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Annual Giving Program Initiatives

Taipei American School relies on gifts to the Annual Giving Program to fund initiatives for our students that would otherwise not be possible. Your gift can be designated toward one or a combination of five different initiatives. The initiatives are Program Excellence, Professional Excellence, Building Excellence, Endowment, and the Hope N.F. Phillips Scholarship Fund.

 

Program and Professional Excellence

Gifts to Program and Professional Excellence are reflected in the achievements of our students, the development of programs, the expansion of unique learning opportunities schoolwide, and the professional development that keeps faculty inspired and at the forefront of their field. You can see excellence in action through programs everywhere on campus – in the classrooms, laboratories, performance spaces, and sports facilities. Since TAS is dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining engaged and innovative subject matter experts who in turn have a direct impact on exceptional student learning, supporting faculty to attend conferences and integrate cutting-edge technology requires commitment and resources.

Your support enables us to capitalize on the excellent education we offer and to carry the school to even greater heights. Last school year, gifts to Program and Professional Excellence supported:

  • Joanna Nichols Visiting Scholar Dr. Aaron Kyle, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University and recipient of Columbia University's Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels

  • Joanna Nichols Artist in Residence Dr. Elaine Kwon, prize-winning concert pianist, martial artist, and Lecturer in Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Stanley '88 and Annabelle Ko Classics Scholar in Residence Mary Zimmerman, Tony-Award winning American theater and opera director and playwright from Nebraska

  • School-sponsored trips to the NSDA National Speech and Debate Tournament, the Stanford/Berkeley Debate tournament, the iGem annual Giant Jamboree, and the All American High School Film festival

  • Visiting artists Viktorija Semekaite and Zachery Groenewold

  • The Eric Marienthal jazz workshop for the K-12 music program

  • Bestselling author Loung Ung and two writing-based curriculum experts, Leif Gustavson and Kira Joell Baker-Doyle who met with both teachers and parents

  • The continuing development of the lower school Mandarin program including the acquisition of new books for both the Mandarin learner track and the Mandarin heritage track as well as hosting the lower school Chinese visiting author, Shu-Fen Wang

  • Regional and onsite workshop opportunities including EARCOS principals' and teachers' conferences, and AP and IB training

  • Visiting scholars and speakers Loung Ung, Dr. Kenneth Podell, Michelle Benson, and Christine Diaz

  • The Joanna Nichols Professional Award recipients--two from each division for a total of six winners--utilized the funds from this award to travel and participate in a variety of studies and workshops

  • The production of a video reflecting on the incredibly history of our community in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the school

  • Renovations to the Joanna Nichols Middle School Library

  • The purchase of new pool starting blocks and platforms, a new tennis ball machine, and equipment and game video analysis for boys and girls basketball

  • New cameras and equipment for our award-winning film studies program

  • And much more!

Building Excellence

Gifts to Building Excellence support the development of campus facilities, which enhances programs for KA through Grade 12. Gifts to Building Excellence made construction of the Solomon Wong Tech Cube possible, our a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to KA-12 STEAM education which establishes Taipei American School as the premier center for K-12 STEAM excellence in all of Asia.

Inspired by MIT’s facility, the Solomon Wong Tech Cube provides the canvas for 21st-century learning that gives TAS students the necessary skills and experience they need to make a real difference in the world. The 4,380 square meters of usable space provides unique opportunities for all of our students. For example, upper school students learn in an electrical engineering lab and design in a fabrication hub on the upper school floors. Highly advanced equipment, currently not found in any other high school lab in the world, is available to our students. The middle school floor houses a VEX arena and robotic design lab, as well as vast open areas for art and innovation. Floor two, dedicated to lower school students, is designed to include “tinker and maker” spaces as well as an amphitheater. These are just a few of the exciting spaces that are part of the Solomon Wong Tech Cube.

Solomon Wong Tech Cube Exterior

Staying true to our mission for students “to be prepared to adapt and succeed anywhere in a rapidly changing world,” the Solomon Wong Tech Cube construction completed in December 2018. It truly is an exciting time to be at TAS as we open doors and minds with this state-of-the-art facility. A high-level blending of disciplines and use of design thinking is at the heart of the Solomon Wong Tech Cube.

In 2018-2019, gifts to Building Excellence will make possible the installation of a new lower school playground for the 2019-2020 school year. A new state-of-the-art lower school playground is an investment in the physical, mental, and social well-being of our children. The new playground will help our students play, learn, and grow into creative and confident adults who make a difference in their communities. Numerous studies have uncovered a proven correlation between play and academic achievement. At TAS, we want to provide every opportunity for our students to excel, and the playground is an important component in their educational journey.

Over the years, Building Excellence has built or enhanced the campus facilities in many ways. With gifts to Building Excellence Part 1: Facilities Development Project, new facilities were built such as the Upper School Science and Technology Building, the Liu Lim Arts Center, and a new gym. Contributions to the Annual Fund for the Building Excellence Part 2 initiative were designated for the Health and Wellness Center and for bleachers for the new gym. Other recent projects include the continued renovation of the Guy Lott Jr. Auditorium; a state-of-the-art, Synergy Turf putting green and driving cages; and, a lower school basketball court and field dome. Annual giving also provided funds to renovate the West Campus building into a new ACT and SAT Testing Center.

 

Endowment

Your gift to Endowment helps assure long-term financial stability for the school. It ensures that future generations of TAS students enjoy excellence in education. It also serves as an emergency reserve. Twenty percent of all Annual Giving Program gifts made toward Building Excellence, Program Excellence, or Professional Excellence will be designated to Endowment.

Hope N.F. Phillips Scholarship Fund

Taipei American School established the Hope N. F. Phillips Scholarship Fund to provide partial scholarships – temporary tuition support – to families experiencing financial difficulties. This scholarship fund allows students who would otherwise have to leave the school because of financial hardship to continue their education at TAS.

The scholarship deservingly bears the name of Hope N.F. Phillips, former teacher, principal, board member, and alumni ambassador-at-large. This scholarship had been her dream for many years. It bears the name of one who has greatly enriched the history of the school, and it ensures that capable and valued students are able to continue their education at Taipei American School.

The ultimate goal of this fund is to build an income-producing endowment that will support students at TAS for generations to come. 

To learn more about the Annual Giving Program initiatives, please contact the development office at development@tas.edu.tw or call us at 02-2873-9900 ext. 512. Our office is located near the main lobby in room 1B62. Alternatively, you can make a gift online.