to benefit from individualized instruction, and our faculty is attuned to the unique developmental needs of all students. At the end of the day, we want our students to have thoroughly enjoyed the learning process and to be proud of their hard work.

The middle school core subjects of English, math, science, and history, are taught by grade-specific teachers. Core teachers do not teach cross-divisionally, as this allows for each teacher to truly get to know their students. There are three grades: sixth, seventh, and eighth. Each child will have two homeroom teachers. All students will have a homeroom every day at the start of the school day. Homeroom is a time for middle school teachers to support students with academics and developmental and social needs. Homeroom teachers at each level work as a team under the guidance and supervision of the team leader and counselors. J.C. Watts states, “Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.” A portion of the homeroom time will be dedicated to mini-lessons regarding character education. Middle school students sign a Character Code that aligns with the TAS values of honesty, respect, responsibility, kindness, and courage.

Curriculum Overview

Grade 6

English, Early American History, Math 6: Enriched Pre-Algebra or Principals of Pre-Algebra 6, Science

String Ensemble, Choir, Advanced Band, Band Ensemble, Orchestra, Physical Education, Health, Art + Innovation, World Languages: Classics, Mandarin, Spanish

Prescribed Electives

Study Skills and Critical Reading, Robotics, Drama

Support Classes

EAL pull-out, EAL push-in, Learning Support, Speech and Language

All Grade 6 students have a homeroom teacher and study period every other day.

Grade 7

English, US History, Math 7: Pre-Algebra or Integrated Algebra, Science

Cadet Orchestra, Music Mix 1 & 2, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Choir, Beginning Band, Cadet Band, Physical Education, Health, Art + Innovation, Dance, World Languages: Classics, Mandarin, Spanish

Prescribed Electives

Public Speaking

Electives

Robotics, Drama

Support Classes

EAL pull-out, EAL push-in, Learning Support, Speech and Language

All Grade 7 students have a homeroom teacher who meets with them every morning and a study period four days out of six.

Grade 8

English, World History, Math 8: Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra II, Science

Cadet Orchestra, Music Mix 1 & 2, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Choir, Beginning Band, Cadet Band, Physical Education, Health, Art + Innovation, Dance, World Languages: Classics, Mandarin, Spanish

Electives

Advanced Robotics, Drama, Economics, Challenge Ropes Course, Engineering the Difference, EDx Talks, International Politics

Support Classes

EAL pull-out, EAL push-in, Learning Support, Speech and Language

All Grade 8 students have a homeroom teacher who meets with them every morning and a study period four days out of six.

Philosophy

We, the staff of the Middle School, recognize that our students are in the midst of a unique period of their lives - the transition from childhood to adolescence. We obligate ourselves to provide a healthy, nurturing atmosphere and a program based on core values which strive to develop self-esteem in students and which meet their developing intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs.

We believe that this is a period in which children begin to make lifelong choices. Therefore, we commit ourselves to providing an opportunity for students to explore a wide variety of areas, within both curricular and co-curricular programs.

We recognize the importance of the school and the family working together. We obligate ourselves to strive for an atmosphere of open communication to provide the best possible environment for our children to grow and learn.

We recognize the importance of learning that is relevant to the experience of adolescents. Therefore, we commit ourselves to providing a program which assists students in finding the natural connections between disciplines in order to better understand the integrated nature of learning.

Finally, we recognize that students attending the Middle School represent diverse cultural backgrounds. We are aware of the valuable cultural resources we have within our school. We do, therefore, support international awareness, cooperation, service to others, and respect for our global environment. It is our hope that our students may understand the world around them and grow to be contributing citizens of that world.

Middle School Brochure