Sharing student learning progress with families is important to us. KA to Grade 5 classes have conferences twice per year, one in each semester. A digital report is available in PowerSchool after the second and fourth quarters.
Digital citizenship is an important part of learning for the 21st century learner. At Taipei American School, students are expected to make smart choices use technology to aid their learning in a safe, responsible, ethical, and respectful manner. The TAS values—honesty, respect, responsibility, kindness, and courage—should guide our students in all that they do, including when using technology and navigating the digital world.
Students provided with a school network account may store and retrieve files and print documents using network file servers. Users of the school system should know that network administrators may review files and communications to ensure that users are using the system responsibly, and should not expect that files stored on the school network will be private. Administrators, faculty, and staff also have the right to access student files, communications, or folders at any time and monitor computer activity in all areas of the School. TAS systems should generally be used for academic purposes only. Disciplinary action may result from inappropriate, destructive, or irresponsible use of technology. Furthermore, students and parents should remember that certain sharing of information or comments in any electronic communications, social media posts, or files, may be a violation of not only school policies, but also have legal consequences, whether or not it is done using TAS systems.
TAS strongly recommends that students exercise great care and judgment in posting any personal information about themselves or others to social media services in order to protect TAS students' safety and confidentiality. Further, students and parents should remember that certain sharing of information or comments about other students may violate TAS’s harassment, sexual harassment, and/or bullying policies, whether or not it is done using TAS systems.
In most cases, please use PowerSchool to submit your child's absence from school. If you are unable to use PowerSchool, you can contact the following people for assistance within your child's division.
The process of class placement for the following school year begins in the second semester. The goal is to create a balanced group of students who will work and learn well together. Class placement is announced just before school begins in August.
In addition to the ongoing internal assessments which are conducted in all classrooms at each grade level, students in Grade 5 participate in standardized external assessments. While external tests are important, they are only one part of a larger assessment picture.
In cases where the Lower School deems necessary, the student support team may assist in arranging a school-sanctioned tutor for a student, and the School may permit the tutoring to take place on campus. The approved tutor must have relevant credentials, have passed the required background check, and display a school-issued visitor’s ID at all times while on campus. (In such case, all fees are negotiated directly between the parent and the tutor and are independent of the School.) Tutoring may only take place in an assigned space, and campus access for the tutor is limited to when approved tutoring is taking place. No other private tutoring is permitted on campus.
Taipei American School’s student support services department provides a range of services to maximize each student’s social, emotional, and academic growth. The following programs are offered to Taipei American School students:
Speech and Language Therapy
There are counselors, nurses, speech/language teachers, academic support teachers, and a psychologist in the student support services department who specifically serve lower school students. The members of the department, along with the lower school administrators, form a student resource team (SRT). This group meets to discuss and evaluate lower school students. Student support classes are available to students who manifest learning differences and have been reviewed by the SRT. TAS accepts and supports students with mild learning differences, and there is a clear system of referral and intervention.
The TAS Aquatics Department works in conjunction with the Physical Education Department in providing a K-10 curriculum that focuses on water familiarization, fundamental skills, stroke development, safety skills and recreational activities. The lessons offer the opportunity for TAS students to learn and develop aquatic skills that suit their ability level.
Participation in swimming activities is required for all students since it is part of the formal physical education (PE) program in the Lower School.
There are very few exceptions as to why a student cannot participate in swimming. In general, if students are well enough to attend school, they are usually well enough to participate in swimming.
Students who begin to feel unwell while at school should visit the nurse. The nurse will determine if the child will attend swimming, not attend swimming, or be monitored in the health office.
If a medical doctor determines that a child cannot participate due to health reasons, a note must be presented to the nurse from the doctor. Other exceptions such as debilitating asthma, a large wound, or an eye or ear infection would exclude a child from swimming, as determined by the school nurse.