Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

I think most of the schools listed here are salaried positions, and not paid-by-the-hour, so office work would be included. It’s part and parcel of being a “teacher”, and not a dancing monkey.

Wondering what this person is up to. I kind of suspect a private school owner (or lackey of one) is fishing for people talking smack. Or maybe I’ve gotten paranoid about this thread already.

Could you explain Waldorf school. I’ve not heard of this before. Was that the reason that made it less tolerable for you? Or was it due to other factors?

Yeah man, pretty tough to find schools that won’t have office hours. It will be required if you are to be a proper teacher. I guess what he means though is schools that have specific required hours, such as 8am-5pm at most public schools and I’ve even seen some private schools with hours from 8am-6pm! I think he wants to work at a school that let’s teachers determine their hours outside the classroom. I can’t say that I know of any in Taiwan. I have heard perhaps that TAS is like this, but they often load a lot of extracurricular stuff on top of your normal teaching load so you’ll still be working there all the time.

Hi All!

I’ve read a lot of bad vibes about Kang Chiao but most of it were directed to the Elementary School. Just to clear that out, High school and Elementary dept are separate from each other. There are specific regulations that apply only to elementary or high school dept. I can’t say much about the elementary but in high school, most people think that because its always hiring, teachers are always leaving. That’s not the case. Although, yes there are teachers leaving each year but the retention rate of the school is actually higher. There are a lot of teachers who have 4-10 years residency in KC.

The school is expanding and it needs more teachers. The number of students is steadily increasing the last 4-5 years. Aside from the regular&honors program and AP courses, the school is launching the IB program since it was already authorized this year. Kang Chiao high school is also accredited by the WASC.

Development in all aspect of the school is ongoing. Of course PD is a big factor in the school development that’s why teachers have PD meetings. The salary package is competitive especially if you decide to stay after your first year. Since it is a bilingual school, the school follows the chinese calendar.

Anyway, if you have other questions just send a private message. I’ll be happy to help. :slight_smile:

The Kaohsiung Dominican school seems to change its name. There have been posts calling it the Dominican International School. Kaohsiung Dominican School, Kaohsiung Dominican International School, and Dominican International School Kaohsiung.

This person said the contracts were not honored and that there were poor administration decisions.

internationalschoolsreview.c … school.htm

This person says she was fired for having a serious medical problem that lasted a week and a half. She said her child would be charged tuition, regardless of whether the kid attended the school.

There’s another post about a nun trying to change the contract terms after an employee had started, but I can’t find the link.

I figured I’d post about this school because of a recent conversation. I talked to a former teacher there who was promised summer school hours. However, the teacher said the principal (who is a nun) told the teacher she forgot about it and gave the hours to someone else when the summer started. I figured potential teachers would want to know about these kinds of things.

I heard at least one teacher was fined by the school for not returning the next year, but I don’t know if that actually happened or if the teacher(s) had some other consequences. So I’ll leave it to someone else to comment about that.

Hi everyone!

I need to add the two schools to the list. Huaxing Elementary School in Tianmu and Suntek Elementary School in Tamsui. I believe that to each their own. They were not good fits for me, but it depends on the person. Suntek is has homeroom teacher system with one Taiwanese homeroom teacher and one English-speaking teacher in the classroom. This is just like Yu-Teh and Yu Tsai.

Huaxing Elementary School has no fully foreign teachers on staff. They are all have spent time in a Western country for school, are Taiwanese that were raised in a Western country, or are half Taiwanese. There is currently no one on staff that is on an ARC or APRC. In case you’re wondering why that was included, it does mean the working culture is decidedly Taiwanese and requires you to follow Taiwanese cultural norms.

I’m so happy I found this thread!

I left Taiwan last year (after teaching at a buxiban for 2 years) in pursuit of a teaching certification and a masters degree. I’ve nearly got my paws on the first and the masters degree will be started shortly too. :discodance: My 2 year goal is to get back to Taiwan and try to get a job in one of these private international schools. Do any of you know if they usual hire from people already on the island or at international job fairs like most other IS’s? :ponder:

The school I am most interested in is Taipei American School. I know it’s a pretty coveted position for many teachers so I am looking at a few others on the island. American School Taichung also looks interesting to me. Does anyone have experience interview/hiring with these schools or related IS’s around the island?

