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British Secondary and High School Handbook for Parents

Swire European Secondary Campus 31, Jian Ye Road, Taipei 11193, Taiwan Tel: (02) 8145-9007 太古歐洲學園台北市士林區建業路31號

Introduction School and Community Taipei European School is an independent, non profit foundation, co-educational day school, which was formed from the amalgamation of The Taipei British School (TBS), Ecole Française de Taipei (EFT); and Deutsche Schule Taipei (DST). These schools separately began around 1990 and have shared campuses since 1992. It has grown rapidly and now has over 1,250 students from 60 countries. TES serves students from the international community of business people, educators and diplomats residing in the Taipei area. TES is located on two campuses, one for primary students (approximately 700) aged 3 to 11 years and the other for secondary students (approximately 550) aged 11 years and above. Taipei European School is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to deliver the Diploma programme, and is classed as an IB World School. TES is also an authorised center for University of Cambridge International Examinations, EDEXCEL International examinations, a member of FOBISSEA (Federation of British International Schools in South East Asia and affiliated to AEFE (Agence pour l'Enseignement Francais a l'Etranger), and BVA-ZfA (Bundesverwaltungsamt-Zentralstelle fuer das Auslandsschulwesen). TES has just been accredited with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Faculty Teachers come from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA. Teachers are licensed in their home countries, many hold advanced degrees and all are experienced in international education. School Year The school year typically runs 180 days from middle August to middle June. High School students take up to 10 classes in Years H1 and H2 and up to 7 classes in Years H3 and H4 on a rotating schedule of 80 minute periods. School Terms for this year Induction Week for Staff Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 August 15th to August 19th 2012 20th August – 20th December 2012 7th January – 22nd March 2013 8th April – 14th June 2013

Context of Taiwanese society: • Respecting.” The three key elements of the TES Mission statement are: Educational Excellence: • Striving to reach each child’s own potential. students and staff who are looking for excellent accredited education programmes delivered in a variety of languages and who want to join an active and caring community. Vision and Core Values Mission “The mission of the Taipei European School is to provide educational excellence and European culture and values within the context of Taiwanese society. partnership and service contribution. understanding and learning from our host country. European culture and values: • Europe gives us common values that unite us and cultural diversity that strengthens us. Vision “To be the school of choice for parents. • Recognising mobility needs of the students. • Knowing and developing the “whole” child. • Seeking interaction.” .TES School Mission. • Developing love of learning.

generating alternative solutions to solve problems. 參與 創造力 責任 . and striving to be the best that we can be. 尊敬 毅力 Participation We take ownership of our own learning. TES. others.Respect We are honest and thoughtful showing respect for ourselves. and taking chances when necessary. Perseverance We honour our commitments by working to overcome challenges. local and global communities as well as the environment. We think imaginatively by questioning ideas. Creativity Responsibility We show leadership and strive for independence whilst demonstrating compassion through service and make responsible choices. We make the most of the opportunities available to us by challenging our personal boundaries.

CAS & TOK . IA Heads of Department CPD Co-ordinator Heads of Year H1 & H2 IB Co-ordinator Gifted & Talented UCC Year 7-9 tutors & PSHCE teachers Department members H1. H2 tutors & PSHCE teachers H3. H4 tutors & PSHCE teachers. House.Leadership Structure – British Secondary and High School Section Head Deputy Head Assistant Head (Key Stage 3) Assistant Head (High School) Operations Co-ordinator ECA Co-ordinator Heads of Year 7-9 SEN. Counselor Sport.

