Criteria & Priority
TAS is an educational institution owned and operated by the Taipei American School Foundation for the education of children of foreign business persons, technicians, scholars, missionaries and other foreigners in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.
Taipei American School (TAS) was established in 1949 to educate children of expatriates. Taipei American School enrolls students without regard to race, religion, or gender.
TAS receives more applications than it has space available and therefore has initiated a priority system that reflects the school’s mission. Insofar as space permits, Taipei American School will admit American students who are dependents of American expatriate families that have relocated to greater Taipei to promote commerce, education, cultural understanding or similar purposes and who are in agreement with and capable of benefiting from the programs being offered. Students who are dependents of non-American expatriate families that have relocated to greater Taipei for the same purposes and are capable of benefiting from the programs being offered will be admitted on a space-available basis.
To be eligible for admission, your child must hold a foreign (non-ROC) passport and a valid visa to reside in the Republic of China. Passports obtained simply through business involvements with a foreign country will not be considered to support a student or parent's expatriate status at TAS.
To be admitted to the kindergarten-A program, a student must be four years old prior to September 1 of the school year. To be admitted to the kindergarten program, a student must be five years old prior to September 1. A grade 1 applicant must be six years old prior to September 1.
The school will not enroll a student who will be over the age of twenty-two at the time of his or her graduation.
The student must reside with at least one parent in the greater Taipei area.
Students transferring from a country whose school year follows a school calendar different than TAS will generally be required to continue in the year they have completed. For example, a student completing grade 8 in Korea in January would be placed in grade 8 for the remainder of the academic year at TAS.
When assessing the student's application, the admissions committee considers prior academic and behavioral records, English proficiency, and possible need for additional support services.
Based on the school's mission and Board policy, qualified students are considered for admission to TAS according to the priority system outlined below.
The categories in order of priority are as follows:
At least one parent is employed by the American Institute in Taiwan.
At least one parent holds a United States of America (USA) passport.
At least one parent holds a passport not from the USA, Republic of China (ROC), or People’s Republic of China (PRC). A second parent may hold any non-USA passport, including ROC or PRC passports.
Both parents hold ROC passports or one parent holds an ROC passport and one parent holds a PRC passport.
Both parents hold PRC passports. Children holding PRC passports may apply if ROC Ministry of Education criteria are met.
Category 5 was added in response to the 2014 mandate from the ROC ministry of Education. Children holding PRC passports may apply if ROC Ministry of Education criteria are met.
Please note: To be eligible for admission, a student must hold a foreign passport and a valid visa to reside in the Republic of China. Passports obtained solely through business involvement with a foreign country are not sufficient to meet the foreign passport requirement. TAS may require proof of residency in the foreign country in order to validate that the child’s passport was not obtained solely through business involvement.
Priority status will be given to applicants who have:
- Sibling(s) currently enrolled or accepted to TAS;
- A parent or sibling who is a TAS alumni.