Our school motto is AUT VIAM INVENIAM AUT FACIUM which means “Either I will find a way or make one”, emphasizing society’s need for entrepreneurial and trail-blazing leaders for the 21st century.
Our mission is to educate the whole person using the Dalton Plan to develop informed, globally minded, ethical, and caring individuals who contribute to humanity.
Hsinchu County American School (HCAS) Learner Goals
Being intelligent does not mean being only book smart. We also recognize emotional, cultural, and other intelligences (as described by Dr. Howard Gardiner).
We promote the independence and freedom our students need to pursue their passions. The Dalton Plan’s principle of freedom stresses “fostering independence and creativity, beginning with the individual's interests” (Marion Plexico, Dalton School, Tokyo).
Being healthy is not limited to the physical body; we also recognize mental and spiritual health. Our students will be able to discern between what is beneficial and what is harmful to themselves. We seek to nurture the whole person.
Academically Competent Individuals:
HCAS is an academic institution first and foremost. Our institution embraces an atmosphere conducive to research, study, and the pursuit of truth. Lying, plagiarizing, cheating, and any other form of intellectual dishonesty are absolutely not tolerated.
Technologically Literate Individuals:
The nearby Hsinchu Science Park, with its 360 high-tech companies (including TSMC, Philips, United Microelectronics Corporation, Holtek, AU Optronics, and Epistar), is an incentive to our students. It is often called the Silicon Valley of Taiwan. At HCAS, we value technological literacy in all of our students.
We encourage our students to master social skills and collaboration through exchanges with a variety of people, which is the second principle of the Dalton Plan. We promote cooperation and anticipate that our graduates will work successfully with anyone in the world.
“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself" (American philosopher John Dewey). We value students who constantly improve themselves through education, very much in the manner of the Japanese concept of “kaizen”.
HCAS adopts the IDEAS definition of “Global Citizen” and strives to produce students who care about the world:
To be effective Global Citizens, young people need to be flexible, creative and proactive. They need to be able to solve problems, make decisions, think critically, communicate ideas effectively and work well within teams and groups. These skills and attributes are increasingly recognized as being essential to succeed in other areas of 21st century life too, including many workplaces. These skills and qualities cannot be developed without the use of active learning methods through which pupils learn by doing and by collaborating with others.