Hsinchu County American School (HCAS) Learner Goals
Being intelligent does not only mean being book smart. We, at HCAS, also recognize emotional, cultural, and other multiple intelligences as described by Dr. Howard Gardner.
Marion Plexico from Dalton School in Tokyo describes Dalton Plan’s principle of freedom as “fostering independence and creativity, beginning with the individual's interests”. We at HCAS value the independence and freedom allotted to individuals to pursue their passion.
Being healthy is not limited to physical body; HCAS also recognizes mental and spiritual health. Our students will value and discern 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. This means that our institution embraces the atmosphere conducive to research, study, and pursuit of truth. We forbid our students to lie, plagiarize or cheat for the same reasons.
Technologically Literate Individuals:
The Hsinchu Science Park is home to 360 high tech companies including TSMC, Philips, United Microelectronics Corporation, Holtek, AU Optronics and Epistar. It is often called the Silicon Valley of Taiwan. HCAS values literacy in technology for all of our students.
The second principle of the Dalton Plan is the principle of cooperation. It enables children to master social skills and collaboration through exchanges with a variety of people. HCAS value cooperation and we anticipate our graduates to work with anyone in the world.
Life Long Learners:
According to American philosopher John Dewey, “Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself." HCAS values individuals who constantly improve themselves via education very much like the Japanese concept of “kaizen”.
HCAS will adopt the definition of Global Citizen by IDEAS and will strive to produce students who will care for 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.