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Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

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Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby gavmasterflash » 24 Apr 2015, 10:06

Hi everyone,

I was thinking that there is a lot of info on this forum about private schools but it is really scattered throughout many different posts. By private schools I mean regular schools that are not buxibans. There is another thread under the Parenting topic about schools, but that is more geared toward people who want to send their children to those schools. What I am proposing is that we make this a stickied thread on the Teaching English topic about private schools from the perspective of working there as a teacher. I don't want this to be solely a blacklist type of thread, but a thread where we can share both negative and positive information about private schools in Taiwan. Something similar to International Schools Review, but focused just on Taiwan. This being the internet, most of the posts will probably be negative stuff about people bitching about how so and so school sucks but I hope that we can also try to get some positive information as well and if people ask about certain schools they can get an idea of what it's like to work there.

I haven't worked at any private schools in Taiwan so everything I know is second hand information. However, there seems to be a general trend among private schools with two types that I have identified so far.

The first type are schools where the parents seem to be pretty serious about their children's academic performance. Many times they can push their children very hard to study. Some might even be the "Tiger Parents."

Then there seems to be another type of school where parents don't really seem to give a shit and just see the place as extended babysitting. From what I have read and heard, Dongshan around Xindian seems to be a good example of this.


I'm sure there are plenty of schools that are in the middle and other categories. For example, a school like Kang Chiao seems to have had a bad reputation in the past but seems to be improving very steadily. There also seem to be serious differences between the different school levels. The kindergartens, elementary school and upper school are all run completely separately there. So for the sake of accuracy, please take into consideration what level the school is when you post and when you read, you might have to consider that the situation might not be the same at the other school levels.


Anyway, I hope this can kick start a good thread that will be stickied that will help teachers sort out which schools are like what when they go out looking for a job. I'll put in some effort and make a list of schools and see what info I find on here, Taiwanease and other places on the web.


Here's a list of private schools that hire foreign teachers in Taiwan. This is by no means scientific at the moment, I am just posting schools that I know off the top of my head. Please post here or send me a PM if you know of more schools or if anything I posted is incorrect.


Taipei area:

-Wego

- Nanshan

-Dongshan

-Kang Chiao

-Grace Christian Academy

-Yan Ping High School

-Li Ren (elementary and middle school only)

-Fushing (Fuxing)

-Yu Teh

-Yu Tsai (elementary only)

-Taipei American

-Taipei European

-Dominican (Catholic school)

-Morrison aka Bethany in the Taipei area (Christian)

-Kuei Shan (Christian school, only through grade 10)

-Wesley Girls' High School (boarding school for girls)

- Chi Jen (not even sure if this school is around anymore, haven't found any info about it on the web other than their own website which hasn't been updated since 2011.)

-Taipei Adventist (Christian)

-Ching Shin (elementary and middle school only)

-Saint Ignasius (Catholic. Anyone know if this school hires foreigners or not?)




Keelung (Jilong)

-Sacred Heart (Catholic school, elementary only I believe)


Taoyuan Area

-Taoyuan American School

-Columbia International College Taiwan (Canadian based curriculum and high school only. Used to be in the Taipei area but they have apparently moved)


Hsinchu & Zhubei

-Korrnell (elementary and middle school only now, but they seem to be adding a high school soon)

-Pacific American School

-Hsinchu American

-Hsinchu International

-Hsinchu Bilingual School



Taichung Area

-American School Taichung

-Wagor International

-Washington High School

-Ivy Collegiete Academy (boarding school)

-Morrison (Christian)

-Ming Dao High School


Yunlin County

-Victoria Academy (located in Douliu)


Tainan

-International Bilingual School at Tainan Science Park


Kaohisung Area

-Koahsiung American School

-I Shou International School (they may want to revise the pinyin on this considering what acronym this makes)

-Morrison (Christian)

-Dominican (Catholic)


Nantou County


-Pu Tai (Buddhist school)


Taidong County

-Junyi (seems like an interesting school. many students are boarding there and there are a number of Aboriginal students from Hualian and Taidong there on scholarship. only through grade 9 now, but they will be adding a high school soon)


