How to Apply
Your journey to Taipei American School starts now!
On behalf of TAS, the Admissions Office welcomes you as you begin your application. If you are ready to submit your application, you may get started here:
The application opens on August 1 for the school year the begins the following August. For best consideration of your application, the Admissions Office strongly encourages you to submit your application as early as possible.
For a current school year, TAS accepts applications throughout the school year up until late January if space is still available.
Most admission decisions for the beginning of the school year (starting in August) are made and communicated between February and May on a rolling basis. Most decisions for the second semester admissions (starting in January) are made from mid-November to the end of December. If space is available, decisions may be communicated as early as possible.
STEP 1: ONLINE APPLICATION, FEES AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Submit a completed online application. When you complete the application, you will create an account with TAS's application system. You will be able to log back into this account at any time to update you application before it is submitted, pay the application fee, submit required documents, communicate with the admissions staff, and check your application status.
Before the application can be processed, you must pay a non-refundable/non-transferable application fee of NT$10,000 for a first-time application. If you have applied for the previous academic year, the processing fee for reapplication for the following year is NT$5,000. Reapplication fee for returning TAS student is NT$5,000. Instructions on how to complete this payment is in the checklist of required documents and action steps inside the application's homepage.
The following supporting documents are required in order to complete your application. The documents must be uploaded directly to the applicant's checklist in the application portal. Documents may not be sent in through email.
A. School Records
Current and the last two years of school records, if applicable, are required. School records from schools in which English is not the language of instruction must be translated into English.
B. Confidential Recommendation Form (CRF)
Students applying to Kindergarten A to Grade 12 must submit a confidential recommendation form filled out by a students current teacher, counselor, or principal. To complete this form, navigate to your checklist in your applicant portal and click on the confidential recommendation form. Here you will input the information about recommender, including his or her email address. The recommendation form will be emailed to the recommender electronically, where he or she will fill it out and submit it back to the admissions office electronically.
C. Standardized Testing Requirement for Admission to Grades 4-12
Students applying to grades 4-12 must upload scores from a standardized test that was taken within two years of the date of application. If current standardized test scores are not available, the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required of students.
For students applying to grades 1 to 3, standardized test scores are not required but are highly desirable.
All Applicants to Grades 4 to 8
Students applying to grades 4 and 5 must submit current scores from one of the following standardized test scores:
- ERB's CTP (Comprehensive Testing Program , ERB's Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) most US State examinations, IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Secondary School Admissions (SSAT), or the Independent Secondary School Exam (ISEE). Scores from other standardized tests may be submitted upon the approval of the TAS admissions committee.
- Students applying to grades 4-5 who do not have any of the above standardized test scores will be required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at Taipei American School or other designated test sites. For general information about ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org. Please refer to Standardized Testing Requirements and Registration Instructions for ISEE.
All Applicants to Grades 9-12
Students applying to grades 9-12 must submit one of the following standardized test scores:
- ERB's CTP, WrAP, SAT, SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, College Boards' SAT, or ACT. Scores from other standardized tests may be submitted upon the approval of the TAS admissions committee.
- Students who do not have any of the above standardized tests scores will be asked to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). For general information about ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org. Please refer to Standardized Testing Requirements and Registration Instructions for ISEE.
D. Passports and Visa
Copies of your child's passport and visa and parents' passports are required. Upon enrollment, original passports and valid ROC must be shown to the Admissions Office staff.
NOTE: All TAS students must travel on a foreign passport for school sponsored trips.
E. Additional Residence Documentation.
TAS may require proof of residency to demonstrate that a parent has lived in the country of the issuing passport. Passports obtained solely by investment with a foreign country do not meet TAS admissions criteria. Click here for more information.
STEP 2: INTERVIEW AND SCREENING
A. Lower School Applicants
All lower school applicants are required to participate in an individual or group screening. In addition, parents will meet with a counselor as part of the admission process. English language screening may occur as part of the interview and screening process for KA to grade 2.
Applicants in grades 3 to 5 who need English language screening will be invited to an English-language screening either individually or in a group.
Lower school Grade 1-5 applicants applying from overseas may be pre-accepted, but the final admissions decision and grade placement are made in Taipei only after screening for special needs, EAL, and/or readiness. TAS does not offer pre-acceptances to Kindergarten or Kindergarten A; however spaces may be held vacant for an applicant applying from overseas and a final admission decision will be made after the applicant arrives in Taipei.
B. Middle or Upper School Applicants
Interviews are not required for middle and upper school applicants. Applicants who need English language screening will be invited to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at Taipei American School or at other designated test centers listed on www.iseetest.org. Please refer to Standardized Testing Requirements and Registration Instructions for ISEE.
The school reserves the right to rescind acceptance to any student whose initial screening scores are significantly superior to the student's subsequent performance.
The school reserves the right to request additional diagnostic testing or a full evaluation before a decision is made for any student KA through grade 12.
STEP 3: EVALUATION OF COMPLETED APPLICATION
Completed applications are sent to the appropriate divisional admissions committee for review. Admission decisions are based on a careful assessment of school records, English language proficiency, and the school's ability to meet the student's needs within the existing programs.
TAS reserves the right to request additional diagnostic testing or a full evaluation before a decision is made for any students KA through grade 12. Decisions may be 1) acceptance, 2) place on the waiting list, or 3) denial.
STEP 4: ADMISSION DECISIONS
If an applicant is qualified and space is available, a formal letter of acceptance will be sent that will provide information for registration and enrollment. Each year a few students are conditionally accepted.
B. Waiting Status
Qualified applicants are placed in a waiting status when there is no space available in the selected grade. Every effort will be made to inform the candidate's family about space availability so that the family can plan appropriately. Given the school's admission priority system, a student's waiting status may change if there are subsequent applications from families with higher priority.
Any students with an application on a waiting status in late March will need to reapply for the upcoming school year.
Students can be denied admission on the basis of their academic record, behavioral record, or their English language proficiency. Students can also be denied admission when TAS lacks a program to meet their individual needs.
In some cases, denied candidates may reapply if the reason for the denial has been addressed, but they must wait at least one full academic year.
STEP 5: SUBMISSION OF FINAL DOCUMENTS FOR ACCEPTED APPLICANTS
Enrollment is finalized after completion and submission of the following:
A. Completion of the 6-Step Online Registration
B. Registration fee payment of 50,000 NTD
C. Sponsoring organization letter (if applicable): If fees and/or tuition will be paid by a sponsoring organization, the school requires written documentation from the sponsoring organization.
D. Show the Admissions Office staff, the child's original passport, valid ROC visa or Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). (To be eligible to attend TAS, students must hold a foreign passport and a valid visa to reside in ROC.)
E. Medical Examination Form to be completed and signed by a physician. The completed Medical Examination Form is emailed to email@example.com.
F. Copy of Immunization records, email to firstname.lastname@example.org
G. Complete medical update form
H. Tuition and all fees must be received before the student can attend classes