Additional: my kids classes in public school in new Taipei city average 25 per class I believe which is actually very good for a public school worldwide (this is supposedly a key metric for education quality, teacher:student ratio).
Schools can vary enormously in size . There are some gigantic schools here. My kids go to one of them with thousands of students.
The big schools have more arts , sports and music choices. Not all schools are the same .Some are big into music, arts, soccer or athletics or whatever.
Some neighbourhood schools are smaller and more homely, maybe more personal attention but will have less choice. Then you get the experimental schools, often in the hills.
The schools in Taipei city all have aircon , many have swimming pools. Schools in New Taipei city usually don’t (they surely will have within a few years). Educational apartheid is alive and well.
The students are referred to by their numbers by some teachers which I don’t like.
Schools have basic lunches provided that you pay every semester for…Kids could bring lunches if they like too.
Recess activities are starting to get more restrictive in terms of letting them them run around or what kind of playground equipment there is as lawsuit vulture takes hold here. Although the variation between schools is enormous in terms of their recreational equipment. Also with so many students running around in guess potential for accidents is higher. The schools often have some kind of nurse(s) to patch kids up and do an assessment of sick kids. Common diseases are the vomiting bug and flus but they’ll inform the class if kids start coming down with something.
The PE classes and mainstream classes for most subjects in public schools , outside of Maths and Chinese , are just cover the basics stuff, if you want your kids to do well you will have to enroll them in the after school classes in the many cram schools or community centers and churches here. Or you encourage their interest and education with lots of reading at home . There are tonnes and tonnes of choices for after school activities in Taiwan.
Oh my biggest bugbear is lack of 1-1 formal teacher meeting. You csn talk with the teachers informally, even LINE them, and they may have a group meeting of teacher and parents once or twice a year. There’s the homework book where teacher and parents can comment .
But I do find the lack of a formal review between teacher and parent to be strange, or simply lacking the individual attention/customer satisfaction you might get in a private school .