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Taipei American School

Taiwan

Accreditation

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Curriculum

Advanced Placement, IB DP

Instructional Language

English

Total student numbers

2368

Teacher numbers

322

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Founded in 1949, Taipei American School is an independent coeducational day school that offers an American-based educational program from pre-kindergarten (KA) to Grade 12 for students from the expatriate community in Taipei.

TAS benefits from the synergy created by an outstanding faculty and staff, students who are ready to learn, supportive and committed parents, and a Board of Directors that keeps
student learning at the center of its discussions. While TAS is a large school, efforts are made to ensure that all students are involved and part of the community.

TAS has been fully accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) since 1972. Recent WASC visiting committees have noted that “student achievement has become the highest priority at TAS and all systems have been aligned to focus on our students and enable each and every one of them to achieve to their highest potential.”

They also commended the faculty and staff for their professionalism and care and noted, “a strong sense of
community permeates all levels of the School as evidenced by the commitment and care for students, active and engaged parents who contribute both resources and time and students who value and respect their school and interactions with adults.”

The School occupies a campus of 6.5 hectares (approximately 15 acres). The campus is wireless to service our IT needs as a one-to-one laptop school in the Lower School Grades 3-5, as well as the Middle and Upper Schools. The TAS campus features approximately 250 classrooms, including many science, robotics, and computer labs.

The campus also features a four-story library/IT/media complex, music and art facilities, three dance studios, and three theaters. Sports facilities include three gyms, covered and outdoor tennis courts, a track, two playing fields with artificial turf, and a 25-meter indoor swimming pool. The cafeteria, pizza bar, Snack Bar, and Fitness Cafe serve nearly 3,000 patrons per day.

TAS is a highly innovative and dynamic school, as evidenced by the many building projects that have been completed to support our students’ growth and learning. An entirely new Upper School Building opened in 2012 and features state-of-the-art science and robotics labs, new classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, and a lecture hall. A new Arts Center Commons and Tiger Health and Wellness Center
opened in 2013, and most recently, an entire building, the Tech Cube facility, entirely dedicated to KA-12 STEAM education opened for learning in 2018.

Each division is led by a principal and two associate principals. The School is incorporated in Delaware as the Taipei American School Foundation. It is led by an administrative team led by the Head of School and governed by the TAS Board of Directors. The TAS Board is a hybrid board consisting of up to 14 members: 9 elected board members and 5 appointed board members, including one appointed representative from AIT. Elected Board members are current TAS parents and serve for three-year terms. Appointed
Board members serve for four-year terms. All Board members are volunteers and serve without compensation.

Number of Contract Days

190

Starting Salary Range

USD$ 64,140

Taxes

Off-island hired faculty members who do not hold any of the following valid ROC nationality/citizenship status (ROC household registration, ROC ID Card, ROC passport, ROC nationality) are exempt from ROC tax on income received from Taipei American School.

Accommodation

Livelihood supplement is provided for direct overseas hired faculty to support cost of living, housing and home leave expenses.

Flights/Transport

One way lowest economy class airfare will be provided to faculty and authorized dependents upon initial employment from home of record location to Taipei and another one way economy class airfare will be provided upon separation from Taipei returning to home of record location. It is a taxable benefit, which might be subject to income and payroll taxes depending on the employee’s citizenship.

Moving Allowance

TAS will pay a relocation allowance towards the shipment of personal effects into/out of Taiwan at the beginning of a Direct Off-Island Hired employee’s initial contract. The amount of the allowance paid by TAS is determined by the employee’s Home of Record locations. The relocation allowance is a taxable benefit, which might be subject to income and payroll taxes depending on the employee’s citizenship.

Dependent Opportunities

1. Tuition remission benefit may be provided to full time faculty's children who are eligible and meet the school admission criteria.
2. Numbers of tuition remission is subject to approval

Medical

All personnel must have health and hospitalization insurance. For non-ROC citizens, the school carries a group health plan (CIGNA/MetLife) and pays the premium for all those enrolled in individual or family plans; new employees and their authorized dependents are covered under the school's CIGNA/MetLife insurance plan from the effective starting date of their contracts. Faculty who are ROC nationals are covered by the school’s policy with Shin Kong Group Insurance for health and disability coverage.

All TAS employees are required to participate in Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI). When non-ROC employees receive their Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) cards, TAS automatically will enroll them in the NHI.

Dental

Dental care is also available through Taiwan's National Health Insurance. The employee’s portion of the charge for NHI is deducted from your monthly salary; the premium is based on your salary and the number of dependents that are covered.

Other

In addition to salary, direct off-island hired employees are paid a livelihood supplement. This is intended to assist with the expenses of living in Taiwan (such as rent, utilities, and holiday travel).

Retirement

Participation in a Taipei American School retirement plan is mandatory. Taipei American School contributes a fixed percentage (currently 10%) of the contract base salary for the months in which salary is paid.

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