Pastoral Year Teams 2012-2013 Year Head of Year Raymond Imbleau Transition Yr 7 8 Form Teachers Grace Kennedy Yoko Tsai Amy Beacock Elissa Campbell Dylan Graves Chris Laing PSHCE Teachers Bronwyn Thompson Yoko Tsai Amy Beacock Elissa Campbell Dylan Graves Chris Laing Connected Timothy Sing Key Gavin Matthews Fenny Chen Melody Lin Florence Lee Alex Elkins Craig Morris AJ Li Katy Ho Chin Lin Huang 9 H1 H2 Timothy Sing Key Gavin Winter Gavin Winter Richard Greaves Ian Stewart Claire Brown Ryan Delange Simon Thomas Wanda Frost Sam Hebden Vicky Chen Thomas Mowbray Stephen Whittall Rajesh Peswani Chris Papps Ian Stewart Claire Brown Ryan Delange Nicole Billante Wanda Frost Sam Hebden Vicky Chen Thomas Mowbray Stephen Whittall Rajesh Peswani H3 H4 Darren Latchford Todd Greene Henri Labuschagne Robert Morris Aicha Chuan Julie Dale Tony Cornes Fabrice Laureti David Wong Todd Greene Paul Lee Tara McNeill Maggie Hsu Sean Kenny (TOK) Graham Bean (UCC) Andrew Weng Tony Cornes Chris Sparks David Wong Jonathan Woolley Flora Sung Melody Feng Adrian Knight Daisy Rana Lorna Wright Stephanie Gaudin Anna Chang Matthew Hill Darren Latchford .

07:55 End of registration chime – 08:10 There are always students in the school buildings for sports training and other extracurricular activities after school.ESC School Day The school day consists of 8 lessons of 40 minutes with most subjects having double lessons (80 minutes). . 15:00 – 16:30 Extra French Sections classes – Monday. Time 08:00 – 08:10 08:10 – 08:50 08:50 – 09:30 09:30 – 09:50 09:50 – 10:30 10:30 – 11:10 11:10 – 11:20 11:20 – 12:00 12:00 – 12:40 12:40 – 13:40 13:40 – 14:20 14:20 – 15:00 15:00 – 15:15 After School Lesson Registration 1 2 Break 3 4 Break 5 6 Lunch 7 8 Bus Optional ECAs Sports. Thursday 16:30 – 18:00 End of school day chime – 15:00 The school field is open from 13:05 to 13:35 Warning chime – 13:35 No access to the school field or back of the gym during this short break Warning chime – 11:15 No access to the school field during this short break Warning chime – 09:45 Additional Information Warning chime . Drama. Music etc. Tuesday. Students should have a valid reason for being in the school grounds after classes finish at 15:00 each day. Extra-curricular activities are available after school and during the lunch break. Students who travel home by school bus are able to catch a bus after ECAs finish during the week. TES is part of the TEAMS network of Taiwan which organizes sporting competitions between the international schools on the island and we are also a member of the FOBISSEA organisation that holds Olympic style sporting events and musical festivals for member schools in South-East Asia.

edu.tollervey@tes.hsu@tes.Heads of Faculty (or Department) The Heads of Department are responsible for the curriculum in each subject and the teaching and learning for the subject in the Faculty English English as Additional Language Mathematics Science Foreign Languages Chinese History Geography Business and Economics Art Music Drama Physical Education Theory of Knowledge Special Educational Needs lorna.stewart@tes.  . Please contact them if you have a question about what your son/daughter is studying and if you are concerned with their progress in that subject. Action and Service Sport Head of Faculty Darren Latchford Bronwyn Thompson Julie Dale Neil Tollervey Fabrice Laureti Flora Sung Ian Stewart Natasha Brock Neil Elrick Matthew Hill Chris Papps Joanna Crimmins Craig Morris Sean Kenny Michelle Lynn Maggie Hsu Lorna Wright Contact julie. leave valuable items at home or hand in to the school offices or to your PE teacher during PE phones All bags need to be hung on the hooks outside Form Rooms and not left outside Personal possessions at school Students should look after their personal possessions at Store in lockers or hand in to either of the offices – Phase 1 or Phase neil. ALL students need to either:  Remove valuables from bags – fabrice. Valuables should not be left in Bags should not contain