Yilan County

-Chung Dau
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby cole1252 » 22 May 2015, 14:21

Hi future teachers,

I have experience with columbia international college taiwan (CICT). PM me if you want more information about it.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby WolvesMon » 26 May 2015, 18:07

It would also help if anybody knows of a school who does not insist on 'office hours' where you have to be onsite all day. I spend hours lesson planning but not to that extent and that puts me off working in the School sector private or Gov.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby panda101 » 30 May 2015, 12:15

For anyone interested in teaching at Junyi in Taidong, please be aware that this is a Waldorf school (Rudolph Steiner, Anthroposophy). I don't want to post negative opinions here, as we are all different and can tolerate different situations. If you would like to know more about my personal experience at this school, feel free to send me a private message.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby koks04 » 01 Jun 2015, 21:23

hey, would you help me to find job please contact me in my email
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby WaltzingMatilda » 02 Jun 2015, 15:25

WolvesMon wrote:It would also help if anybody knows of a school who does not insist on 'office hours' where you have to be onsite all day. I spend hours lesson planning but not to that extent and that puts me off working in the School sector private or Gov.


I think most of the schools listed here are salaried positions, and not paid-by-the-hour, so office work would be included. It's part and parcel of being a "teacher", and not a dancing monkey.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby gavmasterflash » 04 Jun 2015, 21:00

koks04 wrote:hey, would you help me to find job please contact me in my email
watashidess@gmail.com




Wondering what this person is up to. I kind of suspect a private school owner (or lackey of one) is fishing for people talking smack. Or maybe I've gotten paranoid about this thread already.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby gavmasterflash » 04 Jun 2015, 21:01

panda101 wrote:For anyone interested in teaching at Junyi in Taidong, please be aware that this is a Waldorf school (Rudolph Steiner, Anthroposophy). I don't want to post negative opinions here, as we are all different and can tolerate different situations. If you would like to know more about my personal experience at this school, feel free to send me a private message.




Could you explain Waldorf school. I've not heard of this before. Was that the reason that made it less tolerable for you? Or was it due to other factors?
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby gavmasterflash » 04 Jun 2015, 21:06

WaltzingMatilda wrote:
WolvesMon wrote:It would also help if anybody knows of a school who does not insist on 'office hours' where you have to be onsite all day. I spend hours lesson planning but not to that extent and that puts me off working in the School sector private or Gov.


I think most of the schools listed here are salaried positions, and not paid-by-the-hour, so office work would be included. It's part and parcel of being a "teacher", and not a dancing monkey.




Yeah man, pretty tough to find schools that won't have office hours. It will be required if you are to be a proper teacher. I guess what he means though is schools that have specific required hours, such as 8am-5pm at most public schools and I've even seen some private schools with hours from 8am-6pm! I think he wants to work at a school that let's teachers determine their hours outside the classroom. I can't say that I know of any in Taiwan. I have heard perhaps that TAS is like this, but they often load a lot of extracurricular stuff on top of your normal teaching load so you'll still be working there all the time.
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Re: Private Schools in Taiwan Thread (For Teachers)

Postby asianhype » 23 Jun 2015, 13:21

Hi All!

I've read a lot of bad vibes about Kang Chiao but most of it were directed to the Elementary School. Just to clear that out, High school and Elementary dept are separate from each other. There are specific regulations that apply only to elementary or high school dept. I can't say much about the elementary but in high school, most people think that because its always hiring, teachers are always leaving. That's not the case. Although, yes there are teachers leaving each year but the retention rate of the school is actually higher. There are a lot of teachers who have 4-10 years residency in KC.

The school is expanding and it needs more teachers. The number of students is steadily increasing the last 4-5 years. Aside from the regular&honors program and AP courses, the school is launching the IB program since it was already authorized this year. Kang Chiao high school is also accredited by the WASC.

Development in all aspect of the school is ongoing. Of course PD is a big factor in the school development that's why teachers have PD meetings. The salary package is competitive especially if you decide to stay after your first year. Since it is a bilingual school, the school follows the chinese calendar.

Anyway, if you have other questions just send a private message. I'll be happy to help. :)
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