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Course of Study

Taiwan Adventist International School follows the standard 180-day American academic year. The calendar includes a Christmas and Spring Break holiday, as found in the American system. There are two semesters of 18 weeks each.

TAIS offers an a individualized program that provides the most amount of classes for students to graduate through the Griggs International High School program. Students are offered the opportunity to receive either a Taiwanese or American high school diploma. One Credit Unit is defined as one hour of in-class instruction per week for one semester. Thus, a 10-credit class convenes daily for one academic year.

JH Course of Study

Grade 7

 Grade 8

English 

English 

Math 

Math 

Science 

Science 

*Social studies

*Social studies 

*History 

*History 

Language Art 

Language Art 

Bible 

Bible 

Art 

Art 

Choir

Choir 

Physical Education

Physical Education

Home Economic

Home Economic

Keyboarding

Keyboarding 

Citizenship 

Citizenship 

English Support

English Support

Remarks

1. Social Studies and History will be switched at each school year

2. English includes reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary.

3. Please refer to the description of ELL program for more information about English Support. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SH Course of Study 

Grade 9-12

Courses

Credit

Remark

 

English

 

*English I 

1

*Required courses

*

**English II 

1

***American Literature 

1

***British Literature 

1

Foreign Language

 

Foreign Language I

1

 

Foreign Language II

1

 

Math

 

*Algebra I

1

*Required courses

 

**Algebra II

1

**Geometry

1

Pre- Calculus/Calculus

1

 

Science

 

Physical science

1

*Required courses

*為必修

*Biology

1

Chemistry

1

Physics

1

Health

 

Health

0.5

 

PE

0.5

 

History

 

World History/Geography

1

 

U.S History

1

American Government

0.5

Economics

0.5

Applied Art

 

Keyboarding

0.5

 

Photoshop(Adobe)

0.5

Fine Art

 

Art

0.5

 

Choir/Music

0.5

 

    Elective

選修類

Bible 9

0.5

 

Bible 10

0.5

Bible 11

0.5

Bible 12

0.5

Others

Depends on elective courses offered per semester

 

Credits needed

25 credits 

Required Documentation:

- Community Service (Minim 20/ per year) 

- ACT/ SAT Scores(required)ACT/SAT

 

*For Electives please see separate "Electives Opportunities" for each school year.

**A minimum of 20 hours of community service should be performed during each academic year. Fulfillment of Community Service credit will depend on available community/charity projects.

**A standard US  diploma may have fewer credit requirements.

Note: In the interest of best preparing our students for college life, we've teamed up with Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan to offer online dual-credit courses. These college-level courses satisfy high school graduation requirements as well as provide college credit hours.

Grading

TAIS Grading Scale for Grades 7-12

Letter Grade

Grade Points

Percentages

Details

A

4.0

93%

Excellent

A-

3.67

90%

 

B+

3.34

88%

 

B

3.00

83%

Very Good

B-

2.67

80%

Above Average

C+

2.34

78%

 

C

2.00

73%

Generally satisfactory, intellectually adequate performance.

C-

1.67

70%

 

D+

1.34

68%

 

D

1.00

63%

An unsatifactory performance but passable.

D-

0.67

60%

Minimum general passing letter grade to receive credit for a course.

F

0.0

  -

Failure

 I

-

  -

Incomplete

 

TAIS operates an English as a Second Language program for students who aim to study American high school-level courses but initially do not have the requisite English language skills.

Students applying to TAIS will be given an English competency evaluation test covering grammar, writing, reading comprehension and vocabulary. Students who meet the minimum US high school English standard will be accepted into the TAIS American high school program.

Students who test in at a lower English level will be placed in the ELL program at their comprehension level.

TAIS’s ELL program focuses on improving the English level of its students so they can be promoted to the regular US high school program.

The ELL program is divided into 3 levels:  High School Preparation (HSP) 1, 2, & 3. Students are placed in these levels based on their scores via the Oxford English Placement test:

HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 9 – 12)                                                               JUNIOR HIGH (GRADES 7-8)

Level

Score (out of 120) 

Level

Score (out of 120) 

Open High School

81-120

Junior High – Regular Track

81-120

HSP 3

61-80

JH Pullout program

21-80

HSP 2

41-60

Not eligible for admission

0-20

HSP 1

21-40

 

 

Not eligible for admission

0-20

 

 

 

Changes in Level Placement

Students placed in the ESL program will take another placement test at the end of each semester to determine eligibility to move to the next, appropriate level. Placement is based on language proficiency and academic performance. Students must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher to be considered for advancement. A student’s attendance record and his/her citizenship grade will also be taken into account in consideration for advancement. All standards and expectations for advancement shall be based on quantifiable evidence, not on any teacher or administrator’s personal opinion of a student. Qualified students will only be advanced at the beginning of a new semester.

 

Description of ESL Levels ESL

High School Preparation (HSP)

ESL students will take High School Prep classes that cover six main areas of the English language each semester: Grammar/Writing, Speaking/Listening, Reading/Vocabulary. In addition to these courses, ESL students will also take Physical Education/Music, Chinese, and a Bible class. In some situation, a math class may also be introduced. This will be determined by the student’s abilities, schedule, and academic needs, and will be at the sole discretion of the school administration. PE, Music, Chinese, and Bible will be their only credit classes taken while in the ESL Program at levels HSP 1 and HSP 2.

HSP 3 students will be permitted more flexibility to take additional credit classes to those mentioned above. Examples include Algebra I or II, Geometry, Earth Science, MS Office, Photoshop, and Health.

Junior High Pullout

The junior high pullout program is designed to give extra language assistance to our students whose English levels aren’t at the place they need to be in order to enter full credit high school courses. All students in the pullout program are still working toward their US-recognized 8th grade diploma, thereby qualifying them for enrollment in any accredited American High School, including TAIS. Students in this program will be given more language-intensive attention in addition to the regular curriculum offered. In order to facilitate this extra attention, two homeroom teachers are assigned to the TAIS junior high students, in addition to specialists for Chinese, cooking, physical education, and the Bible classes.

 

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