Finding schools for new expats

I’ve heard that so many people have been moving back or moving to Taiwan with their families and the schools are mostly full. We will be moving in a couple months and have been calling around but seems like there aren’t many openings. We are open to local or private schools, although not sure our kids will like the local schools since they are all in Mandarin. It will definitely pose a challenge and be a culture shock.

Any new families move over or people know of private schools that would be good and have openings for us mid year? I have two in elementary.

And Is it really that crazy finding a school in Taipei now? Help!!

many private schools are full, so unless some students move out, it may be difficult mid term.
Some change schools after the first semester, so there may be some chance for the second semester if you put your kids on their waiting list.

some private schools around Taipei are listed here

If you read Mandarin

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Hi Tando,
Yes, I saw that list too. Thank you for your response. I really hope we can get a spot. But sounds like we are late in the game. :crossed_fingers:t3: I appreciate any advice I can get.

Try schools outside of Taipei. Some of the international schools in Hsinchu might have spots.

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If they speak Chinese well, they public schools are perfectly fine and would help them integrate better after the initial shock.

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Some advice from a teacher who has had a few kids come straight out of quarantine and right to school: give them a few days to interact with other humans before throwing them into a new classroom/school. After two weeks of being around no one but immediate family members and then suddenly surrounded by kids they don’t know, they’re not going to take well to school, especially if it’s at a school that is primary Chinese speaking kids (aka 99% of “international” school here). I had one student who didn’t talk at all and then sat paralyzed in the middle of the classroom before latching on to me to cry uncontrollably for two hours straight on day one. Don’t delay too long, but maybe arrange a play date or two with someone their own age before throwing them in the classroom. It’s beyond a standard fear of going to school when you’ve isolated a kid for two weeks. “Crippling anxiety” might be a better word for it. I’m not saying all kids are going to have this problem, and other kids have eased their way in more easily, but still something to keep in mind


Depending on your goals, hybrid homeschooling is an option, too. By homeschooling you are actually enrolled at a school through your homeschooling application but not required to attend classes. You can pick and choose though classes and activities you want to attend. This is ideal for families wanting to eventually return to their home country and still keep up with parts of the curriculum back home. If one or both parents arr Taiwanese, then it’s a creative money saving solution. If you don’t want to teach your kids, then obviously that’s a major drawback…

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Interesting, I didn’t know hybrid homeschooling Was an option in Taiwan. Do you know which schools allow you to register and then choose classes you want to take? Local or private schools? It’s something I might consider given that we want them to have the cultural experience and mandarin immersion while keeping up with classes at home esp for my older kid. And what do you mean by we can choose classes? Schools would allow this?


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Tandos post includes links to public schools that run a bilingual program. For public elementary school I believe the chances that spots are available somewhere in Taipei or New Taipei should be gauranteed. Our elementary school age son goes to the regular public school, but when I looked into bilingual public schools and called them they said yes no problem.

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If we had been able to make it out to Taiwan this year we were going to have our HS student do a US based online program. Mostly because we anticipated TAS and TES being full. Looked into Kuei Shan because of their IB program, but they did not respond to requests for information.

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You just apply to homeschool. Basically, you go to your local public school in the area of your household registration. If you want to live in a different place, then you’ll need to move your household reg. to where you’re living.

Anyhow, go to your local public school and tell them you want to homeschool. They will help get the ball rolling. Homeschooling works by putting your child on the local public school’s roll but not requiring they attend classes. On the homeschool application you need to specify what your learning plan is…What curriculum you’ll use and if you want to attend any classes at the school. You can choose anything really within reason at school but obviously sending your child to only one 40 minute Mandarin class per week would be counterproductive. PE and sports club are good options, too. All depends what you want and how intense the home curriculum is you are using. Nothing is perfect but it has been a good solution for us. That said, Taiwan requires a fair amount applying to homeschool. But generally it is all to give Taiwan the feel good factor that something was accomplished through paperwork…

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