Welcome to the
Hsinchu County American School
Hsinchu County American School (HCAS) was established in 2016 to fulfill the vision of Dr. Johnson Korrnell Huang to challenge the current education system in Taiwan. In summary, he saw the need to produce students who will have a lasting impact on society – changing the world and saving lives. Dr. Huang also envisioned students who will stop, think (critically), and act (fearlessly).
Dr. Huang believes that just as the purpose of a hospital is to save lives and to alleviate pain, the mission of a good school is to influence the future generations and to create aspirations. By combining the Western educational principles with Chinese educational philosophies, students at HCAS will benefit by learning the best of both cultures while being oriented and setting their standards toward North America. Regardless of whether our students decide their futures in Taiwan or abroad, they will be equipped for success in our complex globalized society.
All of us are living in the Information Age where the free market system enables global competition and faster interaction from anywhere on the planet. Our students will face challenges in the 21st Century that we, as parents, have never encountered before. We do not need to look far to see how disrupting innovative forces continue to change and shape our world.
Education is a powerful tool that can preserve the legacy of our forefathers, and it is also an outlet that can offer limitless possibilities for the future. Therefore, for the present, we need an education system that will enable our students to succeed in the globally connected world. This education system should cultivate creative talents, enhance individual strengths, and produce innovative talents. In short, we need to produce entrepreneurial leaders who can think outside the box and collaborate with people anywhere in the world.
Our school will build on a progressive education system of America called the Dalton Plan. As a framework, Dalton Plan will help to conceptualize our philosophy and enable our students to follow their passion as individuals and to foster their social development via collaboration. We are committed to providing an education that meets students’ interests, abilities, and needs. We challenge each student to develop intellectual independence as well as a sense of responsibility for other.
By working together with all of our stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, and staff), our school envisions providing an education system that is desperately needed for the 21st Century. It is my hope that our website will bring you closer to visiting our dynamic school in the near future. Thank you.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
There are many stakeholders at Hsinchu County American School (HCAS). These stakeholders include the Board of Trustees, parents, teachers, students, and members of the administration as well as the staff. Two of the important functions of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) are to streamline the communication between parents and our school and to give support to our school.
PTA at HCAS was not created from appointment from the school nor by the election from the parent body. Parents from all grades simply began to gather on a volunteer basis to share their concerns in an ad hoc manner until the body formed its own organization and momentum. HCAS then naturally decided to formally recognize this gathering as the official PTA meeting. As described by Horace Mann, individuals organized in voluntary associations, just as our education should be taught by the spirit, methods, and discipline of a free society. Currently, parent representatives from all grades meet once a month on our school
At Hsinchu County American School (HCAS), student council members are elected every academic year to represent the student body and to serve as a channel for communication for administration and other stakeholders of the community. Student Council provides unique opportunity to put forward the issues and policies that matter to students. As originally espoused by John Dewey, student council activities often engage students in learning about democracy and leadership.
HCAS expects our student council members to voice their opinions and concerns in a polite and confident manner to our parents, teachers, admins and fellow student body. Therefore, we anticipate HCAS student council members to demonstrate higher level of maturity in character and merit in academics. The goals and purposes of special councils and associations in the school are to build up our community in the spirit of collaboration and democracy. We anticipate constructive voices which will help move the school forward in a positive manner. Student council members should not trivialize democracy, but rather cherish it.