P rominent in our mission is our goal to educate "confident, creative, caring, and moral" individuals, and these elements of our education are learned mostly outside the academic realm; thus, at Taipei American School we urge students to participate in the breadth and wealth of our community. Taipei American School offers an unusually rich array of extracurricular opportunities, and, additionally, students support each other by attending games, events, and performances. By participating in the community we support the community, and, as a result, all of us grow and prosper.
We encourage students to focus on education, not on grades; we urge students to follow their passions and to strive to develop their talents to the fullest extent possible.
Balance is important. Time for sleep, for conversation, and for relaxation is as important as time for study. We want students to make good choices, to maintain a healthy perspective on learning, and to take the time to enjoy family, community, learning, and sleep!
Upper School Principal
Mr. John VandenBoom
John VandenBoom grew up in the U.S. Midwest and earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Miami University (Ohio) and a Masters in Educational Administration from John Carroll University. Prior to coming to Taiwan, he taught math at a pair of independent schools in Ohio as well as at The American International School in Israel.
John arrived at TAS in 1987 (at the old Wen Lin Road campus) and has taught both middle and upper school math, was a class sponsor for many years, and coached varsity tennis here for his first 18 years. He was appointed Dean of Students in 2007 and Associate Principal in 2009.