I’ve been to both schools in Taiwan and schools in North America. I was a bit older than the OPs oldest. Don’t do this to him bringing him to public school here. It was like paradise leaving Taiwan’s public school for me. You don’t know if he will thrive in this system let along be able to take it.
I was struggling so much and teacher even thought I had a learning disability. All because I was a boy and couldn’t sit there for hours at a time focused and repeating writing strokes hundreds of times each night for hours to memorize which is what the kid will be doing here. The kids will hate it if they have any free thoughts, creatively, are outgoing and energetic. Taiwan’s public schools are for them to conform. Thes a fine line between conformity and discipline and I found Taiwan’s public schools on the wrong side. I was hit every day as corporal punishment was still allowed when I was here.
In the US I got to play sports, socialize, be creative and I got Just less than perfect in my SATs scoring in the top 5% of all students in my class that year. Got a scholarship to every school I applied in either academic or for sports. This would have never happened in Taiwan.