TAIS seeks to provide a well-rounded education. Students need skills and experience, and it’s one of TAIS’ main goals to remedy this and fill in the gaps. The electives program is one of the most diverse you will find in Taiwan, giving students an opportunity to tap into their kinetic and creative sides.
Tech and Design Classes
Photoshop, Video-Editing and Production, Yearbook and Publication
In this day and age where jobs are rapidly being automated, creativity and tech skills are some of the most important skills in the workplace. At TAIS, we give students a jump on others by giving them opportunities to hone their skills in graphic design and video production. In Yearbook and Publication and Photoshop classes, students product print and web-based projects. Students are taught the basics of graphic design and then apply it in quarterly newsletters and the Yearbook. In Video-Editing and Production, students are taken through the process of movie production from storyboards, writing scripts, and set production, to video, editing, and special effects. For those interested in a career in media, this experience is invaluable.
Every student dreams of owning a beautiful car one day, but most don’t know the difference between a screwdriver and a wrench. At TAIS we believe practical knowledge is as important as book knowledge, and to that end we provide students with the opportunity to learn about the systems of the car and then apply that knowledge in basic service and emergency repair. Using the wide range of tools available, they are able to use their hands to disassemble and reassemble the parts they learn about it the book, except they’re on real, working automobiles.
Community Service Class
Maths and sciences are right at the core of education and TAIS puts special emphasis on the STEM subjects. Students learn and retain knowledge best through experiences and to this end TAIS students create projects in which they apply math, chemistry, physical science, and biology to authentic, real-world projects. The critical thinking skills they learn and practice will help them get ready for university and the workforce.
Math and Science
Each student is expected to give back to their community while at TAIS. In accordance with this, students are required to complete 20 hours of volunteer community service each year they attend TAIS. To assist with this, the Community Service Class was created. Students in this class go into the community and search for new and exciting opportunities for service. It’s up to them, with the assistance of their teacher, to schedule these programs for the rest of the school. Typically, they help out in elementary schools, street cleaning, and the fire department. Don’t worry, we leave the fires to the professionals.
Many students at TAIS have been practicing instruments from a young age. We are committed to providing them opportunities to not only practice and improve their skills but also perform in meaningful and authentic environments. To this end, TAIS employs a music teacher and coach and schedules regular performances. TAIS offers support for the strings, piano, bells, drums, and brass instruments. It’s both a part of the curriculum, as classes, and extracurricular.
Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Class
In this day and age of fast food and take-out, it’s easy to forget how important nutrition is to our health. In this class, students are walked through the steps of making correct choices when it comes to food and they get to practice making healthy, delicious recipes. Most people think that if something tastes good, it must be bad for you, but in this class students learn to make tasty dishes that are also good for them.
Many students show an interest and aptitude in artistic endeavors. TAIS employs a top rate art teacher to help students progress and develop their portfolios. They have time to pursue these endeavors in art classes and also clubs. These skills can be extremely valuable in the workplace in areas of Graphic Design, Clothing Design, Marketing, and Architecture. TAIS students get a jump on their peers to have opportunities to build these skills early.