I am looking for an alternative or experimental elementary school (up to grade 6 or beyond would be nice) in or around Taipei that is mainly in Chinese. Some English would be fine, however our home is bilingual and our kiddo already has full command of English, its the Chinese (particularly reading/writing) that I’d like to develop. I’ve done some searching around and a lot of them seem to be in mainly English and I’d love to hear other people’s experience. Thank you!
Do you consider Waldorf (Steiner) Schools alternative? In addition to the full on Waldorf schools in Taichung and Yilan, there are Waldorf programs that rent space in public schools in Taipei. I know about this thru a friend who sends his two kids to such a program in Neihu. He told me that he and his wife had to sign a waiver from the Ministry of Education acknowledging that they were aware their kids would not be assigned homework until 9th grade (I recall he said in Taiwan, not being assigned homework is considered a form of “child abuse” at least as far as the MOEd is concerned )
Here is a relatively recent topic that mentions the Waldorf School in Yilan. They could probably guide you on what may be available in Taipei.
There are two Montessori schools in Taipei-Songshan
- TIMES (Taipei International Montessori Experimental School) http://taiwanmontessori.net/
- TMIS (Taipei Montessori International School) https://tmis.org.tw/?lang=en
I’m pretty sure TIMES is English-only, but TMIS has a job posting looking specifically for teachers with experience in dual-language immersion. If you want your kids to have academic proficiency in both English and Mandarin, dual-immersion has been proven to be one of the best ways to achieve that. I am speaking from internet research only – I have no idea what level of dual-immersion takes place or how truly Montessori TMIS is, but it might be worth a look. It seems like both schools are expanding quickly into upper elementary and beyond.