too revealing). Lunches and Meals Students are expected to order their lunch from the cafeteria or bring their own packed lunch to school. Extra-curricular Activities (ECAs) During the school year. International Award. Should students choose to wear clothing deemed unsuitable (e. The policy will be handed to staff by the Head of Year. fund-raisers.g. Students are not permitted to shave their heads. unless attending a teachersupervised activity . MUN. they will be required to change clothes. Student Council. there are a wide variety of planned activities that occur outside of normal classroom time and involve significant numbers of students. All staff participate in this programme throughout the year. competitions. school trips. certain standards are necessary and must be adhered to. unless attending a teacher-supervised sporting activity  The Multi-purpose room in Phase 2 (level 2). music. and community functions. H3 and H4 IB students are permitted to leave the school grounds at lunch time provided the IB Office has written parental permission. Students should not have their school lunch delivered to the school reception area each day unless there are exceptional circumstances. Group delivered lunches are only permitted for special occasions. Out of Bounds Areas  The roofs of the buildings  The Gymnasium in Phase 2 (level 3). coaches or assistants. supervisors. special celebrations. Should students be required to wear certain clothing or jewelry for religious reasons a letter must be sent to the relevant head of year explaining the situation. High School Section Student Dress Code Students are not required to wear uniform in the High School years (H1 to H4).g.British Section Key Stage 3 School Uniform All KS3 students are expected to wear the school uniform which is available from the uniform shop at the EPC. Please note that the colouring of hair with ‘un-natural colours’ (e. and Mohican hair styles are not permitted. These include sports. As ambassadors of the school. blue or green) is not permitted. for health and safety reasons and importantly in view of the cultural diversity of the student body and the staff. either as leaders. CAS. They should sign out at the guard location in Phase 2 and should produce ID if necessary for departure and entry to the school premises. drama. For health and safety reasons. hair below shoulder length should be tied back during Science practical sessions and during PE lessons. All students are required to meet the expectations.

and the outside area behind the Gymnasium (access through level 2 doors). the phase 2 building and the Performing Arts school. including school breaks. Where necessary.  At first break.  High School students may use level 3 and 4 areas during all break times. Hand-held electronic devices e. No responsibility for the loss or damage of these devices will be taken by the school.  A small recreational area is available for IB students on level 4 next to the study area. be it on the side of the student or his/her guardians. unless supervised by a teacher Phase 1 Corridors during lunch times The outside area Phase 2 between the administration entrance to phase 2. atriums and outside eating areas. the cafeteria areas. School office telephones are available to deal with any emergency that arises during school hours.       The Central Administration area in Phase 2 (lower level 1). must be turned off. IPOD’s. or use the ICT rooms or Libraries unless attending a supervised activity. unless required to go to the office. Phase 1) . Students may use the outside play area behind the gym all lunch time and the field from 13:10 to 13:35 when a duty teacher will be present or at any other time when there is a teacher-directed activity.  The libraries in both buildings are available for all students to use at break times. unless accompanied by a teacher Areas for Student Use  Lunch (ordered on a month by month basis) is served in the cafeterias for all students from 12:40 to 13:40. Food is restricted to the cafeteria. students should stay inside the buildings. students should use the Phase 1 and 2 atrium and step areas. unless there are special circumstances Classrooms at any breaks. roads and lanes). unless accompanied by a teacher The outside area behind the cafeteria and Art rooms (Level 1. There are not to be used during normal school hours. unless accompanied by a teacher All other areas outside the school grounds (car park. The lifts should not be used. Food should not be eaten in the level 3 and 4 study areas which are provided for students to be used for quiet study. . students participating in extra-curricular activities after school are permitted to use mobile phones in making arrangements with parents. Devices may be used to and from school on the bus but these should be kept safely in school lockers or in school bags during school time.g. Mobile Phones and Hand-held Electronic Devices Mobile Phones Mobile phones which students of any Section have on their person during school hours.  In wet weather.  Drinks purchased from the cafeteria drink machines must be consumed in the cafeteria.

