Welcome to the American School in Taichung.
For over two decades, AST has offered a challenging education for students who must function in a rapidly changing, multi-cultural world. Our graduates are expected to exhibit traits of excellence, integrity, and responsibility as they develop problem solving skills to meet the needs of the future.
AST is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We offer an American curriculum designed to prepare students for success in US colleges and universities. We accomplish this by attracting a teaching staff of fully qualified and certified teachers who bring experiences from American and International schools to our students. Small class sizes enable our students and teachers to form lasting relationships that enhance the educational atmosphere. As a small school we are able to foster a sense of community that further enriches the environment for learning.
We realize that parents entrust their greatest treasure to us, their children, and we take that responsibility very seriously. As you learn more about us, I hope the excitement that is at the heart of AST is evident. Our success is found in the lives of our graduates. Our mission is to help them create the future.
This web site will introduce you to the American School in Taichung. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact us through the admission office. We are open to all students with foreign passports and provide special support to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Our elementary school serves students from grade one through five. This division is characterized by an American curriculum featuring one teacher throughout most of the day developing a strong core in English, mathematics, science, and social studies as well as daily Chinese language instruction. This division also focuses on social and emotional learning, developing an understanding of self and a concept of the world around them.More ES InformationInformation for Current ES Parents
Our middle school serves students in grades six through eight. This division is characterized by an American curriculum with a strong focus in English language development, character development, leadership development, and personal exploration.More MS Information
Our high school serves students in grades nine through twelve. This division is characterized by an American curriculum including an extensive Advanced Placement program, hosting the largest annual Model United Nations event in Taiwan, and providing numerous opportunities for developing leadership, personal exploration, fostering creativity, and building critical thinking.More HS Information
American School in Taichung is a one-through-twelve non-profit international school serving expatriate and internationally-mobile families in Taichung, Taiwan. The school offers an American based curriculum that allows for transfer between AST and other international schools and western-style educational systems. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and in 2019 was granted an additional six-year accreditation. Most of our faculty members come from the United States, though Canada, England, Columbia, Germany and Taiwan are also represented.
AST is dedicated to providing a rigorous, western-style education to all students. Classes emphasize critical analysis, problem-solving, and cooperative projects. Communication skills are a particular focus at AST: the school offers Chinese language studies (both for native speakers and for Chinese language learners), English writing and literature studies, a full ESOL program, and Speech as an elective. All students participate in a variety of classes in the fine and performing arts, physical education, and health and nutrition. Over the past eight years, all of our graduates have gone on to higher education, though some have taken a gap year, or have entered mandatory military service first.
57% of grade High School students took at least one AP exam. (55 students out of 96 total)
55 students took 121 AP exams.
21 students (22% of our HS students) were awarded AP Scholar (9); AP Scholar with Honor (7); and AP Scholar with Distinction (5).
2 AST students were also granted AP International Diplomas.
AST intentionally fosters a culture supporting student initiative, self-management, and governance. The students are deeply involved in Student Government, starting in 3rd Grade. By High School, the students are creating and executing a strong calendar of events, which include TAIMUN – the Taiwan Model United Nations. TAIMUN is the longest running Model UN in Taiwan, attracting more than 300 participants from schools across the island, and from other countries. TAIMUN is substantially student organized and operated. Additional activities have included student created and organized aid trips to Cambodia; support of Amnesty International; support of famine relief; and support of schools for the disabled.