New Campus Safety Measures, May 16

校園最新防疫措施

Keeping students, faculty, staff, and our community safe remains a top priority for KAS.  Our Response Team met today to discuss updated guidance from the CECC, the Kaohsiung Bureau of Education, and the Kaohsiung City Government.  
維護學校學生教職員及社區大家的安全依然是我們最高的優先考量。學校的應變小組今天開會商討來自中央疫情指揮中心,高雄市政府,及高雄市教育局的最新指導原則。

Even though some schools in northern Taiwan have moved to online learning already, right now we are able to continue with in-person learning at Kaohsiung American School.  Doing this safely and in accordance with regulations requires us to make some further changes, some of which require very difficult decisions.  These changes are outlined below.  They are effective immediately and remain effective through June 8.
綜使目前北部的一些國際學校已經轉成為網路線上上課,然而高雄美國學校目前還是依然可以維持學生親自到校上課的模式。為了安全並按照法規進行這些步驟的要求,我們需要做一些進一步的改變,其中一些改變需要非常困難的決定。這些概述如下。這些改變自即日起立即生效,並一直持續到6月8日。

1. Effective immediately, only students, school employees, and contracted vendors may enter the KAS campus.  All other meetings must take place online.
自即日起只有學生學校教職員及特定的合約廠商可以進入學校的校園。所有會議均改為線上模式。

2. All field trips and inter-school trips and activities are cancelled.
所有的校外教學及校際間的活動交流都取消。

3. All professional development, meetings, and forums will be held online.
所有的研習、會議及專題研討都改為線上模式。

4. We urge all students, faculty, and staff to not go to crowded public places.
我們要求所有的教職員不要到人群擁擠聚集的場所。

5. Masks continue to be required at all times while on campus.  Social distancing is required during lunch.
所有的學生教職員進入學校後全程都要佩戴口罩。學生午餐時間必須保持社交距離。

6. Anybody who has traveled outside of Kaohsiung in May is requested to take their temperature twice daily – once upon arrival, and again after lunch.  Please use the temperature monitor at our front desk for this purpose.  If you feel ill or have any respiratory symptoms, stay home from school and seek medical treatment.  Please inform them and us of your travel/activity history.
任何曾經在五月到過高雄以外地區者,必需每日量測體溫兩次,一次是早晨到校時,另外一次是中午午餐之後。請善用學校大廳的紅外線體溫量測儀來檢測每日體溫。如果你有任何呼吸道症狀,請不要到學校來並尋求醫療協助。並請告知您的旅遊活動史。

7. KAS recommends the use of the Taiwan Social Distancing app for contact tracing. More details can be found on our website.
高雄美國學校請您善用「台灣社交距離app」來搜尋確診者的路線。您可以在「我們學校的網站」找到更多資訊。

8. All swimming classes are cancelled and the swimming pool is closed.
所有游泳課程都將取消同時泳池也將關閉。

Ms. Rock will follow up with more information about prom and graduation on Monday morning.
Ms. Rock將在下週一早上跟各位報告更多有關畢業舞會及畢業典禮的細節資訊。

We know these changes are difficult for students, families, faculty, and staff.  We thank you for your partnership in safety, and we will continue doing everything possible to keep our community safe.
我們深切了解這些改變對於學生及各位家長還有教職員是很艱難的。我們感激您為維護學校的安全與學校配合,我們將繼續盡期所能來維護學校的安全。

KAS recommends the excelled contact tracing app, Taiwan Social Distancing app (臺灣社交距離). Along with good hygiene, mask-wearing, and social distancing, installing the Taiwan Social Distancing app is an easy way for each of us to support Taiwan’s efforts to overcome COVID-19. It features strong privacy protection, does not track your location, and does not require any personal details or registration. The app uses lower energy Bluetooth (Bluetooth LE), so the battery impact on your device is imperceptible.

The goal of this app is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by providing real-time notification if you have been in contact with a confirmed case. Install the app by clicking this link from your mobile device.

This Digital Learning Plan for Kaohsiung American School is a result of unique circumstances in human history and has been developed with the primary concern for the health and safety of every member of our school community.  Nonetheless, the KAS Mission and Vision statements will continue to drive decision making and policy, even in a crisis. This plan is built on the foundation of years of preparation, and is a living document that will change and grow as it is informed by student and family feedback and a continuous cycle of  improvement.  The greatest strength of the KAS community is in the authentic and caring relationships between students, faculty, and our families. 

