Campus life is one of the biggest assets available to TAIS students. Visitors recognize the paradise of this mountain haven in Nantou and flock through the gates every Sunday to experience it. Students have this opportunity to experience clean air, gorgeous mountain views, open spaces, and a family dorm life experience.
Extracurriculars are important for students in a variety of ways. TAIS is interested in students’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Clubs are opportunities for them to release stress, gain valuable experience, build portfolios, explore talents, and get much-needed exercise to become a well-rounded individual.
Many students at TAIS have been practicing instruments from a young age. We are committed to providing them opportunities to not only practice and improve their skills but also perform in meaningful and authentic environments. To this end, TAIS employs a music teacher and coach and schedules regular performances. TAIS offers support for the strings, piano, bells, drums, and brass instruments. It’s both a part of the curriculum, as classes, and extracurricular.
TAIS is committed to offering students opportunities to explore and expand their skills in various sports while getting exercise and build relationships. Basketball, Badminton, and Soccer are the main sports which TAIS offers support for. Each team has a coach and support staff and plays other schools on a regular basis. Other clubs are subject to student interest, such as Tennis, Ping-Pong, Volleyball, and others.
Students may start a variety of clubs in which their interests lie. They need signatures of 5 interested students and a faculty sponsor and apply to the principal for approval. Clubs that fall into this category have and do include: Board Games, Legos, Drama, Band, Community Service, French, Spanish, Fitness, 3D Printing, Video Production, and Yoga. (Actual clubs vary based on student interest, available funds, and time constraints.)
Many students show an interest and aptitude in artistic endeavors. TAIS employs a top rate art teacher to help students progress and develop their portfolios. They have time to pursue these endeavors in art classes and also clubs. These skills can be extremely valuable in the workplace in areas of Graphic Design, Clothing Design, Marketing, and Architecture. TAIS students get a jump on their peers to have opportunities to build these skills early.
Holistic Education (Weekend and Community Service)
TAIS is committed to providing students a complete education. As a boarding school, we keep the students two weekends out of each month. This time is used to maximum potential to provide the students with an opportunity for physical, mental, and spiritual learning and advancement.
Saturday afternoons and nights are planned with activities that the students will enjoy and grow from. Afternoon activities are centered around exercise and fun outdoors in the form of hiking, biking, scavenger hunts, community service opportunities, and other games. Saturday evenings are packed with a variety of fun activities that range from student movie awards and cooking competitions to sports games involving the whole school or seasonal festivals. Students will never forget the good times and lifelong bonds that are formed.
Character Building Programs
Each weekend that the students remain on campus, they attend Friday night group studies at teachers’ houses. It’s an opportunity for students to express personal struggles and problems and receive encouragement and help from teachers and other students. Groups follow a loose curriculum of interactive discussion, activities, games and media. In addition, students are provided with a home-cooked meal or get to make the food themselves with their friends. The small groups are an informal way for students to grow spiritually and bond with friends and teachers.
- Community Service Opportunities
At TAIS we feel that giving is better than receiving. In fact, most of the time, when you give, you get a bigger blessing than you can ever imagine. To this end, TAIS faculty and staff dedicate their breaks to giving students community service opportunities. Three times during the year, we take trips specifically for community service:
Thanksgiving Break: Every November we schedule a two-day community service opportunity, usually in the south of Taiwan such as Xiaoliuqui and Kenting.
- Spring Break: Local. The local community service trip is usually targeted needy villages in the interior of Taiwan. In the past, we’ve got to Hualien and Yilan, Hehuansan, and Namasia.
- Spring Break: International: In past years, we’ve taken trips to India and Thailand and Spring 2019 we are going to Kenya. Students are able to work on construction projects, teach local kids English and Chinese, and experience travel and another culture.
TAIS is a boarding school and 90% of the students live in the dormitories. “TAIS is a family,” is something students say often. They live in comfortable rooms of four, overseen by the deans. Their time is structured into time for school, recreation, meals, study halls, and free time. Students are able to go into town on Tuesday evenings and Friday and Sunday afternoons of weekends in which students are on-campus.
Students typically go home 2 weekends per month and remain on campus for the other two. Actual schedules vary based on holidays and other considerations. When students remain on campus, TAIS faculty plan rich opportunities for them to engage in study, fun, learning, exercise, travel, and community service activities. See Wholistic Education for more information.