Welcome to AST Elementary School
Dear AST Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Elementary School at American School in Taichung. Elementary school is where the foundation of learning is strongly established. The dynamic and dedicated professional educators provide support and foster students’ curiosity, creativity, and confidence by helping students reach their intellectual, social, physical, artistic, and creative potentials.
AST’s core belief of excellence, integrity and responsibility coupled with the fundamentals of Responsive Classroom approach of cooperation, assertiveness, empathy and self-control are embedded in every aspect of the elementary classrooms. A key component of Responsive Classroom is the practice of a daily Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting creates a sense of belonging for all students and nurtures empathy by giving children a chance to take care of others, listen to each other, and allows students to create a safe, joyful and inclusive classroom together.
The students delve into the core subjects of Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time with their homeroom teachers. Additionally, AST offers a rich diversity of specialized classes including art, music, physical education, information communication technology (ICT), STEM makerspace, social emotional learning (SEL), Chinese and library time. To enrich students’ learning experiences, we offer a unique set of extracurricular activities, athletic opportunities, field trips and community service experiences that provide opportunities for students to inquire, explore, and develop the necessary skills to be balanced, well-rounded, and empathetic global citizens.
Students will soon learn that AST is a big family community. With the advantage of having small class sizes, the classroom teachers work closely with their students. The homeroom teachers also collaborate with the teaching and learning director and student support team to ensure students’ needs are met. Using the Standards-Based Grading system, students understand where they are in their learning journey, what their learning targets are, and what they need to do in order to reach their goal. Students take risks and learn from their mistakes within a growth mindset culture and community.
Residing in the beautiful mountains of Da- Ken Scenic area of Central Taiwan, we welcome you to come and learn about AST and be a part of this beautiful and vivacious community. We value and encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s education in order to help them accomplish their hopes and dreams, and we continue to be excited about learning!
In partnership with you,
Deputy Head of School/ES Principal
親愛的 AST 家庭，
我們以AST的核心信念：卓越、誠信和負責，加上回應式課堂教學法(Responsive Classroom)的基本原理：合作、自信、同理心和自我控制，嵌入小學課堂教學的各個方面。 學生每天參加晨會是回應式課堂教學的關鍵組成部分之一。 晨會可為所有學生創造歸屬感，並培養同理心；讓孩子們有機會照顧他人、互相傾聽；並邀請學生們一起創造一個安全、快樂和包容的課堂。
我們的小學生每天與班導師一起體驗並深入研究：數學、英語、科學、社會和 DEAR（放下所有東西，閱讀吧!）這些主要核心科目。此外，AST還提供豐富多樣的專業課程，包括藝術、音樂、體育、電腦科技 (ICT)、STEM 創客空間、社交情感學習 (SEL)、中文課和圖書館時間等。為了豐富學生的學習，我們還為AST小學生提供獨特的課外活動、運動機會、校外教學和社區服務等體驗，讓學生能夠探究、探索和發展各種技能，而成為身心平衡、全面發展且善解人意的全球公民。
學生很快便會了解到 AST 是一個大家庭。憑藉小班授課的優勢，我們的任課老師得與學生密切地合作。班導師還會與教學總監及學生輔導團隊合作，確保滿足所有學生們的學習需求。我們使用基於標準評量系統，讓學生可以確切了解到自己在學習過程中所達到的位置、自己的學習目標是什麼以及需要什麼才能達到目標。我們的學生會在成長型思維文化和社群中探險，並從錯誤中吸取教訓。