A dynamic group of students have developed the council in the last four years. The House System offers IB students the chance to take on a leadership role as House Captains who lead the Houses throughout the year. All students have the opportunity to become House Year Leaders. Various House Events are held throughout the year and include Literary and Sporting events and Chinese New Year celebrations. To learn more about the Council or to express interest in involvement see DH. lessons 7 and 8. encourages team work and is an important bridge between the students. The committees are: Service. students who lead the committees of the council and manage events and activities. this year’s president i s Christine Shih H4. Social. The Student Council has been involved in raising funds for and creating awareness of local organizations. PSHCE is an important element of the curriculum in the school. Central and Events. welcoming new students to the school as part of the induction programme and representing the student body at special occasions and whole school events. The houses are named after European winds and all students and staff are allocated to a House at the start of the year. Health and Citizenship Education PSHCE is taught across the school (Year 7 to H4) on Thursday afternoons. organizing disco’s each term . These are indicated in the reporting schedule in this booklet . There are two formal meetings opportunities each year that parents can request appointments for. The election for House Leader positions takes place in the first few weeks of the school year. The executive and committees meet once a week to discuss events and developments. she will ‘handover’ her responsibilities at the end of Term 1 to a new president. Parent-Teacher meetings are scheduled on Wednesdays commencing from 13:30 and make use of PSHCE time. AHKS3 or AHHS House System The Secondary Houses are BORA (Blue). Personal. SIROCCO (Red). The Student Council comprises of the Executive. staff and management. MISTRAL (Yellow) and MARIN (Green).The Student Council The Student Council provides students with leadership opportunities. canvassing student opinion on improvements to the school. At the start of the academic year elections are held to secure the committee members from Yr 7 to H4 and from the French and German Section. In addition to Wednesday afternoon lessons this academic year there is one focus day on the calendar: Values Day held on Thursday 6th December. Competition between the houses is healthy and fun and provides the opportunity for good teamwork and the integration of students from all age groups and sections of the school.

Mathematics. At the end of Key Stage 3 the English National average in English. Other subjects studied are English. with many already working in level 5 in English. French or German Sections. . Spanish. Mathematics and Science is Level 5. There are 8 levels in the National Curriculum. German. This indicates that a student has the potential to attain a C grade or higher at GCSE. Information Communication Technology. In TES. it is expected that the majority of students will achieve a level 6 or better. French. it means they show knowledge and skills that are the same as. EAL and Chinese Language and Culture. Science. If a child has achieved the expected level in the National Curriculum. numbered grading system enables students to closely monitor their own progress and for teachers to implement a rolling programme of target setting. most children of the same age.CURRICULM INFORMATION: The 12 – 14 Years Curriculum (British Section Key Stage 3) Key Stage Three covers Years 7 to 9 in a child’s education (ages 11 -14). or slightly better than. Children are expected to work their way through one level every two years. This criteria based. Art. These years are crucial to a student’s academic and personal development and the Key Stage 3 curriculum and the pastoral framework of the Taipei British School aims to maximise the potential of each individual student as they progress. There are combined classes in Physical Education. Mathematics and Science. History. The academic progress of each individual student is monitored using National Curriculum Levels. Students study a broad and balanced curriculum programme in the British. Music. Geography. When students enter the secondary school in Year 7 after completing Key Stage 2 in the Junior Section most students will be working in the range of achievement levels from level 4 to 6. Drama and a wide range of extra curricular activities.