In unity,

The KAS Administrative Team

Student safety remains our top priority.  Our Response Team met today to discuss the recent announcement from the CECC about Taiwan’s Level 2 precautions.  We have communicated with the CECC and Bureau of Education for guidance, and our Response Team has made the best decisions possible with the information available from reliable, official sources.  
學生的安全依然是我們優先的考量.  學校的應變小組今天開會商討由中央疫情指揮中心最近所發布有關台灣疫情提升到2級警戒的公告。 我們已經與中央疫情指揮中心和教育局進行了溝通,尋求指導方針,而我們的應變小組運用官方可靠來源所提供的資訊,做出了最佳決策。

We have some difficult decisions to communicate with you today.  Each of these decisions brings sad consequences, and the Response Team considered these very closely and carefully.  We are sorry for the difficulties.  Please see below for important updates.
我們今天有一些困難的決定要與您交流。這些決定中的每一項都會帶來令人難過的後果,應變小組非常仔細,細心地考慮了這些後果。我們為這些困難感到抱歉。 請參閱下面的重要更新公告。

-All indoor events over 100 people and outdoor events over 500 people are prohibited until June 8.
自即日起到6月8日止,所有室內超過100人的活動和戶外超過500人的集會活動都將禁止。

-All inter-school events are cancelled until June 8.  
自即日起到6月8日止,所有校際活動都將取消。

-No assemblies before June 8.
自即日起到6月8日止,所有校內集會不再舉行。

-Friday’s Spring Concert will be live streamed instead of having in-person audience.
星期五的春季音樂會將採現場直播,而不會有現場觀眾。

-All field trips are cancelled through June 8.
自即日起到6月8日止,所有校外教學都將取消。

-Sports tournaments and practices are cancelled through June 8.
自即日起到6月8日止,所有運動賽事和練習都將取消。

-Swimming classes will continue at this time, as the pool is large enough for proper social distancing.
這次游泳課程將繼續,因為游泳池夠大足夠保持社交距離。

-Tomorrow Ms. Rock will share details about all senior events.
明天高中校長-Ms. Rock會與大家分享所有畢業生的活動的相關細節。

-Masks must be worn on campus at all times except when eating and drinking.  Social distancing at lunch must be maintained at those times.
除了進食和喝水之外,校園內任何時候都必須配戴口罩。 午餐時的社交距離必須維持。

-PE activities will be adjusted to ensure that masks can be safely worn even during PE.
調整體育課的內容以確保學生即使在上體育課期間也可以安全的配戴口罩。

-We currently plan to continue with in-person instruction.  If Taiwan moves to a level 3 alert, will comply with all government regulations.  Please review the KAS Digital Learning Plan in advance, as this is a possibility if Taiwan moves to Level 3.
我們學校目前的計劃是繼續進行學生到校上課的方式。 如果台灣移至3級警戒,學校將遵守所有政府法規。請提前查看KAS的網路線上學習計劃,因為如果台灣疫情提昇至3級警戒,這是有可能的發生的。

We feel so sad about all of these changes, but we remain grateful for Taiwan’s careful management of COVID-19.  Thank you for your partnership and cooperation in keeping our community safe.
我們為所有這些變化感到非常難過,但我們仍然感謝台灣對COVID-19的細心監控管理。 感謝您在維護我們社區安全方面的合作與配合。

This list represents schools around the world where our students were accepted to a university. Names in bold represent universities where Class of 2021 will attend in Fall 2021.

American University

Arizona State University

Barnard College

Baylor University

Bentley University

Boston University

Brock University

California College of the Arts

California Northstate University College of Health Sciences

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California State University, Channel Islands

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Sacramento

Carleton College

Case Western Reserve University

CEU, Central European University, San Pablo

Chapman University

Chicago State University

College of William & Mary

Coventry University

DePaul University

Drexel University

Emerson College

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Fordham University

George Washington University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Gonzaga University

Hamilton College

Indiana University Bloomington

Iowa State University

Irvine Valley College

Johns Hopkins University

Kaohsiung Medical University

King’s College London

Kingston University

Lancaster University

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Manhattan College

McMaster University

Michigan State University

Monash University

National Sun Yat-Sen University

New York University (NYU)

Newcastle University

Northeastern University

Nova Southeastern University

Ohio State University

Oregon State University

Otis College of Art and Design

Pace University

Pacific University Oregon

Pasadena City College

Pennsylvania State University – Brandywine

Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

Pepperdine University

Pratt Institute

Purdue University

Queen Mary University of London

Queensland University of Technology

Radboud University

Rhode Island School of Design

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Royal Holloway, University of London

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Art and Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sciences Po – UC Berkeley Dual Degree

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

Simon Fraser University

Skidmore College

St. John’s University

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stony Brook University (SUNY)

