Our Mission

KAS challenges students to achieve academic excellence and prepares them to be balanced individuals, independent learners, and global citizens.

Balanced Individuals

Academics

Knowledge and discovery happen when engaged children are paired with enthusiastic teachers who know and understand them. The academic journey at KAS begins in our Pre-K classrooms and travels throughout the entire school with the power of world-recognized methods, standards, and curriculum. But most importantly, academics at KAS are taught by world-class teachers who care, and who are passionate about helping children love to learn.

Arts

Musical performances, drama, sculpting, drawing, painting… find your passion at KAS. Our students unleash their creativity with caring, spirited instructors in classrooms that were built to empower the mind and nourish the soul.

Athletics

KAS encourages students to balance their minds and bodies. Our littlest Dragons scamper around the cork-filled turf field for soccer, while their older classmates prepare for competitive league sports including basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, volleyball, and swimming. Our students enjoy some of the finest facilities in the region, so they can spike a volleyball on our Canadian Maple hardwood courts, and dive into our depth-adjustable swimming pool. And the competition isn’t limited to our campus, because our athletes test their mettle with opponents all over Taiwan, and even regionally in cities including Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Independent Learners

Passionate

We are a place where stories become dreams. At Kaohsiung American School, students seek to discover who they are and contribute to a globalized, efficient, and harmonious society. Our integrative, equity-focused, student-centered learning environments in a LEED-Certified building nestled in a multicultural global city, set the stage for our students to discover what drives them.  They challenge themselves and nurture their curiosity about the intellectual and social world around them. Our campus is a safe and liberating environment where students can physically, intellectually, and emotionally expand while simultaneously embracing our heritage and our future.

Curious

KAS differentiates itself by offering innovative, purposeful programming that encourages students to be themselves, make connections beyond the curriculum, and invest in their own interests. We welcome the questions and dialogue within our classrooms because from that comes discovery. We are all life-long learners, and we understand that sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. It is the privilege of each educator at KAS to spark that curiosity in a child by when they foster collaboration, seek out international connections, and expand their thinking.

Critical Thinkers

We believe that a rich multidimensional program enables students to be prepared for whoever and whatever they will encounter on their journey in life. Through the International Baccalaureate program, we offer students an international education that prepares them for an increasingly complex, multicultural, and rapidly changing world. Our teachers and students embark on innovative real-world learning, collaborative sense-making, and meaningful project-based learning grounded in critical thinking.

We inspire our students to be model citizens, collaborators, internationally-minded citizens, and ethical through situational self-awareness. We nurture these competencies through curricular and extracurricular activities and attention to personal wellness and well-being.

Global Citizens

Aware

Since its distinction as an IB World School in 2010, KAS has made a strong commitment to the International Baccalaureate (IB) system. Our Middle Years Program (MYP) is driven by inquiry-based instruction, critical thinking, cross-subject collaboration, and rigorous, globally relevant outcomes. Here at KAS, we help our students to be aware of global issues and cultural contexts.

Ethical

Today’s KAS students are the leaders of the future. They will work together with people from all over the world to help solve the problems that humanity will face. Here at KAS, we help prepare students to approach these efforts with an understanding of ethics and ethical decision making. At KAS we believe that students who learn ethical decision-making in their youth are better prepared for a lifetime of progress and leadership.

Cooperative

KAS is a partnership in many ways. First and foremost is the partnership between students, teachers, and parents. Our community has achieved so much thanks to the successful cooperation of KAS families and the Parent-Teacher Association. In both a local and far-reaching context, our young global citizens cooperate with partners in Taiwan and around the world, through initiatives like the Future Leaders Program, community service programs, an active Model UN, and of course through the network of professional contacts that our internationally-recruited staff and faculty affords us.

Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinker & Problem Solver

Being a savvy critical thinker and problem solver can take years to develop, but that’s the type of skill that’s necessary for our next generation of leaders. Knowing how to ask the right questions and clearly define the problem can mean the difference between success and failure. Our teachers are integrating this thinking in age-appropriate ways every day because they understand that problem solving is not a straight path, but rather a loop where we constantly test and revise along the way. KAS students proudly respect the voices and contributions of all team members.

Effective Communicators

Technology has enabled us to dream, build, and explore beyond traditional boundaries. With that powerful resource comes the responsibility to use technology to communicate and collaborate responsibly. While our classroom instruction is in English, expressing ideas with global contributors requires the ability to share in multiple languages and the students who graduate from the IB Diploma programme model this desired outcome. Students in all grades share a mindset that listening and speaking are equally valuable and that the words we speak and share have an impact.

Active Learners

One of the most important skills a child can learn is to love learning. We understand that to be a life-long learner, you have to foster the attitude, skills, and mindsets to succeed. Each year at KAS builds upon the foundation of the prior one, helping our young Dragons become independently motivated and goal-minded while staying curious and creative.

Ethical Global Citizens

Working with others, both locally and internationally, means that as a community we are honor-bound to act ethically and morally. This is best taught by the examples set by staff, students, and faculty. It means showing empathy and compassion, and being sensitive to the perspectives of others, as well as being aware of their own perspectives.