French. The final examinations assess skills as well as knowledge in each subject. please see the IGCSE booklet. German. there is a choice between Core and Extended curriculum papers in most subjects. Mathematics classes follow an integrated model (Geometry. The following courses comprise the Years H1 and H2 curriculum: English Literature. Information Technology. Geography. In some subjects. World History.For more information.pdf (H1) http://www. the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an intermediate qualification before taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma.taipeieuropeanschool. For those subjects the full range of grades is available.pdf The High School Curriculum: 14 – 16 years (Years H1 and H2) For students who intend to go on to university or college.taipeieuropeanschool. CIE examiners in the UK also mark the papers. To take account of differing This can be downloaded from the TES website – the examination covers the complete ability range and there is no choice of curriculum. Target Grades Core Curriculum Extended Curriculum DEF ABC Grades Available CDEFG A* A B C D E For more information. Mathematics. Chemistry). Economics.pdf (H2) .taipeieuropeanschool. The IGCSE is administered by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and is designed as a two-year programme of study. These examinations are written by CIE and administered all over the world. The syllabus for each subject is detailed and covers a broad range of skills in that subject. Physics. Chinese. coursework completed during the course is assessed to give a proportion of the marks available. These skills can be acquired only through consistent application and effort during the course. a student should acquire a knowledge and skill level that will allow them to continue their final two years of secondary education at Diploma level. This can be downloaded from the TES website – http://www. Spanish and Dutch First and Second Languages. Science. Business Studies. English. Beginner and Advanced Algebra. After completing the IGCSE curriculum. This allows teachers to decide on the most appropriate level of papers for their students. Statistics) and the Science courses follow an integrated model (Biology. All subjects are assessed by examinations at the end of the second year of the IGCSE programme. Art and Design. In some subjects. Music and Physical Education. please see the Key Stage Three Handbook.

Spanish. A TES High School Diploma will be awarded to both IB Diploma and IB Certificate students if they successfully pass the required number of courses and meet the attendance For the latest school handbook for the IGCSE courses at TES go to our website: http://www. This allows the students more flexibility to take more standard level subjects. Chemistry.ibo. IB Certificate students can still take IB subject examinations and will still receive a certificate form the International Baccalaureate Organisation for these subjects. but particularly in Europe.php The High School Curriculum: 16 – 18 years (Years H3 and H4) The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme offers a rounded education for students aiming at university or college and is awarded on successful completion of the whole 2-year programme. French. which teaches them to think words and complete a minimum of 150 hours in a creativity. Biology.The overlap of three grades (C. It is accepted for admission to Universities in virtually every country in the world. Information Technology in a Global The grades that students’ achieve for their courses for each semester will be recorded on their official school transcripts. USA and Australasia. Theatre and Music. This course of study in conjunction with the TES High School Diploma still provides access to university courses. Mandarin. French. Chinese. if not taught in school).ibo. Dutch). For more information go to: http://www. Business and Management. For more information about the IGCSE go to: http://www.taipeieuropeanschool. with points score based on results in each subject.taipeieuropeanschool. Economics. Three subjects are taken at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Foreign Languages (English. Geography. Students who fail to meet the minimum satisfactory standard for either the Core curriculum (Grade G) or the Extended curriculum (Grade E) will be and http://www. but not to the same extent as the IB Diploma provides. All IB Diploma students take the Theory of Knowledge course.php . or in some cases less subjects. Visual Arts. History.cie. Mathematics. German and Japanese Literature. Years H3 and H4 offers courses in Higher and Standard Levels for English. Self-Study Literature (student’s own language. Students also write an extended research essay of 4. action and service programme (CAS). Students who do not wish to take the full IB Diploma programme can take the IB Certificate programme. D and E) is designed to accommodate students who perform either better or worse than their teachers For the latest school handbook about IB subjects and courses at TES go tour website at: http://www. Physics.