Thanks!

[quote=“American in Taipei”]Hi everyone!

I need to add the two schools to the list. Huaxing Elementary School in Tianmu and Suntek Elementary School in Tamsui. I believe that to each their own. They were not good fits for me, but it depends on the person. Suntek is has homeroom teacher system with one Taiwanese homeroom teacher and one English-speaking teacher in the classroom. This is just like Yu-Teh and Yu Tsai.

Huaxing Elementary School has no fully foreign teachers on staff. They are all have spent time in a Western country for school, are Taiwanese that were raised in a Western country, or are half Taiwanese. There is currently no one on staff that is on an ARC or APRC. In case you’re wondering why that was included, it does mean the working culture is decidedly Taiwanese and requires you to follow Taiwanese cultural norms.[/quote]

Is Huaxing basically somewhere in Yangmingshan? I know there is a private school somewhere just up in the hills (not too far from town though) is that this school? I think I know a Canadian teacher who worked there, no Taiwanese heritage at all. This teacher didn’t seem to like it that much. Seemed to complain that the kids were too privelged and the like.

Is Sun-tek a Christian school?

Unfortunately, I can no longer edit my original post, so we will just need to keep adding posts like these. Thanks for your input!

I guess your best bet would be to go to one of the international job fairs they have Stateside and interview with them there. Where did you do your masters degree if you don’t mind me asking?

@gavmasterflash I’ve just started my first year teaching in North Carolina and I will be doing my master’s at Johns Hopkins in June. I guess I will just have to locate which IS fair the Taiwanese schools attend and go from there…

To answer the question about Sun-tek, it is Christian, Episcopalian denomination. I heard of someone who just started working there and they said that the Christian stuff is pretty low key, which is pretty much par for the course for Episcopalian run schools. If you’re non-religious, you could almost certainly tolerate an Episcopalian run school. I’ll follow up with that person and ask what they think about the school after working for a little while.

@helloitswill Yeah, just see where they are having the job fairs. I know that there is one in Iowa and then ones on the East and West coasts. Just look at the first one and see who is there. A lot of times they fill the positions early on, I’ve heard. Big one in Bangkok each January too.

If you’re doing a masters degree at John Hopkins, I think you shouldn’t have much trouble getting a job here, even at TAS. They like the “name brand schools” a lot.

You can also try Search Associates, and The International Educator www.tieonline.com

Not sure exactly how helpful they are or is their fees are worth it, but they are agencies that help place people in international schools.

Awesome. Great info!

Sorry, I have been off of the forum recently, so just realized a question was asked of me. Yes, the answer about Sun-Tek is correct. And yes, Huaxing is up in Yangmingshan. It’s really not that far up the mountain from the Shilin area.

That sounds a bit politically correct. If you mean its fucked-up, you should just say so.

I have experience with Columbia International College Taiwan.

Private message me if you wish.

In short: STAY AWAY

Well, it is hiring season for local private schools. I found out about a new private school in Linkou. Asia American International Academy. Here is a link to their website:

aaia.org.tw/

They are brand new, so they really don’t have a reputation. There certainly are challenges to working with any new school, but if anyone has any solid info on the school, please post here. Thanks.

It doesn’t look like AAIA is open for business yet… most probably the 2016-2017 school year…

Yes, you’re right. Now that I look more closely, November 2014 is when they were granted permission to create the school and that this coming school year (2016-17) will be the inaugural year.

Did a little research and found this:

tieonline.com/view_appointments.cfm

Here are the principal and vice principal, just need to scroll down a few. The principal has a pretty good looking resume, that is if he went from PAS to IBSH to KAS. If it’s the other way around, I’m not at all impressed. The founder and executive director seem to be Taiwanese, I am guessing based on their names. Of course, one has to wonder how much they plan to meddle with the running of the school. Also funny that they say that “up until now there has been no international or American school available for the large population of New Taipei City.” They seem to forget that Kang Chiao is in NTC, albeit, on the opposite end.

Technically, they are correct in their statement, as Kang Chiao accepts local students as well as foreign-passport holding students. True international schools can only accept students with a foreign passport, and not students who only have local passports.