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EAL and Special needs


Students Needing English as an Academic Language (EAL) Support

English is the language of instruction at TAS and English proficiency is essential for academic and social success at TAS. A record of strong academic achievement is required. The following additional admissions criteria are designed to ensure appropriate educational program placement to achieve reasonable progress.

English language screening is required for the following reasons:

  • an applicant is transferring from a school where English is not the language of instruction
  • an applicant speaks a language other than English
  • another reason determined by the Admissions Office

A. Lower School EAL (Grades 1-5)

When an initial or in-depth EAL screening indicates insufficient English language required for grade-level instruction and learning, the student will be placed in our EAL program in the lower school. Students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are assessed during the EAL screening. For grades 4 and 5 applicants, English language screening and ISEE scores are used to determine minimum English proficiency required for admission.

B. Middle School EAL (Grades 6-8)

ISEE scores (including the essay) will be used to determine if a student meets the minimum English proficiency required for admission to Grades 6 to 8. When the ISEE scores and school performance indicate that the minimum English language proficiency is met and the student requires EAL support, the student will be placed in the middle school EAL

Middle school EAL programs are offered at two levels, pull-out EAL (EAL support every day) and push-in (EAL support every other day). Pull out students meet with an EAL teacher daily in Sheltered English and Sheltered History, which are classes that mirror mainstream English and history. They also receive additional language support four times in each six-day cycle.

Push-in students attend all mainstream classes and instead of taking a foreign language class, they meet with an EAL teacher for academic and English language support.

Learn more about the Middle School EAL program.

C. Upper School EAL (Grades 9-12)

TAS does not have an EAL program beyond grade 8; therefore, applicants whose English is a second language, must demonstrate adequate English proficiency to perform successfully in the upper school program.

D. Applying as an English as an Academic Language (EAL) Student to Grades 4-12.

Grades 4 and 5 applicants who are identified as needing English language screening will be invited to a TAS English language screening. Beginning 2015-16 school year, applicants will also be required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The results will be used to determine minimum English academic proficiency required for admissions to grades 4 & 5. Students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will be assessed.

Students applying to grades 6 to 12, who are identified as needing English academic language screening, will be asked to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) to determine English academic language proficiency.

These ISEE scores can also be submitted to meet the required standardized test scores for application to TAS. (Please refer to Standardized Test Scores for Admission.)

Although a student may initially be accepted to TAS without EAL support, the student may be placed in the EAL program based on teacher's recommendation and other classroom indicators.

When students attain the level of English language proficiency needed for academic success, the student may exit the program.

Students with Special Needs

Taipei American School has a student support services department which provides support for students needing academic and language and/or speech needs. We accept students with mild learning differences only into our regular academic program.

Each student in need of support services will be considered for admissions on the basis of whether TAS can meet his or her learning needs given the design of the program.

TAS requires complete documentation (past evaluations, individual educational programs, testing, medical reports) on students applying to TAS who have been diagnosed with a learning difference or disability. Should this information not be available, screening must occur before admissions can be considered.

Once admitted, students with special needs are served in the mainstream educational program and receive support services that focus on remediation of academic disabilities, skill development, and/or academic support.

Parents should note that admission to one grade does not guarantee admission to the next grade given that a child’s learning needs may progress beyond the scope of TAS support services.

Students with severe learning difficulties or an intellectual capacity below a certain IQ level cannot be adequately served given our level of services and therefore are not offered admission to TAS.


We are delighted you are interested in submitting an application to TAS! We are accepting applications for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. You will be able to indicate the year you wish to apply for on the application.