Regensburg in Germany Canada: Alberta. Manchester. Denver. Penn State. City University Hong Kong. Canada. Connecticut. Exeter. Tilburg. UK: Cambridge. British Columbia. New Zealand. Aberystwyth. Queensland Asia: National Taiwan University (NTU). USC. Europe: The Sorbonne. Rochester. Ohio. Warwick. Arizona. where students have either been offered places or are studying: US: Brown. Michigan. Melbourne. Monash. Birmingham. Cambridge. Case Western. Sydney. Toronto. Utrecht and Leiden Universities in Holland. Europe. Massachusetts. Carnegie Mellon. Illinois. Humbolt Berlin. Durham. McGill. Macquarie. Here are some of the universities from the past six years’ graduating classes. SOAS. Singapore and Hong Kong. Nantes. Japan. Ottawa.B C-D E-F G U IB DIPLOMA 7/6 5/4 3/2 1 0 DESCRIPTION Excellent achievement Good achievement Satisfactory achievement Unsatisfactory Ungraded TES GRADES A B C D F University Applications and Placements TES graduate students apply to a range of universities in a variety of countries. University College London (UCL). Stanford. France. USA. TES does not rank students. Chelsea Arts College and St. Sophia and Meijo Universities (Japan) .Grading System in the High School High School full reports are criteria-based. Duke. and Simon Fraser University Australia: ANU. Australia. including UK. defined by attainment descriptors for each course rather than by statistical percentages. University of Rennes. Bristol. Boston. IGCSE A* . Brandeis. Technical Universities of Munich and Katlsruhe. Taiwan. The grading system is conceptualised in general accordance with IGCSE standards for Years H1 and H2 and IB standards for Years H3 and H4. National University Singapore. Rutgers. Imperial College London. Kings College. Martin’s College (both part of University of the Arts London). Paris. London School of Economics (LSE). New South Wales. Washington. Parsons Design School NY.

 We aim to mark or respond to homework regularly. . It can also be used as a means of communication between teacher and parents. revision)  be within the capabilities of the student  be differentiated where possible  reinforce and where appropriate.  It can involve parents and others in the pupils' work for their mutual benefit. This way of working is vital at the later stages of secondary education and study beyond this point. homework should:  have a definite purpose and where appropriate be part of the planned curriculum  be in a variety of forms ( research. How can parents or guardians help with homework?  Check that homework details are filled in clearly and regularly in the homework diary. Besides being well planned and of suitable duration. and in a way that is helpful to pupils.  It can give opportunities for long-term research and other work. marked and given credit where appropriate Organisation of Homework How does the school help students to organise their homework?  Each student is provided with a homework diary at the beginning of the year. written work.  It can allow valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom. It represents an increase in “time on task” and can be considered valuable for the following reasons:  It can help pupils to make more rapid progress in learning. reading. Parents are also asked to check their child’s diary regularly. projects.  It forms a link with the methods of study important to success at higher levels of education The Nature of Homework The assignment of homework is the responsibility of the class teacher. This diary is used to record homework each day and is checked on a regular basis (normally weekly or fortnightly) by teachers. There is space there for your regular signature.  Work at home can provide the quiet and private conditions needed for creative and thoughtful work of all kinds and stimulate further reading and research.  It can allow pupils to develop the practice of working on their own without the constant presence of the teacher or other pupils on the one hand and the external discipline of the timetable on the other. acknowledged.  We try to make sure that our instructions concerning homework are clear to everyone in the class.Homework Guidelines and Information Homework is an important aspect of the educational process.  It can allow pupils to use materials and other sources of information that are not always available in the classroom. extend class work in progress  be clearly explained and recorded in each students’ Diary/Home Link Book  be followed up. and that all pupils have plenty of time to copy down what is expected.

