Due to the high pressures placed on children in public schools in Taipei, most expat parents prefer enrolling their children in international schools. There are surprisingly few international schooling options to choose from in Taipei, however. As such, space is often limited and waiting lists can be extensive. Expats should apply well in advance to ensure a place for their child at their preferred school.
Below are our recommendations for international schools in Taipei.
International schools in Taipei
Acton Academy Taipei
Acton Academy Taipei, part of a global network of pioneering educational institutions, reimagines schooling for Grade 1–9 students, aiming to empower them to chart their own path to success. The academy fosters an environment of exploration, encouraging students to uncover their unique Hero's Journey through a blend of self-paced core subjects, real-world projects and character development. Acton Academy Taipei focuses on producing independent, lifelong learners who respect freedoms, cherish the arts, solve complex problems and find their calling to change the world.
Ages: 6 to 13
Dominican International School
The Dominican International School, based in Taipei, is a private, English-medium Catholic institution under the governance of the Dominican Sisters. Established in 1957, the school offers a comprehensive education via a modified American curriculum and enjoys full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school is deeply committed to providing high-quality, God-centred education that fosters critical thinking skills.
Curriculum: American (Catholic)
Ages: 4 to 18
Morrison Academy Taipei
Established in 1961, Morrison Academy Taipei is an international Christian school in Taipei with additional campuses in Taichung and Kaohsiung. Offering a Biblically-integrated American-based curriculum for expatriate children from K–12, the school is known for its supportive community and exceptional commitment to preparing students for higher education. Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, it provides a nurturing environment to encourage learning, critical thinking and personal growth among students from diverse national backgrounds.
Curriculum: American (including Advanced Placement)
Ages: 5 to 18
Taipei Adventist American School
Nestled among the serene beauty of Yang Ming Shan, Taipei Adventist American School (TAAS) offers holistic, American-style education in an intimate, nurturing setting. Renowned for its focus on individual development, the school encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning, fostering independence and a love for learning within a framework of Christian morals and values. Besides standard instruction, TAAS offers English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes, as well as learning support for students with mild to moderate educational needs, ensuring a comprehensive, inclusive education for all its students.
Curriculum: American (Adventist)
Age: 6 to 14
Taipei American School
Taipei American School, founded in 1949, offers a globally-informed, American-based education to K–12 students. Rooted in Eastern and Western traditions, TAS is recognised as a bridge to some of the world's top colleges, instilling in its students a rich culture of excellence, creative arts and a passion for STEAM subjects. Nestled in the northern suburb of Tianmu, the campus fosters an environment of integrity, ethical decision-making, leadership and resilience, preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world.
Curriculum: American (including Advanced Placement) and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 4 to 18
Taipei European School
Taipei European School offers a unique, multicultural learning experience with French, German and English sections, each providing their national curricula for students aged three to 18. The school is dedicated to fostering a community of lifelong learners embodying respect, responsibility, creativity, participation and perseverance. With accreditations from multiple international and national organisations, including the Council of International Schools (CIS), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the International Baccalaureate (IB), it also prides itself on its recent confirmation as an Eco School.
Curriculum: British (English National Curriculum and Cambridge IGCSE), International Baccalaureate, German and French
Ages: 3 to 18
►For an overview of education in the city, read Education and Schools in Taipei
►Read Kids and Families in Taipei for family-friendly activities in the city
"Expats can choose between the Taiwanese school system or international schools. International schools are expensive but offer more Western-style education." Read about Nick's experience living as an expat in Taipei.
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