SUNY University at Buffalo

Syracuse University

Temple University

The City University of New York Queens College

The New School

The University of Nottingham

Trent University

University of Aberdeen

University of Alberta

University of Arizona

University of Brighton

University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia, Okanagan

University of Calgary

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Merced

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Central Lancashire

University of Edinburgh

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Groningen

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of La Verne

University of Leeds

University of London – The Royal Veterinary College

University of Manchester

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Melbourne

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota, Duluth

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of New South Wales

University of Oregon

University of Puget Sound

University of Queensland

University of Reading

University of Redlands

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Scranton

University of Sheffield

University of Southern California

University of Strathclyde

University of Sydney

University of Texas, Arlington

University of Texas, Dallas

University of the Pacific

University of Toronto

University of Twente

University of Washington

University of Washington, Bothell

University of Washington, Tacoma

University of Waterloo

University of West London

University of Western Ontario

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech)

Wageningen University and Research Centre

York University

English | 中文

What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

The IB Diploma program is a two-year pre-university course for 11th and 12th grade students which provides a core and elective curriculum and is measured through internal and external examinations. To earn the IB diploma, students complete and test in six IB subjects; write an extended essay of independent research guided by a faculty mentor, complete 150 hours of creative, action, and service activities (CAS); and participate in a
critical thinking course called Theory of Knowledge (ToK). Students who take IB courses without completing the entire program may earn IB certificates by testing in selected IB courses. Furthermore, here at KAS, it is possible to take IB courses without taking the exams associated with them.

Is the IB Diploma required for graduation from KAS?

The IB Diploma is not required for graduation from KAS. Rather, it is an additional qualification a student may earn if he satisfies all of the requirements outlined in the IB guide. If a student chooses not to pursue the diploma, there are a variety of options for 11th and 12th grades. These are best discussed on an individual basis with the Guidance
Counselor.

What are the benefits to pursuing the IB Diploma?

The IB Program is the most challenging academic program available at KAS. Around the world, students who have taken IB classes report that their involvement with the IB Program has given them the skills needed to succeed in college. These courses help students to gain a broader world view; follow in-depth approaches to the academic
disciplines; and develop time management, problem-solving, research, and organizational skills that will remain with them long after the IB experience is over. In addition, the IB has established a set of learning outcomes known as the IB Learner Profile. The hope is to develop students who become inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers,
knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective – attributes we believe are a great benefit to students.

What courses are required for the Diploma?

Students who wish to pursue the Diploma take one class in each of six curricular areas; each course typically lasts two years. In addition, the student must complete the three components of the core- TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay. Please refer to the IB guide on the KAS website for further details.

How does the IB Program compare to AP classes?

The major differences between the IB and AP relate to the nature of the programs. In the IB, the courses and the core constitute a fully rounded program that is intended to prepare students at a high level across a range of subject matter. In addition, IB teachers work together to ensure cross-disciplinary links and a deliberate integration of the concepts in Theory of Knowledge. Lastly, the subject matter in IB classes tends to cover fewer topics, with a much higher expectation of high level understanding and investigation.

What is the general workload in IB classes?

This will vary based on the subject. IB classes are typically more challenging than regular high school classes, and so students may be asked to do more homework. The types of assignments given however may be quite different than those students have seen in earlier years, which is often where the real challenge comes. One benefit to this is that students must take greater responsibility for their own learning while developing time management and organization skills.

When do students take IB Exams?

The IB exams are administered in May of the 12th grade year, with the exception of one year SL classes, which are tested in May of the year the course is taken. Our IB Diploma coordinator will ensure that all students and families are aware of all requirements and logistics.

Can students earn college credit through the IB Program?

This varies from institution to institution. It is best to research specific colleges/universities to understand their policies. In the most generous cases, students can earn up to a full year of credit.

Is it possible to change my mind about the Diploma?

Yes, it is possible to decide not to pursue the Diploma even after beginning the program. The guidance counselor is available to assist students in any changes to their schedules.

What is the cost of taking IB Exams?

All fees are set by the IB and change slightly every year. Beginning with the graduating class of 2013, the total cost for a diploma student, covering the cost of all exams and fees, is approximately $750 US, or NT$ 23,000.

What training do teachers receive in the IB Program?

At KAS, all teachers who are teaching an IB class have either already had official IB training, or they are scheduled to attend the training very soon. These sessions consist of a 3-day workshop with master teachers in the field and allow our teachers to build a strong base of ideas and activities through collaboration with other teachers present.

什麼是 International Baccalaureate Program?