It is important to remember however.    Help your child organise his or her time to best advantage so that things are not all left to the last minute or even forgotten. students should be working on school tasks at home for these times each day: H1 and H2 H3 and H4 1½ to 3 hours 2 to 4 hours As students prepare to take examinations. students should be working on school tasks at home for these times each day: Year 7 and 8 Year 9 1 to 2 hours 1½ to 2½ hours Often homework tasks in some subjects may span a week or more and students need to develop effective time management skills. Try to make sure that there are suitable working conditions at home. or is finding it too easy or too difficult. General guidelines are as follows: British Section Key Stage 3 – Year B7 to Year B9 A schedule is published during the first term of the school year. Parents can be very supportive in this area by establishing and monitoring effective routines at home. Students are supported in developing time management skills and curriculum overviews are developed to assist them with their personal management of their studies. Take a positive and active interest in your child's work at home rather than just insisting that it is done. past experiences and individual values and beliefs. There is a need for greater flexibility and room for negotiation between students and teachers (particularly for longer projects involving coursework toward assessment) and students need to be continually reviewing class work in preparation for final external examinations. As an approximate guide. Contact the class teacher in the first instance who will be glad to help. At secondary level. that consistent effort and hard . As an approximate guide. While variations may occur. The school’s rationale for homework determines the basi s for the way homework is scheduled and the expectations we have for setting student homework. Let us know if there are problems with homework that you cannot resolve. The schedule is an attempt to rationalise homework expectations for students throughout the school week. Perhaps your child seems to be doing too much. we attempt to monitor the degree of consistency with regards the scheduling and duration of homework tasks within and through the key stages. High School – H1 to H4 A homework schedule is not used at this level. or not enough. the intensity of their study programme at home should increase. Homework schedules and expectations Parental and student expectations for homework (both its frequency and duration) may vary depending on cultural background. timetabling of curriculum determines contact times that subject teachers have with class groups.

marked and given credit for where appropriate. In some cases. it may contribute directly to the students' achievement grade and school report in the throughout the duration of the course will lead to a strong foundation for a good performance at examination time. it is designed to support and enhance the learning process. The effective management and monitoring of students’ homew ork is the responsibility of the classroom teacher. . acknowledged. supported by the school management team. In all cases. Parental support and good communication between parents and the class teacher are important to the effectiveness of any school homework arrangements. Homework is followed up.

French/English are examples). although most students focus on the study of two languages. This can continue through the high school for some students. German and British Sections study together? Chinese is studied together by students. What languages can students study in the secondary school? English and Chinese are compulsory languages right through TES and they are offered at different levels depending on the needs of the learner. Parent-teacher meetings are also offered twice each year but parents can meet with class teachers by arrangement with the school office. Japanese and Dutch. Many of the students are not native English speakers but the majority of students are proficient in English language which is the language of instruction in the British and High School Sections of the school. At secondary level ages 12 -14. These include feedback to parents on each child’s personal development at school in addition to their academic achievement and progress.Frequently Asked Questions GENERAL QUESTIONS Why should my child study at TES? TES has a diverse. the students also study Physical Education. instructional support is provided for as many first languages as possible including Spanish. In the middle school. caring. extra-curricular activities. German or Spanish. High School students completing IGCSE and IB external examinations receive statements and/or certificates of their achievement grades from these examination authorities. throughout the school. Canada. The supportive and encouraging learning environment helps students to feel valued and work towards achieving their individual potential. culturally rich student and staff population. house events and competitions and TES competes in interschool sports competitions as the “Typhoons”. Korean. A strong and purposeful English as an additional language programme and an inclusive attitude to student-centered education are features of the school. What is the student population of TES like? TES has students from over 60 nationalities but the main nationalities by passport are US. German/English. Dutch is also available for native speakers. at their appropriate level. motivated and hard working. Hence a student may study three languages to the age of 14. Other first languages may be continued as self-study programmes. Music and Art together. The students are polite. friendly. Students have joint assemblies. UK. European and Australasian. How is my child’s academic and personal progress at school reported to me? Comprehensive school reports are issued twice each year. . Do students from the French. It has high standards of academic achievement and a broad extra-curricular programme. Many students achieve a bilingual IB Diploma (English/Chinese. At high school. students proficient in English may also choose an additional foreign language from French.

GETTING HELP FORM THE SCHOOL Who do we contact at school if we have questions? TES has a strong pastoral system and each student has a form teacher. The diverse professional background of the teaching staff allows us to provide individual support to every student regardless of where they may be seeking to study after graduation. including Oxbridge and Ivy League. Where do TES graduates go to university? TES graduates go to universities all around the world but the UK and Europe. placing the average TES IB student in the top 10% of ‘A’ level students by comparison. UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE ADMISSION Can our son/daughter go to college in the USA or Canada if they do not study in a US curriculum school? Yes. The Head of Year oversees the pastoral education for all students in a year group. This includes the Personal. Universities in North American even offer students 1st year credits for Higher Level IB courses in which the students have achieved a grade of 5 or better in their external IB examinations. TES has a partnership with the Princeton Review to provide SATs and TOEFL preparation for US College admissions. North America and Australasia are the major destinations. It is highly regarded by all universities. Is our son/daughter disadvantaged by studying for the IB Diploma? No. What support is given to help students and parents with university and college applications? TES has a university and careers counsellor to support students. a dedicated careers office and has US College Board membership. the High School Section of TES offers two international external examination study courses – the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for 14 – 16 years olds and the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) for 16 – 18 years olds. Health and Citizenship Education programme which is an important element of the curriculum. It prepares students extremely well for higher education. You can contact the school office to make an appointment to talk to the form teacher at any time during the year. Almost all graduates complete the IB Diploma and go on to study tertiary education. The form teacher sees each student each morning before classes commence and helps to oversee the personal well-being of the student at school. Representatives from universities around the world visit the school each year to talk to prospective applicants . The IB Diploma is a rigorous and challenging academic course of study over two years. An IB Diploma is an internationally recognized qualification for university and college entrance.The schools average point score corresponds to 5 grades of 5 in the College Board’s Advanced Placement tests (this based on a mixture of group A and group B subjects as defined by UCAS). Using the new UCAS Tariff point scale the TES average score corresponds to more than 3 ‘A*’ grades at ‘A’ level. Social.

Scores above 40 points are exceptional. Action and Service. How is the IB Diploma graded and scored? Each subject is graded from 7 (highest grade) to 1 (lowest grade). The TES average score is 32 points. A score of 29 is equivalent to three A’s at A level in the UK. they should achieve their diploma. How is achievement graded in the IGCSE? . INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA Is the IB Diploma suitable for all students aged 16 to 18 years? To achieve the full IB Diploma. Europe and Australia are annual events in Taipei. Does TES have an alternative High School Diploma as well? All students who meet the mandatory requirements in their high school studies receive a TES High School Diploma upon graduation at the completion of H4. US. While it is a rigorous and challenging two year course.and provide advice about college applications. Scores in the range of 32 to 40 are very good. and Theory of Knowledge). their first language and one other. Collectively. and Theory of Knowledge). A school transcript and supporting documentation helps students with school transition and students have no difficulty in entering other school systems around the world. if students apply themselves consistently over the two years. TES has a 100% pass rate for the high school diploma and a pass rate of over 90% for the full IB Diploma. an IB total points score of 34 is equivalent to four A’s in A levels and four 5’s in Group A courses at AP level in North America. INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION How widely is the IGCSE accepted by other school systems around the world? TES families can be very mobile internationally and the IGCSE for 14 to 16 year olds is widely accepted internationally and by national school systems. Action and Service. Tertiary education fairs for the UK. a student must 6 subjects (three at a higher level) which includes two languages. They must also successfully complete the “core” elements of the diploma (Creativity. an extended essay. How do scores in the IB compare to grades in other pre-university courses such as A levels in the UK and AP courses in the US? IB courses are highly regarded as rigorous and challenging. the highest IB HL subject grade of 7 has a UCAS tariff point score of 130 compared with the highest UK A level course grade of A which has a score of 120. an extended essay. The world average IB score is 30 points. The highest score possible is 45 points – 42 from the six subjects studied and 3 additional points from the core elements (Creativity. As individual courses.

IGCSE subjects are graded from A* (the highest) to G (the lowest). This compares very favourably with the best international schools offering IGCSE around the world. . the total number of A* to C grades has been around 90%. In the last four years. How do TES IGCSE grades compare with other international schools? TES students perform at very high levels when compared with their peers internationally. TES transcripts convert IGCSE grades to US grades to assist with school transition. with U being an ungraded subject. and with selective schools in the UK and in other world locations. with approximately 44% of these grades being at A* or A level.