IB 課程是針對 11,12 年級學生所提供的二年大學預修課程,包含了六主要課程及核
心課程,進而透過在校及國際考試認定成果。要取得 IB 文憑,學生需: 完成六個 IB 科
目;在一位 IB 老師監督下完成獨立的論文報告;參與 150 個小時富含創意﹑運動﹑及
志願性義工服務活動;及一堂論述知識的課程等。學生若未完整修習全部課程,仍可
參加單一科目考試通過後取得單科的證書。在高雄美國學校,我們除了提供完整取
得 IB 文憑的課程或選擇只修 IB 課程而不參加 IB 校外認證考試。

需有 IB 文憑始可從 KAS 畢業嗎?

不一定要有 IB 文憑才可取得 KAS 畢業證書,這只是提供學生一種選項,若在校修課符合 IB 所有條件,還可多一項 IB 文憑。若學生選擇不取得 IB 文憑,對於 11 及 12 年級學生仍有許多的修課選擇,最好是和升學輔導老師個別面談討論。

修 IB 課程有什麼好處?

IB 課程目前是 KAS 所有課程中難度最高的,目前調查顯示,學生若在高中時期修習 IB 課程者,上大學後能充分利用技能完成大學課業。這些課程幫助學生們建立更廣闊的世界觀,在學術方面做更深入的研究探討,建立學生的時間觀念,主動面對解決問題,研究問題,及訓練他們的組織能力等。即使課程結束,學生也將一直保有這些技巧和能力。另外,IB 建立了一套學習系統,主要目的是培養學生主動探索,思考,溝通,承擔風險,成為富含知識,有原則,闗懷他人,心胸開闊,均衡發展並能反省自身的人,都是這個課程的附加優勢。

取得文憑課程要求?

決定要取得文憑的學生,需在六大領域科目中各挑一堂課,每個科目一般需修課至少滿二年。此外,學生尚需完成核心科目知識論述課,志願服務及論文報告等,詳細資料請至 KAS 網站查詢。

IB 課程和 AP 課程的差異?

IB 課程和 AP 課程間主要在本質上就不同。在 IB,六科課程及核心課程構成一個主要課程系統,培養學生提高素質以面對各種科目。此外,IB 的老師們也一起交流,隨時確認商討對各科目的想法,在知識論述課中分享。最後,IB 課程可在較高的期望值中提升對各主題更專精的認知及研究深度。

IB 課程的基本課業量為何?

依各科目內容而定。IB 課程原本就較一般高中課程更有挑戰性,學生也有可能被要求完成較多的作業。作業的型態或許和學生以往接觸的有所不同,這也就是挑戰所在。其中一項好處便是當他們建立了時間觀念及組織能力的同時,能肩負起更多的責任感。

學生何時參與 IB 測驗?

所有為期兩年的 IB 課程都在 12 年級下學期的五月份舉行檢定考,為期一年的標準課程則在該學年 5 月考。我們的 IB 主任會確認所有學生及家長都了解一切的要求及後續作業。

學生可以藉由修 IB 課程取得大學學分嗎?

每所學校規定不同,最好先針對特定大學院校政策查詢。一般來說,學生有時可以抵掉一年該科學分。

修課期間可以做任何變動嗎?

是的,即使開始課程後又決定不再繼續修課,仍然可以改課,選課輔導老師會給予適當的協助。

IB 檢定考費用為何?

所有費由皆由 IB 中心決定,每年並做微調。如 2013 年畢業生若要取得文憑,所有考試費用大約為 750 美元,或換算為新台幣 23,000 元。

IB 課程的老師們需接受什麼教育訓練?

在 KAS, 所有教授 IB 課程的老師皆需接受,或準備好接受 IB 中心的教育訓練。這些訓練包含了三天和教育中心老師的研習會,並透過活動讓在場的老師們建立紮實的基本概念。

Kaohsiung American School is committed to assisting students to develop a program that challenges them academically and supports them in becoming balanced individuals, independent learners, and global citizens. To this end, we offer a broad range of course offerings, providing students with opportunities to design a program specific to their abilities, interests, and academic goals. Our high school curriculum is based on a US curriculum with both IB DP and AP offerings. Beyond the school day, KAS has a wide range of community service opportunities, clubs, athletic teams, and fine arts events through which students are encouraged to extend their learning. In this guide, you will find information about the courses we plan to offer next year along with information on the course selection process, graduation requirements, and the support services we offer.

Here you can find all the relevant documents pertaining to the workings of our KAS Board of Directors, including policies, meeting minutes, and notes from the Annual General Meeting.

Here you can find all the relevant documents pertaining to the workings of our KAS Board of Directors, including policies, meeting minutes, and notes from the Annual General Meeting.

Here you can find all the relevant documents pertaining to the workings of our KAS Board of Directors, including policies, meeting minutes, and notes from the Annual General Meeting.

Here you can find all the relevant documents pertaining to the workings of our KAS Board of Directors, including policies, meeting minutes, and notes from the Annual General Meeting.